About Our School
Our budget for the current school year is around $748,000. Payroll takes up about 85% of that with the remainder taken up by educational supplies, maintenance and other expenses.
This averages out to a per student cost of between $8,500 to $9,000 depending on our enrollment.
Yet, our tuition is nowhere near $9,000 per year. Why is this?
The Seventh-day Adventist denomination has for the last 150+ years been strongly committed to Christian education. A significant portion of tithe funds sent to the denomination comes back to Adventist schools in the form of subsidy (tithe funds also pay the salaries for ministers in each local congregation).
Our Denominational Subsidy for the current year is about $266,000. This is approximately 36% of our operating budget.
Our local Chico Adventist church has also been committed to Christian education here in Chico since 1905. Each year our local Adventist congregation sets aside a portion of their church budget to additionally subsidize Christian education at Chico Oaks Adventist School.
Our local Chico Adventist church subsidy for the current year is $60,000. This is approximately 8% of our operating budget.
These subsidies significantly lower the tuition and fees for all students at Chico Oaks Adventist School, regardless of any church affiliation. Members of our local congregation, however, do also qualify for an additional tuition discount.
Our tuition and fees for the coming 2017-2018 school year are:
Includes all textbooks and teacher materials for the classroom.
Tuition (K-8), $5,350 annually (Adventist tuition discount, $765)
- Qualified credentialed teachers
- Low student-teacher ratio
- Differentiated Instruction
- Music education in each classroom
- Art instruction
- Faith-based curricula
- One-to-one laptop program in grades 5-8
- Computer lab for grades 1-4
- Before school care from 7:30-8:00 am
- Classroom field trips
- Annual week long outdoor education in grades 5-8
- Hot lunches once or twice per week, optional
- After school care available until 6 pm, optional
- School t-shirts and sweatshirts, optional
The amount of tuition aid awarded varies from year to year, but ranges from $60,000 to $100,000.