Close to 700 students attend school at St. Jean’s, but many have to leave halfway through the year because they can no longer afford to pay tuition. It costs $120 a year to send a student to school for a year. This cost includes tuition, all books and lunch (for some students this is the only meal they get all day).
Education in Haiti is highly valued, and while tuition in public schools is legally free, most children go to private schools due to the limited availability of public schools and the incredibly poor quality of their education. The Saint Jean Bosco staff is comprised of an administrator (Fr. Bavon, who is also the parish priest), a principal, and twenty teachers (sixteen men and four women).