"When we made the decision for our sons to attend CLS, I thought that our tuition covered the cost, and I was surprised to learn that we would be requested to participate in various fund-raising activities. Now that I understand the school finances, especially in comparison to other nearby private schools, I see the need for fund raising in addition to tuition. My family also understands the vision and mission of Covenant Life School and we are eager to help advance that mission and vision.” CLS Parent
We know that Christian education makes an amazing difference in the long term well-being of children. Studies show that when Christian school students graduate, they incorporate their faith into their family lives; they give significantly more volunteer time than their peers to community causes; they seek careers based on calling, and therefore find more satisfaction; and they strongly believe that religion should be included in the public discourse on the pressing issues of our time. Christian school graduates are changing the world.
But not everyone has the means to make that choice. Year after year, we hear from families who wish their children could be in a spiritually-focused classroom environment, but who are unable to pay the tuition ~ and CLS tuition is 50% lower than the average Montgomery County private school. Our goal is to offer an excellent Christian school education at a tuition rate within the reach of most families who want this for their children.
So why should you contribute to CLS, even if your family is paying tuition, or has paid tuition for an alumni in the past? What does tuition cover? Tuition covers 88% of the funds necessary for us to educate a child. Over 80% of that income goes straight to salaries and benefits. The CLS administration has worked hard to keep overhead costs as low as possible and still provide a competitive and growing educational program. We truly run the school on as lean a budget as possible. To remain accessible to more families, we keep tuition lower than the actual cost of a student’s education, and we rely on the generosity of school families and community members to cover the gap with extra funding. Without donated support every year, it would be impossible for the school to continue making the improvements and changes that continue to take us to the next level.
Please consider how you can help our cause: to keep Christian education affordable and accessible to more families in this region. Scroll down to learn about the many ways you can support CLS throughout the year.