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Tuition and Budget Letter

Friday, February 1, 2019

Dear Burgundy Families,

We enjoy partnering with parents to help our students discover and develop their greatness. We honor and thank you for your commitment to your child/ren’s elementary and middle school education, the most important future-looking investment you can make. We are proud that so many alumni credit Burgundy as the school that has made the greatest difference for them! Burgundy alumni are enriching their communities and making great contributions in the world.

Accordingly, we remain dedicated to maintaining our distinctive Burgundy advantages: our unique Alexandria and West Virginia campuses and indoor and outdoor curricula; our respectful culture and collaborative Burgundy community; our engaging, dynamic learning opportunities. Through it all we are working hard to support development of the whole child -- the social and emotional, intellectual, creative/artistic and physical/athletic.

Teachers, staff, and administrators are more committed than ever to research-based best practice and professional development. We are moving forward in implementing our strategic plan, building on what we cherish about Burgundy to ensure that our students’ learning and life experiences at Burgundy equip them to flourish in high school and college and prepare them to thrive as successful, happy, and fulfilled adults who are contributing and leading citizens.  

On January 26, 2019, Burgundy’s Board of Trustees approved a $9.994M budget for the 2019-2020 school year.

This budget includes a 3.75% tuition increase. Also, in line with our strategic plan and in support of affordability, we also are discounting extended day fees for all full-time Extended Day families with multiple children and for families who receive tuition financial aid. Click here for details about the full plan discounts.  

Tuition for 2019-2020 will be as follows:

  • JK $30,079
  • K $31,271
  • Grades 1-5 $32,709
  • Grades 6-8 $34,413

The approved budget reflects our commitment to an exceptional educational program that builds a foundation for students’ future academic and life successes. This budget maintains our low student-teacher ratios while supporting our efforts to retain and hire excellent teachers and to enroll a socio-economically diverse student body with financial aid for one in four families. The tuition increase allows us to maintain competitive faculty-staff salaries and solid benefits, and excellent professional development.

Burgundy remains an excellent value in its peer school group. Our tuition remains in the low-middle range of local peer schools’ –  even as we offer programs and features that other schools do not, across two remarkable campuses. Cove trips and other field trips, books and materials, instrumental music, an impressive range of arts electives, sports, and most other activities at Burgundy are all covered by tuition and Annual Giving with few or no additional fees. We are amplifying our commitment to affordability, accessibility, and a strong value proposition by implementing cost structure changes in our Extended Day program and by ensuring that all families feel the school’s commitment to equity and access to the best of Burgundy for all Burgundy students and families .

Furthermore, in order to keep a Burgundy education within reach for more of our region’s families, we depend on Auxiliary services revenue — particularly summer camp and facilities rentals — and the generosity of our philanthropic donors, especially those who participate in Annual Giving, to sustain Burgundy’s operations because tuition alone does not cover the annual costs of running the school. Fundraising allows us to maintain the excellence of our educational program while keeping tuition lower than it might be otherwise. And we are maximizing facilities rentals and looking at new forms of revenue.

If you have a question about the budget, feel free to reach out to any of the three of us signing this letter or to Director of Finance and Operations, Kathy Miller. Thank you for choosing Burgundy and continuing to entrust us with your children.


Jeff Sindler, Head of School

Joanne Petty, President, Board of Trustees

Neil Weissman, Treasurer, Board of Trustees