Summit Charter School is a tuition-free public charter school. We receive the majority of our funding from the State and County, but each year there is a sizable gap that we have to raise ourselves through private donations from multiple sources. Because we are a public charter school, we choose our own course of study, which far exceeds other public schools and rivals most private schools. We cannot afford to lose the heart of our program to budget cuts. 

Keep Summit Unique by Supporting our 2020-21 fundraising campaign, "ONE SUMMIT FAMILY"

Small class sizes, field excursions, lego robotics, international studies, advanced curricula, exceptional facilities - they truly make a difference in our children’s success. In this section, you'll find many ways in which parents, grandparents, and community members can participate in the ongoing support of these programs and our children through financial commitments.

This year, our greatest fundraising need is donations to our operating budget, playing a crucial and immediate role in enriching the lives of our students and teachers. The theme of our current annual campaign is “One Summit Family” because, truly, we are all in this together to ensure a quality education for our children. Recognizing the value of the investments our donors make, longtime supporter Don Sentell has agreed to a generous MATCHING GIFT of up to $100,000! Every gift raised for the One Summit Family campaign by December 31, 2020, dollar-for-dollar, will be matched by Mr. Sentell for operations. Thank you, Don, for your unwavering commitment to our school. Here's how you can support this year's One Summit Family campaign: 

1. SPONSOR-A-STUDENT PROGRAM: For our community and alumni donors, we are excited to add a new layer of personalization to your annual gift so you can feel a stronger connection to the school – as a donor you will be paired with a Summit student, creating a personal link between our donors and students! Benefits of sponsoring a student include: 

  • One-on-one correspondence with your paired student
  • Invitation to end-of-school-year Meet & Greet and Trail Hike at Summit with your student
  • Recognition on Summit website and printed materials
  • Pre-sale ticket access to the inaugural 2021 Festival of Trees – a new fundraiser benefiting Summit Charter School (Save the Dates! Toast of the Trees, our summer kick-off party, will take place on July 29, 2021. The Festival of Trees will take place November 26-27, 2021)
  • Reserved seating at Summit’s inaugural high school graduation in May 2022
  • The opportunity to invest in a student’s education and sustain the qualities of a Summit education, such as small class sizes, stellar faculty and staff for individualized and character education, hands-on and innovative curriculum, and experiential field excursions
  • The opportunity to improve quality of life in our beloved Cashiers-Highlands plateau

You can make a one-time gift, divide your gift into several payments, or establish an ongoing, automatic gift payment. Click here to learn more about our giving levels and to sponsor a student today! For donations by check, please make your check payable to the Summit Charter School Foundation and mail your gift to P.O. Box 2493, Cashiers, NC 28717.

2. FAMILY FUND: Annual donations to the Family Fund come from our Summit parents, grandparents, and family businesses to further help Summit bridge the gap between what we receive from the government and the actual cost of educating a student. Each year a Family Fund committee is formalized and creates a fun grade-by-grade fundraising contest, which will be announced soon. If you are ready to invest in your children's education by donating now, please fill out this form and email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For online donations, please click here.

Facilities Endowment and Planned Giving

JERRY JOHNSON LEGACY FUND: In October 2019, our Summit family lost a beloved member of its school community: Gerald “Jerry” Johnson. Jerry was a Summit Charter School Foundation board member and a grandparent. He was a fierce champion of Summit and had a tremendous impact on the school. The Jerry Johnson Legacy Fund has been formed in his memory, with all gifts restricted to maintaining school facilities in the future. This is a first step to ensuring a future of enduring vitality for Summit in addition to securing fiscal stability. 
PLANNED GIVING is another way to ensure your support of Summit and is an important part of your estate planning. By including Summit in your estate plan, you make a statement of your confidence in our school. and it is a very powerful way to ensure our future strength.


If you would like to contribute a future gift through a trust, life insurance, gift annuities, or a provision in a will, please contact Development Director Melissa Hudson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828-743-5755. 


Shop & Support

There are a number of retail outlets that offer opportunities to support Summit simply by making the purchases you would make otherwise. Please see the list of participating retailers to the right and remember to SHOP FOR SUMMIT!

Chloe's Lemon-aid Stand for Education: Chloe Crawford's student-run lemonade stand had a remarkable revival during the summer of 2019. Read about its continued success here and we would like to extend our sincere gratitude to our amazing community and student volunteers. 

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Get Involved

For more information on how you can give, volunteer, or participate in some other way, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Summit's Development Director, or contact her by phone at 828-743-5755 ext. 251.

Mailing Address for Gifts 

Gifts should be made payable to the Summit Charter School Foundation and mailed to P.O. Box 2493, Cashiers, NC 28717. The Summit Charter School Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization for both federal and state tax purposes. Your contribution is fully deductible to the extent of the law. The Foundation's federal tax identification number is 56-2039872. All gifts made to the Foundation support the school. Thanks in advance for making Summit a giving priority!