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Highlands Fund

Now, more than ever, we ask that you consider supporting the Highlands Fund. We know it is hard to believe, but the investment your family makes in your child’s tuition does not cover the cost of their education. Like most independent schools, we rely on the generous giving of our community to balance our budget and close the operating gap. Your gift allows us to fulfill the mission of Highlands School by providing essential funds to our operating budget.

2023-2024 Highlands Fund

Your gift will help us in two specific areas this year. 

Affordable Tuition 

Our goal is to attract and enroll families who align with the mission of the school, regardless of their financial situation. We rely on our Affordable Tuition program to provide families with the best education possible at costs parents can manage.

Campus Security

This is a new initiative for the Highlands Fund this year, but one that we know is heavy on parents’ hearts. Security has always been a top priority at Highlands, and last spring we made a significant investment to increase our safety efforts on campus.

Over the summer, we installed swipe card access to all entrance/exit doors. We upgraded the speaker system throughout campus to ensure everyone can clearly hear important announcements. We invested in SchoolPass, which has an emergency attendance and alert system. Most importantly, we hired a School Resource Officer – Deputy David Bassett. He is on campus every day from 7:30AM until 3:30PM, which is when a Jefferson County Sheriff arrives to patrol the campus until the Family Center and EDP close at 6PM.   

Nancy Riley

Nancy Riley

Director of Development

Why Give to the Highlands Fund

Kavita Vasil, Head of School

Kathryn McDonald, President of the Board of Trustees

Shegun and Mary Otulana, Highlands Parents

AK Hardeman, PA Chair

Larry Bender, Director of Facilities, and Deputy David Bassett, SRO

Looking for Other Reasons to Give?

  • Many foundations and organizations, such as the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and SAIS, look at parent participation (not only in volunteer efforts but also contributions to the school) when making their awards. 
  • Many of our donors take advantage of their employers’ matching gift program, doubling or tripling their gifts to the school. 
  • As opposed to tuition, the Highlands Fund donations are tax-deductible. Giving to the Highlands Fund qualifies a portion of your child’s education as a tax write-off.