Dutton Christian School seeks to provide quality, affordable Christian education to partner with parents in raising children to know and love God. Because of generous gifts from our donors, we are able to keep our costs down. We are so thankful that as donors continue to support our school, we are able to offer scholarships and tuition assistance each year to families in need. Parents are also encouraged to participate in our TRIP (Tuition Reduction Incentive Program). See below for more information on scholarships, tuition assistance, and TRIP.

Tuition Rates for 2024/2025


PreKindergarten Programs TUITION
2-Day Three-Year-Old PreKindergarten $1,297
3-Day Three-Year-Old PreKindergarten $1,527
3-Day Four-Year-Old PreKindergarten $1,880
3-Day Four-Year-Old Nature-Based PreKindergarten $1,880
5-Day Four-Year-Old PreKindergarten $3,165

Tuition Rates for 2023/2024


Early 5s $3,888
3-Day Kindergarten $5,197
Progressive Kindergarten $6,255
 5-Day Kindergarten $7,293
1st through 8th Grade $7,293


Tuition Assistance

FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment will be conducting the tuition assistance financial need analysis for Dutton Christian School for the upcoming school year. Please note, this is ONLY for families who chose to apply for tuition assistance.  FACTS charges a $40 application fee for each family that applies for tuition assistance. 

Families applying for tuition assistance need to complete an online application and submit the necessary supporting documentation to FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment. Applicants can apply online at Once an online application for tuition assistance has been completed, the following information must be scanned to FACTS to complete the application process:


  • Copies of the two most recent years Federal tax forms including all supporting tax schedules
  • Copies of the two most recent years of W-2 forms for both you and your spouse
Normally, all supporting documentation can be scanned securely to FACTS via the website. Please see FAQ information on FACTS website for alternate arrangements.

If you have questions or concerns about the application process, you may speak with a FACTS Customer Care Representative at 1-866-315-9262 or contact either school office at 616-698-8660.

Tuition Assistance/Scholarships: The Dutton Christian School Board realizes that the financial commitment to Christian education is significant. With this in mind, tuition assistance is available for families needing help with tuition expenses. Applications will be carefully and confidentially reviewed. The Finance Committee will distribute assistance money based on relative need and available funding for the current year. The Finance Committee requests tuition assistance applications be received by June 1 in order to seek adequate funding. The funds will be dispersed by the start of the school year.

Tuition Reduction Incentive Program (TRIP)

Through this program, bulk quantities of gift certificates are purchased from various grocery stores, retail stores, and restaurants. These certificates are then sold to participating families at face value with the discount passed on in the form of a tuition credit. DCS will retain a 15% administrative fee on your total earnings for operating costs. Once enrolled you can visit Quick TRIP where you pay for and pick up your certificates at the same time. During the school year, the Weekly TRIP program is available by filling out an order form and bringing it to the school office along with your payment by 8:15 am on Wednesdays and pick up your certificates the following Wednesday afternoon from the North Campus office (unless designated to be sent home with a student).

Quick TRIP

Quick TRIP will be held every 1st and 3rd Wednesday from 8:15 – 9:15 AM and every 2nd and 4th Wednesday from 2:30 – 3:30 PM at the North Campus building during the school year. If there is a 5th Wednesday, Quick TRIP will be held from 8:15 – 9:15 AM at the North Campus.


WEEKLY TRIP orders during the school year must be received by 8:15 am on Wednesday to be processed before the next pick-up date. Updated forms are available and can be turned in at each school office.

TRIP Enrollment

Print off the Registration Form Fillable or call the school office at 616-698-8660 to request a registration form.







Dutton Christian School does not in any way endorse or promote the participating stores.


Dutton Christian School also has a number of scholarships available. These are open to all Dutton Christian families who wish to apply. Funds raised determines the number of scholarships available. Scholarships will be awarded by the start of the school year by our Scholarship Committee.

We are blessed to have 3 endowed scholarship funds and 1 temporary scholarship fund that families have started in the DCS community that are included as part of the scholarship program. Two are memorial scholarships for students at DCS. The Kevin Jay Lucas Memorial Scholarship was created in memory of DCS student Kevin, and has been awarded annually to a family with financial need and primarily to a student that benefits from academic support or some other form of inclusive education. The Jack Boerema Memorial Scholarship has been established in memory of Jack Boerema, a pre-school student at DCS. Both of these scholarships require a separate application. See the links at the bottom of the page for the 3 different scholarship application forms.

Scholarship Forms

Scholarship applications are available and accepted until April 15. Scholarships are awarded by May 31.

Scholarship Information

Jack Boerema Scholarship Application

Kevin Lucas Scholarship Application

Scholarship Reference Form

Why Dutton Christian School

Hear what some of our parents have to say about their experience here.

20 Years & Counting

“In the Fall of 1985, the first of our 3 boys started Kindergarten. We were so impressed with the staff and the commitment of the parents sending their children to DCS. As years passed, we became very involved in the school which gave us an inside look at how the school was run. We loved DCS over all the years our boys were there (1985-1999).

Now, here we are 20+ years later, so grateful and blessed to have grandchildren at DCS. And guess what, it is STILL the great school it was many years ago! Thank you administrators and staff for staying faithful & true to the mission of Dutton Christian School! To God be the glory!”

-Pat Ringnalda

They're Amazing

“Teachers and staff are amazing! We love DCS and everything they have done for our kids!”

-Rachael Brinks

Great Community

“Such a great community. Thankful my children are being educated and nurtured in their faith at this great school.”

-Rebecca Helmus

Greatly Impacted My Life

“Dutton Christian School has greatly impacted my life. As a former student of DCS, I have experienced the amazing commitment to Christian Education from each of my teachers. They diligently walked alongside me to nurture not only my mind but also my spirit. In addition, as a parent of 3 children who attended preschool through 8th grade at Dutton Christian School, I have always felt that my children were valued by their teachers as a unique child of God. Furthermore, I have been blessed to be a teacher at Dutton Christian for over 11 years. As a teacher, I have experienced the loving support of the DCS community, a community deeply rooted in their faith. In many seasons of my life, Dutton Christian School has made a great difference and an eternal impact!”

-Kerri Nitz, 6th grade English and Language Arts teacher

I Have Created Great Friendships

“My experience at Dutton Christian has significantly impacted my life to live for Christ. The teachers genuinely care about students, and I have created great friendships. Biblical knowledge is incorporated through each class, and I will always remember the important life lessons that I have been taught by Dutton Christian.”

-Nicole V., DCS Student

We Were Welcomed With Open Arms

“Our children transferred in from a local public school and were welcomed with open arms. The staff is awesome, the location great, and incorporating faith based curriculum was an important consideration to our family. As uncomfortable as it was for our children to come into a new school, teachers and students reached out to them and us to make the transition as comfortable, seamless, and welcoming as possible.”

-Kevin James, DCS Parent

I Recommend Dutton Christian School

“I had a wonderful morning with 5th grade PE. Many adults could learn from these children who showed love, kindness, and support to each other. They showed love with one another as Jesus has taught us!”

-Cheryl Kaiser VanderMolen, DCS Parent

“Our world belongs to God and all truth comes from Him.”