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Ideally education should have no economic or social restrictions. These private schools are a wonderful tribute to that sentiment. Several schools were founded and endowed by generous benefactors decades ago. Others are the gift of community and faith-based organizations.

While most of the schools listed below charge no tuition, a few do expect parents to pay a very modest portion of the cost according to their financial means.

Cristo del Rey Schools

An initiative of the renowned Roman Catholic Jesuit order, the Cristo del Rey is changing the way we educate at risk children. The statistics speak for themselves: 22 schools serve 19 cities. 99% of Cristo del Rey graduates are accepted to college. The average family income is $35,581. 55% of the students are Hispanic/Latino; 34% are African American. The cost to students? From virtually nothing to nothing.

De Marillac Middle School, San Francisco, CA

Religious affiliation: Roman Catholic
Grades: 6-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Founded by the Daughters of Charity and De La Salle Christian Brothers in 2001, De Marillac Middle School serves the impoverished Tenderloin district of San Francisco. The school is one of 60 schools nationwide known as San Miguel or Nativity schools.

Epiphany School, Dorchester, MA

Religious affiliation: Episcopal
Grades: 6-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Epiphany is a ministry of the Episcopal church. It offers an independent, tuition-free, middle school for children of low-income families from Boston neighborhoods.

The Gilbert School, Winsted, CT

Religious affiliation: Non-sectarian
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: If you live in Winchester or Hartland, Connecticut, you can attend your own private secondary school free or charge. The Gilbert School was founded in 1895 by William L. Gilbert, a local businessman, for residents of these two northwest Connecticut towns.

Girard College, Philadelphia, PA

Religious affiliation: Non-sectarian
Grades: 1-12
School Type: Coeducational, boarding school
Comments: Stephen Girard was the richest man in America when he created the school which bears his name. Girard College is a coeducational, boarding school for children in 1st grade through 12th grade.

The Glenwood School, Glenwood, IL

Religious affiliation: Non-sectarian
Grades: 2-8
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Established in 1887, Glenwood School has a long history of educating children from single parent homes and those families with very limited financial means.

The Hadley School for the Blind, Winnetka, IL

Religious affiliation: Non-sectarian
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: Hadley offers distance learning for visually impaired students of all ages. Tuition free.

Milton Hershey School, Hershey, PA

Religious affiliation: Non-sectarian
Grades: PK-12
School Type: Coeducational, boarding school
Comments: The Hershey School was founded by the chocolatier Milton Hershey. It provides a tuition free, residential education for young people from low income families. Full health and dental care is also included.

Regis High School, New York, NY

Religious affiliation: Roman Catholic
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Boys, day school
Comments: Regis was founded in 1914 by the Society of Jesus as a tuition-free school for Catholic boys by an anonymous donor. The school is a selective day school.

South Dakota School for the Deaf, Sioux Falls

Religious affiliation: Nonsectarian
Grades: 9-12
School Type: Coeducational, day school
Comments: If you live in South Dakota and have a hearing impaired child, you ought to consider this wonderful option.

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