The school is great academically. My kindergartner has become a proficient reader in just a few weeks at the school, and the interdisciplinary math is excellent. Despite the excellent academics, the terrible communication from the school has caused us to start looking for another school for next year. The lack of communication, unclear or untimely communication about events, car line process, test results, everything is institution-wide and is frustrating to a fault. The most recent example occurred today. I just received a voicemail telling us that the annual Thanksgiving dinner/lunch times were changed. This is the first time I have heard of a Thanksgiving dinner/lunch and the message is that the times have changed--but the original times were never communicated. Notification of an event two days before it occurs is frustrating, especially for working parents who are notified about a working-hours event just two days before. And as a kicker, the event still isn't listed on the website, so even proactive parents that check the website are left out of the loop. Parents of kindergartners/new students beware.
Highine Academy is a gem in education. The teachers are incredibly dedicated, skilled and focused on making sure they see that students are learning targeted and meaningful objectives. Watching instructors--and the students--in action is liking watching a documentary on how education should always look. The students are respectful, motivated and having a good time truly mastering skills and knowledge that they need for college, career and success.
My children are in 5th and 6th grade now and have been with Highline since kindergarten. We love the school and I have recommended it to many parents. The staff is great and the teachers have been so supportive of our kids. Both are performing above grade level in literacy and one in math as well. There are parents who send their children to Highline that are teachers at the public schools in our neighborhood because they like Highline so much better than the schools where they teach. I think that says a lot about what a great school Highline is!
We joined the Highline family this fall. My son is in 1st grade. I thought the transition would be tough, but he loves school! The teachers have been amazing and supportive. Highline focuses on the needs of the children and has performance groups. These groups allow children to learn at at their pace and in their levels. We are so happy to be able to attend Highline!
I chose this school because of its focus on not only academics but also character development. It is highly diverse in its student population and has some diversity in its teachers as well. The teaching staff are motivated and encouraging. They LOVE their jobs and they speak so highly of the students. My daughter is in middle school now and I believe the teaching team is really in tune with the teenagers they teach. They know what interests them, the teachers meet the students at their level and then the teachers push them to advance. The administrative staff are very supportive as well and since it is a smaller school they seem to know all of the kids' names! My daughter has done so well at Highline and she is always eager to return to school after breaks. I would HIGHLY recommend this school to any family and have done so!
My daughter is now in 8th grade at Highline Academy and was part of their inaugural kindergarten class 9 years ago. My son is in 4th grade. I cannot express the pride and faith I have in this school. Their curriculum (ability grouping is so realistic and helps children succeed), their teacher commitment, parent involvement, and diversity are some of the things that make me proudest. I am an educator in a neighboring district and cannot compare any of our schools to Highline. Lastly, I do not place all my faith in state assessment, however, Highline has been blowing the top off of state testing esp. when compared to neighboring schools. I would recommend this school to anyone and I stand proudly behind it. I completely disagree with the review that states Highline does not hold students accountable nor challenges students. It is completely the opposite.
This is a great school!!! my daughter loves Highline. The principal, teachers and staff care about the students. As a parent what concernes me is 30 students in a 3rd grade class, why so many?
Not impressed with the school. My son is not challenged, no one holds him accountable for anything, too many reward systems so even HE doesn't know why he gets rewards when he does. Work that is woefully wrong gets A's for grades because the rubric didn't require it to be accurate, so he didn't have to fix anything. No one requires him to spell correctly, which coming from a family of teachers is very hard to swallow. Communication between some of the teachers and family was good, others we could never reach. Still shaking my head as to why people are loving it so so much.
I am going to be a eighth grader this year at Highline. I have been here since 3rd grade and I habe learned so much more than othe students my age due to the amazing teachers and staff. I love highline!!! If there was a highline high school, I would not be leaving. Thank you so much for everything Highline!!!
This is an excellent school. The teachers are involved, caring, strict , and expect your child to come along for the ride. Our experience for the last 3 years has been excellent. I particularly want to commend their special education department for really being on top of and in tune with my child. It has been very good for her!
This school is the best school EVER! The teacher involvemnet make you feel like you are part of one big family.
My Kindergartener was initially stubborn about participating in class activities or learning to read. Her teacher was able to overcome this difficulty within one week. Now, at the end of the year, my daughter is performing at grade level for reading and at the first grade level for math. There are many opportunities for parental involvment, and the school really feels like a community. Additionally, you do not need to be in Denver to attend this charter. They have many students from other districts like Aurora.
Teachers are excellent .. I have a 1st grader who is blossoming under their tutelage
As a parent of two students at the school, I am incredibly impressed. My students are challenged and supported in their academics--an ideal balance. Both have made substantial academic gains under the dedicated care of their teachers. As importantly, they are part of an inclusive and diverse community. We live in a segregated city and we couldn't be more appreciative of the fact that our kids have an unusual opportunity to help build and thrive in a safe, structured, and equitable community environment. Go Highline!
This school is a great community. Teachers team with Parents to support the educational journey of the students. The curriculum is challenging and creative with lots of different approaches to learning. The school is made up of a diverse group of families who, on an everyday basis, bring a broad perspective on the world into the classroom. Highline Academy is indeed a Great School.
Good concept but poorly executed at this time. Communication lacking from teachers to parents.
We have been at Highline since day one. We like the ability placement, but we especially like the Core Knowledge curriculum. Because of the Core Knowledge curriculum, our children are learning more science and history than they would in a ordinary school. There are lots of great teachers at Highline. I also like the fact that parents are required to volunteer. I'm impressed by the dedication of many of the parents there. Uniforms are required, which we also like. Being in a business park is the only real drawback. Because of this, there is not much room for a playground - also not much parking.
My child has been at highline from day one. the school just gets better. i love the parent involvement. 40 hours of volunteer time is required from all familys but most people like me end the year with more like 100 hours! parents and staff work together in everything. they are starting a violin program and all kids are learning spanish starting in kindigarten. i love the ability grouping, kids are placed with other kids at their same level for the main subjects of literacy and math. my 2nd grader is in 3rd grade literacy and her best friend is in 4th grade math! twice a year they have academic explorations week, where the kids that are at a B or better get to take classes like mad sience and the kids that are under a B get to spend one on on time with the teachers.
My child is a new student at Highline and I couldnt be more impressed with what he has learned in the few weeks he has been going there. For once he comes home and tells me what he has learned with out me even asking him. My son tranfered from a high rating DPS school that I once thought was doing a great good, but Highline has superseded what this other school was teaching. I would highly recommend this school to anyone that wants to give there child a challenge and a great wealth of knowledge.
This is an outstanding school. The teachers, the ciriculum, the admin, and the families all make this a great to school to attend! The only downside is they don't celebrate holidays and the location could be a little nicer. The inside is great but it is in a business park.
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