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Highlands Christian Schools

Private | PK-8 | 577 students

Academics, Athletics, & Bible Teaching

 
 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $392,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,740.

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted June 28, 2014

I am a previous student of highlands. I have attended this school from preschool to 8th grade. Honestly I'll admit I had some teachers who were very sweet and caring. However, there are other teachers who should not even be teaching. The teachers had favoritism for certain students and acted as if they were teenagers. Some teachers would verbally tell students how they disliked them or make fun of students in front of their face. For instance my classmate was a little heavier and the teacher would tell her that she looked like Raven Symone when she was fat. Some teachers would just switch from being an English to Math teacher and the whole class would often fail a test because the teacher could not teach correctly. The administration is very close with the staff so when you complain about them nothing is done and it is always said to be a misunderstanding. I was not able to run for student council president because the teachers choose which students are able to run and they usually choose the student who is one of their favorites. All in all I would say I only stayed because of my friends but the teachers are completely unprofessional and the curriculum is poor at best.


Posted June 28, 2014

I was a student at Highlands from preschool to eighth grade. While throughout my eleven years at this school I learned some valuable lessons and created a few important relationships with people, I found there to be unacceptable flaws for a school that claims to be a loving Christian environment and academically outstanding. I thank Highlands for providing me with my religious foundation, but in my opinion, some of the teachers did not exhibit Christian-like qualities. These teachers would teach Biblical principles, but at the same time, they would play favorites with the students, unnecessarily yell at the students, and more. At times they would even make fun of students in a "joking" manner, unaware that their comments were actually hurtful. Although I only saw a few teachers act in this way, any complaints made to administration did not change or penalize the teachers for their actions. In addition, I found that several teachers were not qualified to teach the subjects that they were teaching, therefore resulting in subpar learning for the students. I enjoyed some of my experiences at Highlands, but overall I do not believe it lives up to its claims or others' expectations.


Posted April 30, 2014

Our 2 kids 7 & 5 yrs old started their preschool here in Highlands Christian Schools, San Bruno, CA. My 7 yrs old is now in grade 2 & my 5 in kinder college. At preschool they are not only learning biblical principles but also academically excellent, and learning how to read with comprehension with awareness of their surroundings, respecting others and appreciating as well as valuing even tiny things around. Their math subject is far advance. She is continually forming a habit, encouraged in her class, to do homework every night and study. She likes reading a lot especially encyclopedia. My 5 yrs old reads so well, with comprehension, and understands what's going on around us. They really love their school and included always in their prayers that God will help them stay in their school until high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2014

Highlands Christian School is a an outstanding school on many accounts. The education level is accelerated and enriching. I see is vast difference between my daughter and other kids who do not attend Highlands, especially her broad vocabulary. The curriculum is much more advanced than I could remember and we couldn't be more pleased. Our daughter is very happy at the school and that is extremely important.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2014

Highlands is a great school. My Kids started in Highlands since preschool and they started reading right away. My kids love Highlands and wouldn't want to consider looking for other schools. Although this school is highly academic and they have lots of projects that parents need to be involved, I would still consider it a great institution and would still refer it to other parents. Their Christian values and Christian education is what I love the most.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2014

I really like Highlands Christian School because the commitment of the teachers to teach the children about life lessons and social awareness are very evident in their teaching skills. I believe that the teachers are very gifted in being able to put the Christian religion and Jesus and relating bible lessons to life lessons are very important and I am very impressed with how they work with the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2014

Highland School is best the very best school I started my daughter when she's 3 years old until now . Highland school is 1 year ahead to grade level my daughter is kindergarten now going to first grade she learn a lot academic class is very good , enjoy being In school staying in extended care is awesome a lot of activity all the time and having a lot of good friends. Staying in highland is like a family all the teacher are very nice, easy to talk to informing the parents right away when something happen to the kids . I love most my daughter know a lot of bible verses and being close to Jesus knowing a lot of story about him and their everyday worship to god before the class begin. Eating healthy food and very convenient when you dropping in the school they have a drive thru that make my life more easy specially if your work far and start early like me it helps . And during summer they have summer camp and extended care available all year long except some holidays. We love and like this school the best..........
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2013

Highlands Christian Schools is a wonderful, well-rounded school. I went to school here: Preschool to 8th grade. It is exciting to work with the staff I have grown-up with. I am honored and believe-in all this school has to offer.


Posted February 3, 2013

I have attended Highlands from preschool until 8th grade and I can tell you that they offer an exceptional quality of education for two reasons: 1) The curriculum truly challenges its students early on so that I was not only ahead academically, but also learned how to face the various challenges of school and life and to overcome them. 2) The teachers are strict when they need to be in order to help its students grow, but they are also extremely nice, personable, and supportive such that they continuously encouraged me to meet the challenges before me, gave me the basic tools I would need to figure out how to overcome various challenges, and created an environment that encourages students not to give up no matter how hard the struggle to overcome the challenges of school and life. Because of the firm foundation that Highlands prepared me with early on, I succeeded in high school and am thriving in college as a double major at the top public university in the US. Highlands not only gave me a strong academic foundation, but also study skills, life skills, hardworking qualities and values, and the character of perseverance that have helped me tackle the challenges of life and succeed.


Posted October 11, 2012

Excellent school and teachers. Students are a grade level above. Top in academics and my children love the sports program and coaches!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2012

My daughter loves the pre-school! We started when she was 18 months old. Now she is 3 years and 2 months. She is way advanced being able to count to 100, sing ABC's, basic phonics, color in the lines, draw her baby brother, sing several songs, knows all shapes and colors, etc. She has 2 best friends she always hugs and kisses when saying good bye. So cute!! I checked out several pre-schools in the area before choosing Highlands but none compared. I would highly recommend sending your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2012

If you want your child to be called pathetic, send your kid here. No joke. The teachers are hostile toward the children. It's very odd. I can't wait for the school year to end so I can transfer my child. The teachers have no patience with the children and act as if they do not like children. It is beyond me why they chose this profession. And good luck getting anywhere reporting to the head administrator. She never responds or when she does, it is to defend the teachers so it is pointless.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2012

Highlands Christian Schools is a blessing for our daughter. My spouse and I are very busy, and we could not nurture our child s excellence and support her growth by ourselves. Thus, Highlands is a blessing for the entire family. Highlands is a learning center that becomes the heart of multiple community interactions. These interactions became a web of support for San Bruno families during the aftermath of the fire last year. Highlands is a place where we celebrate the best of our children, families and the rich diversity of our region. We are blessed and thank the wonderful teachers that help us nurture our daughter: Mr. Ahkiong, Mrs. Bishop, Mrs. Bosuchult, Mrs. Castillo, Mrs. Valencia and Se orita Walker. We thank the tireless Extended Care team who make it possible for us to work while our children do their homework with Mr. Alex, and learn new arts and crafts skills with Mrs. Bonnie. We thank the administration for their vision and leadership. We pray that God will continue to give all of you the wisdom and strength to be a pillar for our community. Bendiciones!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2011

This school was a real blessing for my daughter. She completed middle school here and now as a freshman is in advanced classes studying with juniors and seniors in high school. Every school has pluses and minuses but the education and quality of students and staff have given her friends for life and a real head start. She is has become a quick, independent learner in high school with a strong foundation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2011

For the money you spend this school is not worth it at all. Classroom with out windows, no diversity whatsoever, well if you call Asian from different parts of Pacific Rim diversity! No Trying to get an answer from the administration is next to impossible. My wife is still waiting for a call from two years ago. But id you want to spend the money a be a part of a cult like setting go for it. But to be warned is to be for-armed!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2011

My son is been with Highlands for 3 yrss since pre-school to 1st grade. I love the school because I have a peace of mind that no one will bully my son. But I was disappointed as far as the academics. The school has an advance curriculum but the problem is that if your kid does not get the lesson the teacher will have no time to help the kid. I ask the teacher several times for help and all she showed me is to have my son read the direction and follow it. He is only 6 yrs old and expected to be independent on their homework and the sad thing about it after numerous complain the teacher told us that she is suspecting that my son has a memory retention problem 3 weeks before the school ends. My son was traumatized and lost confidence because of the teachers action. I just hoped that they will have a support class for kids that are having some challenges especially when you are paying a full tuition
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2011

The 1 star is for giving my daughter strong foundation in working habit and social skill. (pls pardon all abbreviation. I want to put as much as I can). 2nd star is for their great music program. They lost my 3 stars bcs of the following: 1. Unrealistic Curriculumn. Maybe some parents r impressed if their child s doing the next gr lesson. I'm not. School year s extremely stressful for our family. We had "Family Projects" all the time. Mainly becs thr r not enough time for her to do it herself or the projects was so above n beyond the child's capability (ie. googling info.) 2. Homework. Hmwrk should be a review or practice time. Nope! Highland hmwrk requires heavy parents involvement. Teachers are forced to follow curriculmn. If your child doesnt really understand, she hd to catch up @ hm. My daughter spent 2-3 hours daily after school. She wasnt able to be a child during her Highland years. My family had no life other than school. 3. Facility. Think Sardines factory. During Summer months, the rooms reeked with sweat. They divided 1 great room with sliding doors for classes. Ask how many time they send LICE INFESTATION notice home in 1 QUARTER So glad we r not there anymore!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2010

Good school, but not without flaws to its system. Curriculum-wise, K-5 is great, but lack consistency in many aspects for grades 6-8, including many teachers lacking qualifications and certification. Many conflict-of-interest issues abound, including different school rule and disciplinary enforcement for students of staff members versus non-staff member students. The school even allows students to have their own parent as their teacher, as well as teacher-assistants aiding and grading their own son/daughter's class. Principal lacks leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2010

My review pertains to the preschool department. We enrolled our 4yr old because of the reputation of the shcool itself. Big mistake! My kid is playful by nature, but directable. However, in this school, he was always held by the assistant director every time we pick him up. One day, he was secluded in an office because he won't nap. This just traumatized him, that every time this same person would reprimand him, he won't listen and he became aggressive. One day, we picked him and he was placed in a corner of an office flanked by the directors, secluded from the rest of the class. This really broke our hearts. Needless to say, we moved him out of there, and is doing great in another preschool. If you want a very strict school, then this one's for you. We believe in patience, especially in 4yr olds. Good luck parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2010

Currently I'm in the 8th grade. I'll be going to a public high school next year. I've been at Highlands for 4 years (ever since 5th grade) and I've never learned so much in 4 years. Highlands really taught me good morals, spiritually, physically, and mentally. I'll never forget anything that happened at Highlands. I'm so proud that my parents allowed me to go to Highlands. I have great friends and I'm having a blast. Highland's one school that I'd recommend to anyone on the street. It's a pretty safe enviorment, and the students aren't 'bad' influences. It's a way better choice than public schools. I <3 Higlands! Gooo Falcons!
—Submitted by a student


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Two or more races 17% 3%
Hispanic 8% 52%
White 6% 26%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 4% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Black 1% 6%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Dr. David Johnston
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • Infant
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Christian
Associations
  • ACSI
Fax number
  • (650) 742-6228

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Common Core
  • Montessori
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Foreign languages
  • Global
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Religious
  • Science
  • Writing
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Bell / Handbell choir
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None
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School culture

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Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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1900 Monterey Drive
San Bruno, CA 94066
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Phone: (650) 873-4090

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