The Parent Investment Program is a fundraising initiative that allows Central Catholic parents to make a contribution at a level commensurate with their ability to pay, helping to bridge the gap between tuition and the actual cost of a Central Catholic education. While the actual cost to educate a student for the 2020-2023 school year has been determined to be $21,163, tuition has been set at 79% of that amount, at $16,863. This leaves a gap of $4,300 per student. We encourage those parents who are able to cover the full cost of their student’s education to help bridge the gap by making a tax-deductible gift in the amount of $4,300.
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No. While some choose to pay the full gap amount of $3,049, we understand that others are only able to cover a portion of that amount. Only your family can decide what your gift should be. We realize that many of our families make incredible sacrifices to provide their children with a Central Catholic education and we ask only that all parents, including those who receive financial aid, make a commitment at the level appropriate for their family. Please know that your participation at any level is valuable and helps offset the gap between what we budget for each student and what we charge for tuition.
The Parent Investment Program is a critical aspect of our school’s many successes. It helps ensure that the highest standards of excellence are met or exceeded in all the components necessary for a successful high school experience. Academics, Fine Arts, Athletics, Campus Ministry, Service, and many co-curricular programs all benefit from this program.
In addition, this program helps us to remain accessible to students of all economic backgrounds, an integral component of our mission as an archdiocesan Catholic high school. It is one of the reasons we are able to celebrate a student body that reflects the population of the Portland metro area. Since all Parent Investment Program gifts support all our students, whether they are freshmen, sophomores, juniors, or seniors, it is our hope that Central Catholic will be your highest giving priority during your students’ time here.
Your participation is also important in that it leverages giving from foundation and corporate funders, who often use parent participation levels as criteria for funding.
Parent gifts support important initiatives in the current school year and help assure that all needs are met to make each year an exceptional experience. These initiatives will enhance the education experience of each student. An additional benefit is that every gift to the Parent Investment Program is 100% tax deductible.
Is the Parent Investment Program in addition to other fundraisers, such as Students4Students and the Presidents' Auction?
Yes. We recognize that many of you participate generously in S4S and the auction, while also supporting other student-led initiatives (such as the Penny Drive, Children’s Cancer Association, and others), and we are profoundly grateful for your support. However, it is our hope that you will continue to support these efforts while also participating in the Parent Investment Program. No other fundraising effort provides the return on investment offered by the Parent Investment Program.
Yes. In addition to paying in a single payment, parents have the option of paying their pledges monthly, via check, EFT, or credit card. Use the form included here and return to the Central Catholic High School Advancement Office. You may also make your gift online by designating your gift to the Parent Investment Program on Central Catholic’s website.
Yes. Many companies match personal gifts made by their employees. Your company’s Human Resources department should be able to provide you with information about its matching gift program.