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Alliance for Excellent Education. The High Cost of High School Dropouts: What the Nation Pays for Inadequate High Schools [pdf]. October 2007. "The average annual income for a high school dropout in 2005 was $17,299, compared to $26,933 for a high school graduate, a difference of $9,634 (US Bureau of the Census, 2006)." −$289,020
(30-year income gain)
CostHelper.com. High School Cost. How much does High School Cost? 2007. "The National Association of Independent Schools… lists average private high school costs at $17,555 during 2006-2007. Four schools tip the scales as most expensive at more than $32,000 a year, according to Forbes.com. The average tuition at Catholic high schools nationwide was $6,906 during 2006-2007, according to the annual statistic report by the National Catholic Education Association. In Los Angeles parochial high schools, the rates range $5,000-$9,700." $20,000-128,000
(4-year tuition)

CollegeScholarships.org. Private High School Loans. Wanted: High Quality College Prep Curriculum. 2008.

"Annual costs at a private high school range between $10,000 and $30,000, rivaling many college tuitions." $40,000-120,000
(4-year tuition)
Hayden, Kellie. High Cost of Senior Year. 2008. "On the low end, a parent can spend $1500 on a child's senior year. However, parents can spend thousands of dollars. These costs do not include the expense of tuition, books or room and board for the following freshman year. These are the costs to get into a college." $1,500+
(extra expenses in
senior year)
UHS San Francisco University High School. Financing a UHS Education. San Francisco: Karen Kindler, 2009. "Tuition at University High School for the 2009-2010 school year is $31,500. Annual tuition is set by the Board of Trustees in early February, at the same time the new budget is approved. In recent years tuition increases have been in the range of 5% to 13%." $126,000+
(4-year tuition)

Have you ever wondered how much money people spend while in high school for education? You might think near to none, but many individuals pay for better quality learning. Public high schools do NOT require anybody to pay however it is sometimes mandatory to spend a little money for activities such as sports, clubs, lab classes, and advanced placement courses. Because of the rising competition between students, parents are starting to realize that the only way to get their child to the top is by investing money hoping that one day that child will get a well-paid job.

According to CostHelper.com as well as Forbes.com, tuition for private high schools cost over $17,000 with a select few expensive private schools for over $32,000. However, Catholic high schools average about $6,900 of spending for the four years in high school. Most of these payments come from addition costs such as parking, uniforms, books, bus transportation, and even boarding for a couple of high schools in the United States.

According to the NCES, the purpose of a private school is to attract attention to an individual. With private schools having approximately 15 students in a classroom, there is more individual learning possibilities than in a public school that has a range of 30-40 students in a class. This is primarily due to the fact that people pay for "private education" more than they pay for public education. Most students that are enrolled in private schools come from a fairly rich or above average family background. Public schools on the other hand, take anybody and literally anybody that wants to receive an education. Price of a High School Education for a private school is leaning towards the tuition to attend college now. These price range from $20,000 to around $120,000. The price of a public school education varies among families due to the extra fees that could be paid for such as the prom or a preparatory math class for the SAT.

Is it really worth paying the tuition for high school? Many interviews with high school seniors usually show that they pay the fees for a better education and to reach the top college where they want to continue in the education process and achieve goals past the scope of college.

Ilya Reznikov -- 2009