Dear Parents and Guardians,
I am so excited to share with you all of the growth that is happening at Alverno Heights Academy. Every decision we make is firmly rooted in our extraordinary mission, to empower each young woman to be exactly the person she wants to be. You will see how Alverno’s commitment to its mission permeates all areas of growth and how your investment affords our students the opportunity to be at the forefront of leadership, innovation, and achievement in academics, the arts, athletics, and service.
- • Our Learning Technology Center (LTC) is in the process of having the drywall installed as I write this letter. The windows have been installed, which will allow those inside to enjoy the magnificence of the San Gabriel Mountains as they study. It will include a state-of-the art computer lab/classroom; small study/gathering areas for students to collaborate; house over five thousand volumes, and have plenty of places for your daughters to charge their devices. There will be a grand opening celebration for the whole community when it is complete by the end of March.
- • Our academic program continues to be enhanced through the expertise and enthusiasm of our very gifted faculty. For the second year in a row, we are proud to say that we have 16 AP Scholars. An AP Scholar must receive a 3 or higher on a minimum of 3 AP exams and with each consecutive honor the criteria increases. We currently have 8 AP Scholars; 5 Scholars with Honor; 3 Scholars with Distinction; and 1 National AP Scholar!
- • Our science program continues its outreach provided by Caltech. This year we formed our first ever iGem (International Genetic Engineering Machine) team, which won a Silver Medal at the iGEM Giant Jamboree in Boston. One of their main challengers, Yale University, received a bronze. The science department continues its ongoing relations with Caltech in pulsar, solar, and synthetic biology research.
- • The Visual and Performing Arts department had an amazing play in the fall with Lost in Yonkers at the Carrie Hamilton Theatre at the Pasadena Playhouse and we are anxiously looking forward to a fun-loving, yet timely performance of Hairspray directed by Ms. Cynthia Cales P’12 in April. The theatre department will also host our first ever Advanced Theatre Showcase: Extremely Weird and Incredibly Close later this month featuring pieces directed, staged, choreographed and performed by students.
- • Our Christian Service program has not only earned the distinction of having the best intersection at CicLAvia in October, but has provided a joyful Christmas for children in foster care, donated blankets to the homeless, costumes and goody bags for Halloween to those who were unable to celebrate, and continue to do outreach to those less fortunate through student service projects. Finally, our annual Cupcake Craze for She’s the First raised enough funds for a girl in Sierra Leone to attend school all-expenses paid. We continue to live our philosophy of our founders.
- • Our Athletic program continues to improve, which brings me to the next big announcement. We will be embarking on a Capital Campaign to build our new softball and soccer fields with a practice track as promised in our Master Plan. We are currently in the organizational and planning phase of the campaign, and the early commitments are very encouraging. The goal is to have the field complete by the end 2018.
Yes, it is an exciting time to be at Alverno Heights Academy. We are grateful for the financial support we have received from parents, alumnae, past parents, friends, and our Board of Trustees. Without it, Alverno would not be able to open its doors each day. As an independent school, we are totally dependent on tuition, donations, revenue from the Villa (we are very blessed to have it), and wise stewardship of our investments to keep the school running.
Affordability for an outstanding education has always been the goal of the Board of Trustees and leadership of the school. Alverno Heights Academy is unique in that we offers top-notch college preparatory education to our girls, yet we are one of the lowest tuitions in this very competitive area. We are grateful that you are part of the Alverno community.
After careful discussions and review, the Board of Trustees has set a 7% increase in tuition for the 2017-2018 school year. As it was last year, tuition will be due on June 1.
Tuition for 2017-2018 for 9th through 11th Grades: $18,750
Tuition for 2017-2018 for 12th Grade: $18,935 (Includes Graduation Fees)
For information regarding tuition, payment options, and scholarship/financial aid please click here.
As we look forward to the next school year, we are excited about the endless opportunities that await your daughters at Alverno Heights Academy. Our students enjoy active and engaging lives working and learning with our faculty, serving our local community, exploring the world and preparing for their futures. We are grateful you have chosen Alverno for your daughters as a safe and welcoming community where they are given every opportunity to be the woman they imagine themselves to be.
With thanks for your investment in Alverno Heights Academy,
Julia V. Fanara P’01, ’03, and ’05, M.A. and M.Ed.
Head of School