Students enrolled 2960
School leader Steve Ford

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39055 25th Street West
Palmdale, CA 93551

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(661) 538-0304
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3 stars
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September 16, 2013
I have had four children attend this school, one of which was a valedictorian from the IB program. Three of my children have been active leaders and involved in extra-curricular activities and sports teams. There have been three or more principals during their years there. My experience with the personnel at this school has been very negative. I have two older children who attended Littlerock High and the experience there was very positive. The staff at Highland are rude to both students and parents. The good teachers are few and far between. Parent involvement is nill. There is no communication to the parents about getting involved. The new principal (Ford) seems willing to change this atmosphere. I hoping his professionalism will be reflected in his staff. Teacher training and staff development are sorely needed.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2013
HHS is a very good school, My three dauthers went to Highland High My oldest dauther gratuated in 2004 she has a BA in English Lit. and she is a Safety Reporter, my second dauther gratuated on 2008 and is currently in the University for Computer Ingeniere and my last one will graduate 2013 as a valetdectorian with 4.0. It all depends on the student effort and dedication I think the school is very diverse and little bully. Teachers are amazing and strict.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2010
WELL AS FAR AS MY UNDERSTANDING HHS WAS A GOOD SCHOOL AND THATS WHAT I LOOK FOR MY KIDS THE BEST. WELL COME TO FIND OUT MY SON WOULD COME HOME TELLLING ME HIS MATH TEACHER TELLS THEM THEY ARE USELESS AND WORTHLESS. NOT A THING TO TELL A CHILD. NOT ONLY THAT MY SON GOT HIS LOCKER BROKEN IN TO DURING P.E TWICE. NO RESPECT AT ALL.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2010
i was a student at hhs but i moved cuz of family issues.I can honestly say HHS is the best schoool in the AV! The teachers are great especially mrs ellies,mr.viramontes,and mr.walsh! Freshmen year there was amazing.i HIGHLY RECOMMED YOU GO HERE! Your goin to love how many things they offer you<3:) -KB<3

- submitted by a student
May 17, 2010
My daughter attends this school and it's okay, they need to work on motivating the students to get more involved. I know that the teachers work hard and ultimately the parents need to be involved, but a parent cannot attend each class and with their student. The security staff need to focus on their real duties and stop picking on the small stuff. I went to my daughters campus to visit and have lunch with her one day and they acted like the SWAT team telling me that I wasn't allowed on campus and could not speak to any students, while my daughter was introducing me to a friend. Uh, as a parent, you should want to know who your child is hanging out with at school since you don't get to meet them all and they made me feel so unwelcome like I was trying to sell them drugs!

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2010
I have two children that attend Highland High. We recently relocated from LAUSD. Both of my kids have excelled and surpassed my expectations at Highland. Their GPA has gone up and I attribute that to the staff and their dedication to teaching and not simply being a teacher.

- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2009
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- submitted by a student
November 15, 2009
I am curretly a bulldog student i am a freshman at highland and i am glad that i went to this school the teachers are great!

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October 11, 2009
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September 30, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating September 16, 2009
I love Highland high school because of all the diversity of the students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 25, 2009
My daughter has failed English for sevelar yeas. At hhs she work so hard and passet. I thank Mr. Woolwine for extra hours and effort.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 09, 2009
I am a highland high school graduate and i wanted to say that highland is probably the best school in the A.V. i went for three years. i went to Quartz hill before and i hated it. i went to quartz hill with a 3.5. then by the end of the year it went to a 2.0. then i decided to go to highland to see what it was like and my GPA went from a 2.0 to a 4.0 by tenth grade. the teachers really know how to get to the students. i thought they were phenomenal. before i absolutely hated math then later on in the year i joined the A.P(advanced placement) classes because the teachers made it so interesting. then by eleventh grade i joined the I.B (intelligence bureau) program and i loved it. this school did wonders for me. When i graduated i went to Stanford University

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July 05, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2009
This is the best school in the A.V. The JROTC program has helped my son become the man I always knew he could be. The teachers are the greatest, and Dr. Bryant you could not say enough good things about her.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2009
I went to Highland all four years and I am graduating tomorrow. To me, there is no better school that you could send your child to than Highland High School. The teachers are highly qualified and the activities are phenomenal. I greatly urge you to put your kids in either the AP (Advanced Placement) or IB (Intelligence Bureau) programs. It's hard work but its worth the effort in terms of that they will become self-organized, know their skills and their weaknesses, think out-of-box and challange their own knowledge. The AP experience are classes that resemble college courses and if they take the test at the end of the year, passing with a 3 or higher (also depends on the college of choice) (scores are from a scale of 1 to 5), they can skip the course when they enter their university or college of choice. I greatly recomend Highland.

- submitted by a student
no rating May 27, 2009
Highland High School is an amazing school! All of the teachers make a concentrated effort to get through to the students. But they never force anyone to work above their capabilities, working with students for the best results. Due to the diversity of ethnic and racial backgrounds, Highland High School students are well adapted and accepting of different lifestyles and points-of-view. Even if your student feels they are different or seperated from their peers, their is someone here that can relate to them.

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December 17, 2008
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July 14, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2008
I can't say enough about the wonders of EdLine! Highland has a lot of students but this school offers everything you need. Highland did an excellent job educating my son (class of 2007). I agree with the other posts about the before and after school tutoring. My son played football and ran track and was still able to get tutored in whatever subject he needed. EdLine is the best thing for parent/teacher/child to stay connected on what's really happening with the grades. This school has classes and resources for the highly intelligent student and those that need extra help.

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March 26, 2008
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March 04, 2008
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January 29, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating December 02, 2007
Highland has met or exceeded all of its testing goals except in the area of students with special needs. All of this information is available to the public throught he California Dept of Ed and through the AVHSD website. Highland is a great school for the kids. I have had two graduate (2005 and 2006) and have two more attending now (2009 and 2011). I would not send my children to any other HS in the Antelope Valley.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2007
My son graduated from Highland last year and I can tell you that this school is the best public school in the Antelope Valley,if your son or daughter are having problems at school is probably something else, talk to your teachers they are really great and are really focus on you child's well being. My experience at Highland was great. Thank you

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2007
My daughter is a new student at Highland and I already see a lot of problems. The security at HIghland focus on the wrong things and there are no clear cut rules (especially the dress code) that the kids follow.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2007
HHS is a low performing school with most of its student population scoring well below proficient on state tests. Not enough courses or student activities for students. Ed-line is a nightmare. Many teachers and administrators don't work with parents who are concerned about their students education. You would be better off teaching your high schooler at home.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2007
Some great teachers at Highland and some not so great. I wish there was more teachers willing to work with the parents, update Edline frequently to keep parents informed of their childs progress. My son loves the school and he has made some great friends with nice parents.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2007
This is a really bad school to attend. The security stinks.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2007
I'm attendind highland high school right now. I am a junior and that school is great and all the people there are nice and the principal is great...

- submitted by a student
November 15, 2006
Its a great school. I went there and had a blast, always felt safe, and had great teachers. The only problem is that it is overcrowded.

- submitted by a former student
July 15, 2006
Ok school. Needs some improvment

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2006
Of all the high scholls in the AV, this one seem to be one of the better ones. The tachers really know their stuff.

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April 17, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2005
I went to this highschool and I think that it was a wonderful atmosphere but I think with the growth of the antelope valley it has become over populated so they might think of opening another within the next few years.

- submitted by a former student
August 21, 2005
I love highland high school!

- submitted by a student
August 20, 2005
Art teacher is great. My son has been so excited about learning the different apsects of art.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
The principal leaves a lot to be desired. I think [they] would do better in a Junior High or Elementary school.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2005
This past year, Highland received the state Distinguished School Award and it was well worth it. The addition of teacher-deans have dramastically improved student attendance, almost eliminated tardies, and made the campus more safe. The school-wide problem that remains is parking, but from the looks of it, they are redesigning the parking lots and adding many spaces. Highland has almost too many extra curricular activites. Besides a well developed athletic program and countless clubs, there are several 'academies' within the school: Law & Government, International Baccalaureate, AVID, and Business. The band program is fantastic.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2005
Highland High School has many Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate classes. The teachers are energetic and innovative as well as take an active interest in the student. The administrative staff is first rate and we have the best support staff ever. It has a diverse student population. It is overcroweded as most high schools are but the staff does their best with what they've got. Visit the school for a 'real world' experience.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2005
it is an awesome school..one of the best!

- submitted by a former student
July 13, 2005
I think it is a fantastic school.

- submitted by a former student
June 20, 2005
Highland is one of the better schools in the Antelope Valley. There are many good and dedicated teachers. My only complaint is that not all the teachers take full responsibility on accurate grading. Edline makes it easier to monitor homework and class assignments, but is only as good as the teachers that use that tool.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2005
In recent years, Highland has been have difficulty with student discipline. Under the new leadership of a new principal, the school is once again a safe, strong school.

- submitted by a teacher
April 18, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2005
It's a very good school. The teachers really care about the students, and help to provide them with detailed and practical information about higher education, and career options, while giving the students the opportunity to develop their skills in reading, writing, mathematics, science, history, and a range of elective subjects.

- submitted by a teacher
May 04, 2004
First I would like to say that Highland is the worst school my son has every attented. He has been harassed daily. Overcrowded, under staff, poor security and severe racial problems. My son has never had any problems at any previous school his whole life. He fears daily to even look some of those in the eyes as he is threatened if he does. He has been brought up to respect all human beings and just wants to feel safe at school. The security & administration is poor. I will be transferring him out next year.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2004
I teach at Highland. The site has no control over our attendence boundaries. The gates in the commons are not used during the school day - they are to help prevent theft/vandalism after hours. Yes we're overcrowded, but all of the schools are. Our school is not filled with 'temporary, uncredentialed teachers.' We all work very hard to try and give our students the best education that we can (no kidding). I spend many a weary weekend and afternoon working to keep up on grades and subject material. Take it from me, we work hard.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating February 04, 2004
A few years back this was a great school. This school is overcrowed, students don't get the best education. I moved to this area so my kids could attend to a good school. I think Highland should limit the attendace for kids that do not live in the area. Parking is a big issue.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
I am not a parent but I graduated from there this year, overall it was a wonderful school. The teachers and other staff work hard to make everyone happy. But yes it's overcrowded.

- submitted by a community member
August 26, 2003
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- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
I went to the school six years ago, and to see the condition of the school now is pathetic. Overcrowded is an understatement. There are gates to divide off the commons area and the different sections of the school. When my child is ready for high school, private school or home school is the way to go. The school has run off all the truly great teachers and replaced them with non-credentialed teachers who need money for the time being. I am sorry to see the school in the state that it is in. The parking area is a joke and the sports programs are a joke.

- submitted by a former student
July 11, 2003
Highland High School is overcrowded, but no more so than any other high school in the district. It has a staff of committed teachers, for the most part. It offers a huge variety of classes and activities, including the International Baccalaureate program, a Law and Government Academy, and ROTC. Watch out for some of the administrators who find parents an annoyance and treat the teachers as unskilled labor.

- submitted by a parent
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Highland High School
39055 25th Street West, Palmdale, CA  93551
(661) 538-0304
Last modified Highland High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Highland High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 54 reviews. Top