“NAF is proud to support New Heights School as it provides individualized instruction to meet each student’s needs.”

Phil Hatlie, Senior Loan Officer, Nonprofits Assistance Fund

New Heights School is a K-12 charter school in Stillwater, a city where there are two large and high-performing school systems that often refer students to New Heights.  It always was intended to be small with a focus on serving fewer students and addressing the individual needs of those students.  Because of the size of the school and the number of students enrolled at any one time, New Heights has a feeling of calm and structure, and has been dubbed “The Calm School” by visitors over the past two decades. New Heights’ mission is to serve “underserved” students – students who are not doing well in the other school systems. One of the unique aspects of the school is that teachers move up with the students in order to build lasting relationships between teacher, student, and family.

The Stillwater school district owns the school building and leases it to New Heights, but has decided to sell the building. It will sell it to Charter Schools Development Corp (CSDC), which purchases and renovates school buildings to lease to charter schools. CSDC then will lease it to New Heights. The renovations will include upgrading the HVAC and electrical systems, and remodeling the main office. NAF is honored to provide a real estate loan to CSDC so New Heights School can continue to provide this education option for students in the Stillwater area.