Why Give?

Mid-Pen is a small school by design, but one that offers big-school programs.

Unfortunately, tuition covers only about 80 percent of the cost of educating our students. So when you give to Mid-Pen, you are ensuring the value of a small school education without giving up “big” opportunities for our students. 


The Annual Fund is the cornerstone of Mid-Pen’s yearly fundraising efforts. With the vast majority of the school’s budget going to faculty salaries and benefits, the Annual Fund supports all those other things that are essential to the Mid-Pen experience. Gifts to the Annual Fund are unrestricted and help to pay for many of our programs and resources, including:

  • Professional development for our outstanding teachers so that they remain current with the best teaching practices in their fields.
  • Regular technology upgrades so that students and teachers have access to up-to-date technology that enhances the classroom learning experience.
  • Field trips, athletic teams, and a full slate of student activities, worthy of a much larger school.
  • A network of student support so that all student are empowered to realize their full potential as learners and people.

Your donation, when added to those of other Mid-Pen parents, trustees, alumni and friends, has a significant impact on the school. Your participation encourages others to give, helps the school access sources of funds outside the community, and demonstrates that the Mid-Pen community is committed to the school, its mission, and its students. 


Mid-Pen has a deep and longstanding commitment to diversity. Our tuition is already lower than many of our peer schools in the area, and we have a robust financial aid program, so that a Mid-Pen education can be accessible to as many families as possible. Gifts to the Financial Aid Fund offset the more than $800,000 of tuition assistance provided to parents who are committed to a Mid-Pen education for their child but cannot pay full tuition. We currently offer financial assistance to approximately one-third of our families.


A healthy endowment provides a solid financial base for a school and ensures its future financial health, much as a savings account does for a family. Endowment principal remains intact as the school spends a portion of the interest income. 

Large colleges and universities have huge endowments that generate millions of dollars of income each year. Mid-Pen’s $3 million endowment is much more modest, though the school hopes to grow its endowment to the point that it will eventually be a significant source of income and can help provide a measure of financial security for the school over the long term.  

A gift to the endowment is an investment in the future of Mid-Pen.  It will continue to make a difference, touching the lives of hundreds of students and teachers, for many years to come.

Mid-Peninsula High School is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Tax ID # is 94-2693417.


Parent contributions carry great significance no matter the amount. Annual Fund participation is an outward metric that shows our inward resolve and belief in our school. It is a great source of pride for Mid-Pen and a wonderful signal for prospective families and foundations as to how strong, supportive, and connected we are as a parent community. 

Please join the 80% of parents who last year supported the Annual Fund. No gift is too small – and no gift is too large! 

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