The Daily Truffle: Fund(rais)ing L.A.'s Private Elementary Schools
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Photo caption: (Top to bottom: Invitations to Chandler School, Buckley School, Willows School, Center For Early Education, Oakwood School and John Thomas Dye)
Springtime in L.A. is the season when private grade schools host auctions, gala events, and swank soirees at fancy hotels, studio lots, and L.A. country clubs designed to raise additional funds to pad the $25,000 base fee of sending kids to John Thomas Dye, Buckley, Curtis, the Center, Campbell Hall, Brentwood, Stephen S. Wise, and all the other early educational top L.A. tickets.
That might sound high but the 25k tuition doesn't even cap the operating budget of any private elementary school and additional money is always needed for teacher salaries, employee benefits, school supplies, and financial aid.
Private schools raise money through various means but auctions (usually conducted at black-tie events or an annual school fair or once in a blue moon, online) are often the #1 source of extra revenue in bulk.
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