Every family who joins the Foothills Academy becomes part of a larger community working together to support all our students.
Since its beginning, one thing that has made Foothills Academy unique is that no child in need has been turned away from our school program for financial reasons. Currently, approximately 40% of the families whose children attend the school program access some amount of bursary assistance. This has only been achieved through everyone contributing to fundraising efforts.
When your child becomes a Foothills Academy student, each family commits to:
1. Become members of Foothills Academy Parents’ Association (FAPA) $30 per year
2. Attend two General Meetings (September and June each year) to hear updates from Administration
3. Contribute to fundraising efforts.
One of the principles of our founders that we are most proud of is the commitment to make Foothills Academy financially accessible to all children who can benefit from its specialized learning environment. We do this by keeping tuition fees as low as possible and providing bursaries on a sliding-scale basis to families. Everyone (parents/guardians and staff) contributes to the community by helping with our fundraising efforts. Foothills Academy’s inclusive fees (tuition, busing, etc.) are significantly lower than other specialized private LD schools but we can only do this if everyone helps out with fundraising.
Families have options for how to make up the difference between the tuition fees paid and the cost of running our school program. Currently, this means that each family needs to try to contribute approximately $4,000 per year. Parents have the option to make a one-time donation; arrange for corporate sponsorship; or, they can participate in various fundraising activities arranged by the school and FAPA. You can choose A, B, C or D:
A. Participate in and Volunteer in support of Foothills Academy Fundraising Activities organized by Foothills Academy and FAPA in the following ways:
i. Volunteering: Volunteers are needed in a variety of capacities throughout the year. Some examples are preparations for fundraising events, committees, and in the school. FAPA needs volunteers for casinos approximately every 18 months
ii. Donation of Merchandise or Services: We rely on donations that are sourced by our Foothills community to put in our fundraising events. We encourage you to contact businesses or individuals you know who may be interested in donating a new item or service to be used in our fundraising events.
iii. Attending Special Events: Building a larger community of supporters is important to our overall efforts. This is one reason that we hold special events. Share your enthusiasm for all that Foothills does by inviting friends and family to one or more of the following events: Gordon Hoffman Charity Golf Classic and/or Fall Funtasia.
iv. Scotiabank Calgary Marathon Charity Challenge: Register 4 participants for the Marathon and raise funds for Foothills Academy Society. The Marathon is held late May each year. It is expected that each participant joins Charity Challenge - Foothills Academy and brings in pledges
v. Car Raffle (FAPA organized): Sell 60 x $10 car raffle tickets. To assist you, FAPA organizes venues for selling your tickets. Shifts are available on a first come, first served basis. Tickets are distributed at the June General Meeting and are due back by approximately Thanksgiving.
B. Sponsorship: If you are able to arrange for a sponsorship ($5,000 or more) for at least one of our special events, this can replace all of your financial and volunteer Family Commitments.
C. One Time Payment: Make a one-time payment of $4,000 (payable at the time of registration). This takes care of all of your financial and volunteer Family Commitments.
D. Create Your Own Option: Be creative! If you would like to propose an alternative arrangement that helps us fulfill our fundraising needs, we are open to discussing this. Note: You are still required to attend the General Meeting and become a member of FAPA.
Once your child is accepted at the school, you can set up a meeting with the Business Administrator to discuss individual options.