Ways to Give


"Highland brings out the best in our daughter and it’s evident by her enthusiasm for school.  Your dedicated teachers are outstanding and create such a positive learning environment. We are grateful to be part of the Highland community.” JEFF AND GINA THORNBURG

Why should you support The Highland Fund? Throughout our school’s history, our message remains the same: we ask that the first gift that you make to Highland each year be a gift or pledge to The Highland Fund.


Thanks for your support of the Highland Fund. Please use the online form below to make your gift today. Questions about your gift? Please contact Amy Babcox at  or call 540-878-2778.



The Highland Fund makes our students' educational experience exceptional! It is a critical part of everything we do. Your support is essential to helping Highland School continue on its path while supporting the programs our students need to be ready for college and life beyond.

Ready to learn more about The Highland Fund? Click on any of the expanding boxes below to learn more about this important philanthropic opportunity:

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  • What is The Highland Fund?

    Thee Highland Fund is Highland School’s most important ongoing fundraising activity, raising over $350,000 for last year's budget. The Highland Fund helps support the school’s operating budget: teacher salaries, classroom supplies, specialist programs, arts, athletics, technology, and more. We ask every family to support The Highland Fund at a level that shows pride in being part of this school community.
  • What is the goal for this year?

    100% participation from the Highland community is always our goal; and this year we hope to raise over $350,000. With your help, our school is making great strides toward increasing The Highland Fund giving each year. 
  • How much should I give?

    Gifts range from $5 to over $25,000. We encourage families to consider giving at the Leadership Gift level of $1,000 or more if they are able. Leadership Gifts help us provide the extras for our students that go above and beyond what tuition covers. Whatever your capacity, we do ask that you make Highland School one of your philanthropic priorities.  
  • Why not raise tuition to cover the total cost?

    Although we must raise tuition to provide for growth of faculty salaries and school programs, no independent school could charge full cost without pricing itself out of the market. We believe a Highland education should be accessible to as many talented young students as possible.
  • Who gives to The Highland Fund?

    Over 500 members of the Highland community (parents, alumni, faculty, grandparents, friends) make unrestricted donations each year that go directly into our annual operating budget.
  • Should I give if I receive financial aid?

    Yes! Even though many families make financial sacrifices to pay tuition, it is still important for every member of our Highland community to participate in The Highland Fund at some level to show their support of, and belief in, the School.
  • Why does my participation matter?

    Highland can leverage your participation to raise additional funds from granting agencies, foundations, and major donors. In addition to income from The Highland Fund keeping tuition rates at affordable levels, our parent, faculty, staff and trustee participation rates serves as a positive indicator of the school's strength. When Highland applies for grant monies, this participation is often a deciding factor. The higher our participation rates, the greater our chances of earning grant support.
  • How are gifts recognized?

    Highland values your support! Every year, we recognize our donors in our Annual Report, both by constituency (parents, alumni, or grandparents, for example) and the giving level in which you participate. Specific gift amounts are never listed.

    Donors making gifts in honor or memory of a teacher, a family member, or someone special are listed in the Annual Report along with the name of their designee.
  • Why commit now?

    The Highland Fund is part of this year’s budget. It is crucial that the Board of Trustees know that we will meet our goal by December 31 in order to plan for the remainder of the year. While you can give at any time during the school year, we ask that you make your pledge or gift before the end of the calendar year.

Make an Online Gift

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The Highland Fund
597 Broadview Avenue 
Warrenton, VA. 20186


Please contact John Melton at 540-878-2777 or via email to


Highland School is a co-ed independent Pre-K2 to Grade 12 day school located in Warrenton, Virginia.