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Financial aid is available to qualifying Sandhills families. Gifts are based on need and range anywhere from $1000-$7,000.

Yes, read about our Dress Tradition and Dress Code here.

We do not offer early morning drop off, but we do offer after school care until 5:30 p.m.

Sandhills Tuition covers all books used in the classroom. We have a back to school supply list. Parents can purchase school supplies on their own or through School Tool Box. Sports uniforms and field trips are not covered by tuition. Sports uniforms are included in the participation fee for the sport.

In the 2019-20 school year we enrolled 105 students. We limit our enrollment based on class size. Due to limits on class size, some grades may have a waiting list of students who have completed the admissions process. We have a 3:1 student to teacher ratio.

The current enrollment for the 2020-21 school year is 100 students and a faculty/staff of 38.

Sandhills provides a superior learning environment in 1st – 12th grades for students of average to superior intellect who learn differently. We excel in educating children with diagnosed learning differences such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and ADHD.


The Sandhills Campus is extremely secure. Access to our buildings is only available during school hours, maintained by a locked gate to the campus. All of our doors remain locked during the day to ensure the safety of our students. During school hours visitors must ring the doorbell at the front of school and sign in at the front desk.

SchoolHouse Fare lunches consist of a list of rotating local restaurants. Past participants include Moe’s, Chick Fil A, Smash Burger, Subway, PDQ, and Pizza Hut. Each of the restaurants focus on creating a limited menu consisting of their healthier options.

Our office hours are M-F from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Student hours are 8:15 a.m. – 2:55 p.m.

Sandhills is located off Garners Ferry Road on 22 beautiful, partially wooded acres.  Some of the highlights of our campus include:

  • A pond that hosts catfish and brim
  • Wilderness trails
  • Two sports fields
  • Playground
  • Outdoor classroom
  • Arts and Recreation Center
  • Four computer labs
  • Science lab
  • iPads for lower, middle, and high school
  • Cafeteria
  • Art studio & Potter’s room
  • Music room
  • Two outdoor fireplaces
  • Putting Green

The Sandhills Experience

Students will receive three comprehensive report cards during the school year. Teachers take the time create a detailed outline of the work covered and give an extensive progress report. Report cards are good landmarks for parents, but they will also receive regular email updates. Formal parent/teacher conferences are offered twice a year, but can be scheduled at any time as parents request.

Sandhills School offers the sports depending on the interest of students on a year to year basis due to small student body numbers. Current and past athletic teams include basketball, volleyball, soccer, cross country, tennis, baseball, and cheerleading. We try to accommodate all of our students interests.

There is a Sandhills Parent Council that we encourage all families to join. Parent Council gives parents the opportunity to be involved in Sandhills activities and is used as a vehicle to provide additional enrichment opportunities for our students.

We welcome parents or family members who would like to occasionally come have lunch with their child, especially if it is for a birthday or celebration.

The Orton-Gillingham approach to teaching is a renowned, research-based approach that is the evidence based method for instructing students with dyslexia and similar learning differences. Infinitely adaptable, Orton-Gillingham offers evidence-based, multi-sensory instruction that provides skills and strategies for academic success and remediates areas of hardship.

All Sandhills School faculty members utilize and have been trained in the Orton-Gillingham teaching methodology. Read more about this very effective teaching method here.

Some of our most popular current & past extracurricular activities include:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Soccer
  • Disc Golf
  • Yoga
  • Drama Club
  • Cheerleading
  • Gardening Club
  • Rock Climbing
  • Robotics

The extracurricular activities offered each year depends on the participation and interest of the students.

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