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Highland Lakes School

Public | K-8 | 855 students

 

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Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted April 7, 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted July 11, 2011

DO THE KIDS WEAR A PROPER UNIFORM TO WEAR AT THIS SCHOOL OR JUST CASUAL CLOTHES


Posted May 2, 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


Posted December 1, 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.


Posted April 13, 2010

it is a wonderful school that loves and cares about the student body
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted October 6, 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


Posted 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!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 2, 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


Posted November 4, 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


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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 69% in 2014.

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88%

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86%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2014.

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95%

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89%

2011

 
 
93%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 58% in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
86%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
92%

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
84%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
63%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2014.

2014

 
 
86%

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
97%

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
92%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
75%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
61%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2014.

2014

 
 
97%

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
87%
Science

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n/a
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

2014

 
 
71%

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
51%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

2014

 
 
87%

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
80%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Highly Performing".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Highly Performing".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Highly Performing".

About the tests


Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 74% 42%
Hispanic 15% 43%
Black 4% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Two or more races 3% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 16%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

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  • Gifted specialist(s)
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Fax number
  • (623) 376-4380

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
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