Why Give


Salaries and Benefits 72.7%
Curriculum, Student Programs, Professional Development, and Technology 7.1%
Food Service 4.2%
Summer Programs 2.7%
Maintenance 4.8%
General Institutional 8.4%


Tuition 86.4%
Fees 2.9%
Annual Giving 4.6%
Summer Programs 2.8%
Endowment 0.9%
Other 3.4%

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 2018-2019, Wooster School's gap was 4.6% or equaled $1,365 per student. In comparison to the Fairfield and Westchester County independent schools*, their median gap resides at 6.0% of the budget, and accounts for $2,015 per student. *2016-2017 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 was not a good student but John Verdery took a chance on me and"changed my life. Certainly it was not John alone; the academic and athletic faculty, my fellow students and the culture of Wooster School all contributed, but my life changed, and from then on I knew I could do things that were not so clearly possible before Wooster. Looking back, even from only days after graduating Wooster, it has always been impossible for me not to invest in Wooster taking chances on students and changing their lives. If I have enabled even one I will have been successful. Thanks, Wooster!” - Al Bonney '62, 30+ consecutive years of giving

"Wooster gave me a great education. And at least as importantly, I found a true community: a sense of belonging, and a sense of responsibility to others. I want others to have the same opportunities." - Alex Carter '78, 25+ years of consecutive giving

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