A PRIVATE school in Merriwa has stepped away from charging tuition fees to attract students from families who can not afford them.
From 2017, Alkimos Baptist College will no longer charge tuition fees for its secondary school students, instead charging subject levies capped at $2000.
Principal Kieran Graham said it was the biggest announcement in the school’s six-year history and aimed to make private education more affordable.
“Since its foundation, the mission of the board of Alkimos Baptist College has been to reduce barriers to accessing quality private education in the northern suburbs of Perth,” he said.
“This includes keeping tuition fees at the lowest possible level for students.”
Mr Graham said the subject levies would apply to students in years 7 to 12 from next year.
“There’s a hole in the market between government education, which effectively becomes free, and every other private college, which is around $6000,” he said.
“There are a number of families in the current economic climate that would love private education that is more affordable.
“This will represent between $4000 to $5000 savings per year per student.”
Mr Graham said in the first few days after the school announced the change, he had 15-20 people looking to sign their children up.
“These are completely new families who would love a private college but have never been able to afford it,” he said.
The school, which started in 2011, currently has about 66 secondary students, with another 90 in the primary years.
The principal said the school had an overall capacity for more than 400 students, with about 190 of those in secondary years.