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Highlands Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 383 students

 

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Posted June 26, 2014

My daughter completed K-5 here.6 yrs ago I was looking for a walkable urban school with diversity.I fell for the warmth & professionalism of the staff & their level of experience (all of our teachers had MAs,often 10+ years exp - AT Highlands).Beyond class,my child cultivated interests in music (this teacher=FANTASTIC!!), technology,extras like Odyssey of the Mind,Girls onthe Run,Safety Patrol,Lit Circles.Highlands is rated LOW due to high poverty depressing AVG test scores, but having poor kids there didn't negatively impact my child.Her grades & social life were great; many peers, no bullying. While avg Highlands students struggled, her scores (& others') were in line w/those at the best schools.I respect the principal's ability to make a special atmosphere-children sense he values them for what they bring to the table-EVERYONE belongs!I'm pleased my child experienced such a rare environment.TAG was a weak spot-as in all Red Clay Title I schools,& our parent org was tiny...but mighty - as evidenced by election of a Highlands PTA mom to school board in 2013.I have confidence in the academic foundation my daughter got, & we found lifelong friends and lessons transcending academics!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2013

This school positively oozes a warm, caring, supportive, close community feel. The principal is just simply amazing, dedicated, motivated, personal, part best friend, part positive role model, part educator. He knows all the kids by name and gives them high-fives in the hallway each morning. I've been through many schools (public and private) with my 3 kids, but my son has never experienced the same sense of belonging. The teachers are also dedicated, motivated, caring and professional. I guess a great principal attracts great teachers, and Highlands teachers tend to stay! The student body is diverse, because kids come in all kinds, just like real life. With the strong leadership of the principal, the strong support team of the faculty, and the sense of belonging that Highlands provides, everybody is given a great chance to make it at school, and in life. Plus a school experience I doubt anybody who went to Highlands will ever forget.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2011

I have two children, and they transferred to Highlands from Private school. I was wary of this school at first, but in almost two years, their experiences have been overwhelmingly positve. First, the principal is excellent--very committed to the school and the students. The children all like him, and he knows them all by name. The school is smaller than some Delaware schools, which contributes to a warm, intimate environment. My children have had outstanding teachers these past years. Some of the teachers, I'd say are just "very good," but all of them are committed to the students and learning. Sometimes the work isn't challenging enough for my children, but the school follows Red Clay's standards, so maybe the district's standards are not high enough. Overall, I am very pleased with my sons' education. Not many discipline issues--none that prevent other students from learning, I should say.I haven't seen much bullying at Highlands. I wish there were more field trips and experiences outside the school. And more school plays/concerts The PTA is small, but that's only because parental involvement in the PTA stinks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2011

My nieces attend Highlands Elementary and it is a very good school. My only problem is that there are no bus aids and my nieces has complained about being bullied on the bus by the older students. Nonetheless, the school is pretty good!


Posted October 9, 2010

My twin grandsons go to Highlands Elementary. It's a great school.


Posted September 18, 2009

The staff is incredibly devoted at this school who stick around for an ever-increasing range of extracurriculars, and there's a great core team of parents and students. Our test scores tend to be lower because we have a higher concentration of poor students, but there are great kids and families here, and I have no doubt my daughter is receiving as strong an education as her friends in private, parochial and homeschool environments.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2005

I love Highlands School. I am a 35 year old father of 2 girls attending Highlands. I believe the school is small enough for focused attention but diverse enough to give children a complete elementary education. I went to Highlands when I was young and a lot has changed and some has stayed the same. The school has improved dramtically but the culture of closeness and being a neighborhood school remains. Technology, facilities and a first rate staff has brought this school to the forefront in Red Clay.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 71% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
39%
Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
27%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 74% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
50%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
49%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 69% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
61%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 77% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
54%
Math

The state average for Math was 71% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
33%
Science

The state average for Science was 50% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
9%

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
30%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students35%
Female31%
Male40%
African American38%
Asiann/a
Hispanic23%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status31%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I35%
Special edn/a
Regular ed45%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English36%

Math

All Students30%
Female23%
Male40%
African American22%
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status28%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I30%
Special edn/a
Regular ed38%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English29%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

The different student groups are identified by the Delaware Department of Education. If there are fewer than 15 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students52%
Female52%
Male52%
African American45%
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status46%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I52%
Special edn/a
Regular ed64%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English56%

Math

All Students41%
Female33%
Male48%
African American41%
Asiann/a
Hispanic26%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status38%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I41%
Special edn/a
Regular ed50%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English44%

Social Studies

All Students47%
Female44%
Male50%
African American37%
Asiann/a
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status45%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I47%
Special edn/a
Regular ed58%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English49%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

The different student groups are identified by the Delaware Department of Education. If there are fewer than 15 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students58%
Female75%
Male45%
African American44%
Asiann/a
Hispanic68%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status53%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I58%
Special edn/a
Regular ed69%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English62%

Math

All Students32%
Female38%
Male28%
African American20%
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status24%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I32%
Special edn/a
Regular ed38%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English34%

Science

All Students9%
Female13%
Male7%
African American<=5%
Asiann/a
Hispanic<=5%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Other racen/a
Low socioeconomic status<=5%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I9%
Special edn/a
Regular ed11%
English language learners (ELL)n/a
Proficient in English10%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

There are not enough high schools in Delaware for GreatSchools to generate fair Ratings for high schools at this time.

The different student groups are identified by the Delaware Department of Education. If there are fewer than 15 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Delaware Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 2 51% 32%
Hispanic 1 32% 13%
White 2 14% 50%
Two or more races 2 2% 2%
Asian or Pacific Islander 2 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2 0% 0%
Source: DE Dept. of Education, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 85%N/A49%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Farr, Robert
Fax number
  • (302) 425-4599

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Track

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Drama
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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2100 Gilpin Avenue
Wilmington, DE 19806
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Phone: (302) 651-2715

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