Christian schools are privately funded entirely through tuition and donation dollars. The tuition commitment is significant and it initially scares away many parents who would like their children to receive quality, Christian education in these excellent schools.
It is a myth, however, that all parents who send their children to Christian schools are wealthy. Most are hardworking, middle class families who could use the money for other things. The reason they can afford the tuition has little to do with their monthly income. It lies in their commitment to the idea that this is absolutely essential for their children.
Tuition at Christian schools is geared toward families. Unlike many private schools, HCCS provides generous discounts for siblings. This encourages enrollment for the whole family thus building community while respecting the importance of the family unit.
Many parents are surprised to learn that tuition is comparable to the day care rates they are already paying for their three year olds. If you can afford day care, you can probably afford a Christian school.
Christian schools are non-profit organizations and as such can give a charitable receipt for a portion of tuition paid. The exact amount is determined at the end of the fiscal year and varies depending on the number of children enrolled and the family’s tax bracket, but many families receive a tax credit.
Some young families start saving when their children are born and they keep these future payments in mind as they make lifestyle decisions. Advance planning does make budgeting easier. There are also parents who suddenly decide to switch over to Christian schools and in many cases they are willing to do whatever it takes to provide the best for their children. Some grandparents are happy to contribute to the tuition fee and invest in their grandchildren’s futures.
Choosing a school for your children is an important decision regardless of your situation. Carefully consider your options and research the actual costs involved. Pray for guidance. Think about the qualities you hope to see in your child when they graduate from grade 8 or grade 12 and then choose a school that shares your vision.