Message from Mr. Laaperi – Registration is Open for 2020-2021 School Year

Cathedral Catholic High School’s Finance Council, the Diocese of San Diego and our Catholic Secondary Education Board of Directors have approved next year’s 2020 – 2021 school budget. A schedule of next year’s tuition rates and a Tuition Agreement form are now available. Please be assured that we take our responsibility to be excellent stewards of the financial resources that you entrust to us as a school community very seriously.

Over the past several years, we have incorporated many of the school’s separate fees into the total annual tuition. Fees included in the tuition rate includes a technology use fee, retreat expenses, school yearbook, student activity card, most graduation expenses and other miscellaneous fees. Please note that there may be some individual fees that pertain to unique events and programs that are not included in the overall tuition. 

Fundraising and financial development goals planned by our Advancement Office are critical in helping us provide a varied and well-rounded Catholic education for our students. The annual tuition does not provide 100% of the costs involved in offering a quality Catholic education that seeks to serve the needs of each and every student. There is an approximately $1,500 gap between the annual tuition and the actual cost of educating each student. This gap is closed through fundraising and private support from parents, alumni, alumni parents and friends of Cathedral Catholic High School.

As we have limited tuition increases to an average of just under 3% over the past five years, we are again encouraging all families to make a tax-deductible, annual gift of at least $1,500 to help bridge the gap between tuition and actual costs.

Every family can make a difference; therefore, we expect parents to make an annual gift to The Fund for Cathedral that matches each family’s ability to give. Participation is vital as a high participation rate helps us secure grants from major donors and foundations that support Catholic schools. Unlike tuition, your gift to The Fund for Cathedral may be 100% tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Keeping annual increases within the three to five percent range remains a strong goal of the school’s administration. We believe that this will be possible if all things remain stable in regard to enrollment and expenses that are not directly under our control (i.e., employee health insurance, retirement costs and utilities).

Parent volunteerism is another way to keep tuition increases to a minimum. For each hour that you volunteer, the school community saves an hour’s pay and related benefits. While parents are not required to complete a specific number of volunteer hours each year, it is our expectation that parents will volunteer for 10 hours or more as a way of getting actively involved and supporting the overall school community.

An increase in enrollment is also important in maintaining these lower than average annual tuition increases. Parents are the greatest ambassadors of our school community and have a great influence on those who speak with them about Cathedral Catholic. We trust that you will share the good news with your relatives, friends and neighbors.

The average increase for next year’s tuition will be approximately $72.00 per month over the current year’s monthly rate.

To register your student for the 2020 – 2021 school year, please submit the Tuition Agreement using the link below.

  • Complete the Tuition Agreement form.
  • Submit a $500 Tuition Deposit for each student being registered.
  • Make a one-time gift or a monthly pledge to The Fund for Cathedral Catholic (Please feel free to contact the Advancement Office at (858) 523-4000 or  if you would like to discuss your gift.)

Tuition payments, whether annual, semi-annual or monthly, are required to be submitted via SMART at  Please note: Cathedral Catholic High School is not able to absorb the cost of credit card fees for tuition payments. These fees will be assessed to you by SMART when you make your payments.

Registrations, including each student’s Tuition Agreement and $500 tuition deposit, are due by March 31, 2020. Students who have not submitted the tuition deposit and Tuition Agreement by March 31, 2019 will automatically be placed on a wait list for course preferences, and course lists will be created for them once the tuition deposit has been submitted, as available. Students are not considered registered until their Tuition Agreement and $500 tuition deposit are received by the school. Please note that financial assistance awards and any earned scholarships will be reduced after the March 31st registration deadline.

Please do not hesitate to contact our Business Office if you have any questions or concerns regarding the registration process.


Stevan R. Laaperi