It's a good thing Ormand was able to get free tuition for Dawn and Jimmy because private schools are expensive. For example, Flint Hill School is a K-12th grad school with only 890 students. Tuition is as high as $17,850 a year.
Examples of what Dawn's dress may look like for her first day of school at Emerson Peabody:
The men in V. C. Andrews books often display an "impish grin".
Impish means showing a lack of respect or seriousness in a way that is amusing rather than bad.
Sources: Longman Dictionary