The Paideia School

Emergency Tuition Fund

May 04, 2020

Dear Paideians,

In most years the beginning of May would be a time when school begins to wind down with concerts, plays, class parties, and, of course, graduation. This is a year unlike any other. We continue to work on improving virtual learning while also planning for next year. More on that planning process later.

I write with a pressing concern. There are families in the school community whose financial situation has unexpectedly become precarious with one of the consequences being an inability to continue their children at Paideia. Some are financial aid families no longer able to meet their contribution to tuition agreed upon just a month ago. Other families who have not previously been on financial aid have a similar problem of paying their Paideia tuition.

When the economy tanked in 2008-09, the school established an Emergency Tuition Fund to help families on a temporary basis to keep their children at Paideia. We are reactivating that Emergency Tuition Fund now.

Paideia runs on tight budgets and we forecast none of these circumstances four months ago when we finalized plans for the 2020-21 school year. The school will experience additional expenses in building maintenance and staffing to accommodate our return to campus when that happens. The board of trustees, and the faculty and staff are committed to do all we can to enable families to remain at Paideia.

We are crediting contributions to this Emergency Tuition Fund as gifts to the Annual Fund and dedicating the money for relief in tuition and fees only. For some it may be a second gift to this year’s Annual Fund; for others a gift intended all along. Every gift, no matter the size, is appreciated. If you’d like to discuss any aspect of a possible contribution, please email

To give, please click here to be directed to our online giving page.  Once there, choose Annual Fund from the drop down menu.

I am mindful that you may be a family that needs to avail themselves of this emergency relief. Please email to contact Susie Fiorello in the business office to find out more. 

Helping out at times like these is in the best tradition of Paideia and is what it means to be a community. I hope you will join Barbara and me in doing what you can to keep Paideia whole.

Thank you,

Paul Bianchi, Head of School