The Next Twenty Years Fundraising Campaign
Celebrate 20 years of the Sharon Academy’s student-focused community with a gift to TSA’s most ambitious fundraising effort to date – The Next Twenty Years Fundraising Campaign. This two-part fundraising plan will make it possible for TSA to remain dedicated to our mission and continue to meet the evolving needs of our students, families, and the larger community as we move into the next twenty years and beyond.
- Phase 1 will ensure flexibility and socio-economic diversity through funding of a new financial aid program, advance innovation through expanded faculty professional development, provide enhanced student support services and improve our outdoor recreation and facilities.
- Phase 2 envisions a facility expansion to improve lunch program, upgrade TSA’s science labs for hands-on learning, and to create a “makerspace” and expanded art studio.
Click here to access The Next Twenty Years Fundraising Campaign
Case Statement to read more about The Sharon Academy’s exciting plans.
To set up an appointment to learn more about how you can become involved, email Jenn Hayslett, TSA’s Development Director at email@example.com or call her at 802-236-9598
Your Support Makes the Difference
Small School, Big Difference
The Sharon Academy makes a difference in students’ lives. At the heart of TSA is a commitment to providing and maintaining a safe and nurturing learning environment for adolescents. We work together – faculty, staff, families, and students – to support young adults in exploring their interests and identities, developing skills, and contributing to the world around them.
TSA’s Funding Model
This year 85% of The Sharon Academy’s students are publicly funded through rural sending towns without their own middle or high school.
Unlike most public, private, and independent schools who establish their tuition based on annual budgetary needs, TSA’s tuition is based upon the Vermont Announced Average Tuition, an amount set by the state ($14,297 for 2015/2016), which is more than $3,000 lower than the actual average tuition of Vermont high schools. This low figure is the maximum that a sending town is obligated to pay to an independent school for the education of one of their students. While most independent schools in Vermont charge additional tuition to families to make up the difference between actual costs and the Announced Average Tuition, TSA has traditionally kept our tuition at the low state rate in order to remain financially accessible to all families from our sending towns.
Bridging the Gap
TSA has always had a balanced budget and an incredibly lean financial model, yet it still costs approximately $2,000 more to educate each TSA student than the low state-mandated tuition covers. This is our tuition gap.
In order to preserve our small class sizes and retain dedicated and engaged faculty, The Sharon Academy is grateful for continued support from our community of parents, grandparents, alumni, alumni parents, faculty, staff and friends who help us bridge the gap. Over 250 families and individuals made gifts in support of TSA last year – and we made our goal of raising $225,000! This year, we must raise $250,000 to meet our budget.
To learn more about ways to support TSA or how you can get involved, please browse the links on the right navigation bar or contact TSA’s Jenn Hayslett, who will be happy to answer your questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-236-9598.