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2017-2018 Tuition Rates Announced

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

 

In my 7 months as President of Pope John Paul II High School, I have had the opportunity to experience all aspects of the day-to-day operations of the school. I have witnessed a resilient school spirit, a strong and vibrant community, and the value of a Catholic education rooted in the teachings of Jesus Christ. It is evident to me that our students are invested in their academic success and take advantage of the co-curricularactivities that contribute to their holistic development which offers for them the opportunity to have an impact in their community today, tomorrow, and forever!

 

As stated by Mr. Christopher Mominey, Chief Operating Officer and Secretary for Education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, we at PJP are committed to providing a quality faith-based education at an affordable rate. Each year, the Office of Catholic Education (OCE) sets the minimum tuition rate that all schools are to charge for the 2017-2018 academic year.  The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has set the base tuition for PJPII at $8,550 

 

After careful thought, consideration, and research, our school leadership team in consultation with and after approval from our PJP Board of Directors has chosen to restructure our fees into one inclusive School Fee, thus eliminating the “nickel and dime” approach.  Our analysis indicated that PJP families were spending, on average, $10,195 per student, which included the base tuition, school fee, athletic fees, music fee, chorus fee, band fee, drama fee, studio art, ceramics, sculpture, and various other fees. 

 

Based on this analysis, a desire to simplify, and an interest in facilitating greater involvement in co-curricular activities, PJP has set its School Fee at $1,650 for the 2017-2018 academic year and has eliminated some existing additional fees.  As a result, the combined cost of Tuition ($8,550) and the School Fee ($1,650) will be $10,200

 

School Fee                                                     $1650

Athletic Fees

Included

Drama Fee

Included

Show Fee

Included

Band Fee

Included

Yearbook Fee

Included

Transcript Fee

Included

Locker Fee

Included

Student Admission into PJP Sporting Events (regular season only)

Included

Student Admission into PJP School Shows

Included

Student Entry into all PJP Dances (Junior and Senior Proms excluded)

Included

Music and Chorus Fees

Included

Art to Design/Studio Fee

Included

Ceramics 1 Fee

Included

Ceramics 2 Fee

Included

Sculpture 1 Fee

Included

Sculpture 2 Fee

Included

Watercolor Painting Fee

Included

 

Both the Tuition Fee and the School Fee will be collected over 11 months from June through April. Spreading the Tuition and School Fee over 11 months provides families a better means of budgeting and planning. Whereas in the past, families would need to keep track as to when a fee would be placed onto their account.  The attached schedules further detail these charges.

 

As a parent with three children in Catholic School, my wife and I ask ourselves, “What are some of the ways to subsidize tuition costs?”  At PJP, we are always mindful of the many sacrifices our families make to pay tuition.  We strive to keep our tuition as affordable as possible while providing opportunities to provide financial relief.   That is why we are providing you the opportunity to reduce your costs through your engagement in your student's school. Please review the attachment.

 

Now, more than ever, is the time to move and simplify PJP’s fee structure by including in the school fee other fees that had previously been charged separately. Our reasons for doing this were twofold.

 

First, we wanted to simplify your budget planning and PJP bookkeeping, which we believe will help our school to operate more efficiently and cost-effectively. For instance, some smaller annual fees like those charged for yearbooks and lockers are now incorporated within the school fee. Furthermore, students will no longer be charged an individual fee for each transcript they request for their college applications. We have also eliminated the additional fees that were previously charged to students taking art, sculpture or music classes as part of our regular curriculum. Moreover, students will no longer be charged admission to regular school dances (excluding Prom) that are open to all members of the student body. By simplifying bookkeeping for the school, we believe it will eliminate some of the hassle that multiple fees present for parents.

 

Second, by budgeting in an all-inclusive way for athletics and activities within the school fee, we hope to reduce some of the potential barriers to sports and co-curricular activity participation. In the past, students were charged a fee for each sport they participated in, and those students who participated in our fall Rhapsodies show or spring musical were charged a separate fee for their participation in these activities. For the 2017-18 school year, this will no longer be the case. We believe this change will allow students to participate in as many sports and activities as they wish.  Research has proven that the more involved a student is in school activities the better their grades and the increase access to the college of their choice.

 

At present, over 90% of our student body is involved in co-curricular programs including athletics and the arts. We recognize that these fees add up, and sometimes the prospect of another fee can discourage families from allowing their children to participate in multiple activities or sports. We hope this new all-inclusive approach for activities and athletics helps to provide greater opportunities for all students and their families, helping our students develop holistically and ultimately to maximize their full potential. 

 

PJP has an exciting future ahead of it, and I look forward to discussing more of the possibilities with you at our upcoming town hall meeting on March 21, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the Auditorium. I invite you to join us then.  On behalf of our strong and loyal community here at Pope John Paul II, I thank you for making us your partner in educating your students.

 

Sincerely,

 

Jason B. Bozzone

President, PJPII

 

Please Review the Attachments Below:
Archdiocesan Tuition Schedule - Month by Month
Ways to Reduce Costs
List of School Fees