Dear TGS Families:
November 1 ushers in a month noted for a holiday of giving and gratitude, so it seems a perfect time for us to begin a conversation. More often than we probably care to admit, we receive feedback from families who truly are perplexed as to why the school would request donations to our annual fund, or diversions of their Arizona tax liability to our tax credit scholarship programs, when they already invest significantly in their child’s tuition. Well, the simple answer is that tuition does not cover the full cost of a Gregory School education: But there are important details behind that statement.
First, let’s talk about what your tuition does cover and provide to your child and family. Incorporated into the annual tuition are the following benefits:
- Astonishing access to highly skilled faculty members who know your child and see them not only during scheduled classes, but during tutorials, study halls, advisory, clubs, etc.;
- Free before- and after-school supervision;
- Opportunities to participate in 18 different sports including travel and competitions;
- Hundreds of Friday Exploration opportunities;
- Full-time one-on-one college counseling;
- Customized scheduling and personalized learning opportunities for each child;
- Textbooks—no additional fees are assessed for an item valued at approximately $356 per student;
- A lunch program that is unmatched in Tucson and provides healthy, nutritious choices that meet a wide variety of dietary needs.
We intentionally avoid “nickel and diming” you with add-on fees and special costs. The only exceptions to that are interim week experiences and some modest athletic costs (for example, a $10 charge for a uniform jersey in middle school that the child keeps).
Second, a picture can be worth a thousand words. Below are two pie charts that help break down our annual revenue and expenses. Tuition makes up approximately 65% of our revenue and therefore covers the cost of salaries and benefits. The “value added” expenses are covered through grants, modest rental income, an annual draw on our endowment, and gifts to the annual fund.
We know that many of our families are business owners and highly trained professionals. You understand the costs of doing business and the need to always produce a high-quality product. The only difference is that we are a non-profit operation (501c3). The school administration and Board of Trustees work hard to ensure that there is a balanced, annual operating budget and we can only accomplish this goal with your help and engagement.
So…. during the next several months we hope to continue this conversation in fun and meaningful ways. You will hear from current parents, students, faculty, and alumni. Each will have a story or testimonial to share that frames an underlying love of the school and a compelling reason behind giving. In that spirit, we hope you’ll enjoy this video that reminds all of us about the joy of learning and discovery and why The Gregory School is so special.
Thank you, in advance, for your attention and support.
Julie A. Sherrill, Ph.D.
Head of School
The Gregory School is a place that is transforming learning and transforming students' lives. Gregory students lead institutions; they found movements; they invent technology; they run cities. Students leave TGS with a sense of agency; they believe they can change the world for the better and it is our aim to ensure we give them the knowledge, skills, experiences and confidence to do so.Dr. Julie Sherrill