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1900 Monterey Drive
San Bruno, CA 94066

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(650) 873-4090
(650) 742-6228
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November 05, 2014
My 2 kids graduated from Highlands. Fairly speaking, it is not a bad school but has extra miles to go in order to be excellent. Academically it is mediocre. Curriculum is advance from Preschool to 3rd grade. After that, it matches most other schools. Teacher qualities are uneven. Some teachers enjoy teaching and are caring. Some are just doing a job. Some are irresponsible and not even qualified to be a teacher. The best teacher my kids had was Mr. Mozzone, who should be an example for all other teachers. However, every school has good teachers and bad teachers which is normal. At least Highlands prepared my kids adequately for the rigorous and challenging nature of the high school my kids are attending. The Christianity they instilled in my kids elevated their moral and behavioral standards that I can really see the difference between them and the kids from secular schools. Highlands also has some good programs like annual ACSI math Olympic, Music Festival, Speech Meet, and Art Festival. After all, parents, don't count your kid's education solely on the school. No matter which school he/she attends, your kid's success largely depends on your involvement and dedication.

- submitted by a parent
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.

- submitted by a community member
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.

- submitted by a community member
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
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
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
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
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
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.

- submitted by a community member
February 03, 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.

- submitted by a community member
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
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
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
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
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
September 03, 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
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
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
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
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
February 03, 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
August 01, 2009
I have already graduated from Highlands, and I attend a different high school. I remember when I was growing up there (since preschool), I could not wait to get out of there! But now that I am attending a different school, I realize that I really miss everyone there. The principals and most of the administrative staff are pretty unreliable, but all of the students look up to their teachers. Most of the teachers there really care about you, not just how you're doing in school, but what's happening outside of it. They talk to you, and don't just do the minimal work of teaching you, because that's what they're getting paid for! The only bad thing is that they rip everyone off. Everything is extremely overpriced.

- submitted by a student
June 13, 2009
My child attended the Pre-school. The lack of communications between teachers and administrators to parents are very frustrating. Parents are not being told which 'teacher' are licensed teachers and which are TAs. They don't follow the daily scheduled activities. When asked about my child's daily activities, the 'teachers' mostly ingored or gave vague answers. For the amount of money I pay each month, I would like to at least expect a weekly report on what my child does during the day.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2009
My daughter is attending the Pre-school at Highlands Christian and I feel proud about sending my daughter here. All the teachers and staff are really involved and this is reflected in each child's personality. You never come across an unhappy face here. Not only is there an emphasis on learning but on morals as well. Thank you to all the staff and teachers for bringing out the best in our kids!

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 06, 2008
So far so good. My son is in the preschool program and he loves to got o school every day. And the teachers are nice.

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January 08, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
no rating January 08, 2008
I have a nephew and a niece who attended Highlands from Pre-K through 8th Grade with both of them going on to attend other private high schools. They were accepted at all schools to which they applied scoring extremely high on the enterance exams, w/my niece receiving a scholarship for hers. I have a nephew graduating from 8th grade this year and as he has consistently achieved a 3.9 avg all years at Highlands and I expect that he too, will gain enterance to wherever he applies. They've loved their time at Highlands and were torn about moving on. As an active Family member I have always been extremely supportive of the kids and feel that they have gotten an excellent education, both scholastically and personally. Because of the close knit structure Highlands provides, the kids have developed and maintained close relationships w/their teachers and peers. Send your kids -

- submitted by a community member
no rating December 21, 2007
Highlands is a great school. I've been attending this ever since I was in Pre-K. Now I am in 6th grade. I will be leaving next year to attend a public school. It's hard leaving everything behind because I know most of the teachers and they know me, all my great friends are there and I know where everything is. Attending this christian school taught me so much. I would never forget the days I was in Highlands Christian Schools. This school teaches great discipline and self-control. Even though there are many rules, you will have fun obeying them.

- submitted by a student
August 21, 2007
I attended highlands from preschool until my sophomore year in high school. I am currently a student at terra nova. there isn't enough i can say about my time at highlands. its a great place to send your kids to grow up in a very controlled and warm environment. the friends I have made at highlands extended not only from my peers but also as high up as to the administration. I still keep a very close relationship with all those I've met there. on the other hand highlands college prep is not as up to par to its middle and elementary schools. theres is still a lot of improvements that need to be met; including extra curricular activities, its own building, number of students and teachers, and just an overall system. in my opinion highlands is the best place to send your child until they reach high school.

- submitted by a former student
July 02, 2007
My children went there for Pre-K and 1st semester of Kindergarden. Academically, it is a top notch schhol. When we switched my daughter to a public school, they said that she was reading, writing, math at a second grade level. I do feel that it is a bit rigorous academically, but isn't that what they're there for? My only knock is that there is no financial aid provided for low income families, and with high tuition, you'd think they would be able to provide for some people.

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June 20, 2007
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- submitted by a student
January 02, 2007
Both my kids have been attending Highlands since their pre-k days and have never appeared stressed out. They enjoy going to school and are both more upset when we pick them up since this cuts down on their time with their friends. Most of the kids are well behaved and always greet the parents as we pick up our respective students. My kids enjoy their extracurricular activities i.e. piano lessons, bell choir, golf and swimming lessons (during summer). I agree that some of the rooms need more windows but this is why they are moving their upper grade classes to a different location so that the lower grades will have more rm. Highlands is expensive but worth every penny! Our kids are our best contribution to the community.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2006
I attended Highlands from pre-school to 6th grade. I was very blessed to attend this school. The entire staff is great. The academics are excellent. Basically, I grew up in this school. And I've learned many important things there that I will always carry around in my life. I would never want to forgot those years I attended Highlands.

- submitted by a former student
October 14, 2006
My daughter is in her second year at the preschool. Highlands is an excellent school if you actually want your children to learn something. Most of her classmates are well behaved and extremely intelligent. Some may call it 'too academic', but she can 'play' all she wants when she gets home. Also, it's really expensive, but my opinion worth it. I agree it's not for everyone though.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2006
My experience with this school is in the Pre-K setting. The curriculum is intensely structured with a strong emphasis on academics, achieved through a rigorous religious forum. Strict setting, with somewhat unreasonable school policies. Questions or concerns are addressed through administration and director and not via teachers. Playground is a parking lot. Classrooms are without windows and feel closed-in. This school didn't quite work for my child for the program was 80% academic and 20 % play. In my opinion, a bit too demanding and stressful for a 4 year old. Overall, strong academic school with limited parent teacher interaction. I pulled my child out after 2 weeks.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
My experience with Highlands has not been very positive. Pre-K setting too structured and very academically based, which left my child feeling very anxious and stressed. Also, too much emphasis on religion. Rules are unreasonable and very strict. Teachers are friendly but very academically focused and offer very little play time. Class rooms are small with a closed-in type feel. I pulled my child out after 2 weeks. I truly feel that a preschooler needs a good balance between academics and play and that this program, in my opinion, is too academic for a preschooler. Overall, a very micro-managed operation with very strict and unreasonable rules.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2006
I think Highlands is a great school. They strike a ballance between structure and independance, challenging and nurturing. My oldest son last year switched from a public school to Highlands. We were very concerned about him being able to handle the academic load, We found that our son was able to adapt quickly and I think a lot of that had to do with the teacher he had. So far, I really like the teachers and directors I have encountered. Pros: -Lots of programs for the students and their families. -Great staff -Not aggressive with wanting your time & money and they don't push the 'Chrisitan beliefs' -all teachers/directors have email addresses and voicemail Cons -Parking lot is a nightmare-at times -Sports program doesn't start till 5th grade -No PTA type of organization, parent envolment is limited to holidays or your child's birthday only.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2006
My experience with Highlands is with the Pre-K through early grade school ages. The academics are strong and place a great deal of emphasis on mastering the basics early. For my daughter this meant reading in kindergarten, and double digit adding and subtracting in first grade. There is a fairly high level of parental involvement as most rely on the school to watch after our kids for a large portion of the day. I would like to see more sports opportunities for grade school kids, and hopefully this will happen once the new facility is purchased (2006?). My only real beef with the school is the dogmatic religious teaching. I would prefer a more open discussion about issues, which I feel helps children develop a stronger reasoning and analysis abilities (I should know, I went to the same type of school from K-12). Bottomline, good grade school, so-so beyond that.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2006
Great school with great teachers and pastors. I attended this school from Pre-K through 8th grade.

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February 17, 2006
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January 30, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2006
Great pre-k program. Children learn how to count to 100; writing; reading 3 and 5 letter words; how to tie shoes; address/phone; bible verse and lesson; pre-math; phonics etc. Teachers are warm and friendly..very understanding. They will always call you if there is a problem. Great summer program.

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January 08, 2006
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October 10, 2005
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October 01, 2005
The enviroment is not good. Some teachers are not friendly. Not very clean. Air quality of classroom is bad.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2005
Highlands is very much involved with the students academics as well as extra curricular activities. Involvement of parents allows the teachers to touch basis with how a student is at home and school.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2005
My daughter started going to Highlands for preschool & I can say that she has learned so much. They have a pretty well balanced program.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2005
I like the school and they have a very nice and warm teacher.They explain everything really clear and it is expensive school also. They have a extended day care available, and full of art and music school.

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July 05, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2005
Highlands Christian school appears to have high academic aspiraions. The results can be seen in the students test scores which tend to be above average. The school also understands that parents work and provide very good after school child care and parents can pay a small feee for music lessons if they choose. The only draw back is there is no comprehensive sports program and children have to wait until the upper grades to participate in sports at all.

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May 18, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2005
Highlands Christian Schools has a high academic program but too much emphasis on religion. My daughter attended preschool here and she is now in Kindergarten at a different school. According to her teacher, she is far advanced in class. The school however, do not have a playground for the older kids. Preschool have their own playground but the older kids use the school's parking lot as a playground. Cars come in and out while the kids are playing which I find unsafe. They don't have a gym either. The upstairs classrooms do not have any windows so when the weather gets warm there really isn't much of an air ciculation. I took my daughter out of the school.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2005
Has one of the best academic programs. Offers music, art, and basketball. Parents are very involved with field trips and special raise invents.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2005
Very Academic School, with reading beginning in their preschool program. Emphasis on reading, spelling and math continues in each grade.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2005
Although this school gives a great education and has wonderful teachers, my daughter and most of her friends hated the time they spent there. Their guidelines for dress and behavior were way too strict. The work put on the children is also much more than they need. The students there are very stressed out and have little time for extracurriculars.

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October 20, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2004
With a vision of 'Educating For Excellence' and the emphasis on a biblically-centered worldview articulated in the integration into a balanced individual biblicallt-centered lifestyle, it is an outstanding opportunity for education for any student desiring the best!

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Highlands Christian Schools
1900 Monterey Drive, San Bruno, CA  94066
(650) 873-4090
Last modified Highlands Christian Schools is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Highlands Christian Schools Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 61 reviews. Top