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Highland City Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 420 students

 
 

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Posted September 17, 2012

HCE is the best school ever! I have lots of friends here. Exellent teachers. I am in fifth grade at HCE, i have been going since kindergarten. And a really nice principal, too.It has a library too. Big selection of books. No one ever gets bullied here, and if you do, it gets taken care of Immediately. I love hce and i am sad to go to middle school soon. eh, its a part of growing up, so i gotta deal with it :(. If you are looking for a school for your child to go to, i recomennd hce.<3


Posted August 13, 2009

Love HCE! Small school with a big heart. My daughter will be going into her 4th year at this school and my son is entering Kindergarten. Proud to have my children attending.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2008

I have 3 grandchildren and many adopted grandchildren in HCE. I am a volunteer and can only say good things about the teachers, Miss Hall, Mr. Roberts and the staff at this school. This small town school with a big heart has got to be the best school ever. I only wish that my daughter had been able to attend it when she was younger. Kyle, Kasey, & Kammi Cribbs Nana


Posted May 5, 2008

My nana used to work here. Her name was Mrs. Meinke. She retired, but she never stops talking about this school. I went there through all of elementary. I'm now in 7th grade. I realize now, that I couldn't have asked for a better school. Rachel Meinke
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 26, 2005

My son has attended this school since kindergarten and he is now in fourth grade. I have nothing but praises for the school, the office faculty and the teachers. My son has enjoyed his years here tremendously. Highland City is a growing school, hopefully it won't get away from its small town effect.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2005

My son is now in middle school but my daughter still attends HCE. The qualtiy of HCE only improves over the years. Keep up the great work !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2004

What a wonderful school my daughter attends. I could not ask for a better place or better people.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2004

Highland City Elementary truly is Polk's 'best kept secret'. It is a small, family-friendly school, where teachers and administrators know students and family members by name. The school continues to perform well each year, and has the kind of leadership that expects the best from the teachers and students there. I have a daughter in 3rd, and a daughter in K. My kindergartener has a physical disability, and her teacher is fabulous and has truly been able to look past the disability and see the abilities of the child. We couldn't have asked for a better start to her schooling. My 3rd grader also benefits from the small class size and small school setting of HCE. I cannot say enough about the warm and welcoming atmosphere at HCE, and look forward to our youngest attending there as well in a few years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2003

When you walk onto the campus of Highland City Elementary you immediately notice this school is like no other. The grounds are immaculate with little gardens sprinkled around the campus. Beautiful classical music is piped throughout the campus and everyone you meet greets you with a warm and friendly smile. This is my 15th year as a teacher at Higland City Elementary and I can not imagine teaching anywhere else. My children both attend HCE and are receiving a top notch education that will prepare them to be lifelong learners. This school is truly a 'gem' in the crown of the Polk County School District.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2003

My children both have had the opportunity to be a stundent at HCE. I have a son that is going into 5th grade and a daughter going into 2nd grade. Consider it a blessing if your children are going to be attending this school. Mrs. Hall and the entire staff are very helpful and caring people that put everything they have into the children. My son will be attending Bartow Middle School in 2004-2005 and HCE has set a very high standard to follow. My children love to attend school each day because these teachers give them the opportunity to work at their full potential. Thanks you to the staff of HCE for the positive environment that you have built - Lisa Rice
—Submitted by a parent


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

The state average for Math was 58% in 2014.

66 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
35%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

66 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
57%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

71 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
45%

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

71 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
60%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2014.

69 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
35%

2013

 
 
65%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

75 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
33%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
37%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

73 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
52%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2014.

73 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
36%

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
44%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 81% in 2012.

80 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "A".

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

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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
White 63%
Hispanic 21%
Black 10%
Asian 3%
Two or more races 3%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 78%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 85%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 71%66%61%
Master's degree 29%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 3%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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5355 Southeast 9th Street
Highland City, FL 33846
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Phone: (863) 648-3540

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