The school opened in February of 2004 with a small cadre volunteers to teach 4 classes, and great hopes for the future. Now, in 2007 there are 2 full time licensed English teachers, a full time office staff and 8 different ongoing classes in English. Enrollment at the school averages about 100 students at any given time. The tuition is deliberately low, but nevertheless more than half the students receive at least a partial scholarship. No one is turned away for lack of funds. For this reason, ongoing financial assistance is required to keep the school doors open. The U.S. non-profit "Friends of La Gloria English School Inc" was created to help support the school.
The Mexican non-profit Civil Association "La Gloria English School A.C." generates income through the tuition for classes, low-cost clothing sales at the school, and donations from tourists. There is no support from the Mexican government. The expenses associated with running the school include utilities, monthly accountant fees and the salaries and health insurance of the office staff. The Director Maggie Washa does not receive a salary. It costs about $1,500 USD per month to pay the operational costs of the school on Isla Mujeres.
The U.S. non-profit, 'Friends of La Gloria English School Inc.' (FOLGES) was created to support the school, but the IRS restricts these funds from paying for ongoing operational expenses at the school in Mexico. Therefore these donations pay the teacher stipends, housing costs, and any capital expenditures for the school. There are no salaried employees of FOLGES. Several generous in-kind donations, including the creation of a brochure, the school logo and this website have helped keep administrative costs to a minimum. The annual budget for FOLGES is currently about $24,000. We deeply appreciate your interest in this special school, there is no way it would survive without your support!