AFFORDABILITY WITHIN REACH

Aaron and Jessica Read
Eighth Graders, Mt. Carmel-Holy Rosary School

Now in eighth grade, Aaron and Jessica are both excelling in the classroom and beating the odds.

Photo: HEART SET ON A SCHOOL
HEART SET ON A SCHOOL

“Don’t tell me more, I can’t afford it,” were the first words out of Yesenia’s mouth when she learned how much it would cost to send her twins, Aaron and Jessica, to Mt. Carmel-Holy Rosary School in East Harlem. Yesenia had her heart set on the school because of its safe and caring environment, high test scores, and close proximity to the Head Start program where she worked on the kitchen staff.

Fortunately, she learned about CSF and what seemed so impossible is now a reality.

A BACKPACK STUFFED WITH BOOKS

Now in eighth grade, Aaron and Jessica are both excelling in the classroom and beating the odds. Jessica is a gifted artist and Aaron is such an avid reader that he regularly carries up to 15 books in his backpack. They also love the school’s required violin and ballroom dancing classes.

Photo: A BACKPACK STUFFED WITH BOOKS
Photo: THE TOOLS TO GET AHEAD IN LIFE
THE TOOLS TO GET AHEAD IN LIFE

It is admittedly tough for Yesenia to pay her portion of the tuition but she is willing to make any sacrifice to ensure her children can remain in the school they love so much: “I have no doubt that they are benefiting and if it wasn’t for their scholarships, I wouldn’t be able to afford this school. CSF is helping me and giving them the tools to get ahead in life.”

Photo Credits: Emily Burke Photography (2nd from top). All other photos © Alexandra Frumberg.

SUMMARY QUICK FACTS

PRIVATE SCHOOL STUDENTS SCORE HIGHER

Private school students score higher on standardized tests and are more likely to graduate high school than their public school counterparts. [Source: U.S. Department of Education’s Private Schools: A Brief Portrait. 2002]

ON THEIR WAY TO A BACHELOR'S DEGREE

Students who attend private school in eighth grade are twice as likely as to have completed a bachelor’s degree or higher by their mid-twenties (52 percent versus 26 percent) than their peers in public school. [Source: U.S. Department of Education’s Private Schools: A Brief Portrait. 2002]

SCHOLARSHIPS INCREASE COLLEGE ATTENDANCE FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDENTS

In 2012, a Brookings/Harvard study found that African-American students in New York who won and used a scholarship to attend private school starting in Kindergarten were 24 percent more likely to attend college than those who applied but failed to win a scholarship. [Source: Matthew M. Chingos and Paul E. Peterson Study, “The Effects of School Vouchers on College Enrollment“]

IMPROVING THE ODDS FOR LOW-INCOME CHILDREN

Low-income children who attend private school are almost four times as likely to go to college. [Source: U.S. Department of Education’s Private Schools: A Brief Portrait. 2002]

POLICY EFFORTS STRENGTHENING EDUCATION SYSTEM

CSF is committed to strengthening American K-8 education by educating parents and the public about state and local policies that give all children access to a good education, regardless of their family’s income level or where they live. Learn more about CSF and CSF partner program efforts.

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