Lumen Christi High School is a private Catholic school and depends on fees, tuition, fundraising, and the generosity of the parishioners of St. Benedict Parish for management of its financial operation and viability. It does not receive funding from the State of Alaska or the Municipality of Anchorage.
The Actual Cost of a Lumen Education
The actual cost to educate one child at Lumen Christi High School for the current school year is around $16,500. This leaves a significant gap per student that is filled solely through annual development and fundraising efforts, including:
“Lighting the Path to the Future”: Organized in spring 2017 and thanks to the support of the Archbishop of Anchorage, over 20 Catholic education sponsors have committed to partner with the school and our students for the next six years. This unprecedented effort includes financial support from the Archdiocese of Anchorage, fellow parishes, individuals, and the Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulchre. The “Lighting the Path to the Future” campaign reduces tuition costs by over $3000 per student each year.
Archangel Attic: The Archangel Attic supports the school financially with all proceeds from the sales of second hand clothing and other items going directly to the school’s operational budget. Proceeds from the Archangel Attic helps reduce tuition costs by over $1450 per year.
St. Benedict Parish Investment: As a ministry of St. Benedict’s, Lumen Christi High School receives a large portion of its budget from the parish in the form of an investment. Each year, this investment from the generous parishioners of the parish reduce our students’ tuition by over $1400 per student.
Annual School Gala/Auction: Held in February of each year in the Lumen Christi gym, the Annual Gala is a festive night of Live and Silent auctions, dinner, and fun-filled activities. Through the generous donations from community supporters and the time and talent of volunteers, this annual event reduces tuition costs by over $1,300 per student each year.
LUMENARY Drive: The LUMENARY Drive is the school’s annual fund drive. Solicitations go out to school staff, parents, School Board members, and the greater community in late October. Contributions to the annual LUMENARY Drive help reduce tuition costs by over $800 per student per year.
Concessions Sales and Other Fundraisers: The St. Scholastica Snack Shack is often open during sporting events and athletic tournaments. The concession stand is manned exclusively by parent volunteers. Sales of food and drink items reduces tuition by roughly $100 per student per year. Other fundraisers are organized and held on an annual basis and help reduce tuition costs by a little over $90 per student per year.
The above description and chart shows why families do not pay $16,000 a year to have their son or daughter attend Lumen Christi. The generosity of community supporters helps to close the gap in the actual cost of educating a student and what families actually pay. This means that each and every student attending Lumen Christi receives tuition assistance of over $9000 per year, regardless of need.
What You Actually Pay:
2019/2020 tuition at Lumen Christi:
||Junior High (7-8)
||High School (9-12)
|10-month Tuition Payment Plan
2019/2020 fees at Lumen Christi:
Registration Fee: $100 per student (new and returning) / $250 for international students
Late Registration: $250 returning student after March 31
Book/Technology Fee: $300 per student due by first tuition payment
Lumen Christi uses the SmartTuition program for managing tuition and fee payments to the school. Upon enrollment, families will establish a SmartTuition account and be able to access tuition and fees information and pay balances real-time through a mobile app. More information can be found at https://www.smarttuition.com/.
Tuition rates for the following school year are normally set and announced during the budget process which typically concludes in early spring.