$50,000 private schools tuition in NYC is now becoming more common as private schools' tuition increases, again.
Trinity School and other NYC private schools' tuition plus fees now equal more than $50,000 according to Leslie Brody of the Wall Street Journal. John Allman of Trinity says he believes the tuition system is broken: "we're stymied in trying to figure out a way into a different funding model that looks really sustainable for families across the economic spectrum."
The charges, many private-school leaders say, don't cover the full cost of the rigorous educations provided. Their customers want small classes, arts, extracurricular activities, intensive college advising and teachers with advanced degrees. Leaders of these institutions say most depend on fundraising to fill the yearly shortfalls, in addition to holding capital campaigns for new construction.
Drivers of mounting tuitions include teacher salaries, health insurance, technology upgrades, more services for students with learning disabilities, and maintenance for expanded facilities, school leaders said.
It is clear that top private schools don't have strong pressure to keep down prices, as they are deluged by demand from parents who want the best for their children, and who will often pay multiples of current tuition for access.
Meanwhile, over in the UK, Prince George's parents, William and Kate, have to pay only $26,000 for his elite kindergarten: The best English education money can buy!' Prince George's £20,000-a-year prep gets rave reviews in Good Schools Guide
Can Trinity School fight the class war? Trinity School's headmaster, John Allman, sent shock waves through the city's private-school world by calling out parental entitlement and self-interest.
The Times reports that Allman wrote a letter pointing the finger at:
consumerist families that treat teachers and the school in entirely instrumental ways, seeking to use us exclusively to advance their child's narrow self-interest." He called for a dismantling of "this default understanding of Trinity as a credentialing factory," warning that without it, students would merely ascend to "a comfortable perch atop a cognitive elite that is self-serving, callous and spiritually barren." Without a shift in ethos toward greater commitments to the common good, toward social justice and activism, he said in the letter, "I am afraid we are, for a majority of our students, just a very, very expensive finishing school.
Allman further wrote:
We seek to incorporate public service and civic activism into all aspects of our program in part because we believe that individualism unredeemed by a commitment to purposes beyond the self leads to unhappiness and meaninglessness. Attentiveness to others is essential to well-being.
From a client today whose child will be starting a top Riverdale private school this fall:
Looking at the whole process in retrospect, I just wanted to thank you for giving scaffolding to the otherwise-chaotic-appearing admissions season. Your "bedside manner," your knowledge about the school and your faith in us as a family made us much less anxious about all the steps that we and (name) needed to take to get in. There are so many "perfect" candidates for each admissions spot, and I have no doubt that your coordination made the critical difference that made our family stand out and (name) achieve admission.
So *THANK YOU.*
When I meet with clients, I often discuss strategic summer activity choices to maximize school admission. But of course, everyone should balance preparation with fun and letting your kid be a kid. Children only have a limited number of summers before they grow up.
Happily, this excellent article Overnight Summer Camps are Better than SAT Prep Classes argues that sleepaway camps build creativity and independence, two crucial characteristics in successful adults. So you can let yourself feel good about whatever you and your child decide.
To the relief of many Columbia Grammar and Prep families distressed at increased levels of security at school, the Trumps have withdrawn their son. According to my sources as well as Vanity Fair, many Columbia Grammar parents were stressed with the first son in attendance and welcome what should now be relaxed security.
Now Barron is to attend St. Andrew's School in Potomac, MD, the first presidential child ever to go there. According to my colleagues in DC, St. Andrew's is a lower-profile school dedicated to educating all kinds of learners within the Episcopalian tradition. While pundits expected a more conventional choice, a big-name and conservative school, they were wrong.
St. Andrew's is an intriguing school. I respect that it seeks to help all students with all levels of ability. It is easy to teach traditionally bright students, and much harder to help those who need more support in their learning. The school's Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning is specifically dedicated to using the latest educational research to help all students.
Another email from clients whose child will be attending a top NYC private school kindergarten:
We’ve been busy writing thank you notes to all those who wrote letters and made calls on (child's) behalf and we now have the most important note to write, and that is to you. We absolutely would not be here if it wasn’t for you and will be forever grateful for having your guidance.
We cannot believe (child) will be at (top NYC private school) next fall and have not stopped jumping up and down with excitement since we heard. We did it!!
We truly feel blessed to have been able to work with you through the process. We could not have felt more prepped for our parent interview, your advice on when and how to send letters was spot on and your support through the entire process was priceless. You knew exactly what to say to us when we were feeling anxious and gave us the confidence we needed to successfully get through the admissions process.
You are amazing at what you do and you will forever hold a special place in our lives. Sending (child) to (top NYC private school) is our dream and the best gift we could give her. Thank you, Emily, from the bottom of our hearts.