Making MSH Affordable

Designed to be accessible.

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Learn about the James A. Hawken Merit Scholarship

The majority of Hawken School’s tuition reductions are based solely on a family’s demonstrated financial need. However, a highly select group of high school students will be eligible for merit scholarships through the James A. Hawken Merit Scholarship Program, based upon the strength of their academic record, personal qualities, and anticipated future contributions to the Mastery School of Hawken.

To learn more about James A. Hawken Merit Scholarship eligibility and selection process, click here.

Learn about Flexible Tuition

We believe that The Mastery School of Hawken will be transformative for students and that the world needs more citizens who engage with its problems and promises. That’s our urgent calling.

We want our community to mirror the real world with a diverse student body enriched by the representation of all socio-economic backgrounds.

This is why we are deeply committed to making the Mastery School of Hawken accessible.

Our commitment to accessibility can be seen in the $10.3 million we dedicate to tuition assistance each year, the largest assistance budget of any independent school in Ohio. Just under half our student body (45 percent) receives some form of aid as part of our Flexible Tuition Program.

We also have a deep commitment to families in the city of Cleveland — especially our neighbors in the Glenville neighborhood. Our enrollment model reserves 25% of our spaces for students from Glenville and Cleveland with up to 100% financial assistance based on family need.

We urge you to reach out and to start the journey. Visit this page to learn more. Flexible Tuition Applications for new families are due with your admission application on January 14th, 2022.

To Apply:

Step 1: Complete a Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) at School and Student Services (SSS by NAIS). The code for The Mastery School of Hawken is 200086.

Step 2: Upload the required supporting documents to your account at SSS by NAIS.

Our tuition and fees vary a bit by grade.
Click here for the 2021-22 School Year:

Learn about Hawken Transportation

Mastery School students have access at no cost to a daily activities shuttle that departs the Mastery School at 2:35 PM and heads up to the Gates Mills campus in time for sports practices, Hawken Players Society, Speech & Debate, and more.

Hawken additionally offers three choices of transportation services for its students. Please be advised that all locations are selected each year based on a sufficient number of requests for a specific area.

1. Campus-to-Campus Shuttle Service

For families who live or work near Hawken’s Gates Mills, Lyndhurst, Birchwood, and University Circle campuses, the campus-to-campus shuttle may be the most economical means of transportation for your student.

2. Central Point Bus Service

Central point service locations are selected with access to shelter and telephones so that students from several homes can meet safely for group pickup. Should door-to-door service not be available in your neighborhood, we hope that one of our newly established central point pickup and drop-off locations will work for your family, at appreciable savings.

3. Door-to-Door Service

Students are picked up and dropped off at their homes or at an individual pick-up/drop-off location. Door-to-door routes are established each year based on parent application and sufficient ridership.

Public School Options

In addition to Hawken transportation options, a number of schools provide free public school transportation to Hawken’s Lyndhurst and Gates Mills campuses, or offer reimbursement in lieu of transportation. To obtain specific information about how your child can ride public school transportation, or to apply for reimbursement, please contact your local school transportation department in August or early September.


The 2022-23 application is open!

Visit How to Apply to get started.