Why Support our Annual Appeal?

A middle school production of the Wizard of Oz
Your donation supports special programs at the school, like musical theatre

We know your first question. In fact we’ve heard it many times before: “why does a tuition-charging private school need to raise money?”

Here’s five reasons why we ask you to make a contribution, large or small, to our Annual Appeal.

Only 85% of the total budget is met by tuition

It can sometimes be a surprise to people to know that only 85% of our budget is covered by tuition fees. Fees are determined by many factors but most importantly, accessibility, meaning that we keep fees lower than cost and look to make up the shortfall from other sources - primarily our Annual Appeal. Your contribution goes to ensuring we can continue to offer the highest standard of education to all our students while ensuring a SMUS education remains accessible.

We can support special programs

Part of what makes SMUS a great school is the extra opportunities provided to our students, whether it’s an overseas trip, new music equipment, or the ability to train with Olympic-quality coaches. Often these extra opportunities are provided by your generosity through the Annual Appeal.

Your gift also allows our education to be more personal, for example, the learning resource centre can support the individual learning needs of more than 100 students from Kindergarten to Grade 12.

Without the generous Annual Appeal donations directed to the Junior School over the years, the Junior School staff could not have implemented the innovative educational vision which has had a direct positive effect on student learning. Large or small, each donation has made a difference to the quality of the Junior School experience. We are deeply grateful for Annual Appeal support.
Becky Anderson
Director of Junior School
We can support our families

As a member of the SMUS community, you know the value of a SMUS education. However, there remains many students that would benefit considerably from an education at SMUS but, unfortunately, lack the financial means. You can help bring them to SMUS with a contribution to Financial Aid through our Annual Appeal.

Our goal is to deliver the best education in Canada to the brightest and most well-rounded kids no matter where they come from. I encourage everyone to 'achieve for yourself, build for others and give until it hurts.
Hugh McGillivray '64
Alumnus and Donor
It makes us a world-class school

Your donation means that SMUS can continue to be a world-class school, providing our teachers with the resources they need to deliver outstanding education in the classroom.

Take, for example, information technology. If you’ve ever bought a computer, phone or tablet, you know that what was once brand new, quickly becomes out-dated as new technology springs up to replace it. Now imagine you had a whole school of computers, tablets, printers and more! The Annual Appeal allows us to keep pace and ensures our students do too.

Senior School assemblies are smooth sailings these days, with thanks to the Annual Appeal. Through your generosity, the Senior School was able to outfit the small gym with a new sound system and projection equipment for weekly assemblies and all the visiting speakers through the school year. Since the new installation, student messages, videos and enthusiasm have been delivered seamlessly, adding tremendous value to our culture and community togetherness. Thank you from over 700 students and staff!
Andy Rodford
Deputy Head of School
It preserves the school for future generations

You can also direct your gift to one of our endowment funds. This helps maintain the long-term financial strength of the school and ensures that we’ll be around to inspire future generations to become exceptional scholars and exceptional people.