Message from the Headmaster
I admit it. I was, in the words of reality TV, “Tardy to the Party.” The re-enrollment deadline had passed and I had not re-enrolled. Let the record show that I am now fully re-enrolled.
I mention this because I understand that at any given moment there always seems to be a million things more important than spending time on the Internet re-enrolling for North Cross. If you are like me, you cannot remember your password or the Internet is not available when you remember you need to re-enroll. A hint, just bypass the password section and it will take you straight to the document. If you do choose to complete the “Create a Password” section, you will not have to type in all of the information again next year. That assumes you remember the password you create next year.
Why is it so important to re-enroll? As I said in my State of the School address, we have a number of new initiatives planned for next year, among these initiatives in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and design (STEM-D). Our plans are to partner with the Institute of Creativity, Arts, and Technology at Virginia Tech (ICAT) to begin an aggressive program that uses technology and the arts to create students better equipped to deal with real world situations that require novel solutions. Initiatives like this require an early significant commitment from North Cross as a great deal of work must be done between now and the beginning of school. The earlier we know the basis for next year’s enrollment, the better we are able to determine the degree to which we can fully participate in this groundbreaking program. And this program is but one of many improvements we are looking to make.
I have divined from my monthly forays into the world of Facebook, that there have been a number of comments on the increase in enrollment deposit from $500 to $750. It appears that there is a great misunderstanding that this deposit is in addition to tuition. The reality is that the enrollment deposit is the first payment on the annual tuition. We are not trying to sneak another $250 fee past you. It all goes toward your tuition. The enrollment deposit has a number of purposes, one being that it is a measure of seriousness with which a family takes re-enrollment. The most important purpose, however, is that it provides us with cash flow to begin to purchase the items that we will need for next year while we are still completing this academic year. We have not raised the deposit in over ten years so you can see our need to raise the requirement.
I have provided you a long-winded explanation as to why you should re-enroll this weekend. I appreciate those that have stayed with me through the entire article and I hope you will pass on the reasons why an early enrollment is important.
Enjoy your weekend,