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569 Hunter Road
Wilmette, IL 60091

(847) 853-2900
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May 25, 2015
We have been very pleased with Highcrest teachers, principals, and families. The curricular choices are outstanding and diverse. The articulation from middle school to junior high is very well thought out. Students transition well after 6th grade (middle school) to the junior high (7th grade). The teachers are thoughtful and knowledgeable. Our first child attended Highcrest from 2009-2011, our second child attended from 2011-2013, and we have another one heading to Highcrest next year. We were happy with the school in 2009, and I'm pleased to report the school is in a continued state of improvement -- with the experience more impressive each year. I'm glad the status quo is not good enough for teachers, parents and administrators at Highcrest; innovations are welcome and communicated to parents, and the educational experience for students has been continually enhanced.

- submitted by a parent

August 11, 2013
5 Stars across the board! Highcrest is a good school for kids of any ability. Academics include the regular fare as well as art, drama, PE and technology. Kids can choose between French, Latin, Spanish, German or Mandarin or they can take an academic strategies class. A learning behavior specialist leads this class to help kids with ADHD or other difficulties to organize their workload and to give them extra support. After school clubs include radio, TV, languages, arts etc There are also free, daily before and after school supervised study. We have been very happy with our kids education and the teachers dedication. On the whole, this district attracts high quality teachers to meet the parents high expectations. I feel that my tax money is well spent. One other perk of sending your kids through district 39 is that they will not feel lost at New Trier because it is the souce of more than 1/3 of the graduating class! I went to New Trier also but came from one of the small feeder schools and I felt overwhelmed for a good year before I adjusted.

- submitted by a parent

May 02, 2012
The faculty and administration at the school are very dedicated to the students and collaborate openly with parents for the best possible results.

- submitted by a parent

April 15, 2011
I am a student of Highcrest! It is an amazing school. They have teachers that are strict but fun, and teach us the amount of stuff in a day that some kids learn in a week! I take french and when I met with a french person after only 4 months of class I could carry on a conversation. When I have a good day, usually the best thing about was school! It is organized and I feel safe there. For people who just looked in on some classes then made bad reviews, listen to me, I go there Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday and Friday! I t is really an amazing school.

- submitted by a community member

May 26, 2010
We've been very happy with Highcrest. The principal and teachers have become more seasoned, and their experience and devotion to the kids shows. Our child has some learning issues, and everyone has gone out of their way to ensure success. I've been told that at most schools our child wouldn't have qualified for help. At Highcrest they're right on top of things, and our child has been both successful and happy. I'd like to see a little more consideration of others enforced (like not talking in the halls when classes are in session), but I believe serious issues are addressed. It's a tricky balance between discipline and freedom at this age, and I like that Highcrest is not heavy handed like some middle schools. It makes for a happier community. The kids for the most part are nice, hard-working, and computer literate enough to spill their grievances on this site.

- submitted by a parent

May 24, 2010
I feel that you can get good or bad teachers at this school. Some teachers really go the extra mile to help you understand and others just let you teach yourself while slurping dietcoke loudly in the back. The principal is pretty laidback and doesn't do much. The lunches are well below unsatisfactory. They only serve wheat bagels which are very bad, they have sandwhiches ehich have given people I know food poisoning, and awful hot lunches. The absolute best thing they serve are the breaksticks and I guess the salads are fine. Instead of trying to improve these, they spend money on more unused laptop carts.

- submitted by a community member

March 30, 2010
Most of the teachers are uneducated and ill prepared to deal with the challenges of teaching middle school students. The school is large with 400 students per grade, and unless you push hard for a challenging curriculum you could end up being taught that objects don't fall at the same rate because gravity pushes harder on heavier objects (this actually happened and is just plain wrong!). The school is also plagued by bad administration and overall creates a disorderly student body (at no fault of their own!)

- submitted by a student

August 07, 2007
wonderful school with brillant teachers very nice principal

- submitted by a student
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Highcrest Middle School
569 Hunter Road, Wilmette, IL  60091
(847) 853-2900
Last modified Highcrest Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 5-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Highcrest Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 16 reviews. Top