Why Support Emerald?

Emerald Mountain School relies on the generosity of the entire community to deliver an exceptional educational experience for all students. Every gift, regardless of size, makes an impact, and supports our excellent teaching staff, our robust academic and experiential learning programs, and ensures students have access to the most relevant and engaging curriculum. Your donation directly enhances each child’s education, and when our community fully participates in supporting Emerald, it not only results in a stronger school, but it demonstrates our commitment to sustaining the best educational experience for our children.


The Emerald Fund

Annual giving, as with all other independent schools, serves to enrich the school’s program and support special projects. In addition to tuition revenue, these funds directly support teacher and staff salaries, faculty professional growth, technology upgrades, classroom materials, and curriculum enhancements. Most importantly, the Emerald Fund keeps our tuition affordable, and helps us to make the school accessible to a wider range of families, bringing your child the benefit of increased diversity. Every donation is important and, no matter the size, sends a clear message that you believe in and support Emerald. Our ultimate goal is 100% participation.

Additional Programs


The auction is a major annual fundraiser and a fun, community-building event for current and past families and Emerald supporters. Proceeds from the event supports the school’s tuition assistance program, underscoring our commitment to ensuring socioeconomic diversity within the student body.


The Head’s Fund is a new two-year $150,000 initiative, launched in November 2017, that will allow us to plan for the future by  significantly enhancing our current programs, including necessary technology upgrades, building a state-of-the-art S.T.E.A.M lab, and faculty professional development.


Established in 2011, the Nancy Spillane Endowment honors Emerald’s visionary founder, The fund was created to secure the school’s long-term financial sustainability, to encourage innovation in teaching and learning, and to ensure the school’s commitment to educational excellence. The first phase of the endowment fund goal is $250,000.



Along with developing intelligent children, we aim to build each child’s empathic nature. We believe empathy—the ability to understand another’s situation or feelings—is the most important skill our students will need in the future, so they may become confident, thoughtful stewards of our communities.

“Teenagers who are empathetic tend to be more purpose driven and they intentionally succeed in their academics not because they are looking to make good grades, but in most subjects their goal is to understand the subject material and to utilize the knowledge as one of their ever increasing tools,” Licensed Professional Counselor Ugo Uche said in a Psychology Today article.

You’ll notice this as soon as you visit our school. Upon walking into a classroom, you will quickly be greeted by our students with warm smiles and genuine looks in your eye. You’ll likely also hear what they are currently learning or working on, and you should be prepared to answer what it is you do in the community, as well!