Dear Friends and Family of St. James Academy Community,
Great things happen at SJA because of you! We are excited to share with you our first annual Guardian Angel Program (GAP) Campaign. The GAP Campaign is vital in ensuring that SJA continues to set the standard in Catholic school education. It provides you the opportunity to help us bridge the cost of tuition and the actual cost of education while receiving a tax deduction. We are proud of all that we have accomplished.
We challenge our children to reach for academic excellence in an environment based on Catholic values that will inspire them to become leaders of faith and community.
We pride ourselves on our 16:1 student to faculty ratio, strong math and reading scores, and deeply rooted history and traditions.
We have been nationally recognized for our programs in sports, arts, music, inclusion and eco-awareness.
Our students excel at the next levels: 100% acceptance to the Catholic high schools of choice, extraordinary success at the high school level, acceptance at top colleges and universities.
We maintain a significant tuition assistance program to support our mission of making Catholic education accessible to those desiring it.
There is a significant shortfall between our tuition rate and the actual cost of educating our students ($1,800 short per student on an annual basis). The GAP is not new or unique to SJA. Most Catholic schools, both within and outside the diocese, face similar challenges and have reached out to their respective communities. We have been fiscally frugal without cutting programs, but are faced with a significant deficit. Also, in the past, we have been able to rely on the generous support of our parish to help bridge financial gaps. However, last year we were informed that the parish would not be contributing their annual assistance. These funds went directly toward tuition assistance. Therefore, we are turning to you for help in raising the necessary funds in a way that can hopefully lessen the impact.
The St. James Academy GAP Campaign is critical to sustaining many important and unique elements of our campus life such as innovative learning opportunities and facilities. It also helps us retain the very best teachers for our students. No pledge amount is too little or too great and we ask for your pledge now. We have created some easy options to donate. Please see the GAP pledge card.
We are profoundly grateful for the support of members of the parish, the extended St. James community, alumni and our current families and hope we will join together for the success of this campaign. We are asking you to consider a tax-deductible gift/pledge to the GAP campaign. Our goal is to have 100% of our school families contribute and be joined by a large number of generous contributors from the parish, alumni and extended St. James community.
We are counting on you to be a Guardian Angel and make your pledge to the GAP Campaign! Thank you for your generous support.
Fr. Gerard LeComte CJM Fr. John Howard CJM
Pastor Pastor Emeritus
Kathy Dunn and Christine Lang