Every family at Bishop’s makes a sacrifice to be here: It might be a long commute, a financial commitment requiring an adjustment to other priorities or consumer choices or an increased commitment of time.
Given the gap between tuition and the actual cost of educating our students, every family at Bishop’s also receives support from endowment investment income and annual giving funds. And, like most independent schools, Bishop’s provides tuition assistance to families through need-based grants.
This assistance is allocated across a full scope of our student body with grants ranging from 12 to 99 percent of the total tuition and inclusive of some incidentals such as books, uniforms and transportation. Approximately 20 percent of our student body receives some level of assistance, with an average award of $24,684. Our students come from diverse backgrounds, cultures, geographic areas and socioeconomic stratas.
With the high cost of living in San Diego, families find themselves having important and often difficult conversations about affordability. A large number of aid applications come from middle income families; tuition assistance enables both access to and affordability of a Bishop’s education. We seek the most qualified, mission appropriate students regardless of financial ability.
The discussion and learning that takes place in our classrooms is real and powerful. When students at a Harkness table can offer a unique perspective as to how or why they might interpret a passage a certain way, they listen to and communicate with classmates who have different viewpoints. It becomes possible to engage in authentic dialogue in a respectful and thoughtful manner.
The right student’s financial circumstance should have no bearing on joining our community.