This is part 3, where we talk about “The Enrollment” process. If you missed the first two posts in the series, you can read part 1 “The Search” to learn what criteria parents typically use for their search and part 2 “The Tour” to learn what questions to ask during a campus tour.
One of the most important questions that a family can ask, relative to private school enrollment, is HOW MUCH? But, unless the answer is qualified by what you are paying for it’s really meaningless.
Let me give you a couple examples.
Let’s say that you go to a local automobile agency and see a great looking SUV. You like the make, it’s a current year model, the body style, and color is exactly what you’ve been looking for, so you ask How Much? The dealer says “this little beauty is only $4,000.00 as is”. Now, a $4,000 price tag for a current year auto should send up a RED FLAG and the “as is” should be a deal breaker. What the dealer didn’t tell you is the vehicle doesn’t have an engine or transmission, and the wheels and all interior components are extra.
Schools often receive phone inquiries wanting to find out how much the tuition is. They fail to ask what their child would be receiving in return for their investment.
The enrollment process depends upon an open exchange of information. This is most easily accomplished in a scheduled face-to-face meeting. If the parent is unaware of the basis for cost, there is no sense of value. When an open exchange takes place during a scheduled meeting, the enrollment fees and process can be fully explained for mutual benefit.
Private school enrollment is an investment in your child’s future. Reasonable expectations are most frequently based on the history of academic achievement by current or former students of the school. When students historically post SAT scores 1.5 to 3 grade levels above the national norm, there is cause for reasonable expectation of a solid return on your investment.
We hope you found this information helpful. Please call (915) 584-2561 to book a campus tour and a meeting with our principal. We look forward to serving your family. Visit our website for more information about CFCS. Thank you for reading our post.