While our child's teacher was well meaning and personable, we regretted not selecting a home in a better school district. Teachers have very few resources, which are exclusively directed towards meeting Common Core reading and math standards. No computers in the classroom or foreign language program. I have never seen such a pitiful library in an elementary school, despite the constant PTA fundraising. While several reviews boast lots of "parental involvement," this involvement mainly consists of large numbers of unemployed parents loitering without purpose and further congesting the chaotic pick up and drop off process. I think the school's rating of 8/10 reflects its test scores compared to other (poor performing) California schools, but otherwise, I would rate this school a 5. Glad to be moving to a better district next year!
I would overall rate this school as being only worried about child attendance and money! The overall feeling at this school is that you must be there whether your child is sick or not so that the school gets the payment for your child being there. I have a teenager who has gone to many schools prior to us living her where we had much better experiences. Since we have moved to concord and our child has attended highlands its been a nightmare! I can't wait till we move, and if we don't move soon we are considering putting her in concord Christian just to get away from the politics that have a heavy sway in this school and also the Mt Diablo school district. It's all about Money and school ratings! I am a fed up parent with a weary child who is barely learning anything with the overfilled classes and impatient teachers.
I have four children that have attended this school so far. The oldest has left and gone into middle school and so I have a kindergartner, a 3rd grader and a 4th grader. I have to say that this school is so great because of the parent involvement and the caring teachers that trully become part of your family for the school year. Each teacher has provided an email address for themselves and has made parent communication as easy as possible. There are so many fun things for the families like the end of the year school bbq and the family movie nights. I recommend this elementary school to anyone who asks. The middle school...now thats another story.
I have a fourth grader at HIghlands now and my older son attended K-5th here. Highlands is special because of the amazing parent involvement; fabulous, caring teachers; friendly office staff; attentive, friendly Principal; and even the hard-working, kind custodial staff. Highlands is the only elementary school in the area that has a Science lab (thanks to the supportive parents who help PTA fund this program) The caring Highlands staff also serves the diverse population including special needs children. Few elementary schools in the area provide education for children of ALL needs. Remember this when reviewing state test scores as ALL student scores are lumped together. Overall, the Principal, teachers AND parent community make this school such a wonderful place! There are multiple family activities throughout the year! Many fundraisers but, many fun, FREE events like Family movie night too! We are proud to be a Highlands family!
We moved into this neighborhood for the schools. Little did I know that Highlands would be such a pleasure for our son. The teachers are superior. The parental involvement is amazing. We have met so many involved parents. Not just Moms, but many dads! I have never seen so many active fathers at a school. The teachers are caring and have a realistic interest in my child. The principle even know my kid's name. We are so happy!
I had my daughter at a private school in Walnut Creek for Kindergarten and first grade. I put her in Highlands for second grade because I was frustrated with the education she was getting at the private school level. She is getting a far superior education at highlands because of the teachers. I am saving about $10,000 a year now sending her to public school and she is getting a much better education thanks to the teachers and parental involvment at Highlands! Thank You mdsd for your teachers!!!!!!!!
I have 2 children in Highlands and I love this school. My eldest has attended from 1st-5th and she couldn't be happier she loved all her teachers and is sad to be leaving this year. My Son has been going to highlands from K-1st and will be entering 2nd grade. He loves his school and friends. My child a very strong reader so his teacher has made sure that he is challenged by giving him homework adapted to his ability. This school does plays, concerts, special days by grade, spirit days and much more. Highlands is wonderful./
Highlands is a better elementary if you're comparing it to other Concord schools. The faculty seems fine. The office staff are okay. The curriculum and the District's support of teachers needs improvement. It seems that instruction is geared to 'teaching to the middle' to find a balance between higher and lower-performing students. Highlands is satisfactory, but it wouldn't be my first choice.
I attended this school and now have the pleasure of sending my kids there. I couldn't be more satisfied with the K-3 teachers. I really believe that these teachers are here because they enjoy seeing children learn and grow (which in my opinion is very important when doing an extremely tough job such as teaching). My ONLY problem is the dropping off of children and the lack of control or interest the school has over people parking in a drop off zone. Many times I get stuck behind a parent that gets out and walks their child to class, leaving their car parked in this zone. No way to go anywhere because the car behind has pulled up. They need to have this monitored by police or a FIRM parent. The school didn't hesitate to block off the teacher parking lot when they saw a problem.