Founded in 1993 by the esteemed Buddhist abbot Khen Rinpoche Lobsang Tsetan, the Siddhartha School is a vital agent in moving the ancient, peaceful culture of Ladakh into the 21st century with care and consideration for the traditions of its people.
For over 20 years, Siddhartha School has provided a dynamic, sensitive program of academic excellence for all children, Nursery age through Class 10, regardless of economic means. It is an institution with a great track record. Since the first graduating class in 2008, 100% of our students have passed the government exam. What is more, in 2008 and 2009 a female student in each class set and then broke the highest exam records ever achieved in all of the Jammu and Kashmir region. Siddhartha School students continue to produce ‘district toppers,’ who score in the top 20 on this exam, setting a standard of academic excellence for an area once plagued with illiteracy.
Children learn English, Tibetan and Hindi as well as a wide range of Math, Science, and Social Studies courses. The School also provides a rich program of extracurricular instruction in traditional music, dance, and media arts. The School employs 25 teachers, 3 bus drivers, 2 teacher’s aides, an accountant and principal. The Director, Geshe Tsewang, is a local Buddhist lama who draws no salary. The Founder and Director Emeritus, Khen Rinpoche Lobzang Tsetan started the school in a rented room for nursery school age children in 1995. The local community donated the land for the Siddhartha School campus that same year, and today the Siddhartha School campus serves over 350 students per year.
Siddhartha School Operating Costs: $160,565
Annual Staff Salaries: $121,000 USD
Supplies, Insurance, Utilities, Building and Bus Maintenance, Fuel: $39,565
Siddhartha School Revenues: $88,150
Foreign Sponsorship for need based tuition scholarships (US and Swiss): $52,300
Local collected tuition, fees and gifts: $35,850
Siddhartha School Annual Fund Goal: $90,000
SSP’s targeted amount to keep tuition affordable for local families and provide full tuition scholarships to our most economically disadvantaged children. This goal helps us address the school’s costs to provide for these children while building an endowment to support future generations of students in need.
Capital Campaign Projects 2016
Project #1: Assembly Hall
Estimated Project Cost: Approximately $133,000 USD
A multi-purpose meeting hall with acoustics designed to accommodate the entire student population (350+) for daily assemblies, exams, school sponsored events and lectures.
Program Initiatives 2016
Winter Tuition Session 2016
Estimated Program Cost: $2,550
A 9-week program to help prepare rising 10th grade students for the Indian Government exams. Costs included are for student transportation, tuition and supplies.