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K-8
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Glendale, AZ
Students enrolled: 855

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19000 N. 63rd Avenue
Glendale, AZ 85308

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(623) 445-5000
(623) 376-4380
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June 26, 2014
Highland lakes school has been wonderful for my learning experiences and has been a great way to express my feelings. This school is helpful and provides many great opportunities. At highland lakes, there is a renaissance program in which I am currently in that has helped me learn at my own pace. I love this school, and there is a strict no-tolerance bullying policy that keeps every student safe. I love the messages on the sign every day, and it inspires me to do my best. Sincerely, Max M.

- submitted by a community member
April 23, 2014
I love highland lakes! The principle Mr. Anderson is out standing! He even is outside in the morning helping out! Really what other principle does that?! He also has the best quotes that he puts outside for all to read they are wonderful. He interacts with the students and they all respect him as he and the teachers make learning fun. This is the best school ever!

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2014
This school is amazing! All the teacher are very kind and respect all students also teachers handle classroom disruption well and listen to student as well as teachers explain every topic very clearly. This school also has an amazing Renesaunce Academy or Gifted Program. Students in the gifted program are able to interact with the general education kids in their grade and in other grades to. Thanks to the music program Renesaunce gets to put on a play/musical for the school and parents every year. The principle, Mr.Anderson is ver kind and is appreciative of all teachers and students. On Friday he comes on the announcement and asks students to thank their teachers for all the hard work they do and some times asks teachers to do the same for students. He also handles issues between students very well and does not let any kind of bullying slide by. He also is outside most mornings to greet students as they arrive as well as the assistant principal, Mrs.Wiser, who is very kind and every Wednesday recognizes classes for achievements in learning. Over all I truly love this school and would not want to be at any other school. Sincerely, A Highland Lakes Student.

- submitted by a community member
June 26, 2013
Highland Lakes is a good, solid school in terms of public education. Teachers are good, many outstanding! Administration does not seem to want to deal with parent concerns about teacher's classroom management (really just one) but that seems to be common practice. I wish some would dress more professionally, but that doesn't seem to be a requirement for the profession anymore. Majority of the kids seem serious about learning so it's a decent environment. Not much the school could improve on. I would ask teachers and administration to be aware of how they address the students in terms of who is "gifted" and who is "regular". We all know about the Jane Elliot experiment!

- submitted by a teacher
May 17, 2013
Very satisfied with my son's middle school experience at Highland Lakes. I was quite impressed to see the principal, Mr. Anderson as a cross guard on a sunny afternoon (never seen another principal do that before). You will quite often see him outside in the morning greeting the students as they are being dropped off. The teachers have been very approachable and quick to reply to any inquiries. The front office staff have been very friendly and quick to help. Lastly, the band instructor Mr. Burr, absolutely wonderful, extremely joyful and just love, love the concerts. The kids appear to identify well with his character and do an outstanding job in concerts. I have to other kids at Greenbrier elementary and look forward to having them move on to Highland Lakes so, they can experience Mr. Burr's musical instruction. My son has verbalized his experience at HL as a positive one, which I was quite pleased to hear.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2011
DO THE KIDS WEAR A PROPER UNIFORM TO WEAR AT THIS SCHOOL OR JUST CASUAL CLOTHES

- submitted by a community member
May 02, 2011
Well rounded school .....Love the teachers,staff,and parents. I have 3 kids at school they are all doing well with their school work.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2010
This school is a bad place if you are looking for preparations for high school. They give hardly any homework and the homework they give is very easy. Also if you are looking for one on one help, go to a different school. The teachers have way too man students in each class and they won't even let Geometry Honors, which is a very hard class, have a real teacher. We have to take GEOMETRY online!!!!!! Other than that though the atmosphere is great. Most kids are nice. But if you want to plaay an instument, don't because the istructor is very juvenile and is partially bipolar. Hard to get stuff done in that environment. But this is a decent school overall.

- submitted by a community member
April 13, 2010
it is a wonderful school that loves and cares about the student body

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2009
Awesome school where my child is expected to be the best that they can be at all times. I am happy with the quality of the staff and administration, they are awesome. The school is place where you feel very at ease leaving your child for 6 hours a day. Great, Great, Great....

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2009
The staff and teachers at this school are awesome. They care about the students being successful and are focused on developing the whole child. The atmosphere is positive and respectful and the students are well taken care of. Thank you Highland Lakes!!!!

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2009
Highland Lakes is the best school ever. I was there for 9 years and it was amazing. I loooove Highland Lakes. Middle school was rough though. The kids that transfered into HLS from Greenbriar and Arrowhead were so rude. I honestly don't know what they taught them over there. I didn't have too great of an experience throughout middle school there because of all the snobs. But the school and the teachers...great!!

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April 30, 2009
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December 19, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2008
Just withdrew my son from Highland Lakes and I am enrolling him in a private school. He has always been a good student, but his grades have gone downhill. I believe this is due to the huge class sizes and teachers who have too much paperwork and too many bureaucratic hoops to jump through. He never got the one-on-one time to actually understand the math, it seemed the teacher was in a hurry to finish the book, probably to meet some govm't regulation. Only 1 teacher, Mr. Shoop, took the time to contact me. There's too much emphasis on 'powerschools' and not enough personal communication. The kids who demand the teacher's attention seem to be the ones who get it, the other kids just seem left behind. I still have 2 in elem. school at Highland, and will hopefully be able to afford private school when they get to 7th grade.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2008
I am a substitute in the Deer Valley District and have recently subbed for a 7th/8th grade class at Highland Lakes. I must say, I was not impressed at all. Whereas some of the students were serious about learning and were respectful, the majority acted like they were raised by animals. Very disrespectful and rude. The administration has their work cut out for them. If I had a student attending this school, I would be very upset.

- submitted by a community member
September 15, 2008
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May 01, 2008
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March 30, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating February 11, 2008
I went to highland lakes 7th & 8th grade. I move alot and looking back on the 2 years i was there, that was the best school i have ever attended. When i was there, all the kids were friendly, and very accepting of all types of people. Over all this school has wonderful teachers and staff.

- submitted by a student
November 30, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2007
I feel that the intelligent and good students get forgotten. They are not challanged to reach their full potential. The class sizes are to big, 32 students for 4th grade. How can one teacher possibly give each student the attention they need.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 11, 2007
I really dislike my school. It's dirty, the halls are too cramped, there is lack of organization, and the classrooms are overflowing with us students. Our teachers are not the best. Our bathrooms are horrible, and, just today, they banned markers. Yes, markers... I am an eighth grader and I am glad I get to move schools soon.

- submitted by a student
December 28, 2006
My great niece transferred in last year at the third quarter. While she was proficient in the majority of her subjects, she was really behind in Math due to attending an out-of state charter school. I am pleased with the quality of teachers at Highland Lakes. Ms. Skolnik and Mrs. Gupton (7 & 8 grade math) are both excellent teachers and I for one feel that we need more teachers like them. A teacher's goal is to ensure that a student learns and understands the material. I feel that Highland Lakes teachers (all of them) perform above the standard level that is required, however, I am really impressed with the progress that my student had made in Math and know that the basic knowledge will take her through high school and life.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
My child has gone to Highland Lakes for four years now, and I have really liked each teacher he has had. The administration is great and I am very familiar with everyone in the front office. The aides are very supportive and make it a point to get to know the kids, and that makes me feel confident about him going to school. The assistant principle, Mary Ellington, is a wonderful support to the school, speaking to the children in a way that shows authority but doesn't belittle them. Mr. Anderson is young and witty, and the kids seem to respect him. Overall, I have to say, the neighborhood feel we were looking for in a school happens here at Highland Lakes. When I come in, they know me, say hi and make me feel that they are an extension of our family.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2006
To be honest I just wasn't satisfied I have 3 sons, they have all gone to highland lakes. No one cared. No one did anything. The teacher and staff attention has been at an all time low since they got a new vice principal. Good luck with this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2006
My son attends HLS as a kindergartener, and I have been so impressed by the level of work that he is learning. Their reading program is phenominial, and their teachers are always friendly and attentive. Parents are very involved. I would recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2005
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- submitted by a student
May 17, 2005
I have a kindergartner and a third grader at Highland Lakes. This is our first year at this school and so far we have been VERY pleased with the quality of education our children are receiving! Their teachers are dedicated and attentive to our children's needs. We feel very lucky to be a part of this campus.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2005
My daughter went to Highland Lakes as a seventh grader late in the ongoing year. There were a lot of things which hurt her, including being excluded from the eighth grade trip (next year!) because she missed the deadline to register . . . not being able to try out for volleyball because she missed the deadline to register . . . all of these things were very important to her and she was excluded from them because of the time of year we relocated here. I think if you miss a deadline because you were lazy then you should be excluded, but a transfer student should be allowed to participate in everything still available. Love ya anyway!They did help my daughter through a difficult health crisis. Thanks to you for that!

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2004
Great school with teachers who care about children. Our son was in Mrs. Newman's fifth grade, not only was she a caring teacher, she also challenged our son to be the best student he could be. Administration is great, they back their teachers and show positive outcomes to problems.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2004
Although this is our first year at Highland Lakes, I am so happy with our move. The campus is bright and open, however, I like that it is a locked closed campus. The Administration has been kind and supportive. You can frequently see the Principal and Vice-Principal out in front of the school at dismissal and/or visiting with the kids during lunch. The teaching team we have for our first grader is outstanding. It's obvious they care enough to do the best for our child. The curriculum is consistant in the first grade. However, it's powerful to see each teacher has their own personal and professional manner in teaching. One of the greatest gifts we can give our children is a positive self-esteem and the knowledge to reach success levels. I feel the staff at Highland Lakes has done a great job this year in doing just that for my child. Teachers, my greatest appreciation to you. In regards to the specials (pe, art, music)...they are wonderful! The people at Highland Lakes always have a smile to share. My only concern is to re-evaluate the dress code for 7th and 8th graders. I believe it requires a stronger hold. I know it is part of their age of style, but they also have an impact on my little one.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2004
Newer school; large campus, good teacher/student ratio. High quality teaching staff.

- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2003
This school is both overcrowded and poorly run. It is in fact, two separate campuses run by 1 principal and ass't principal. There is the K-6th campus, and the 7-8th campus. There are many behavioral problems on the middle school campus. Furthermore, the middle school does not adequately prepare the students for highschool.

- submitted by a parent
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Highland Lakes School
19000 N. 63rd Avenue, Glendale, AZ  85308
(623) 445-5000
Last modified Highland Lakes School is a Public school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Highland Lakes School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 37 reviews. Top