As many of you know, the education offered at Journey School is a bargain compared to many other schools. Journey offers a nurturing community, small class sizes, a robust specialty and arts program, high quality student supplies, and an enlivened, rigorous age-appropriate curriculum that is delivered by dedicated teachers who build enduring relationships with children.
Private schools charge upwards of $15,000 per year in order to cover the costs of a Waldorf educational program. Charter schools are funded through public funtds and currently receive about $5,000 per student annually. This equates to a PER STUDENT funding gap of approximately $5,000 to $10,000.
Journey School is tuition free and donation dependent.
- Voluntary Close the Gap Pledge Program (Journey School) – addresses the gap between public funding and the per student cost of our educational program. Right now, that gap is $1325 per student for the 2012-2013 school year. Families voluntarily contribute to this pledge program – participation is encouraged, not required.
- Rob and Linda McGee Development Office (Journey School Foundation) – looking to development opportunities outside Journey School is crucial especially as state revenue continues to be slashed while school expenses are on the rise.
The Close-the-Gap effort and the REACH Development Office’s fundraising efforts will remain separate initiatives designed to address different needs. Both efforts will directly benefit the school and students. We still need parents to support our Close-the-Gap efforts, while we look to outside sources for additional funding beyond the basics.