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9-12
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Gilbert, AZ
Students enrolled: 2,926
 

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4301 East Guadalupe Road
Gilbert, AZ 85234

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(480) 813-0051
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January 20, 2015
I have two graduates and two currently enrolled (and two future Hawks). There has been a lot of drama in the Gilbert School District, but Highland faculty and staff have been able to insulate the students and maintain their focus on the students and continuing the excellence on campus. Highland not only excels in academics but also in extra curricular activities such as sports, arts and a club and booster network that allows every student the opportunity to participate. The rating of five stars was not taken lightly and the new Principal is taking Highland to a new level of performance.

- submitted by a parent

June 22, 2014
This is a great school! The academics are fantastic and there are so many opportunities. Because the school is fairly large you can pick from a big and diverse elective pool. As to the "Mormon bias" I don't see it as often as the comments say. Most of the time kids use the Mormon bias as an excuse to there parents when they mess up. Even if you're not Mormon (like me), there are many benefits from being in a religiously influenced school, it reduces the rate of crime, drug use and fights! Highland is a great school! Because of HHS I will be attending Harvard in the Fall of 2014!

- submitted by a community member

February 13, 2014
This is a very good school academically and the music program is wonderful, however, there is a lot of Mormon favoritism in regard to sports and other activities. My child has had to experience first hand this religious bias. Even when it comes to dating or going out with a large group of kids my clean cut, church going, high achieving son has been discriminated against. I suppose if a student IS Mormon they would not notice the LDS preference but if you're not it is sadly obvious. He has asked to go elsewhere next year.

- submitted by a parent

January 26, 2014
Our daughter is a sophomore at Highland and we are extremely pleased with how happy she is there. The fact that we have no particular religious affiliation has never been an issue. My daughter participates in some of the many sports and clubs Highland has to offer. We highly recommend this school! Also to note, our son attends Highland Junior...another school in our district with which we are just as pleased.

- submitted by a parent

January 05, 2014
I am currently a student here at highland high school and my freshman year here was incredible! I loved all the amazing clubs and teams I was able to join a totally different experience than junior high! BUT when I started my sophmore year this past August, everything changed. I find highland very religious. If you are not LDS (Mormon) you are an outcast in most cases. I have had my teachers even ask who is mormon in the class! Although, there are many people of different faiths who will eventually "clique" with, I found myself confused on why I was feeling so left out. The curriculum also changed quite a bit! And more than half of the math teachers have strong accents and speak very poor english which makes it very difficult to understand. We no longer have half days but instead get released at 1:30 every Wednesday which is difficult for those of us involved in sports because we have to get transportation back to the school at 3 for practice. Overall, I find highland very "cliquey" and judgmental.

- submitted by a student

December 11, 2013
We are new in the area. Our children attend both the Highland Junior high, and the high school. My junior high son is involved in sports and band, and has established a number of friends! My daughter is doing very well at the high school. No we are not Mormons but I sure don't mind them! They are great neighbors! The AP history teacher has some strange teaching methods. We do have some amazing teachers, and a few who should be observed without advanced noticed. Overall, we are very happy to be here! We came from out of state from an extremely competitive school and the Highland schools are right up there! We do recommend our school here in Gilbert!

- submitted by a parent

December 01, 2013
Any Irish people in this school? I might be going to this school shortly and I was just wandering are there any Irish students there

- submitted by a community member

May 17, 2013
I have not had the best interactions with the counseling department or a few of the teachers. There is a mormon bias at this school. Those who say there isn't are mormons. My daughter and I were at orientation right b4 school started,my daughter received a lunch hour that none of her friends had. She was upset I toldher that it was ok. The counselor had just told us that he could not change it because it was too late. I understood. As we were walking out another new student walked up to the same counselor & said I need to change my lunch because my friends from our ward are in a different lunch then me and I want to be with my friends. They started chatting about mutual friends in the ward that they attended together. He said to her hold on, I will be back. He changed this girls lunch. I heard the whole thing, it was to be with her friends. They went to the same ward. After the girl left, I asked the counselor how that just happened and did my daughter need to be mormon to change her lunch? I called him out. Handed him my daughters schedule and said my daughter wanted the other lunch. Without a word he changed my daughters schedule. He knew he was just biased to the mormon kid.

- submitted by a parent

May 07, 2013
HHS isn't a welcoming place nor is it academically challanging. My student has learning disabilites and rather than make accommodations and have him take regular classes, as he had done in 8th grade they placed him in all Special education classes. EVEN THOUGH that is a direct violation of IDEA (ie federal law). He has learned nothing this school year, rarely has any homework (usually busywork like crossword puzzles). He never has to study and yet he has all A's and B's. When he tried to get placed in harder classes, the couselor refused. She has also refused to let him take a foreign language when planning for next year, even though it is required for college admission. They have decided that even though my son is smart, because he has LD's he won't be able to go to college. The couselor told him he "would be going straight into the military" even though he has said he does not want to do that. He even has a teacher who will end class early if the students are being disruptive. As far as being "Excelling", one has to remember that in education, Arizona ranks about 45th in the country (depending on the year & what exactly is rated). So HHS is only better than 10% of USA's schools.

- submitted by a parent

March 03, 2013
I am currently a freshman at highland high school and I would not recommend this school to anyone who is looking for a challenging education. The teachers at this school will only teach your child the bare minimum and only what will be on the AIMS test. The teachers only care about what's best for your child because the teacher who gets the highest test scores will get extra money. Also, when a student isn't comprehending the topic being taught, the teacher will drop all their plans and stretch the topic until that one student gets it. This can be good or bad depending on if your child is a slow learner, in which case, this is the school for you. Another problem this school has is that students have ADHD and the teachers make no effort to help them. Also, the school takes way too many boundary exceptions. Class sizes have risen from 24 people to a class to more than thirty. If your child has a hard time focusing in class, do not send them here. Lastly, school food quality has decreased dramatically. The school orders the food from different places, freeze them, then reheat when the food is needed. Sometimes the food is not fully defrosted and is cold on the inside.

- submitted by a student

February 24, 2013
i disagree with the high rate that this school have, this school get the easy way comparing with others schools. they don't enroll students with low grades or students with special education needs. from here you can't compare this school against the others. i tryed to enroll my daughter on this school but they don't admitted her because she has low grades and they told me that we need to go to another school. we went to gilbert high school and they make a very good plan for my daughter and she graduate on time from this school. i'm very grateful for the hard work gilbert high school did with my daughter. since i know how highland enroll the students. i say they never deserve to compare them with another real high schools. highland has a fake high rate. they do nothing. they only admit students with high grades; therefore those students with highland or without highland will graduate for their self.

- submitted by a parent

December 01, 2012
I am alumni at this school and I say it was average at most. There was a bullying problem and most of the faculty were ignorant of it. I read reviews about Mormon bias, and sadly it was true. A few of my teachers made me very uncomfortable for not fitting in with the majority of my peers who are Mormon. LGBTQs and other minorities weren't consider apart of the school community by students. I also felt my mild disabilities weren't taken as serious and were seen as a joke. They didn't take any news about suicidal students seriously as well. One student mentioned that they were students trying to convert, that happened to me as well. If I could go back in time, I would have begged to go to Gilbert High School instead just for diversity alone. High school is not just for academics, it is to learn about others and how you contribute to the whole. Highland just taught me that I was a terrible person for being different in some minor detail and it took me a long time to feel like I am a good person.

- submitted by a student

August 13, 2012
Our son is a junior @ Highland and we couldn't be more pleased with the school and the faculty. It is interesting how the subject of religion is used repeatedly as a negative from the reviewers of this site. If your child is comfortable with their personal religious beliefs and respects the beliefs of others, there just isn't a problem. Our son has a lot of friends at Highland, both Mormon and non-Mormon friends. They all get along great and there is never any "converting" attempts from any of them. As for parents that complain about the strict actions of the faculty towards mis-behavior. This is a bad thing??? As long as parents take an attitude of {this isn't "FAIR" to treat my child like this for "teenage mischief"} they might want to take a look at the example they are setting for the very children they are defending. If you are defending their actions by claiming over-reaction of the staff then you are subliminally condoning their actions at the expense of the perceived integrity of the school officials and the rules that are designed to provide a safe and wholesome environment for learning. Bottom line is, children are a product of their environment. Great job Highland!

- submitted by a parent

August 09, 2012
For the most part, I'd say highland is above average in performance. The biggest downside is the unhelpful administration and counselors. The counselors are very condescending, and always seem to have a "well that's just too bad" approach. The administration was nicknamed "The Bureaucracy" among my peers. That was my biggest issue. Some people say there is Mormon/religious bias, and I can say that there was at least one teacher that blatantly displayed this bias and had 'favorites'. However, it generally wasn't too big of an issue - on a few occasions other students have tried to "convert" me, and would just not leave me alone, but this review isn't necessarily supposed to be based on a few students. Most of my teachers were "good". A couple were "exceptional", and a few were "bad". It's not the best school if you're looking to make friends or if you want the schedule you were hoping for, nor will you gain much critical thinking skills (mostly just testing skills). You will get a pretty good education though, and in a decent/safe environment. I would give it a 3.5 if that were possible on this site.

- submitted by a student

July 26, 2012
To the parent who said there is Mormon "favoritism" that is not true, almost any highschool you can go to there will be a seminary building. There may be alot of LDS kids at Highland but that does not make it a Mormon school. We encourage every religion and encourage kids to be themselves. Basha High School is one 12 percent Mormon and they have a seminary building also, so no, this school does not put favorites on any student of ours. We do our best to succeed with us and our students. So please, take your personal opinions out of that facts of the great things this school can do for our children and youth. Thankyou.

- submitted by a teacher

June 14, 2012
Highland High School's music department is amazing, and the Orchestra program is the best in the state.

- submitted by a parent

June 06, 2012
1. Academically hard to beat. Minus a few outspoken liberal counselors or teachers the curriculum is still tough to beat. 2. BUT WAIT! Religious favoritism at this school is out of control. The academic and athletic favoritism in favor of Mormons is seriously a scary situation. It might as well be labeled an LDS school. This comment coming from someone who at this moment is voting for Romney. Sad situation here!

- submitted by a parent

June 04, 2012
I hated this school. A large percentage of the students that attend Highland act very "uppity" and the teachers/admin are oblivious to the religious pressures.

- submitted by a student

June 04, 2012
The administration at Highland needs a serious reality check. I am very disappointed at the way they treated my daughter. I do not recommend attending this school.

- submitted by a parent

June 01, 2012
My son graduated from this school in '10, and it was such a relief to know that we didn't have to deal with the school administration any more. We have a perfectly normal 18 year old son who likes athletics and normal teen stuff. Being a teenager, he tended to make some stupid teenage decisions like bringing water balloons to school and throwing paper airplanes across the class. Nothing too serious, just normal things that teens do to get a laugh. Back when I was in high school, if we were caught throwing a paper airplane at someone or if we flicked a rubber band in class, we would typically get a simple warning or at worst a lunch detention. At this school, if you make a simple teenage mistake, you get extreme and harsh punishments way beyond normal. You have no idea how many times my husband and I have had to argue with the administration at this school over simple teenage behavior. I'm not saying that my son is an angel, but the reactions of the administrators are way over the top and to the extreme.

- submitted by a parent

February 07, 2012
Wouldn't rather be at any other, low-quality school. Great people, great teachers, GREAT BAND PROGRAM!

- submitted by a student

December 12, 2010
This school is great! Hardley any drama or drugs. I love it! Go to this school it rocksssss

- submitted by a student

September 13, 2010
I went to and graduated from Highland and it is a great school. There are many opportunities to get involved at the school from comunity service clubs, NHS, student council to Choir, Orchestra, and band. I never once felt excluded in any way shape or form at this school. The staff are always willing to help when it is needed. Yes, there are cliques, but what school doesn't have them?

- submitted by a community member

June 27, 2010
One cannot take away from HHS the strong academic programs it provides. However, when it comes to athletics the coaches have their favorites and often do not look outside the box. It is to the point that politics overrides its strong academics as it does not provide those who have potential for sports scholarships to go unrecognized because of the athletic favorites. In fact, the varsity team is already selected from the incoming freshman students who played junior high ball-regardless of their skills. Athletic favorites start with coaches who coach league teams as well as being high school coaches.

- submitted by a parent

May 22, 2010
The cliques are ridiculous at the school. Separated by religion and/or race. Nearly impossible to make new friends unless the same racial or religious background is shared. The teachers are excellent for the most part. There are a couple religiously zealot teachers. One of whom uses passive aggressiveness to bully students and excessively uses stereotypes although administration won't do anything about that. The extracurricular activities revolve around cliques too. Holding an officer position in clubs is based on a vote by students (popularity vote) and the NHS club excludes students with the same credentials as other students. The school is consisted of mostly LDS students and teachers and most of them are Republican who aren't afraid to show it.

- submitted by a student

April 09, 2010
Highland is a great school. The teachers and staff are great to help students. This School knows what it is doing and it will help you child, brother, sister, or someone who you know looking for a great high school. Some of highland qualities are they are organized, they are good at what they do other than teaching, They WIll prepare you for the next thing that comes up when it comes to school and even things that do not pertain to school. I highley reccomend going to this school.

- submitted by a student

January 04, 2010
I am a student at Highland High School and I have to say you should not be asking the parents what the scool is like. It is a great school because any class you want the have my interest was photography. The bad thing is some teachers need to be replaced because they feel it's all about there class. Second there is to many sudent in each class for any student that needs help with a class it's hard to find time. A good thing is there sports they have every sport you could want to play. Overall it's a good school that still needs work!

- submitted by a student
no rating
October 04, 2009
Great teachers. Administration could be better. Definitely need money for more textbooks and not for blackberrys! =)

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July 09, 2009
this school needs to work on things that are important like making sure the students are passing, and helping them after school when they are struggling.

- submitted by a parent

June 13, 2009
To begin with, Highland is a fantastic... for 'mainstream' people. The Honors and AP classes there are challenging, and the music program is great, although it will hold freshmen and students the teachers don't deem responsible back from their true potential. The coding teachers can teach you from not even knowing binary to knowing your way around C++. The counseling department really has no interest in actually helping people, and their first resort, regardless of what emotional or family problems you have, is 'Oh, I'm sorry your life is doing bad, now drop the class.' I say all of the aforementioned things from experience. Concerning LDS, it's not that big of a problem, although the fact that there is a LDS seminary that's essentially on-campus is annoying. The LDS kids at school will try to convert you for about a week, and then just give

- submitted by a student

August 10, 2007
I attend HHS. I really like my teachers and they have helped me so many times. This is a great school with a lot of nice kids.

- submitted by a student
no rating
April 13, 2007
Highland is an all-around fabulous school! The AP classes are incredible and are better than some of my college classes. The AP writing teachers prepare you to become excellent writers in all situations--a skill that our world is greatly lacking. The music programs are top notch and worth taking. During my tenure at Highland, I performed in Carnegie Hall with the symphony and my brother performed with the marching band in the Macy's Day Parade. As for the large Mormon population, it's quite exaggerated in these reviews. The sports programs are great. Your teammates are very diverse and you make tons of great friends.

- submitted by a student

October 17, 2006
I currently attend Highland High School, and I love it. People complain about LDS students a lot on here, and even though I am not LDS, I think that it is not that big of a deal. People who can get past the fact that not everyone believes the same thing will be absolutely fine at this school. The new principal is great. You can tell he really strives to achieve the excellence that Mr. James, the former principal, had. The academics are outstanding at this school. We are number one in the state. What more could you want?! The music department is even more amazing. The teachers push their kids so hard to be excellent, and boy does it show. We have an amazing symphony and the best Marching Band in the Southwest. I would recommend anyone to go to Highland.

- submitted by a student

September 23, 2006
HHS was a good school to attend. The teachers were great and wanted to help the kids out. Sports, well, coaches could have been better. For example ... girls volleyball, in the 4 years I was there, we had 4 different coaches, for both freshman and varsity, and a couple for JV. Parent involvement is good, music department is great.

- submitted by a student

July 23, 2006
I think Highland High School is one or the best schools in Gilbert. It has the best music programs and great instalations, but there is alot of racial problems.

- submitted by a parent

July 21, 2006
Highland.. If your child is going to take Honors, AP, or music classes, and your child doesn't have learning or emotional issues, then Highland might be the right school for you. There isn't much for an academically struggling student. As an Honors student, I can tell you that its classes will definitely keep you on your toes. I am dissapointed at the seminary program, consisting mostly of Mormans, because it encourages religious segregation and cliques-an epidemic at Highland. Highland can take you far-if you're considered acceptable. Highland can be great for those pretending to live the perfect life, but remember those kids who fall through the cracks.

- submitted by a student

May 22, 2006
Highland is the best school in Gilbert.

- submitted by a parent

May 08, 2006
I am very disappointed with H.H.S.! If your child is not a 'mainstream' kid do not enroll him/her at H.H.S.! They're so busy trying to keep they're 'Blue Ribbon' title that they don't have the time nor do they want to deal with the kids that truly need their help!

- submitted by a parent

January 17, 2006
Good school, but many students

- submitted by a teacher

December 12, 2005
My son is a senior this year at highland. We have been very disappointed all along. We feel that only about half of the teachers are able to teach the kids. I would like to see the statistics on the dropout rate for this school. Gilbert district motto is 'expect success'. But if your child is going there don't take it for granted. If your kid is top tier academically you will be ok. If not look somewhere else. My 2 daughters will not attend here.

- submitted by a parent

December 08, 2005
Having graduated from Highland, I feel that I received a good education academically, but not the entire high school experience. High school is more than learning and preparing for college, its about growing as an individual and going through the typical teen experiences. I thought those experiences should be making new friends and going on dates, not being discriminated against because I wasn't the same religious and financial status of the majority of students and staff at Highland. Diversity isn't liked at this school at all. One of my teen experiences at Highland was being in class and it was obvious that I was the only non-Mormon and I felt very comfortable when the teacher and his students had a discussion about another mormon teacher about they were trying to find a wife for him. I excused myself from class and left the room. Kids shouldn't be uncomfortable in school.

- submitted by a student

October 04, 2005
Its the best school if you want your child to get a great education.Since their is so many kids, your children get to socialize and experience a real highschool.The teachers are phenomenal and are very well experienced in each field.How else did they achieve the blue ribbon award?

- submitted by a student

September 24, 2005
Highland was a good choice for my family and my daughter.

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August 21, 2005
The Marching Band is the best marching band in the Southwest. no joke either, we have the awards to prove it.

- submitted by a student

August 08, 2005
The teachers we great. The extracurricular activites were sufficient, though too much money, support, and attention were given to football and boys baseball. There were many other programs that needed school support and funding, such as theatre, music, all the art clubs, etc. The girls sports also lacked support. The views on student dress and student conduct were clearly ruled by the popular religion in the area. I also thought that if one the LDS church could have a teaching facility on campus, their should be a religious teaching facilty for Judism, Islam, Buddhism, all various sects of Christianity, etc...

- submitted by a student

August 03, 2005
great education in preparation for college. The students/parents/teachers are all so similiar to one another... diversity is not a part in this schools education.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating
August 03, 2005
For those parents looking at many of the posts here, I have experience with the district as a former student, as well as a volunteer and student teacher. I was a student at Highland for 4 years and not Mormon. Academics & extracurricular activites are outstanding, but this time does shape the adolescent. Social aspects do matter and they effect everything, whether the parents want to accept that or not. Listen to your child/student if they are unhappy at HHS. It could be more than typical teenage issues. Some of the social & religious issues at HHS do not occur at other schools. Safety is not just phyical protection.

- submitted by a teacher

July 21, 2005
This school has excellent academic and social programs. The special education department is especially qualified. THe school facility is impressive. The only thing this school is lacking is a diverse student body, which is unavoidable given the general population residing within school boundries. Nice school!

- submitted by a teacher

May 26, 2005
I have been very pleased with the quality of education at Highland High School. The principal, is readily available if you want to talk to him about anything. The orchestra program is outstanding.

- submitted by a teacher

February 23, 2005
Best school in the state! Best academics, best sports teams and best music program.

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January 10, 2005
The quality of Highland's academic programs are second to none. At Highland, there are many extracurricular activities for the students to participate in. A busy and healthy body means a healthy mind.

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December 08, 2004
As a former student and a new mother, I wouldn't hesitate putting my daughter in this school. I received a quality education and had wonderful memorable teachers. I especially loved the choir teacher Mr. Tressler. I live just a few minutes away and am thrilled to know that she will go there. They offer many types of classes with teachers of many backgrounds.

- submitted by a student

October 23, 2004
My two children attend Highland High School and I couldn't be happier. My one child is in advanced placement classes which provide the level she needs while placing appropriate demands on her time. My other child is on a regular academic schedule and also has appropriate attention. This school offers the best music program I have seen. The parents are involved and proud of their students. Academic success and student involvement are top priorities. There is something for every personality and ability at Highland High!

- submitted by a parent

August 05, 2004
I was a student at HHS. I did notice a huge discrimination and prejudice problem at this school. To really survive in this school you have to have money be in the correct religious group or have so called a connection to people in high places. You find kids constantly being maid fun of, being singled out in front of all the kids and staff. This can really damage someones self esteem and have lasting effects on the children. The teaching is normal nothing excellent about it would come to my mind. If you are not in on what is consider cool then you will have a hard time trying to find a place to sit at lunch. The kids also tend to push you away from sports if you are not with the correct group. My opinion is to most defiantly find another school to attend. Save yourself the pain.

- submitted by a student

May 28, 2004
Excellent school, one of the best in the nation. Great music program. Excellent academics.

- submitted by a parent

May 03, 2004
Highland is a great school. We are very pleased with the progress our son made while he was a student there.

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March 28, 2004
The student teacher ratio is good, the classes seem well structured. There's not a lot of feedback/communication with the parents from the teachers - it would be nice to have an open house where we actually met the teachers (especially coming from a more hands smaller charter school to such independence).

- submitted by a parent

March 21, 2004
Yes, the seminary building is mainly for LDS, but you are allowed to take it even if you are not of the mormon religion. The school is about 1/3 mormon, but that has nothing to do with the actual school, that has to do with the community. If you go next door to Gilbert High, you'll get about the same percentage. Any religion can have a seminary, and have it release time, the LDS just took advantage of it. And as for keeping religion out of schools, there is no way that will happen when the pledge of allegience has 'under God' in it, or there is a club called S.W.A.T. (Students with a Testimony) which is basically for either catholics or christians, (sorry, not sure of which). And as for the teachers, most of them really care about the students. Dont judge them all by just one experience. ;)

- submitted by a student

January 18, 2004
Before filling out this rating form, I checked out the school 'Achievement' section. I was very impressed by HHS's high academic raking based on the results of the AIMs and SAT9 tests. I was especially impressed with how the school compared to other high schools with similar demographics (Number 1). It is obvious that the Principal, Vice-Principals, Counselors, and teachers are working very hard. Since my children have gone to HHS, I have attended many of the extracurricular activities ranging from sporting events to plays and concerts. Are there factions within the student makeup? Of course, just like any school. Although my kids are not members of the predominant religous group, they have found ample oppertunities to enjoy the high school experience through other school functions. My advice to kids. Study Hard! Get involved! Have fun!

- submitted by a parent

January 15, 2004
I feel that as a non-religious person I am being singled out at this school. Not only because almost 80 percent seems to be of the Ladder Day Saints or Mormon religion, but because they have their own special class and building to go to. If I were to walk over during the day to seminary, I would get at least 1 day of in-school suspension for leaving school property. Why? Because I'm not Mormon. I am a person to, a student, a educated one, and I feel that having a class, let alone, a seperate building for a 'organized' religion is going to far.

- submitted by a student

December 11, 2003
I attended highland high school for 4 years, I remember and used to know some of the people involved with many of the controversies surrounding the school. The school itself is exellent, the classes offered and teachers themselves teach very well.

- submitted by a community member

October 03, 2003
Wonderful school. Best high school in Gilbert, the fastest growing town in America, and maybe even the best high school in Arizona. Tons of parental involvemnt here

- submitted by a parent

October 03, 2003
A student gets out of a school what they put into a school. A parent gets out of a school what they put into a school. It doesn't matter what religion is suppose to be the prominent one. It matters what the parents and the student together put into it. The prominent religion may stick out more because together all three parties (student, parents, staff) are working together. I am an involved parent and know several involved parents of the specific religious group that many you are talking about and I am honored that my kids get to associate with good kids. I really don't care what their religion is...but they are good kids (for the most part) with good values. So what if some kids are out numbered. At least they are out numbered by kids that are trying to do good and not out numbered by kids in gangs.

- submitted by a parent

September 30, 2003
I am a student at highland and am not mormon and don't have the best grades and here i am reading these comments by parents saying our school is a bad environment and i say shame on them because yes we do have a long race of mormon but these aren't the kids that are pulling out guns on me and there isn't a gang or drug or things that most teenagers get involed with in highschool here. So if you want drugs and shooting at your childs school then don't enroll you child but if you want a clean enivornment then enroll you child in highschool who has the highest aim scores in the state.

- submitted by a community member

September 18, 2003
The principal is awesome!! He is very involved with all the activities: academics, athletics, and music. The music department is amazing. The orchestra went to Carnagie Hall on tour and the choir went to Orchestra Hall, Chicago on tour as well. This a wonderful school. It does well in everything.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
August 21, 2003
We moved here a little over a year ago and my daughter, who is involved in many extra curricular activities, also has had a hard time making friends at this school. However, I think the religion thing is community based not Highlands responsibility and it appears from my own conversations, that it is the parents of these children who are preaching about their religion being the 'Only' respectable option. The higher socio-economic status does promote the stronger social cliques but observing the kids at games and other events, they are a nice fun loving group of kids. The administration has been great to us, but there are a few teachers (Math specifically) unwilling to work with kids that even have formal modifications in place. However, that has been the exception not the rule. For any Highland teachers who read this, if you have lost the passion to teach and compassion for the kids then its time to get out of the profession. For all the other teachers, thank you for your dedication and for caring about my child. (The VP is awesome as well as the AG department).

- submitted by a parent

August 11, 2003
I disagree with many of the comments made here, obviously by students or their parents who have had a recent run-in with the school. Especially the 'religious discrimination' post, In my experience Highland has not only been a very safe school, but a school with a very good mix of kids. There is not a problem with gangs, (like almost every other high school in arizona) and the only problem may be the affluence of the families in the area that may cause poor/lower middle class children to feel left out. Teachers are great and they should not be forced to work extended hours if it is not in their contract. If your kid needs help in math, they need to get with a math tutor or begin at a lower level class. And last but not least parents should take more initiative to help children with homework. It is not a teacher's responsibility to 'save' your child. I think Highland is a great place and does not discriminate.

- submitted by a parent

August 10, 2003
Where ever shall I begin? Let's start with religion. What happened to no religion in public schools. Is that why there's a seminary building for the mormons of HHS? If you aren't LDS, you can forget about your child fitting in with most of the students. The 'dress code' at HHS is also ridiculous. It's only enforced for certain people. I've seen, time and again, the girls that show plenty of midriff and get away with it, while others are sent to the office to get a new shirt. Administration and staff members cannot claim not seeing these breaches in dress code because these are generally the students that they are seen chatting with every single day. Highland isn't really that bad of a school if you forget about the cliques and the discrimination against religion. But hey, not everybody cares about those things.

- submitted by a community member

July 25, 2003
My children have had a wonderful experience at HHS. Everyone cares about students and their successes.

- submitted by a parent

June 28, 2003
If you don't go to the same church as the majority of this school, you will never be welcome in any of the extra-curricular activities, never be accepted and befriended by most of the kids and you will be outcast from everyday routine things, such as where you can stand in line for lunch, and where you are allowed to sit at lunch. There is such a high number of a specific religion that if you don't belong, you will forever be an outsider looking in, as they will exclude you from their group by physically closing off a circle of themselves and moving the group away from you. They have done it time and time again to numerous kids. And forget about trying to take this problem to administration or counselors...most of the office staff proudly wear their 'ring' so you know if they go to the same church. There is no one to appeal to in administration since they are all 'brothers and sisters' together. I knew there would be a predominant religion at Highland, but was not anywhere near prepared for the religious discrimination that runs rampant in the halls of this public facility. The religious discrimination is in every facet of the school, from teaching to extra-curricular activities. Think very hard before you decide to make a move to Highland. It is horrible to realized that the discrimination our country has fought so hard to remove, has put on a new and different mask that is portrayed in another way.

- submitted by a community member

May 26, 2003
As long as your child falls within the 'right' category (either through religion or through their parent's personal social involvement with teachers and staff) your child might be ok. If they (or you) fall outside that category, nothing 'extra' will happen for them. 'Extras' like after school help are a joke with most Highland teachers. To be fair, with a school as large as Highland (with over 2,600 students), it's hard for any teacher to give extra help to all those who might need it, but Highland's teachers take the lack of extra help to new lows. One math teacher told me personally that 'she is a professional, and her hours are from 7:00AM to 3:30PM - period. Any extra help in math that my son might need should come from the once every two week Saturday class that the Gym teacher has because he gets paid the extra money'. And the Gilbert School District's decision to teach 45 minutes in one subject one day (like Algrebra) and then switch the very next day to a completely different math topic (like Geometry) is causing havoc for most of the students. The Highland staff simply encourages the kids to quit any class they are having trouble with (to avoid the lower grade) and try again later. Simply put, if Highland is an example of a good public school, I'm not sure who is doing the grading. Parental 'vouchers' would eventually fix most of the problems at this public school, but until then don't risk your kids future with Highland High School.

- submitted by a community member

May 08, 2003
I just have to tell everyone out there who is reading this that Highland High School is the 'BEST' high school I can ever talk about. The Teachers, Principals, Staff, Students, etc are just the best out there that you can find. My 2 children go to this school and it's the greatest! After my daughter died from a car accident, her school just took over and have been doing everything in such great honor and memory of her. I cannot believe the dedication, care, concern and committment that these teachers and staff have towards 'their kids'. To this day, they have set up a scholarship in her name and have done numerous activities in her honor and memory. The calls, letters, flowers that we still receive from them is just out of this world. So, if you want your child/children to go to such an awesome school then you have found it right here.

- submitted by a community member

May 07, 2003
Excellent school. Excellent Teacher. The teachers go out of their way to offer help and support to the students. Many teachers stay after hours to do individual tutoring. The sports programs are the best in the state and parent involvement is the best I've ever seen. Security is of utmost importance. The only thing I would improve if I could, would be more diversity within the school.

- submitted by a community member

May 01, 2003
this school had no sense of honesty. just lately three people were suspended, one for no reason whatsoever. think this is a great school to send your kid?...think again. All this school cares about is the media, popularity, and funds they recieve. please consider other schools before this one.

- submitted by a community member

May 01, 2003
This school, in dealing with an altercation, often looks to what the victim has done to provoke the aggressor, rather than dealing with the actions of the aggressor, continuing the emotional anguish already lurking within the student. The viscious behavior of students at Highland has caused many students to leave. There is little to no help for struggling students, and struggling students are often encouraged to drop a class if it is too difficult rather than recieving help. If you have any other option other than Highland, I encourage you to take it. This school is harmful to a students self-esteem and overall self-worth as a person.

- submitted by a community member

April 29, 2003
Teacher refused to let a student take an exam because he/she did not have a pencil with a tip nor would the teacher allow the student to sharpen the pencil; Students suspended when after being hit by an aggressor several times (by witness account)both are suspended. no orientation, mentorship, support for new students coming into the school (some examples of good oreintation,etc. look to Chapparal HS), etc. I do not believe that this school or faculty support individuality which is another type of diversity nor do they subscribe to a sense of support or fair plan. I suggest another option if you have one available.

- submitted by a community member

April 02, 2003
Great school. You have some good things and bad things with every school, but this is a great school. Faculty is great. Keep up the great work. Very supportive counselors. :)

- submitted by a community member

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Highland High School
4301 East Guadalupe Road, Gilbert, AZ  85234
(480) 813-0051
Last modified Highland High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Highland High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 114 reviews. Top