Since its opening in 1879, St Aloysius’ College has provided a Catholic and Jesuit education to young men from the Greater Sydney Metropolitan area. The College’s original location was in Woolloomooloo before moving in 1883 to Darlinghurst. In 1903 the College moved to its final location in Milsons Point. Being located close to the centre of the city with train, bus and ferry connections at our door, enables boys from across the greater Sydney Metropolitan area to come to the College.
In 2017 we have 1,250 boys (Year 3 – 12) attending the College and these boys come from over 200 suburbs across the greater Sydney Metropolitan area. The low fee nature of the College means that we have a very unique socio-economic, cultural, ethnic and geographic diversity – one that reflects modern Australian society.
When compared to similar schools in Australia, St Aloysius’ College is a low fee paying school. The Society of Jesus (the Jesuit Fathers and Brothers who own and run the school) have intentionally kept the fees of the College as low as possible to enable as many people as possible to send their sons to the College. Comparable schools in Sydney are charging anywhere up to $35,000 per year for a day student, whereas our fees in 2017 are $15,136 per annum for the Junior School (Years 3 – 6) and $17,624 per annum for the Senior School (Years 7 – 12).
The Jesuits have banned the College from including a capital component in the school fee structure – therefore all funds for the capital improvement of the College are sourced from donations and investments held by the College Foundation. Most other schools included a capital component in their fee structure meaning that they have a guaranteed income each year for capital building works – this does not happen at St Aloysius’ College. The College relies on philanthropy to fund such improvements.
The College is one of a handful of schools in Australia that offer a complete fee. Apart from private music lessons, there are no added extras included on the College fees. Unlike other schools, all excursions, retreats, camps, guest lecturers and local study tours are included in the core school fee – the fees we advertise is the fee parents pay. We also do not charge any compulsory fees in addition to the core school fees – there are no Library Fees, Information Technology Fees, Stationery Fees or Co-curricular (sport and non-sporting activities) Fees at St Aloysius’ College – everything is included in our core fee.
This transparency in our fee structure is a double edged sword. By not including a capital component in our fees, we do require members of the Aloysian Family to be generous in their philanthropic support of the College. The upside is, that gifts made to the College are tax-deductible, whereas schools that do incorporate a capital component are unable to offer a tax receipt as the amount is seen as a compulsory charge by the school, not a voluntary gift.
The College knows that there are members of the Aloysian Family who are in the position to make significant gifts in support of our fundraising programmes and likewise there are those families who genuinely can only offer limited assistance. All we ask is that each family supports the various appeals of the College Foundation at a realistic level for their individual circumstances, knowing that their son and all our boys will benefit from their active and generous support. If every family at the College ‘does their bit’ we will be able to provide every Aloysian with the best facilities and educational resources possible.