As another school year starts up again, the parents of some children have more than just the cost of school supplies to worry about. We're talking about the parents who choose to send their kids to private schools.
The median cost of tuition at a private school (grades one through 12) hovers around $45,000 for boarding students and nearly $20,000 for day students in the U.S., according to a recent national survey conducted by the National Association of Independent Schools.
What does the hefty price tag buy? State-of-the-art facilities; course offerings that rival those at some elite universities; a chance to study with the children of business tycoons and monarchs; and counselors with long-standing ties to the most elite colleges and universities.
Some parents pay more to prepare their kids for the Ivy League than they'd pay for Ivy League tuition. The Wall Street Journal reported last year that annual tuition at the Riverdale Country School, a private school in New York City, is more expensive than a year at Princeton or Harvard.
Think that's bad? Private school tuition in the U.S. is dwarfed by the cost of some elite Swiss boarding schools where the price to attend is close to six-figures.
We compiled a list of the most recent reported tuitions at some of the world's most expensive schools. These costs do not include books, clothing, optional extracurriculars and other items that parents may end up purchasing.
Here are 10 of the most expensive schools in the world: