Why Give


Salaries and Benefits 71.4%
Curriculum, Student Programs, Professional Development and Technology 7.0%
Food Service 3.9%
Summer Programs 3.5%
Maintenance 4.9%
General Institutional 9.4%


Tuition 83.5%
Fees 2.4%
Annual Appeal 5.5%
Summer Programs 4.4%
Endowment 0.9%
Other 3.3%

What is the “gap”?

Nearly every independent school, private college and university faces a shortfall between tuition and the actual cost of educating a student. This deficit, referred to as the “gap” can be relieved by unrestricted gifts made to the Annual Appeal. In 2015-2016, Wooster School’s gap was 5.5% or equaled $1,600 per student. In comparison to the Fairfield and Westchester County independent schools*, their median gap resides at 6.2% of the budget, and accounts for $2,232 per student. *2014-2015 data

Why give?

Beyond helping Wooster School meet its immediate financial needs, participation in the Annual Appeal demonstrates one’s pride and confidence in a Wooster School education. The strength of the Annual Appeal is based on the school’s commitment to an education of purpose and core values. We rely on ongoing support from all members of the Wooster community.

“I love teaching at Wooster because I get to teach everyday. The emphasis is on learning and thinking and not testing. I get to be creative and can encourage my students to apply their knowledge at higher levels. I know my students are learning because they demonstrate it everyday in the answers they give, in the problems they solve and in the projects they produce.” - Susan Gartner, Middle School Teacher

“Wooster is the best learning community I have ever been a part of. I have never seen a school so committed to growth and professional development. We are a culture of learning at Wooster from faculty development, to excellent instruction in the classroom and stimulating conversations outside of the class with students and fellow teachers.” - Will Sacco, Upper School Teacher

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