SGS INTRODUCES Continuous Enrollment
Every year, more than 90% of eligible Saint George’s School students return for the following school year. Recently, we tried to make the re-enrollment process as user-friendly as possible, introducing the electronic enrollment agreement. While this program worked well, we weren’t quite satisfied. We wanted to make things even easier for SGS families and reward such great school loyalty. That is what led to this year’s launch of Continuous Enrollment.
Continuous Enrollment FAQ’s
• What is Re-enrollment?
Re-enrollment is an annual data collection process that schools use to update enrollment records of the current student body. This information is used as the school makes plans for the following school year. Basically, the simple question is: “Are you coming back to school next year?” For our leadership team at Saint George’s School, we need to know how many students we will have on the first day of school.
• Why Does Re-Enrollment Matter? And why do we go through this every year?
SGS leadership does a lot of planning to ensure that we’re prepared to fulfill and execute our mission at the highest level every year. Until SGS families “sign on the line” that they’re coming back each year, we can’t make solid plans for staffing, programs, materials, curriculum and facility usage. We take the stewardship of tuition dollars entrusted to us very seriously. We want to invest these tuition dollars wisely so that we can provide the best education possible for our students.
• I have no plans to change schools- and almost everybody comes back every year anyway. Can’t I just stay at SGS until I notify the school otherwise?
Up until this point, re-enrollment has been an “opt-in” program. We annually ask every family, “Are you coming back?” In a sense, we’ve been penalizing the vast majority of families by forcing you all to go through this process every year. We annually re-enroll 90+% of our student body, so EVERYONE had to go through re-enrollment for the sake of the 10% that, for one reason or another, left our school community.
By signing your Continuous Enrollment contract, you will be flipping that script. Rather than an OPT-IN annual re-enrollment process, SGS’s annual re-enrollment will become an OPT-OUT process. In other words, if you are coming back after signing your “Continuous Enrollment Contract,” you’ll never have to worry about this again.
• So after this year, what will the “Re-enrollment Season” Look Like?
Once all of our families are on the “Continuous Enrollment Program,” the typical re-enrollment season (January through March) will simply be communications from the Admissions Office reminding the families that might be considering leaving our school to notify us prior to March 15. If last year is any indication, this means that 90+% of SGS families will have the convenience of ignoring this message and doing absolutely nothing!
• When will this take place?
Continuous Enrollment will start in February 2019. You will complete one last re-enrollment contract to sign up for continuous enrollment. We look forward to serving SGS families in this way and making the re-enrollment process even more convenient!
• How will I know what the new tuition rates will be?
The Saint George’s School Board approves tuition rates every January. The new school year tuition rates will be available on or before February 15 of every year. This will give you at least a 30 day notice of the new rates before the final opt out deadline.
• What about paying my enrollment deposit each year?
The enrollment deposit will now be charged to your bill in February of each year, and be due by March 15. If you notify us prior to the March 15 deadline that you plan to opt-out, the business office will remove the deposit charge from your bill.
• What about tuition insurance, bus service and yearbook orders?
In February of 2019 you will complete an online form and make your selections for adding or declining tuition insurance, choosing your bus service level, and ordering a yearbook. These selections will stay in place year after year until you choose to change them. There will be a “change form” active year-round available on the SGS website.
• What if I am unsure if we are returning?
If you are unsure if your currently enrolled student(s) will be returning to SGS for the following school year, please contact the Admissions Office in writing or by email before March 15 to discuss your situation. If you decide to return after March 15, you may re-enroll your student at any time as long as there is still space in the class.
• What about my financial aid award?
The financial aid process will not change. You still need to complete the Parent Financial Statement (PFS) through School and Student Services (SSS) and turn in all supporting documents to the Business Office every year. If a student has applied for tuition assistance and the award does not meet the their needs, they have the option of canceling enrollment without penalty by notifying the Office of Admissions in writing by the deadline disclosed in their Tuition Assistance Grant Letter, even if this date is after the opt-out deadline of March 15.