I have a son that goes to a charter school. Parents have to pay $190 supply fee and $195 enrichment fee. so total $385. I just do not understand what all supplies they buy with $190 per child. That is $4750 per classroom. I have not seen anything fancy (ex. school sales time you can get a pencil box for $1, Elmer's glue $1, Markers $2, Crayons $2 scissors $2, notebooks 50 cents, etc.) I am sure I can get all the supplies and then extras for less than $100. They have to be buying in bulk, which means everything is cheaper than "regular" retail prices. I feel that is too much for supplies and I wouldn't mind if they said registration fee was $120 and supplies was $70 because I feel they are trying to play a fast one on parents saying we need $190 for school supplies for your child.
Now the $195 enrichment fee I find it high, too. I mean, it is not like the field trips are free, they don't get musical instruments, canvases for art or anything like it.
I guess I am paying it but I find it very high for a school that is receiving over $7K for my kid.
Do your charter/public schools have fees? If so how much are they and what do they cover?