Financial Expectations

As is the case for most independent schools, tuition and fees do not cover the full cost of educating students at Porter-Gaud, nor does it cover the cost of major improvements or new construction. Porter-Gaud was founded on philanthropy in 1867. Reverend Porter's personal sacrifice and vision inspired others to give, thus, setting in motion a philanthropic ethic that has continued throughout our 150-year history. Porter-Gaud has been able to sustain and enhance its mission as well as continue to offer one of the best and most dynamic educational experiences in the Southeast through generous gifts from families and friends. Although there are many worthwhile charitable causes, Porter-Gaud is one of the few that directly benefits our children and families. Thus, we hope and expect that parents of currently enrolled students will make the school a philanthropic priority. To that end:

Each Porter-Gaud family is expected to contribute to the Cyclone Fund each year at a level commensurate with their financial ability. To keep tuition increases in check and to help to make up the difference between tuition revenue and operating costs, Porter-Gaud depends on annual giving every year. Tax-deductible donations to the Cyclone Fund are put directly into the same year’s operating funds and used to help cover a broad range of essential items such as academic programs and supplies; new technology; arts and library materials and equipment; student activities; faculty professional development, and facilities maintenance.

At Porter-Gaud, the Cyclone Fund runs from July 1 through June 30 every year. Parents are asked to respond promptly and respectfully when interacting with our Cyclone Fund volunteers. To learn more about supporting Porter-Gaud, please read our A Partnership with Porter-Gaud brochure.

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