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Annual Fund

About the Annual Fund

SCA Annual Fund Brochure

The Annual Fund is an ongoing fundraising effort that helps bridge the gap between tuition revenue and the actual cost of educating students. Gifts to the Fund provide crucial resources for initiatives such as curricular enhancements, faculty and staff development, campus improvements, technology upgrades, athletics and fine arts, service programs, and tuition assistance. Every gift makes an immediate impact on St. Catherine students and on the life of the school!

Similar to our educational cornerstones of Faith, Reason, Leadership and Sisterhood—the St. Catherine of Siena Academy Annual Fund is also built on cornerstones—the Annual Appeal, Student Fundraiser, Events and Grants—and support of each one of these cornerstones is crucial for St. Catherine to continue our commitment to affordable tuition while maintaining our academic excellence.

To support the Annual Fund, please visit the following pages: Annual Appeal, our events (Benefit Gala, Golf Classic), and our Student Fundraiser.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the cost of education the same thing as tuition?

The cost of educating one St. Catherine student and the rate of tuition are not the same amount. Tuition only covers about 81% of the cost of a St. Catherine education. The 19% gap is covered through the money raised by the Annual Fund.

Why does St. Catherine not charge the full cost of education?

St. Catherine wants to remain accessible to every family that would like to provide their daughter with a quality Catholic education. Charging the full cost of education would make St. Catherine inaccessible to many who would choose to send their daughters’ to our school.

Is the tuition gap normal?

Yes! Most private schools, both secular and religious, have a tuition gap in order to keep their education accessible. 

Who gives to the Annual Fund?

Teachers, staff, board members, present and past parents, alumnae, and community members contribute to the Annual Fund. Participation by present families is essential to gaining support from outside community members because a gift to the Annual Fund is displays confidence in how the mission is being carried out. 

What has the Annual Fund done for the school?

The Annual Fund supports St. Catherine in every area. Some examples of things that have been made possible because of the Annual Fund are: repaving the road in front of the school, new classroom technology, expanded class offerings, and so much more! 

“This high school builds the whole young woman intellectually, spiritually, and teaches the feminine genius approach to life. Amen!”

Chrissy

“Another thing I enjoyed about the school was the athletics. I played four different sports at this school and I had the same experience with all of them. The coaches really cared about me, not just how well I was performing and I was treated respectfully on and off the court. Further more, I felt that I was really being pushed physically and mentally during practice which I value in any activity.”

Alumna

“My family has had an excellent experience at this school so far. Beyond the beautiful new facility, I have been impressed with the teachers and the administration! They challenge the girls both academically and spiritually, they know them by name, and appear to have a genuine concern for each individual student. The school really feels like a family. As a parent, it is a blessing to me to know that my daughter is in such good hands when I drop her off everyday.”

SCA Parent

“Another thing I enjoyed about the school was the athletics. I played four different sports at this school and I had the same experience with all of them. The coaches really cared about me, not just how well I was performing and I was treated respectfully on and off the court. Further more, I felt that I was really being pushed physically and mentally during practice which I value in any activity.”

Alumna

“I was among one of the very first classes SCA ever had. As a pioneer and a student to be a part of the foundation of clubs and classes that continue today, I am beyond proud of how far the school has come. There were many ups and downs during my four years but an amazing experience overall. Today at college I still look back on and cherish my times at SCA, thankful for the connections, education and sisterhood I acquired. I am looking forward to seeing many more young women carry on the traditions my class and recent classes have set for the future.”

Alumna, Class of '14

“This high school experience is like none other you can get anywhere. There is joy and comradery and the girls are happy and excel. They are being supported and encouraged by staff. You can watch a girl come in who had a bad experience elsewhere, bloom here and become a different girl in a short time. Can’t say enough good about it. Thank God the founders had this vision and followed through with it. Well needed and we are very thankful!”

SCA Parent

“My first day of freshman year was something I never expected, Saint Catherine just felt like home. The atmosphere, staff, and the student body were all so amazing. I knew from the second I came to the school that it was where I was meant to be. I am currently a senior and my experience so far has been one too remember I have grown mentally, physically, spiritually and my journey has been one to remember. I love SCA and all the girls I have met are truly going to be my sisters throughout my life, its an amazing school and is a place I will call home forever.”

Alumna, Class of '18

“This place (SCA) is about the best Catholic high school you can go to, in my opinion. The whole school isn’t just a school, but a family where everybody knows everybody. It’s a small enough school for that to be possible-and it’s really awesome! What makes SCA different is the people that make up the SCA family. There are no bullies and no one is mean to you. Everybody looks out for you and your teachers become friends….This place is really close to my heart.”

Alumna, Class of '12

“SCA proves you can educate young women to both get into Heaven and Harvard!”

SCA Parent

“I LOVE this school. The teachers are excellent. Because the students are so friendly, it’s easy to fit in and make friends even if you have had a tough time at other schools. There is virtually no bullying and it is a very friendly, positive environment. Highly recommended.”

Alumna, Class of '17