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Cost-Efficient Education

  • Christian schools work together to support and encourage each other. This enables them to be cost-effective and cost-efficient, key elements in keeping them broadly low fee in character.

  • For the most part, non-systemic, Christian schools are low cost to operate. The average cost per student across the nations is well below that of government schools and only marginally more expensive than Catholic schools, even though 80% of Christian schools are combined primary and secondary operations and therefore more expensive to run. 73% of Catholic schools and 76% of government schools are primary only operations.

  • For a student in our Christian school, our average private contribution per student in 2013-14 was $5,536. The average government contribution per student in 2013-14 was $8,121. The total average cost per student is $13,657. For the same period a student in a government school the average cost per students was $16,177 (see the Vital Stats document). Even taking into account parent contribution the cost of educating a child in one of our Christian schools is on average 84.4% of the cost of educating a child in a government school.

  • The average cost of educating a student in governments schools is $16.177. The average government funding per student in our Christian schools is $8,121. The savings per student is $8,056.

  • In 2013-14, if all 133,500 Christian school students went to their local state school, the cost to the government would be just over a billion dollars annually - $1,075,476,000. Our schools save tax payers over a billion dollars each year.

  • Christian schools generally do not try to “buy” an advantage for their reputation by offering academic or selective scholarships. Rather, they are more known for offering means tested fee assistance to provide access to low income families.

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