Dear Academy Parents,
We want to follow up the exciting announcement about Mr. Adrian Allan,
our new head of school, with our traditional mid-year update.
During the fall semester, many of you expressed satisfaction with your
ongoing experience at the Academy and the benefits that your family gains
from being part of our community. You can expect the same for the
remainder of the school year. Your students will have a dynamic
learning experience - one guided by our dedicated and caring
faculty in an environment that is both challenging and nurturing, and
generating excellent outcomes.
An Academy education translates into valuable and tangible results.
Our graduates affirm the value of their comprehensive Academy experience
and its advantages upon witnessing how they translate into superior
success in college and beyond.
Our commitments to you for the duration of the school year are firm and
we are dedicated to succeeding.
- The safety and security of our
students: our Safety Committee continues to assess measures
suggested by external consultants, and schedules monthly updates and
training for our faculty and staff.
- The social and emotional growth of
all students in an environment focused on developing an increased
sense of integrity and healthy self-advocacy.
- The Academy's fiscal
sustainability: the Board of Trustees and our administration
remain focused on increasing the school's revenue from net
enrollment tuition and contributions. There are no quick
solutions to this challenge - one experienced by almost
all tuition-based schools. We are moving deliberately and
prudently as leaders of successful, financially sustainable
independent schools advocate.
- The wise course of action for next
year's operating budget includes a tuition increase (with the
exception of the Early Childhood program), careful consideration of
requests for financial assistance, and more concentrated efforts to
solicit contributions from Academy alumni, and local businesses and
- Thus far this year, our
development staff has secured $359,900 in contributions and pledged
commitments - a significant increase over the $209,600
raised at this point last year. Additionally, our trustees
have generously contributed $20,700 and pledged to raise another
$39,300. While our development efforts have been positive, our
ultimate goal is to raise another $265,000 by June 30.
Please join us and become part of the successful effort to reach
this goal by contributing to The
Academy Fund, participating in our lively Spring Gala
(April 27!), or allocating EITC donations to the Academy.
Please call our Development Office with your questions and
commitments of support.
- Much of the funding secured from
local businesses and foundations is restricted for student
scholarship - a critical element to ensure that we can
admit talented and motivated students who will thrive in our
educational programs. For example, in December, two local
foundations contributed a total of $100,000 for
scholarship purposes. Our development staff has secured
another $150,000 from The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler
Foundation, which we will receive in $50,000 increments over the
next three years. These funds are "budget-relieving"
and therefore they play a significant role in our financial
- As was described in a number of
earlier additions of The
Explorer, the Academy owns two adjoining tracts of land
across routes 11 and 15. One parcel is developed with our
soccer field and tennis courts. The other extends east to
Riverview Road and is not developed. At the right time, we
will put the undeveloped parcel on the market for sale.
Whereas the soccer field and tennis courts are essential to our
programs, there has not been a highly compelling reason during the
past 35 years to improve the second parcel.
you for entrusting our faculty and staff with the education of your
students. At a time when it is becoming increasingly challenging
for communities to animate their mission and core values, we believe
Harrisburg Academy provides a superior opportunity for your students and
family to grow and develop in a safe and affirming manner.
With all best regards,
Head of School
President, Board of Trustees