"How can I afford not to?"
New-student interviews have begun for the 2020-2021 Academic Year, and I'm giddy. What an impressive group of applicants we have already! During an interview tonight, a Foundry Dad recounted something that really stuck with me. He said that he had been asked many times, "How can you afford to send your son to The Foundry?" His response has been, "How can I afford not to?" (Maybe I should stop typing now, because nothing I write is going to hit the nail on the head quite like that simple reply. And yet, I can't help myself!)
I spend a lot of time thinking about The Foundry, and it has often occurred to me that (in more ways than one!) we don't fit the stereotypical mould of a private school. In our area, tuition for a private high school not supported by a church ranges from $14,000 to $29,000 per year, which is cost-prohibitive to most families. While not compromising on our standards and principles, The Foundry runs a tight ship and provides a first-class education at $8,000 a year. Making The Foundry accessible to as many students as possible has always been our goal. The truth is, though, that even with sibling discounts, payment plans, and need-based scholarships, it is still a struggle for many of our families to pay for high school. Budgets are tightened; sacrifices are made; more hours are put in at work. At the end of the day, the consensus among Foundry Families has been that every dollar invested has been worth it. We see the difference that The Foundry is making in our students' lives, and our gut is telling us that we can't afford not to provide them with this opportunity.
If you're curious about what makes The Foundry unique, please come to our Exhibition Night tomorrow, December 16, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at St. Andrew's in the Pines, 316 N. Peachtree Parkway, PTC. This event is open to the public. I got a sneak peek tonight; you don't want to miss it!