"I'm afraid the answer is, the marketplace rules," said Hudnut of Harvard-Westlake. "Until there are competitors among charter or public schools, people are going to feel obliged to find the best education for their children no matter the cost."
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Tuition at several elite private schools in Los Angeles County will reach $25,000 or close to it next school year.
Tuition at selected Los Angeles private schools
*--* 2005-06 2006-07 Marlborough School $23,750 $25,250 Brentwood School 23,400 24,800 The Buckley School 23,250 24,775 Harvard-Westlake 22,700 23,850 Oakwood School 22,000 23,550 Campbell Hall 20,670 22,110 Chadwick School 20,375 21,554
Tuition at selected Los Angeles universities
*--* 2005-06 USC $30,703 UCLA* (state resident) 7,062 UCLA (nonresident) 24,882 Cal State L.A.* (state resident) 3,035 Cal State L.A. (nonresident) 3,035 plus $225 per unit
* UCLA and Cal State charge state residents fees only. Charges to nonresidents include fees and tuition.
Median private school tuition, selected cities
*--* 2005-06 New York City $27,200 San Francisco 24,940 Washington 24,367 Los Angeles 22,874 St. Louis 18,513 Nationwide 16,970
All tuition figures are for one year. At the private schools, tuition shown is for 12th grade; at the universities, it is for undergraduates.
Sources: The schools, National Assn. of Independent Schools