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Highlands Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 471 students

 

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Posted March 20, 2014

My child goes to this school and receives special education. I was suppose to have a meeting about his special education but last minute could not do it because I just found out that my daughter was sick and that my son may have it therefore I needed to take him to the doctor immediately. They refused to let me pick up my kids until I signed a special education document saying we had the meeting when we did not. Then they started bickering over a walkie talkie about me. I proceed to the office where again they said we could not leave until I signed it. Saying don't let her go until she signs it. NOT wanting to cause a scene in front of my children I signed it. I can't believe educators would do something like this. My kids will not be going back.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2013

As a teacher at Highlands Elementary I know first hand the love and support each child who enters the doors gets. We treat them just like our own. We have high expectations for the students and work endlessly to help them achieve their goals. Highlands is a great school, but we really need more technology in our rooms. We are working on getting Promethean Boards for each classroom but we have a long way to go. We do not get the funding to put one in each class like most other Dothan city schools. But just the same we love our children and we use all the resources we have to make successful students here at Highlands.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 1, 2013

Highlands Elementary is a fantastic school! The staff works well together and addresses the needs of all students learning styles across grade levels. Despite lack of funding and up to date technology, teachers strive to ensure that ALL children are challenged, have fun, and learn.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 25, 2010

We are continually impressed by the level of professionalism and the quality of learning that our children receive by the teachers at Highlands.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2010

So far my child absolutely loves Highlands. The new principal Mrs. Davis is so compassionate and on top of things! We moved here and she made the transition a success! So did the third grade teacher Mrs. Vann! My child is sailing!! He is learning so much and is not bored this year! Now he does have a challenge to learn. He loves it at Highlands! All the teachers have been so kind to him.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2008

Vernell Paul and the staff at Highlands are by far the best. They have worked with me consistently to address my son's special needs and the progress he has made under their program is amazing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2005

Highlands is one of the best schools in the Dothan area by far for primary education. The teachers and staff there are very concerned and caring when it come to the students. They have great reading programs, link program (for children with above average learning), they have a great speech teacher, and even have extra tutoring for children that are having a hard time. I have 2 children in this school and one is in the Link program and one is actaully having to get extra help in speech and tutoring. This school and its staff are very professional and do care about the childrens learning. I am very proud of how excellance i have seen come from this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2004

This school has been great with my child I have nothing but praise for it and it's teachers. Thank you for everything too bad I can't take this place with me when we move to Tx.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2012.

85 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
83%

2009

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

85 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
90%

2009

 
 
86%
Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2012.

82 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

82 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
90%

2009

 
 
84%
Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 91% in 2012.

60 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
98%

2009

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2012.

60 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
98%

2009

 
 
86%
Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Math

All Students93%
Female98%
Male87%
Black100%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White93%
Free lunch eligible93%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education67%
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
Poverty91%
Non-poverty94%

Reading

All Students93%
Female100%
Male84%
Black93%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White94%
Free lunch eligible90%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education83%
General population95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
Poverty91%
Non-poverty94%
Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Alabama Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Math

All Students91%
Female88%
Male95%
Black80%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White95%
Free lunch eligible86%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education73%
General population94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Poverty85%
Non-poverty95%

Reading

All Students90%
Female88%
Male93%
Black80%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White93%
Free lunch eligible77%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education64%
General population94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
Poverty81%
Non-poverty95%
Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Alabama Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Math

All Students95%
Female92%
Male97%
Black91%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White95%
Free lunch eligible94%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%
Poverty90%
Non-poverty97%

Reading

All Students90%
Female84%
Male94%
Black82%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White91%
Free lunch eligible82%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
Poverty81%
Non-poverty95%
Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Alabama Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2012.

59 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
87%

2009

 
 
67%
Scale: % level 3 or level 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Science Assessment (ASA) to test students in grades 5 and 7 in science. The ASA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficiency level 3.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Science

All Students80%
Female76%
Male82%
Black45%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White88%
Free lunch eligible65%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant80%
Poverty57%
Non-poverty92%
Scale: % level 3 or level 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Science Assessment (ASA) to test students in grades 5 and 7 in science. The ASA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficiency level 3.

The different student groups are identified by the Alabama Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 75% 58%
Black 16% 35%
Hispanic 6% 4%
Asian 4% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 31%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Knowledge Master Open (2006)

Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Ms Vicki W Davis
Fax number
  • (334) 671-8163

Programs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Parent volunteers: read to classes go on field trips help out at book fairs help out at field day p.t.o. activities a-conduct parties fall festival duty free lunch for teachers girl scout meetings
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  • Accelerated Reader is a top priority for students. Schoolwide we had 20,533 points in 2005-2006. The top student earned 400 points! LinC students participate in Auburn University Elementary Science Olympiad and win medals and ribbons. We made AYP! 2 years straight. 2004-2005 and 2005-2006
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1400 South Brannon Stand Rd
Dothan, AL 36305
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