Tuition covers a significant portion of the cost of education, principally faculty and staff salaries. However, additional costs are associated with enrollment at Highlands School from required curricular field trips and the hot lunch program to auxiliary programs such as extended day, day care (on days when school is closed), and after-school activities. Bus transportation also has an additional expense.


  • Family Center (6 weeks - 3K) - $1,083.33/mo.
    The family center is an all-inclusive program for students from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Hot lunch and snack are provided. As a division of the school, students engage in cognitive, social, and emotional learning activities.
  • Four Year Old Kindergarten - $9,915.00/yr.
    The academic day for 4K begins at 8:00 a.m. and concludes at 12:00 p.m. just prior to lunch. Parents may elect to continue care in the afternoons which includes lunch, rest time, and other afternoon activities as part of EDP.
  • Five Year Old Kindergarten - Eighth Grade - $16,275.00/yr.
    All students in grades K through 8 operate on a traditional academic day from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Hot lunch, bussing, field trips, after school care, and special activities have additional costs as identified below.


Students in grades 5 through 8 participate in a required, extended experiential learning activity annually as an overnight field trip. Grade 5 travels to a regional environmental center. Grades 6-8 travel together out-of-state. In general, these fees include transportation, lodging, and meals.
  • Fifth Grade (3 days, 2 nights) - $255.00
  • Middle School (5 days, 4 nights) - $1,500.00


Additional fees include a variety of auxiliary (optional) programs offered through Highlands. In many cases, the fees for these services may vary dependent 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, after school activities, Happy Days at Highlands (holiday day care), and the hot lunch program, please contact the office of admissions.


Single Payment - One payment of full tuition is due June 1.
Two Payments - 50% of tuition due June 1. 50% of tuition due November 1.
Ten Payments - Monthly payments are drafted April 1 through January 1. Click here for Smart Tuition, our payment partner.


Need-based financial assistance is awarded on a first-come, first served basis. Application is made through the third party system School and Student Services, managed by the National Association of Independent Schools. Our school code is 3876. Click here for policies, procedures, and deadlines.
Highlands School, 4901 Old Leeds Road, Birmingham, AL 35213, (205) 956-9731
Highlands School's 'whole child' approach to education and commitment to academic excellence, creative expression, and leadership development prepare and motivate students in grades 4k through 8 to make a positive difference in an ever-changing world. Located in Birmingham, Alabama, Highlands School holds dual accrediation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Southern Associations of Independent Schools (SAIS).

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