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-Ladakh Operating Costs: US $218,300
Staff salaries: $142,000
Campus repairs, inclusive of buses, etc.: $18,000
Fuel and insurance (buses): $15,100
Fees, inclusive of activities, audits, smart class, etc.: $7,200
Supplies, inclusive of books, uniforms, food: $11,000
Youth hostel boarding costs, inclusive of food, linens, etc.: $25,000
Siddhartha School Revenues: US$128,300
SSP Sponsorship Program for need-based tuition scholarships: $79,200
Locally collected tuition, fees, and gifts: $37,100
International NGO support: $12,000
Siddhartha School Annual Fund Goal:
The annual fund goal is 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 who are in need.
Capital Campaign Projects 2018
1: The Khen Rinpoche Lobzang Tsetan Multipurpose Hall
This vital project is nearing completion and will provide a multipurpose meeting hall with acoustics designed to accommodate the entire student population (400+) for daily assemblies, exams, music performances, school-sponsored events, and lectures.
Building structure cost:
Approximately US $105,000 — FUNDED
Please consider giving to our project fund to complete the interior furnishings, acoustics, and wiring.
Estimated interior appointments and furnishings cost:
As of May 31, 2018, we are just $49,158 shy of our goal.
To make a secure, online gift of any amount to the campaign, click here.
To make a gift by check, please make your donation payable to Siddhartha School Project and mail it to :
PO Box 3405
Portland, ME 04104
To enquire about making a donation by wire or stock transfer, please contact Laura Kozaitis.
Program Initiatives 2018
Summer Junior Reporting in Stok Village and the LAMO – Siddhartha School Sound Studio in Old Town Leh
Estimated program cost: US $3,000
In this after-school program, Siddhartha School students and staff will learn the basics of interviewing and sound recording with an expert TED program media advisor and two Siddhartha School graduates interested in developing media programming at their alma mater.
Winter Tuition Session 2018
Estimated program cost: US $3,550
This nine-week program will help prepare rising 10th-grade students for the Indian Government board exams. Costs included are for student transportation, tuition, and supplies.