In an effort to further The Cottage School mission,the Advancement Department maintains and strengthens connections within The Cottage School community, including parents, alumni, alumni parents, grandparents, friends, and staff, and solicits support through programs including The Key Annual Fund, capital campaigns to support campus improvements, and participation in special events. The Advancement Department not only promotes fundraising projects, but also fosters community relations through encouraging community involvement and interactions. Advancement communicates the school’s outstanding accomplishments and communal feedback assists in identifying areas with a potential for expansion.

The Advancement Department focuses its energies on these primary functions:

  • Fundraising: Annual Fund, periodic Capital Campaigns, Scholarship Funds and Endowments, Grants and GAGoal
  • Marketing and Communications: website, press releases, advertising, marketing and admissions materials, community relations, social media and branding
  • Special Events: Glitter and Cougar Classic Car Show
  • Alumni Relations: Homecoming and Reunions
  • Liaison with Parent Association: Volunteering for events, activities and fundraisers

Fundraising efforts support the following:

  • Tuition Assistance
  • Classroom Buildings
  • The Cougar Center
  • MS Pond
  • Staff Development
  • Program Enhancement
  • Campus improvements

We accept MasterCard, American Express or Discover, Matching gifts, Online giving and Indirect-Amazon, Publix School card, In-Kind Gifts


The Advancement Department is always available to talk to families and community partners

about meaningful ways to help The Cottage School.

 Tracy Ballot
Director of Advancement

Tangela McFarlane
Special Events/Alumni Relations Coordinator

Sandy McKinney
Advancement Administrator