Dear Alverno Parent/Guardian,
In keeping with our school year theme of “Celebrating 60 years of Empowering Young Women,” I am excited to share with you some of the ways that Alverno Heights Academy is continuing to empower our students. Every decision we make is firmly rooted in our extraordinary mission, “to empower each young woman to be exactly the person she wants to be.” You will see how Alverno’s commitment to its mission permeates all areas of growth and how your investment in your daughter’s education affords our students the opportunity to be at the forefront of leadership, innovation, and achievement in academics, the arts, athletics, and service.
Recent student achievements show how our students’ stories take center stage:
- College Acceptances: 100% of the Class of 2019 was eligible to attend a four-year college or university. Some of their options included Georgetown, UC Berkeley, UCLA, NYU, USD, and many more UCs and Cal States! The acceptances for the Class of 2020 are starting to arrive and we look forward to National College Decision Day on May 1!
- STEM Program: Our Science Club and Honors Independent Research in Science (HIRS) class hosted our third “Science Night @ Alverno” in collaboration with Caltech Educational Outreach to overwhelming success.
- Visual and Performing Arts: The VPA department challenged our actors and students with the witty, yet absurd Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard and they are preparing for a fun-loving production of “Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat!” on March 12, 13, and 14 at the Lanterman Theater in La Canada.
- Athletics: Our Cross Country team finished 3rd in the Horizon League advancing to the CIF Finals as did our Varsity Soccer Team. We are looking forward to exciting seasons for Track and Field and Softball on our new field!
- Campus Ministry and Christian Service: These two groups continue to enrich the culture of our school community and promote the philosophy and mission of our school founders through wonderful projects like the Adopt-A-Family Christmas Project, Bake-A-Change event, campus retreats, and more.
It is truly amazing to see the stories of these young women take shape, and we are well aware that no family gets to partake in this experience without significant financial contribution and sacrifice. For this, we are so grateful. While our annual tuition is based on a highly conservative budget, balancing sustainability and program enhancements, please know that an investment in an Alverno Heights Academy education provides a high rate of return for you and your daughter.
Like any good steward of an asset, we make significant investments in our students, programs, and facilities. For example:
- Athletic Fields: We chose to go with natural grass, which is better for the environment and the girls, but the upkeep is very expensive. Our fields continue to be a benefit to our whole school.
- Professional Development: Invested in professional development for our faculty and staff through local and national conferences ensuring our students are receiving an exceptional 21st century educational experience.
- Gala and Student Fundraising: This year all proceeds from the auction will go to the Alverno Fund which funds scholarships and student programs. Fifty percent of the student fundraiser also helps to supplement student programs, while 40% goes back to the states, and 10% goes to charity. This year our Gala will be celebrating our 60th year– our Diamond Jubilee right here on campus! Be sure to join us!
Affordability for an outstanding education has always been the goal of the Board of Trustees and leadership of the school. Alverno Heights Academy is unique in that we offer top-notch college preparatory education to our girls, yet we are one of the lowest tuitions in this very competitive area. We are grateful that your daughter and your family are a part of the Alverno community.
Each year there is a discrepancy in the cost of educating a student and the actual cost of tuition. The school must make up that difference in whatever way it can. Currently, it costs $27,500 to educate your daughter. There is a shortage of $7,000/student or another way to look at it is giving each student a $7,000 scholarship. This is why tuition, fundraising, and generous donations are necessary, as we receive no support from the archdiocese or religious order.
After careful discussions and review, the Board of Trustees has set tuition for the 2020-2021 school year at $21,550 for grades 9 – 11 and $22,050 for grade 12. This represents a $1,000 increase for grades 9 -11 and a $1,500 increase for grade 12, which includes the senior fee of Graduation, Senior Retreat, and other expenses. Tuition payments for the new school year will begin on June 5, 2020, and information will be coming from FACTS Tuition.
Yes, it is an exciting time to be at Alverno Heights Academy. In conversations with your daughter, I hope you will take time to marvel over this story from Alverno. Our students live active and engaging lives working with faculty, serving our community, enjoying experiences and preparing for their exciting futures. We are grateful you have chosen Alverno Heights Academy for your daughter to receive the very best preparation for college and life.
In order to confirm your daughter will be returning to Alverno, please complete the Enrollment Commitment and Tuition Acknowledgement Form by March 27, 2020.
Additionally, if you are interested in applying for Variable Tuition and have not already done so, the link to FAST can be found here: FAST APPLICATION.
The deadline to submit a FAST application is March 8.
If you have any questions regarding tuition, please contact Ms. Lee Ann Bechthold, Business Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions regarding Variable Tuition, you may contact Ms. Sara McCarthy ’05, Assistant Head of School, at email@example.com.
With sincere thanks for your investment in 60 years of Alverno Heights Academy
Julia V. Fanara
Head of School