Private schools will be taxed full business rates next year, the Scottish government has confirmed.
The announcement means the schools will no longer get relief of up to 20% on their bills for non-domestic rates.
The change, recommended three years ago, will come into effect on 1 September next year.
Independent schools have warned they could be hit by a £37m bill in the first five years of the new system.
There are 51 private schools in Scotland, including famous institutions like Gordonstoun and Fettes.
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