September is a time for a fresh start and it’s time to welcome new parents into the BSGE community and to address key issues that will affect the school’s well-being in the year ahead.
First off, this year was a record-breaking year for BSGE as 92% diploma program candidates received the IB Diploma, successfully completing all nine components of the program. Equally impressive, 87 students were offered $22,000,000 in scholarships! That is an incredible savings—and an ample reward for the high level of analytical, linguistic, artistic and scientific skills they have mastered at BSGE which will enable them to go forward into their futures with confidence—and burdened with less debt.
These accomplishments really do say volumes about our faculty, given that each teacher is responsible for pushing 58 students through the program, teaching five classes (including advisory), grading oral presentations and the Extended Essay, providing editorial comments on rough drafts, and over-seeing CAS projects. The IB components alone require a separate teaching staff, whereas BSGE teachers are performing these functions and teaching the middle school program. Principal Johnson has had to sacrifice hiring additional staff to fund it.
The financial realities of maintaining an IB Diploma Program are costly and the administration is juggling its resources to keep the program alive since an IB Program is not funded by the DOE and there is no magic parachute of funds sent by IB headquarters.
The PTA is an essential arm to the school’s fundraising apparatus and, through the generous donations of its parent members, pays for after-school programs — like the Robotics Club, Math Olympiad, and school newspaper — and the hiring of a part-time librarian.
However, if we want to continue a thriving IB program and help support the rigorous curriculum required to sustain it for our students, parents are encouraged to share the cost. Our suggested donation per family for the school year is $500 which is less than what comparable NYC high schools request of their parents. If $500 is difficult, please send us a smaller donation.
A quick reminder: The BSGE PTA is a 501(c)3 charity, so 1) all donations are tax deductible, and 2) many companies will match charitable donations from their employees, so PLEASE check with the human resources department at your company. Remember, we have two ways to give. You can donate directly at : https://www.generosity.com/education-fundraising/help-support-bsge-clubs-and-IB-program-2017-18
or by check, made out to the BSGE PTA, either via backpack or directly in the mail addressed to the BSGE PTA. Some of our parents pay in monthly installments by adding BSGE PTA as a payee on their online banking account. Thank you for helping our students and school.
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Donation to the BSGE PTA
Name: ________________________________________ E-Mail: _______________________
Child’s Name:___________________________________ Grade:________________________
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