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placeholder January 24, 2011   •   VOL. 49, NO. 2   •   Oakland, CA
O’Dowd holds line on tuition; others await decisions

Parents of current and prospective students at Bishop O’Dowd High School got an early Christmas present when the Oakland school announced Dec. 15 that tuition and fees for the 2011-2012 academic year would be the same as the current year.

The freeze means, with the standard percentage increase, O’Dowd officials said, would have meant an additional $1,000. The tuition stays at $13,840, with $900 in fees.

“Our ability to hold tuition and fees at current rates is made possible by two positive trends: cost containment and efficiencies on the expense side, and the generosity of the O’Dowd community on the income side,” said the letter which was signed by President Steve Phelps, Principal Joseph Salamack and board Chair Evelyn Dilsaver.

High schools typically make tuition decisions in the late winter. So far, O’Dowd appears to be the only high school in the diocese to deliver tuition news to parents.

At St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda, the board will vote to set tuition on Feb.17. Mary McInery, communications director said. Current tuition is $13,150.

Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward has not yet set its tuition for the 2011-2012 school year. Tuition is approved by the Board of Trustees each February and announced to families shortly thereafter.

“Our current tuition is $12,720 and historically tuition increases between 4 and 6 percent,” said Kristin Delaney-Wiggins, director of institution.

St. Mary’s College High School in Berkeley said on its website that the tuition has yet to be determined. Current tuition is $14,280, with an additional $300 capital improvement fee.

Julia Casella, business manager at Holy Names High School, noted that the Oakland school’s current tuition of $11,800 is “already a little bit lower than the others.” The board is expected to vote on tuition for the coming school year at the end of this month, she said, and a modest increase is anticipated.

St. Elizabeth High School has not announced its 2011-12 tuition; it is currently at $7,950, the lowest in the diocese.

At Salesian High School in Richmond, current tuition is $12,000, according to its website.

At Cardondelet High School, tuition is $13,600 for the current year.

At De La Salle High School in Concord, tuition for the coming year will be set. It is currently $14,100., with an additional book rental fee of $300. School president Mark DeMarco said school leaders are in the process of gathering information toward making a decision on tuition. “Tuition will be increased,” he said, in keeping with meeting the school’s commitment to planning not just for the year ahead, but beyond.

The budget will include, for example, $1 million in capital projects. “We tell our families, ‘We pay forward to families that come after you,’” he said. He also said that financial aid will be increased to meet needs. “Financial aid always outstrips tuition increases,” he said.

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