Word is, SAR is going to try a progressive tuition system where everyone making over $400K will be getting a tuition hike of 15% next year. Everyone making under that amount will be entitled to a reduction in the amount of the increase. This will allow them to avoid their typical 5% annual increase for the next several years.
The $400K crowd might be able to afford the increase, though with the expected new taxes for their income bracket, if they have 4 kids in SAR & SAR High it still won't be that easy. But what bothers me more is making people in the 200K and 300K brackets go through the scholarship process, when they are in the top 2% of American earners. I image many of them are going to start looking at Westchester Torah Academy.
I have no problem with multi-millionaires from Fieldston wanting a school with tons of bells & whistles (though I'm skeptical that any of them actually improve education). They earned their money & have a right to spend it however they want. They donate a lot of money & the clout they have from those donations force the school to focus on "academic excellence" rather than affordability. My problem is that until now there was no other option for everyone else who just wanted a normal yeshiva education for their children that they could afford.
Personally, if I was a multi-millionaire from Fieldston I would be much more concerned about the future of Modern Orthodox Judaism in America than I would about maintaining the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence in my children's school. I would much rather donate to AJE than SAR.