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Affording Highlands

Tuition covers all educational costs - except for mandatory curricular trips for grades 5 – 8 and optional Auxiliary Programs for all grades, which include lunch, early morning and after school care, extended day activities, and transportation.  See the Trip Fees and Auxiliary Programs sections for details.

2024-2025 Tuition

Grade Description Tuition
Family Center
(6 weeks-3 years old)
  • All-day program (7:00 AM to 6:00 PM)
  • Hot lunch and snack are provided
  • Students engage in cognitive, social, and emotional learning activities
per month
  • Full-day program (8:00 AM to 3:00 PM)

  • Optional Costs: Parents may elect to continue care in the afternoons as part of the Extended Day Program. (See Additional Fees below for details)

per year
K-8th Grade
  • Full-day program (8:00 AM to 3:00 PM)

  • Mandatory Trips:  5th– 8th grades  (See Trip Fees below for details)

  • Optional costs: Hot lunch, transportation, field trips, after school care, and special activities have additional costs (See Additional Fees below for details)

per year


*Affordable Tuition

Highlands students come from diverse socio-economic backgrounds. Our objective is to provide them with the best education possible at costs parents can manage. Eligible families pay between 40% and 100% of full tuition for students enrolled in grades 4K through 8 based on income and available resources.  Eligibility and annual tuition are determined through an application process administered by School and Student Services by NAIS.  The process is optional and families must apply to determine eligibility. 

Mandatory Trip Fees

Students in 5th – 8th grade participate in a required, extended experiential learning activity annually as an overnight field trip. 5th Grade travels to a regional environmental center.  6th – 8th grade travel together out-of-state. In general, fees include transportation, lodging, and meals.
  • Fifth Grade (3 days, 2 nights) - $325.00
  • Middle School (5 days, 4 nights) - $1,750.00

Additional Fees

Additional fees include a variety of auxiliary (optional) programs offered through Highlands. Fees for these services may vary depending upon time, staffing, and resources necessary for the program. Families may be billed in advance or as the service is utilized. For information on transportation costs, Extended Day Program, afterschool activities, Happy Days at Highlands (holiday daycare), and the hot lunch program, please contact the office of Admissions.

Payment Plan Options

Payments of tuition and fees are administered by FACTS Tuition Management.  Families enroll in one of the payment plans below when completing the enrollment process.


Renaissance Scholarships, our Alabama EdChoice partner organization, provides funding utilizing state tax credits for low-income families to attend Highlands. See their Parent Letter and Scholarship Handbook for more details.