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Old Jan 16, '09, 1:27 pm
TravisandJill TravisandJill is offline
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Default Dont know how I can afford Catholic school!

This year we have our DD in kindergarten at our local Catholic school, well next year our son will be 4 and DH wants him to do a year of preschool before kindergarten so he can get used to it but the tuition is outrageous! For my dd its not too bad but with 2 kids and uniforms it will probably be about 10,000 a year!!

How do parents of more than one child afford to send them to private schools? I dont think DH and I can afford this, actually I KNOW we cannot afford this I am kinda sad about this because my DD has learned so much about the Church...

I guess I can still pray for a miracle
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Old Jan 16, '09, 1:36 pm
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1) Ask about scholarships.
2) KofC has scholarships.
3) Talk to the principal, see what scholarships are available and fill out necessary forms. You'll have to provide W2's and such.
4) Ask about a uniform exchange. That's what we do, we can't afford new uniforms. If there is none start asking other parents if you may be able to have their hand-me-downs. Check your local thrift shops, I find uniforms there too.

I have not had any problem with our Catholic School, even though I can't pay the full amount for my two kids there. Our principal would never turn a child way due to inability to pay. I pay a certain amount every month, and I do what I can as for volunteering. The secretary helps me out with donations as much as she can, especially during fund-raisers. Meaning that when random people donate that don't have children there, she applies it to my children (and a couple of other families that are not wealthy). She does this out of the goodness of her heart, as I did not ask her to help. I go out of my way to help her though! You can bet!

We received a scholarship from the Arch-Diocese of Los Angeles that I believe totaled $4800 for the year. The school was also able to receive money from the state because of the number of low-income children there.

So ask questions! The only reason I know all of this is available is because of CAF'ers telling me last year! God Bless you all!
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Old Jan 16, '09, 1:38 pm
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Scholarships, work study.... don't they have a multiple-child discount?

Diocese of Phoenix has a scholarship fund. I am sure others do too.

Some schools have work study, where you can commit to a certain amount of service from your child or your family in exchange for tuition discounts.

There are loans you can get for K-12 education.... but I woudn't want to go there myself.

Does Texas have charter schools? I have to say, they are a wonderful option here! Secular, so our kids go to RE at the church and we teach them some at home too..... but a great compromise.
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Old Jan 16, '09, 2:00 pm
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My 14 year old attends our local public high school after attending a small (100 kids) great country public elementary from K-8th. Do I love the high school? Nope not at all. But I have a good kid who attends Mass and Cathecism classes, we talk about & live our faith. I would have loved to have him attend the only catholic high school near us-about a half hour away but yearly tuition alone was $10,000 for this school year and we just could not do it. I honestly believe that if you live your faith out loud and your children grow up in a strong Catholic home, public school can be fine. If the school teaches ir says something that is contrary to your faith, then it is up to you to defend your faith to your chidren and teach them the same.
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Old Jan 16, '09, 2:19 pm
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PSAS Private School Aid Service...
https://www.psas.org/index.aspx
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Old Jan 16, '09, 2:35 pm
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awww thank you everyone for the great advice. Yes the school does have a multiple child discount but its not even 10 percent off, and the discount does not apply to preschool...only k-8. The thing that kills me is preschool is from 8-noon daily and for the year it would cost 3,800 plus uniforms which are about 350 dollars....plus lunch which is 2.75 a day. See how it adds up? And thats just for one kid. My eldest was 3,100 dollars this year but they raised the price to 3,300 dollars for next year. I also factored in the misc. things we have to pay for throughout the year to come up with the 10,000 dollar figure (spagetti dinners, casino night, festivals, parties, school supplies every year, etc..).

Maybe I will give the scholarship thing a try...I am glad to know about this option because we are a single income family and even this year we had to sacrifice to send DD here. But it was worth it because I think she is getting a great Christian education and I love how they take the kids to mass every Friday Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside LOL
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Old Jan 16, '09, 2:40 pm
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Maybe the answer is to hold off on preschool and save up as much as you can. Preschool is not necessary.
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Old Jan 16, '09, 2:48 pm
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Maybe the answer is to hold off on preschool and save up as much as you can. Preschool is not necessary.
Yeah I think so too. But DH insists that preschool is necessary, LOL. The kindergarten at this school seems pretty hard too especially for a kid who has never been to school before...

Hmmm maybe some more praying is in order Whatever it is God will lead the way
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Old Jan 16, '09, 6:21 pm
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I am also worried. We have 3 children who will be attending. I have no idea how we're going to afford it, but it is our top priority!
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Old Jan 16, '09, 7:05 pm
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DH insists that preschool is necessary
Since you know what the expectations for kindergarten are, could you work with your preschooler to teach him what he will need to know? (that is if you don't send him to preschool) Also, I know my son's kindergarten teacher (all boys Catholic school) said that it is normal to have a wide range of abilities in kindergarten. She'll have kids who are strong readers entering school & some kids who couldn't recognize the letters of the alphabet. A good Kindergarten teacher will work with the parents if they feel a student needs a bit of extra help too. Good Luck!
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Old Jan 17, '09, 8:55 am
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. I honestly believe that if you live your faith out loud and your children grow up in a strong Catholic home, public school can be fine..
Agree. Some of the very BEST kids in our parish go to the public school. They seem to be the most active in the youth group.

To the OP ~ If you really want your children to go to Catholic school, I hope it works out for you. I would take the advice of the posters and see if scholarship $ is available and also forget about preschool & save that $ for kindergarten.
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Old Jan 17, '09, 12:00 pm
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Preschool is so not necessary for academics.

None of my kids went to preschool, and all have always been at the top academically at their classes.

It is more for social growth, if necessary. I think what gets done in preschool can get done at home - I don't know if you SAH or not, but the academic part can certainly be covered by parents, and the social can also be covered by playgroups, etc.

That's my experience and opinion.

(btw, we have 3 in Catholic school - 2 in HS and 1 in JH - over $30,000 a year tuition ). If they went to public school, they would have over 1,000 in their class. That size, for us, was THE determining factor.
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Old Jan 17, '09, 5:25 pm
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This was actually the first reason we "had" to look into homeschooling- no way we were sending them to the public schools around here and the Catholic school that looked promising was over half an hour's drive each way and too expensive for our family to consider (at least right now).

At first I was mad because I felt like I was being forced to homeschool. Then I started to research it and fell in love with the idea. Now I homeschool because I love it and it works great for our family!
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Old Jan 17, '09, 6:15 pm
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Oh, we're in the same boat over here! I can relate!

Right now, we have DD in Pre-K at our local Catholic school and next year, we will have our second DD attend the Pre-K there... but are praying to somehow find the finances to be able to keep our oldest DD in Kindergarten there as well and eventually be able to send the rest of our children there too!

One thing you might consider -- which is what we did that allowed us to be able to send our oldest DD to the Pre-K -- was we used our tax returns from 2007. We put them in a special savings account and pull out of there each month when tuition is due. If you get a decent chunk back each year in taxes and maybe get a scholarship or financial aid, maybe it would be feasible?

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Old Jan 17, '09, 6:23 pm
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Some schools will cut tuition for employees--if your school does, you can check out working parttime as an aide or a sub. You can ask, in any case.
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