Letter from the President

Dear Cathedral Catholic Families,

Cathedral Catholic High School’s Finance Council, our Advisory Board of Directors and the Diocese of San Diego have approved next year’s 2018-2019 school budget. A schedule of next year’s tuition rates and a Tuition Agreement form are now available on our website for your use.

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.

The average increase for next year’s tuition will be $32.00 per month over the current year’s monthly rate. Over the past few years, we have incorporated many of the school’s separate fees into the total annual tuition. The 2018-2019 tuition rate includes each student’s technology fee, retreat expenses, school yearbook, student activity card, graduation expenses and other miscellaneous fees as part of the total amount of tuition. Please note that there may still 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 a $1,700 gap between the annual tuition and the actual cost of educating each student. This gap needs to be 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 1% – 2% per year over the past four years (the lowest four-year total in the past twelve years of Cathedral Catholic High School), 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 is 100% tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Keeping annual increases within the 1% – 2% range remains a strong goal of the school’s business 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 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 minimum number of volunteer hours each year, it is our expectation that parents volunteer for 10 hours or more as a way of getting actively involved and supporting the overall community.

An increase in enrollment is also important in maintaining 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.

To register your student for the 2018-2019 school year, please submit the Tuition Agreement using the link below.

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

Families who select the monthly payment plan are required to participate in making automatic payments to FACTS Tuition Management. Once our Business Office has received your registration and deposit, you will receive an email from FACTS to register for your family’s monthly tuition payment plan.

Registrations, including each student’s Tuition Agreement and $500 tuition deposit, are due by March 31, 2018.

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


Stevan R. Laaperi