As you read about these schools and watch the videos, remember that all of these schools believe very emphatically that an education does not consist solely of academics. Each of these schools understands that a child needs nurturing and counselling so that he can make the most of the opportunities before him. These schools expect the child's family to be involved. His education is a partnership of three: home, school and student. That's what it takes to provide the solid foundation a child needs in order to succeed in his adult life.
Like De Marillac Academy Epiphany provides more than an excellent academic education. The school offers the essential support mechanisms for families such as counselling, extended hours programs, individualized attention and small classes. Epiphany proudly proclaims that it "never gives up on a child." Epiphany School offers Grades 5-8 and serves approximately 80 students.
Established in 1887 Glenwood Academy operates day and residential programs for disadvantaged children. Basically you pay what you can afford to attend Glenwood.
St. Andrew's School transforms lives by providing quality, progressive education to children from families with limited financial resources through a full scholarship for every child. Their commitment over the past 120 years has been unwaivering and continues to be true the visionary that started their school back in 1894.
What can you do to help?
As you read this article, chances are you are doing so from the comfort of your own home. Why not be proactive in letting others know about these wonderful free schools? All too often the families which could benefit from sending their children to a tuition-free private school are not even aware that such options exist.
If you feel so inclined, please send any or all of these schools a gift. Keep the vision of Stephen Girard and Milton Hershey and all the other visionary benefactors alive by supporting schools like these. Your generosity can be a positive, life changing force for a young person.
Schools like the ones described above began because wealthy people had a vision. They understood that they had to do something important to ensure a well-educated citizenry for the future. As you read the history of each school, you will see how the schools have also changed in so many ways from the institutions which their founders envisaged years ago. Those changes and adaptations have made these schools even more relevant and effective in the 21st century.