Sisu Academy, the region’s first non-profit, tuition-free, all-girls boarding high school slated to open this fall, said Monday it may not do so unless it secures at least $35,000 in bridge funding by Aug. 28.
The Scripps Ranch-based education institution needs the operating capital to launch before it starts receiving more than $350,000 in grant funds later this year.
A GoFundMe page has been set up in the hopes of securing much of the money needed.
Co-founded by Mindy Ahrens and Jabez LeBret, Sisu Academy would operate as the San Diego area’s first tuition-free, all-girls boarding high school with an embedded incubator fueled by entrepreneurs and seed capital for young women. This model will result in an immersive learning environment that funds all operational costs.
Students are already enrolled and are awaiting for the start of the school year. To make this a reality, Sisu Academy must secure a bridge loan or donations to cover a short-term cash flow issue within the next 20 days.
Sisu’s intends to enroll, educate and house a total of 350 young women from the local community. The school will provide an environment with wrap-around support services, healthy food, a farming curriculum, project-based learning, career training education, social-emotional learning, life skills development, service-learning, STEAM education and counseling.
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