Reflections by Randy Hodge
|Posted on May 10, 2018 at 7:50 AM|
It’s that time of year again when many families are deciding where to enroll their child for next school year. As an excellent option for many families in Portland and the surrounding area I want to take time to explain how tuition is set at St. Patrick and our plan for next year.
Each year our tuition is set based on several factors including making sure that we can balance our budget. The projected actual cost of educating a K – 12 student for the upcoming school year is $5,600. You will notice that number doesn’t match what we actually charge for tuition (listed below). So how does the school afford the difference between the actual cost of educating a student and the amount we charge in tuition? Scholarships.
This money is crucial to our school families who make sacrifices to provide their child with a Christ-centered education. Almost every student in the school receives some sort of scholarship. We are blessed to be part of an alliance of Catholic schools within the Diocese of Grand Rapids which has placed an importance on Catholic school education over the past three years. During those three years, our students were awarded $103,000. This amount covers both the Welcome Scholarship for new families along with needs-based scholarships. Then we receive support from our parish. As a ministry of the Church, we receive 40% of the parish offertory to help cover costs related to the religious education of our students – items like religion class, theology class, textbooks, retreats and other supplies. And then we are blessed with generous donors. Thanks to contributions to the Father Flohe Foundation which gives approximately 4% of the interest to the school each year to be applied to every student’s tuition. This year they are donating $95,000. Within the past five years, the Foundation has generously stepped up their contributions to help make Catholic education affordable. If you would like to help provide a Catholic education for a child, please consider making a gift to either our Tuition Angels program which provides immediate needs-based scholarships for students, the Father Flohe Foundation which provides funding for the future or one can continue to be generous in their contributions to our parish offertory each week.
Below, you will see a column of our tuition rates for students in grades DK – 12 (please note preschool rates are not included due to the fact these students are half day and do not qualify for scholarships other than Welcome Scholarships) for the 2018-2019 school year. This is the amount per child before any scholarships are applied. Children who are enrolling at St. Pats for the first time may be eligible for the diocesan Welcome Scholarship which provides $250 for preschoolers, $500 for K-8, and $1,000 for 9-11th graders. This is in addition to our other diocesan, school and parish scholarships. St. Patrick School also has the “Try Us, You’ll Like Us” scholarship which allows new students in grades 1 – 11 to attend for free for their first marking period (you are required to pay the $50 registration fee).
2018-2019 School Year Tuition Schedule
- $5,100 1st child
- $4,140 2nd child
- $3,130 3rd child
- $1,915 4th child
- $4,375 1st child
- $3,555 2nd child
- $2,650 3rd child
- $1,390 4th child
We are committed to making Catholic school education affordable for families in our communities. We work with families one-on-one to ensure that we do everything we can to help them realize their dream of a Christ-centered education for their child. I invite you to join our family and to see why St. Patrick School is so special. Call me to schedule a tour or just drop in; we’d love to have you. You can reach me at 647-7551 or email@example.com
For more information on our scholarships, to apply and donate, please contact the school office at the number above or visit portlandstpats.com and click on the ‘prospective families’ link.