We understand that private education, especially Christian private education, requires commitment and financial dedication from parents, school staff, and donors. Our hope at DPCA is that parents can choose the school that is the best fit for their children without finances having to be the deciding factor. To that end, we pursue the following programs for making education at DPCA as affordable as possible for as many as possible:
We ask faculty and staff to share the burden by accepting salaries far below local public schools and most private schools. (Our highest paid teacher, for example, has a salary about the same as a first-year teacher at our local public schools.) Our teachers and staff accept this challenge because they believe deeply in our mission.
We keep tuition as low as we can; each year, all DPCA parents put together pay about 65% of the cost of educating their students at DPCA.
We ask friends for help. Donors contribute about 25% of the overall cost of education at DPCA.
We fund raise to bring in moneys for "extras" like mission trips, and to cover about 10% of our operating costs.
We provide financial assistance for families who need it. Thanks to our donors, we are able to provide significant financial aid to families with need. We are usually able to meet 100% of a family's need for help.
Our request, then, is that no one would turn away from the possibility of a DPCA education without at least investigating our financial aid program. If you are interested in having your students enrolled at DPCA, but aren't sure you can afford the tuition, we encourage you to click here for the financial aid application. You will be taken to another website that will confirm the application is for Darren Patterson Christian Academy. The application is completed entirely online; to complete the application, you will need the following information available:
Your income information (W2 forms or other) from all sources
Expense information for such things as rent, mortgage, car payments, medical bills, etc.
Completed tax return for the most recent year. if you you are unable to provide a completed tax return, you can still fill out the application, but you will need to add a note explaining your tax situation and when you expect to file.
A credit card for the $36.00 processing fee. If you do not have a credit card, please call the DPCA office at 719-395-6046, and we will arrange a method of payment for you.
You must complete the application before any of the school staff can tell you whether or not you qualify for assistance. If you complete the form prior to completing application or registration forms, please let us know in the school office (719-395-6046 or firstname.lastname@example.org) so that we can look for your application.