Parents & Families

UNCSA Parent Support Organization (PSO)

The Parent Support Organization (PSO) provides opportunities for parents to stay engaged in and contribute to the high school program. The PSO was started in 2009 by a handful of committed parents, and it continues today to invest in both resources and relationships that support the mission of the high school. Through your generous donations, we are able to mitigate the effects of chronic budget cuts as well as create tools and occasions for parents to stay connected with one another.


August 15, 2019  - PSO Parent Breakfast during Orientation from 7:30-8:50 a.m. in Eisenberg Social Hall on the ground-level of Hanes Student Commons. The event is geared for parents. Students and siblings are welcome to join.

Coffee Talk webcasts - Throughout the fall we offer a forum to ask questions both in person and online. See guest speakers schedule and past live streams.

October  - PSO meeting during Family Weekend, which is Oct. 25-27, 2019.   

December  - PSO will be running the Nutcracker Boutique again in December. You will be receiving information about how you can participate in this fun fundraising event.

How to be informed

Our UNCSA High School PSO Facebook page keeps parents informed about events on campus and provide updates on PSO activities. Parents can post on this forum to organize carpools, request help, or ask questions that other parents can answer.

How to be involved (even if you live out of town)

Here are some ways you can get involved as a parent or family member:

Attend our PSO meetings. We have a PSO meeting during Parents Weekend in October. It is a short informational meeting about our budget and the needs of the high school. We hope to include as many parents as possible who are in town for the weekend.

Volunteer. We recognize that it is difficult for parents to volunteer that live far away. We have an annual slate of officers if you would like to get involved as well as positions for Hospitality, Parent Directory and Social Media. We send out requests to all parents for volunteers to staff our Nutcracker Boutique at the Stevens Center during the Nutcracker Ballet, as well as requests for desserts and other items for teacher luncheons during exam week.

Participate online in the closed group UNCSA High School PSO Facebook page. It is a great way to stay connected to your student and events at the high school. Only parents of current students are invited to join this group.

Email PSO chair Shona Simpson at

Donate to  the PSO. For the Designation, select "High School Parent Organization (PSO)" in the drop-down menu.

PSO Donate Online

Shop. Harris Teeter grocery stores offers a Together in Education program that donates money when you link your VIC rewards card to UNCSA School Code 4682

What we've done

Some of the accomplishments of the PSO include:

  • High School Maker Space, with a large scale printer for student work, software for infographics, hand tools and robotics sets for “maker kits” that can travel to classrooms.
  • The Prized Pickle Scholarship ($1000 a year for a student with financial need)
  • Student laptop fund, where students with financial need can apply for a school-provided laptop.
  • New computers for the student-run newspaper and yearbook.
  • Summer training opportunities for teachers.
  • AP exam snacks.
  • Teacher appreciation events.
  • New Parent Breakfast during Orientation, and Family Weekend Cocktail Party
  • Senior gifts.
  • High School PSO Facebook page.

Organizational Documents (PDFs)