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The Middle School will be presenting Peter Pan Jr. in The Rice Theater for three shows on Tuesday, May 4, Friday, May 5, and Sunday, May 7, 2017!

Recently, Lower and Middle School students gathered in The Rice Theater to sing their rendition of 'Lost By' by Ruth B. Under the direction of John Krumich and Celia Kelly, the students had performed the song at Grandparents Day in April and felt it was a great way to promote the upcoming performances. Check it out!

Give Local Piedmont on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 is a unique opportunity to help Highland School earn matching funds through this annual day of giving. Every donation of $10 or more will help us earn prizes and matching funds!

On Tuesday, May 2, we have the opportunity to earn additional funding for our 2016-17 Annual Fund through the “Give Local Piedmont” 24-hour fundraising event. Last year the Highland School community rallied to earn over $18,000 in matching funds and prizes for our school!

Please set your alarm for midnight tonight and help Highland reach the top of the Leaderboard! Or pre-schedule your donation right now and sleep all night! Have your credit card ready and click here to give. Make a gift of $10 or more to Highland through Give Local Piedmont, and encourage your family, friends and relatives to do the same.

Thank you for all you have done to help Highland School become the premier educational choice in the greater Piedmont region!  Your financial support this year has allowed us to continue funding key initiatives and make critical staff and program commitments for the future.

Two great service opportunities coming up next week in the Family Service days and the Enkijape Rummage Sale.

Please join us for our 11th annual Highland Family Service Day on Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22. The following page lists the various projects. We are tremendously grateful for the Highland parents and students serving as project liaisons to help coordinate and oversee these service efforts. We hope that you and your children will join us as we continue to develop Highland’s tradition of service and selflessness. 

Also, please consider donating your gently used, good condition items to the annual Enkijape Rummage Sale which will take place on April 22 in Chilton Commons. The proceeds from this sale make a huge impact on our sister school by providing scholarships, teacher salaries, and support for special projects to advance their school facilities. In particular we are looking for: housewares, framed art/mirrors, books, games/toys, furniture, collectibles, sports equipment and tools (please, NO CLOTHING). 

Contact Ann Martin for more details about the sale: Donations may be dropped off at the Chilton Commons entrance: 

Monday, April 17: 8:00 am – 8:30 am 
Tuesday, April 18: 3:15 pm – 3:45 pm 
Wednesday, April 19: 8:00 am – 8:30 am 
Thursday, April 20: 3:15 pm – 3:45 pm 
Friday, April 21: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm 

These are great opportunities to model philanthropy and community responsibility for our children. Please join us! 

For more information, please contact:

Megan Catalfamo
Director of Experiential and Service Learning

Recently, Highland hosted students and teachers from independent schools from around Virginia as part of a first-ever arts festival coordinated by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS).

Recently, Highland School hosted students and teachers from ten independent schools from around Virginia for an arts festival run by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS). Students participated in a series of workshops that allowed them to meet students from around the state and try their hand at new artistic mediums that included music, dance, theater, and 2D art.

Students ranging from 9th to 12 grades tried their hands activities ranging from stop-motion animation, bell ringing, and bagpipe playing. One of the many-varied sessions encouraged young artists to interpret poetry through dance.

Workshops were held throughout the Highland Center for the Arts. Teachers made use of the dedicated gallery space and The Rice Theater to showcase students' works and inspire their creativity.

The first-year event was well-received by students as well as teachers. "From everything I heard and saw, I can say with great confidence that the event was a rousing success," said Michael Hughes, Highland's Artistic Director. "We loved being able to bring together so many talented students and dedicated teachers from schools from around Virginia in one place. We're already looking forward to next year's event."

Interested in seeing some of the students in action? Check out a slideshow created from video and photos from many of the workshops:

Considering a new school for your child? Check out our new '14 Questions' worksheet that will help you with your selection.

Are you thinking about  an independent school for your child? Download our new '14 Questions to Consider When Evaluating a School for Your Child.' Designed as a worksheet, this instantly downloaded booklet covers a wide range of questions that will give you a great starting point in the process of selecting a new school for your student. 

Click here to download our '14 Questions When Considering a New School for Your Child.'

For two weeks in March, the Highland Players will present Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta in The Rice Theater.

'The Mikado' opens this Friday, March 3 at 7:00pm in the Highland Center for the Arts. The cast and crew have been hard at work for the past eight weeks and you're going to be amazed by their singing and performances in this comic operetta written by Gilbert and Sullivan.

Performances are March 3,4,10, and 11 at 7:00pm in The Rice Theater. There will also be a matinee performance on Sunday March 5 at 3:00pm.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $7 for students, and $7 for seniors at the matinee performance on March 5. Come out and support the Highland Players!


Beloved student-driven event raises funds for area food banks by sharing a soup dinner in bowls hand-made by our ceramics classes

On Friday, March 10th from 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Highland students will be hosting their annual Empty Bowls event to raise money for local food shelters. There will be live music and ceramics bowls handmade by students available for purchase between $10-20. Guests will be able to eat unlimited soup in their bowl and take it home with them. 

There will also be a silent auction for six high quality bowls starting at $20 with a minimum $2 bid increment. After the dinner, there will also be a performance of The Mikado in the Rice Theater by the Highland Players, which we greatly encourage everyone to stay for. We hope to see everyone come out to help support this amazing event!

Tour the Highland campus, meet our students and educators, and learn more about our Pre-Kindergarten 2 to Grade 12 programs at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 5, 2017.

Join us on Sunday, March 5 at 1:00pm
Join us on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 1:00pm in the Highland Center for the Arts for our Winter Open House. Intended for interested students and families from Pre-Kindergarten through 12th Grade, our Open House is a great opportunity to meet our teachers and students, tour our campus, and learn more about what sets Highland School – and its students – apart.

Register today
Come at 1:00pm for the Open House and then stay for our Upper School musical 'The Mikado' on Sunday afternoon in The Rice Theater. Click here to register for this event today!

At Highland School, we can customize the cost of your student's education based on your family's ability to pay. Introducing Indexed Tuition.

At Highland School, we can customize your tuition based on your family's ability to pay. Introducing 'Indexed Tuition' at Highland School.

Managing the cost of tuition is a consideration for every family interested in an independent school education. To help, we use an easy and accessible approach called "Indexed Tuition" that bases tuition on how much a family can contribute toward its child's tuition. 

As a school rooted in community, we are determined to make a Highland School education accessible to students and families from a wider range of economic backgrounds. To achieve this, families pay a tuition that is tailored to their income.

Whether your family qualifies for indexed tuition or a student receives a merit scholarship, our goal is to ensure that every qualified candidate from Kindergarten to Grade 12 has access to the Highland School experience. In fact, we awarded more than $2.5 million in grants and scholarships to new and returning students last year.

Read more about all the ways we can help you afford a Highland education for your student!

Our Founder's and Piedmont Merit Scholarship programs are intended to recognize and reward top-performing students entering Highland's Upper School. Learn more about all the details, including detailed checklists, in this article

As part of our efforts to make a Highland School education available to a wider range of students and families, we offer two merit scholarship programs open to rising 9th grade students. These programs are our Founder's Scholarship and our Piedmont Scholarship.

Founder's Scholarship
Highland's Founder’s Scholarship program is intended to attract and retain students of exceptional intelligence who possess the highest qualities of leadership, character and citizenship. Through a highly selective process, we seek to identify students with great promise at the beginning of their high school careers so that we may nurture their talents and allow the school to benefit from their attendance. We know that extraordinary individuals have a deep and lasting impact on the entire community. As a result we award merit-based grants to enable talented students to attend Highland. Founder’s Scholarships are highly competitive and are awarded to rising Grade 9 students.

Founder’s Scholars at Highland are actors, musicians, athletes, student government officers, Prefect Board members, student hosts and ambassadors. The common bond among them is their drive and determination to achieve academic excellence. They are leaders who play a large role in shaping the culture of our school. 

Click here to download complete details on our Founder's Scholarship program

Click here for our Founder's Scholarship timeline

Piedmont Scholarship 
The purpose of the Piedmont Scholarship Program, established in 2012, is to attract new students of exceptional talents to the Highland Upper School.

The merit-based program, initiated by generous donors, seeks to enroll students who possess the ability to make a meaningful and significant contribution to the quality of school life.  Applicants must be able to demonstrate a passion and excellence in academic performance, extra-curricular activities, leadership, and/or community service.

Click here for complete details on our Piedmont Scholarship program

While excellence in athletics is not a criterion for consideration or selection under the Piedmont Scholars Program, students with a strong record of athletic participation along with their record of academic excellence, leadership and extra-curricular excellence are welcome candidates.

Read more about our Merit-Based Scholarship programs here

Tour the Highland campus, meet our students and educators, and learn more about our Pre-Kindergarten 2 to Grade 12 programs at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 13, 2016.

Join us on Sunday, March 6 at 1:00pm
Join us on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 1:30pm in the Highland Center for the Arts for our Fall Open House. Intended for interested students and families from Pre-Kindergarten through 12th Grade, our Open House is a great opportunity to meet our teachers and students, tour our campus, and learn more about what sets Highland School – and its students – apart.

Register today
Come at 1:30pm for the Open House and then stay for our Upper School play on Sunday afternoon in The Rice Theater. Click here to register for this event today!


Butterflies are huge in Highland's Lower School! In September, first- and second-grade students visited Airlie to look for butterfly eggs and caterpillars.

In September, Lower School students went to Airlie to look for Monarch butterfly eggs and caterpillars, which feed on local milkweed plants. Check out the full article and image gallery on


The Class of 2017 recently headed to the Shenandoah Mountains for a few days of canoeing, hiking and class bonding. FauquierNOW joined them for insight into their experiential educational trip. Read the full article...

The Class of 2017 recently headed to the Shenandoah Mountains for a few days of canoeing, hiking, and class bonding. joined them for insight into their experiential educational trip.  Read the full article...

We're asking for the support of Highland's lacrosse families to host a reception at Highland on Monday, August 8 immediately after the burial, which will take place at 11:30am at Stonewall Memory Garden in Manassas.

Lacrosse families,

In this very difficult time, I want to thank you for your continued support of the Helmick family. Monday night’s event at Highland was very touching and the outpouring of shared stories and reflections really touched Kristy, the girls and her family. In addition, I felt that it was therapeutic for our lax players as well.

I spoke to Kristy yesterday to discuss funeral arrangements, especially the post-burial reception that will be held in the lobby of the Center for the Arts. With everything that she has to deal with and to remove the pressure of this event from the family, Briar and I have taken the lead in planning a wonderful reception for Kevin’s family, friends and players.

We thought that the best place to start our planning would be with our lacrosse families. The expected attendance for Monday morning’s funeral and reception is in the neighborhood of 300 people. The Blue/Gold Club is going to donate money for centerpiece decorations and food. The greatest portion of food will need to be obtained through family donations. We are asking each lacrosse family to prepare a lunch food item that will serve 10–15 people and/or you may choose to donate money instead.

All donated money would come directly to Briar and she will purchase the proper items to supplement the prepared food. Any leftover money will be given directly to Kristy. Briar will also take the lead to coordinate the menu (sandwiches, entrees, appetizers, desserts, etc.)

If you plan to prepare a dish, please e-mail Briar to let her know what you are planning to bring. Dishes can be dropped off to the lobby Monday morning from 9:00am–noon. Please complete the following information so that Briar will have an accurate assessment of items collected.

Name: __________

Food Item: __________

Drop off time: __________

Money: __________

Please make checks payable to Blue/Gold Club *Checks may be given to Angie at the US front office this week or you may give them to Briar on Monday.

Additionally, I would also like to have our entire boys lacrosse team wear their home white jerseys and sit together as a team for the ceremony at Moser and Stonewall on Monday. Coach Kraut will have game jerseys in the parking lot of Moser Funeral Home on Monday morning at 9:00am. In keeping with Coach Helmick’s goal of everyone being properly uniformed, I would also ask all players to wear khaki pants.

Again, thank you in advance for going the extra mile to help the Helmicks through this event and we look forward to hearing back from you very soon. If you have any questions regarding this e-mail, please contact Briar or me at any time.

Gary and Briar Leake

Our Highland School community generated 413 unique gifts for a total of nearly $100,000 to earn the top gift from event organizers. Also, our May Madness winners helped increase participation in all divisions.

Thank you for the tremendous response to the Give Local Piedmont (GLP) effort on May 3 and 4!  We appreciate your support, generosity, and patience as we’ve worked to raise awareness and encourage participation in this important fundraising effort. The dedication of our school community was undeniably on display during the last 48 hours of GLP, as so many pitched in to take Highland to the top of the Leaderboard. 

We are pleased to be able to officially announce Highland as the winner of the $5,000 Grand Prize for highest total gifts (413). We are most humbled by the generosity of our donors demonstrated in both total gifts and total amount raised ($97,968.)  Each gift and dollar supports the incredible programs offered by Highland, and the excellent teachers and staff who facilitate them.

Additionally, we’re happy to announce the winners of the May Madness challenge and Popsicle Parties. Grades competed within brackets to see who could accumulate the highest points per student average during Give Local Piedmont:

  • The Village: Kindergarten

  • Lower: Grade 4.  We will also award Grade 3 for being the first class to reach 100% participation!

  • Middle: Grade 8

  • Upper: Grade 9

We are very grateful to the GLP Presenting Sponsors: Northern Piedmont Community Foundation (NPCF) and PATH Foundation.  NPCF facilitated this community-wide day of giving to the benefit of Highland and many other community organizations, working tirelessly behind the scenes before, during and after to provide this important fundraising platform.  The PATH Foundation generously provided $100,000 in matching bonus dollars.  Additionally, PATH sponsored a program designed to engage students in philanthropic-mindedness about their community, enabling each Highland Senior to choose a community organization to receive $25.   

Thank you, again!

Questions? Megan Catalfamo,

Lots of great new Summer Programs offered at Highland School for 2016! Camps focused on academics, athletics, arts, and enrichment for students from Pre-K2 to Grade 12.

This year, Highland School is offering a completely new and reimagined slate of summer programs for students from Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade that are fun, safe, and educational. Our camps provide enriching, challenging and fun activities that incorporate a wide variety of developmentally-appropriate activities, including free play and outdoor time for our younger campers.

We create and foster a choice-oriented and child-centered program while maintaining a healthy, caring and relaxed atmosphere. And remember, you don't have to attend Highland School to take part in our great camps, enrichment, and college preparation programs. Click here to learn more about the camps we'll be offering for the summer of 2016.

Do you have questions about any of our camp, enrichment, or college-preparation classes offered for the summer of 2016? Please contact our Summer Camp Director Maureen Sidor via email to or call 540-270-7092.

Are you ready to sign up for our summer camps, enrichment programs, or college-preparation classes? Click here to register for any of our 2016 summer programs today.

Charitable fund makes four grants totaling $30,000 to environmental organizations to mark the 46th anniversary of Earth Day

In honor of Highland alum Finley Broaddus '14, her 'Green Leap Forward' Fund announced four new grants to deserving environmental organizations. To celebrate Earth Day, these three grants are:

In all, the grants total $30,000. Click here to read more! 


At this year's Upper School Poetry Slam, more than 25 students got up on stage and put themselves on display.
Here are the results from the 2016 Poetry Slam:
Best Original Piece – Kieran Kirk
Best Rendition – Mr. Didok / Mary Lib Minter
Best Performance / Best In Show – Georgia Scarborough
Best Group Performance – Phillip Sass & Martin Moreno
Best Foreign Language Piece – Jacob & Julia Daum
Best Delivery – Addie Norden
Most Poignant – Jaymen Tucker

On Saturday, April 16, Highland students and families participated in a range of service projects both on campus and around Fauquier County.

Numerous students, parents, and teachers volunteered on six different projects for Highland's tenth annual Family Service Day on Saturday, April 16. Off campus, volunteers assisted clients with food boxes at the Fauquier Food Distribution Coalition, helped Special Olympics athletes practice for their track and field meet, planted trees with the American Chestnut Foundation, and offered basic supplies and friendly conversation to families living in low rent motels via The Dignity Project.

On campus, volunteers revitalized Finley’s Garden with a fresh load of compost to prepare it for fall planting. Afterwards, they worked to weed and freshen the Lower School garden and planters. Our youngest volunteers enjoyed designing two fairy gardens.

Inside the Chilton Commons, the Enkijape Rummage Sale raised $5,200 for our sister school in Kenya. It was wonderful to have Jeremiah Solonka, Highland’s first Enkijape scholarship recipient, there to greet shoppers and tell his story. We are grateful to the many volunteers who shared their time, energy and talents to improve our school, local, and global community.  

We are especially grateful to our adult and student volunteer project coordinators and liaisons including Ann, Isabella and Lilly Martin, and Jen and Georgia Scarborough (Enkijape Rummage Sale), Mary Chrisinger, Lise Hicklin, Amudha Mahendiran, Molly Ayres, and Maddie Schmidtmann (Lower School garden), The entire Mayer Family: Bryan, Laurie, Brandon, Justin, Rylie, and Carson, and Reed Morris (Special Olympics), Kit Harmon and Taylor Welch (Food Distribution), Leslie Ziegler, Katie Clifford, and Julia Massimiamo (Chestnut Planting)  and Mallory Bryan (The Dignity Project.)

Visit the Highland Key Club Facebook page for more photos from the day.

Experienced NCAA basketball coach Joe Harrington will run clinics for boys and girls from grades 6-9 on Saturday mornings from April 16 through April 30. Contact Gary Leake to sign up today

Coach Harrington has recently moved to Fauquier County and is currently offering private training for local middle and upper schools. Coach Harrington has an extensive basketball background and he will be sharing his knowledge with Highland School student athletes! Coach Harrington is the former head coach at Hofstra, Long Beach State, Colorado and George Mason University. In addition, he has been an assistant coach at Maryland and he assisted with Coach Mike Krzyzewski for the USA Basketball team! He also has NBA coaching experience! 

Program Information:

Dates: Saturday Mornings   April 16, 23 and 30

Grades: Boys and Girls Grades 6 – 9

Times: Girls 9:00 – 10:30 Boys 10:30 – Noon

Payment: $25.00 per session of attendance

Checks: payable to:  Joe Harrington Basketball Clinics

Location: Highland Upper School Gym

To register or to receive more information, please email Coach Harrington at: or Gary Leake at:

This is an excellent opportunity for Highland’s basketball players to receive high level training at an affordable price. Training sessions are open to players of all abilities.

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