Affording a Highland
School Education

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.

Indexed Tuition ranges for 2016-2017

Kindergarten (Half Day) $5,000-$12,000
Kindergarten (Full Day)$5,000-$16,900
Lower School (Grades 1-4)$5,000-$19,750
Middle School (Grades 5-8)$5,000-$23,450
Upper School (Grades 9-12)$5,000-$26,850


Click here for complete tuition information for our Pre-Kindergarten programs for students from age two through four. 

How does Highland's Indexed Tuition program work?
To help us objectively assess what a family is able to contribute to educational expenses, Highland uses School and Students Services (SSS) as a trusted third-party resource. We use these calculations as the baseline for our Indexed Tuition determinations. To learn more, please visit Highland’s school code is 3874.

Notification of tuition determinations will be released on the same schedule as admission decision letters. Although decisions about admission and indexed tuition are made at the same time, the two processes are distinctly separate. It is our goal to provide you with a confidential and transparent process that allows you to evaluate your ability to manage this investment and sustain your child's enrollment at Highland School.

We appreciate your interest in Highland School. To learn more about our Indexed Tuition program or to schedule a tour of our campus, please contact Donna Tomlinson at or call 540-878-2740.

Merit-based scholarships for students in grades 9-12 also available

Highland School also offers generous merit-based scholarship programs for students from 9th to 12th grades. To learn more about our Piedmont Scholarship and Founders Scholarship programs, please click here.

We’re here to help
To learn more about how we can help you afford a Highland School education, please contact Donna Tomlinson, our Director of Admission & Tuition Assistance, at 540-878-2740 or send email to




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