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Preparing at-risk students from Lawrence for college preparatory high schools is challenging.  To achieve this goal we must provide our students with an outstanding tuition-free education twelve hours a day, eleven months a year.  The cost to educate a child at Bellesini Academy is approximately $11,000 per year.  When considering the annual cost of educating a student in the local public school system, it becomes clear that Bellesini is operating efficiently to deliver unparalleled instruction and support to its students.  Lawrence Public Schools spends $13,955 per year to educate a student seven hours a day, ten months a year.  Bellesini’s $11,000 per student cost includes daily academic instruction from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., after-school enrichment from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., supervised study from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and four weeks of instruction during the summer months.  Bellesini students participate in more than 2000 hours of instruction each year—nearly double the hours of public school students.

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 Cost Per Pupil

  •  Academic Classes: $7,000
  •  After-School Program:  $1,500
  •  Evening Study Sessions: $500
  •  Academic Supplies & Text Books: $1,000
  •  Summer Program: $1,000

 Total Cost Per Pupil: $11,000

Ensuring that students continue to be successful long after they leave the Academy is an even greater challenge. The alumni support program provides a full complement of support services throughout students’ high school and college careers at an annual cost of about $1,000 per alumnus.  More than 140 alumni will be served through this program during the 2016-2017 school year.

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Bellesini Academy is fortunate to be a grantee of the Essex County Community Foundation