When I tell other parents that my children attend AOPS schools, they’re usually familiar with the basics: the focus on faith; the caring teachers; the welcoming community.
But there’s one piece of Catholic education that often seems to get overlooked: the value.
Private elementary schools in our area can cost well over $25,000 — per child, per year! Instead, my husband and I chose to send all three of our children to St. Philip Neri School. As parishioners, we pay under $4,000 in yearly tuition for each child.
For that price, we can rest easy knowing that our children are receiving top-notch educations from a Blue Ribbon School that’s accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
That’s why I like to say that AOPS schools offer the most bang for your buck. It’s an investment that has allowed us to watch our children thrive from the rigorous academics and diversity of programs.
Our daughter will begin John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls’ High School having already taken 8 years of Spanish classes. And our youngest son reinforces his schoolwork and social skills through the Science Explorers program.
Our family is especially excited for the Reading Olympics, where teams compete to answer questions about books they’ve read. We’re also looking forward to the Peer Mediators program, where students volunteer to mediate conflicts among classmates.
The thing is, my husband and I believe that school should be more than a series of classes and assignments. For my children, it’s where they’ve learned about competition, through the CYO program. It’s where they’ve reinforced their faith, contributing as altar servers. And it’s where they’ve learned to serve those in need, taking part in volunteer programs.
At the end of the day, school is where our children are building a foundation of knowledge and understanding that they’ll use the rest of their lives.
And for me, that’s a deal you just can’t pass up.
Agnes lives in Philadelphia with her husband Joseph and their three children. Their sons attend St. Philip Neri School, and their daughter attends John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls’ High School.