We know that it’s important to give as many kids as possible access to super fun science programs. That’s why we offer scholarship money for every class, when your PTA organizes the class. That’s in addition to offering free tuition to the child of a parent aide, if we agree to accept your aide.
- How can my PTA get scholarship money?
- What does organizing a class involve?
- Do we have to organize your classes?
- How much scholarship money can we get?
- Do we have to use the money for scholarships?
- How should we structure our scholarships?
- Do you offer any other scholarship funds?
- Should I ask our parent aide to waive her free tuition?
- Help me do the math.
- How do you bill us?
- Any other benefits for my PTA?
- I want more kids to have access to TGAL classes. Where can I donate?
It’s easy. When your PTA organizes our class we donate back a percentage of collected tuition
- 9 percent for Title 1 schools
- 7 percent for other schools.
(By the way, no other after school science program we know of does this, but hey, now that you know it can be done, ask the other guys what they’ve done for you lately!)
Organizing includes all the work your PTA is used to doing for after-school programs:
- Reserving the room where the class will be taught. (For MCPS schools, we reimburse the ICB charge).
- Collecting registration information from parents (just type it into a shared spreadsheet that we provide).
- Collecting money from parents and paying our invoice with a single check in a timely manner.
Only if you want scholarship money. If you’d rather not do the work we can handle our own room reservation, online registration and online payments. You still have to pick the day and class you want, but your work ends there. For every class we organize, we donate $25 to Montgomery Housing Partners, a non-profit that develops affordable housing in Montgomery County, Md.. We teach at-cost classes at several MHP sites as part of our commitment to give back to our community.
Let’s say you’re from a Title I school and you want to run our most popular class, LEGO® Robotics for beginners. If we accept your aide, the aide gets free tuition for one child. So out of a total of 12 kids in the class, only 11 kids are paying.
- 11 x $95 (we’ll compute scholarships later) = $1045.
- Since you’re from a Title I school, we’ll donate back 9 percent of collected tuition : $94.05.
That’s $94.05 you can convert into scholarships.
No. You can use it for anything that’s important to your PTA.
Another option: Your PTA can waive our donation, in which case we forward the full amount to Montgomery Housing Partners, with compliments of your PTA.
It’s up to you. Here are some possibilities:
- one full scholarship- one free ride.
- two 50% scholarships. These two recipients pay just $47 to enroll. That’s less than $7.00 per meeting!
- three 33% scholarships. Three kids pay just under $64, or about $9 per meeting.
- four 25% scholarships. Four kids pay just $71.50 per class, or about $10 per meeting.
Let’s say you choose to use our donation to offer 33% scholarships. That’s three scholarships for 12 kids. If we accept your parent aide, that makes a total of four kids who get FREE or reduced tuition. (What are your other after school programs doing for you?).
No, but maybe your parent aide will. Some (extremely civic-minded) parent aides may be willing to waive the free tuition so others can have scholarships. We’ve seen it happen.
If your parent aide does waive the free tuition, s/he pays full price, and your PTA now has another $95 available for scholarship money. Let’s say you decide to split the money in thirds. That’s three 33% scholarships, plus the three 33% scholarships you funded with our $94 donation. That’s a total of six 33% scholarships for a class of 12. So six kids pay full price for our class and six kids pay just $60, which is less than $10 per class.
Upshot: between our donation and your parent aide’s generosity, you are able to offer significant scholarships for half the students in the class. Not too shabby.
Or, mix and match … Two fifty percent scholarships plus three 33% scholarships, etc. etc. It’s up to you. We give you the money. Your parent aide may give you some, too. What you do with it is up to you.
Before you ask, consider this: Whether or not your parent aide waives free tuition, we expect her to be a dedicated helper. If that’s not the case, we will have to hire our own aide during the middle of your session, and we will have to adjust our invoice to your PTA accordingly. We’d rather not do that.
Please don’t pressure or even expect parent aides to waive the free tuition; just let them know it’s a possibility. They’ll volunteer if they’re interested. We only want parent aides who are helpful, who actually want to be in the room and who feel they are being adequately compensated (financially or otherwise) for their time. We don’t want an aide who feels like they are doing us a favor by showing up.
If your PTA can’t provide a suitable parent aide, we will provide one of our own excellent aides, which increases costs (see individual class descriptions for details).
Sure. We offer scholarship money for each class you organize, and each class is priced differently. Let’s take Robo Challenge for example. This is our intermediate robotics class. It’s more challenging than our LEGO® Robotics class, which means more kids need help from adults who are experienced with elementary programming. Instead of leading this class with one instructor and one aide, we provide two instructors. Tuition is priced accordingly at $110.
Let’s see how much scholarship money your a Title I school can get for organizing a Robo Challenge class. Each class has 12 students, and since there is no parent aide, they all pay:
Collected tuition is
- 12 x $110 = $1320.
For a Title I school, our donation is
- .09 x $1320 = $120 (rounded up).
Scholarship possibilities include:
- one full scholarship.
- two 50% scholarships. Ten kids pay full price; two pay $55, or less than $8 per meeting
- three 33% scholarships. Nine kids pay full price; three pay $73.70, or about $10.50 per class
- four 25% scholarships. Eight kids pay full price; four pay $82.50, or about $11.75 per class.
After the first class meeting, we will invoice your PTA for the full amount owed, less our donation for any classes you organized. Let’s say you’re running an after school LEGO® Robotics class with a parent aide. That means only 11 kids are paying to be in the class. So you’ll collect:
- 11 x $90 = $990.
In Montgomery County, we reimburse for the cost of the room, so we subtract that:
- $990 – $49 = $941
Then we calculate our donation for the class and subtract that, too. Your donation is .09 x $990 (collected tuition) = $90.
- $941 – $90 = $851.
So your PTA collected $990, but owes us $851 Everything will be explained in full on the actual invoice.
It’s as simple as that.
Yup. In addition to giving you scholarship money for the hottest science class of the 21st Century … (OK, we suppose a class on pyrotechnics would be even hotter), when you run our classes, we donate one free Basic Robotics birthday party to your school’s silent auction or other fundraiser (Retail value: $175). All you have to do is ask.
Please consider donating to Montgomery Housing Partners, a non-profit that provides a wide variety of after school programs, including The Great Adventure Lab classes, to low-income youth in Montgomery County, Md. You can donate to their programs here.
We are working on other giving programs to support low-income children in our communities.
Please contact us with referrals or questions.