Educational Institutions

Sage Hill School

  • Newport Coast, CA
  • http://www.sagehillschool.org

Mission Statement

We inspire in our students a love of knowledge and the ability to use that knowledge creatively, compassionately and courageously throughout their lives.Sage Hill School offers a bright, motivated, and diverse student body a unique journey of discovery. Our academically challenging, college preparatory curriculum is enriched by ample opportunities for participation in athletics, the arts, leadership, service, and a wide variety of community activities.

Main Programs

  1. Financial Aid
Service Areas

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California

North Orange County

ruling year

1997

Principal Officer since 2001

Self-reported

Mr. Gordon McNeill

Keywords

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school, tradition, athletics, service learning, student, children, performing arts

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EIN

33-0729698

 Number

1446059919

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Sage Hill school is a remarkable place to embark on the educational journey through high school. In the 2014-2015 school year, more than 500 students benefitted from the transformative education we provide on our spectacular coastal hillside campus. The journey could not be the same without financial gifts of all sizes. Philanthropic support elevates Sage Hill from good to great and supports the forward-thinking that has given Sage Hill School national recognition as an educational leader. Some of the initiatives supported through philanthropy include: Summer Institutes, in which our faculty and staff develop innovative ideas for enhancing our programs, such as the ninth grade service learning kite project, integrating art and science. The creation of our Modular Applied Design Environment (MADE) program, an online training program that has already educated more than 20 teachers in digital curriculum design and development. Equipment needed to fully outfit our new Lisa Argyros and Family Science Center for both classwork and independent student research.New classes and clubs, and support for clubs like robotics and Model UN to travel to competitions and events.Growth in funds for financial aid, including a $500 increase per financial aid student to cover incidentals that help them fully engage at Sage Hill.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Financial Aid

Sage Hill offers a bright, motivated and diverse student body a unique journey of discovery. Our academically rigorous, college preparatory curriculum is enriched through our commitment to service learning and enhanced by ample opportunities for participation in athletics, the arts and community activities. We strive for personal excellence in an atmosphere of collaboration, trust, mutual respect and integrity, so that our graduates become lifelong learners and inventive leaders, passionate to bring about positive change.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$16,000,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

California

North Orange County

Funding Needs

The Annual Fund is the top-priority for Sage Hill School. The Annual Fund supports all programs that make Sage Hill exceptional. It also provides the Administration the flexibility to take advantage of new programs as they arise.In keeping with the original vision of our Founders, Sage Hill School is committed to completing the Master Plan. This plan includes an Athletic Complex to add Tennis Courts and an Aquatics Center. The cost to complete these projects is $13 million. Also in keeping with our founding principles, we must raise funds for our Financial Aid program. Each year, approximately 15% of the student body receives financial assistance. These students would not otherwise be able to attend Sage Hill School. Their contributions to the diversity of though are what make Sage Hill School a unique place. To sustain and increase our ability to provide financial assistance, we are raising $10 million to support a financial aid endowment.Another opportunity to support financial aid is through our named Scholars program. Named scholars donate $140,000 and receive regular updates about the student they are supporting. Sage Hill's Internship Program (SHIP) provides internship opportunities for current students and alumni. This program allows students to explore their passions in a professional setting and gives them experience as they move to college and beyond.

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Financials

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SAGE HILL SCHOOL
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Sage Hill School

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Gordon McNeill

BIO

Gordon McNeill, President, has been instrumental in shaping the culture of Sage Hill School since he first joined the administration as Dean of School Life in 2001. After seven years as Dean, he was appointed Head of School in 2008 and named President in 2014.Under Mr. McNeill's leadership, Sage Hill School has established a reputation as a pioneer in innovative teaching and learning. His goal as President is to continue to build awareness of Sage Hill as the premier independent high school in Orange County and to keep the School on the leading edge of education. Having joined Sage Hill just one year after its founding, Mr. McNeill has played key roles in numerous aspects of its growth, development, and success.Prior to his tenure at Sage Hill, Mr. McNeill taught social sciences and coached basketball at Corona del Mar High School. Before beginning his career in education he played professional basketball in Australia and was the general manager of Pacific Business Systems in Irvine.Mr. McNeill holds a bachelor's degree in history from the University of California, San Diego, and was inducted into the UCSD Ring of Honor in recognition of his outstanding college basketball career. He also holds a master's degree in Independent School Leadership from the Klingenstein Center at Teachers College, Columbia University. Mr. McNeill resides in Newport Beach with his wife, Anne Marie McNeill, M.D., a practicing dermatologist, and their four children.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Christy Marlin

Community Volunteer

Term: July 2013 - June 2016

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