At St. Patrick Catholic School we are passionate about helping parents educate their children. That is why we are excited to announce a new tuition model for the upcoming school year. This new model is easy to understand, supportive, and accessible to all, especially to large and low-income families.
Our current tuition model is complex and unattainable for most families. Our challenge is to provide a tuition model which is simple, just, and fully aligned with our Catholic faith.
Currently, the tuition each family pays is based on two different factors: the number of children enrolled, and whether a family is parishioner or not. There are thus six different tuition rates ranging from $4,260 to $9,000.
However, only 8% of families can afford full tuition at those rates, and about 92% of school families receive some form of tuition assistance. It is clear that most families cannot afford the current tuition rates, and many prospective families feel that their children have been denied a Catholic education. Unless we make some changes, our school will not be available for the vast majority of our parishioners.
We are called by God to meet that challenge by supporting families in policy as well as in principle.
The solution to this challenge can be described in three words: Simple, Just, and Catholic.
Support for Parishioners
Recognizing the inherent link between St. Patrick Parish and School, families who are registered, regularly attend, regularly contribute to, and regularly participate in St. Patrick Parish will qualify for a parishioner tuition grant of $520 per year. Thus, $10 per week of a family’s Sunday offering will be provided to St. Patrick School to help parents educate their children.
Preferential Option for the Poor
Families who demonstrate financial need may qualify to receive additional financial aid. Ongoing efforts in the Development, Pre-School, and Childcare programs help us to fill the funding gap and offer a Catholic education to the largest number of families possible.
Continue the Mission!
For 60 years, in partnership with parents and the parish community St. Patrick Catholic School has prepared virtuous graduates instilled with a thirst for knowledge enlightened by faith.
Since 2010-2011 School Year, Saint Patrick School charges an annual registration fee of $200 per family, if the family enrolls for the upcoming school year before Spring Break (Friday, April 20, 2011). After Spring Break 2011 the registration fee per family will be $275.
Tuition pays for a portion of the total operating costs of St. Patrick School. Each family is responsible to pay this portion as a fair share of the cost of educating their children. No Parish student will be refused admission to Saint Patrick School because of inability to pay.