The Highland School

  • We are a democratic boarding and day school.  Our daily social interactions provide the opportunity for individuals to learn.
  • Children learn through experience - through following their interests, coming to terms with boundaries, and understanding the consequences of their actions.
  • Our students develop confidence, independence, resourcefulness, self-motivation, and responsibility in a school community that values individual rights and the democratic process. Our students take advantage of our 500 acres of forests, fields, and streams, wireless Internet access, our library, gym, art, music, and other rooms.
  • Highland students are constantly active in pursuing what they are interested in: whether that is a particular academic subject, a skill they are developing, or talent they naturally have.
  • Our students have the space and time to really delve into their passions.

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School Overview

School TypeAlternative School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Other school association(s)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded1981

Student Body

Total Students10 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 6%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers3 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio3:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Personal choice)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineApr. 15
Yearly Tuition Cost$20,825
Tuition NotesListed tuition rate is for boarding students. Day student tuition is $2475. Please see website:
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorNoel McCutchan


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.9 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Actors Guild, Arts and Crafts, Conservation Club, Language Clubs, Music Club, Science Club, Social Committee, Travel Club

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Ski and Snowboard Club

School Notes

  • A wide variety of children do well at Highland. Children from many different cultures, family structures, and geographical locations enrich our democratic community.New students are voted in by the General School Meeting. Applying students must be twelve or under unless they have had prior experience at a democratic school. We treat school members as responsible partners in our daily life. We find that when children are expected to be responsible and are held accountable for their actions, they become responsible members of our community.We are not concerned about a child`s past diagnoses (ADHD, ODD, etc.) as we will assess the "fit" during the visiting week and first month of school. Our experience is that without the pressure of conforming to a pre-formulated, standardized curriculum, most children quickly adjust to the freedom and responsibility at Highland.

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The average private school tuition in West Virginia is $4,506 for elementary schools and $5,189 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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