2 weeks into 6th grade my child is disappointed and i am not very impressed about Highland MIddle and the way they do things. My child was given a bully packet and i wasn't even notified but my child was hurt by it and told me what happened otherwise i wouldn't have known. Kids are not allowed to carry their backpacks throughout the day so they leave them in a classroom, last week someone stole her backpack which had her inhaler. She told teacher and teacher said it is not her responsibility, how is that? If nobody is in classroom why isn't it locked and if classroom is used for others why are kids forced to leave their belongings. I called school same day to discuss the bully situation and stolen backpack/inhaler and was told i would get a call from someone first thing Monday, guess what no call. School is old and air conditioning is not the best, it is very damp and stuffy in there and my daughter has been sneezing and coughing every day. My husband was told that they are aware of kids having breathing problems, staff as well and that there is mold but they do their best and would call 911 if needed since there is no nurse on staff.
My daughter has completed her first year at Highland Middle school on the Pacesetters team. This year was a much easier transition (from elementary school) than I anticipated. As in any school, the experience is what you make of it. I love the looping system. I believe it gives the teachers and students, plenty of times to "know" each other; the expectations of the students and the needs of the students. The school is large and has many students. I don't mind that aspect, because that can be benefitical for adapting to college life. My daughter lucked out with a wonderful team leader and dedicated teachers. Trips were great ( not too many). The reward (created by her teachers) system for good grades, was a great motivator for her. Her band concerts were enjoyable. She made a couple of "quality" friends. We hope that next year will be just as good and maybe better!
I have recently transfered to this school and I'm really enjoying it. The only problem is you have 4 related arts and this makes things cramped in your locker and need a lot more supplies.
My daughter is having an awasome experience. The Challenger team is top of the chart. She has a 4.0 GPA and is loveing school. Mr Schfer is her insperation. Thanks team Challenger. Tracey B LaFever 10/29/12
Highland is like most public schools: too many kids, sincere and sometimes still passionate but overwhelmed teachers and a well meaning administrative staff that is doing the best they can with what they have. Turnover is high and my child has subs too often. As a result, the environment is often chaotic and not academically challenging. If you don't stay on top of everything 24-7, your child will surely get lost in the shuffle. There's hardly ever homework or projects that promote critical thinking. Heavy emphasis on getting through the curriculum and testing at the sake of ensuring kids learn (but these days, I'm not sure if you can escape that no matter what public school). Heckman is a pretty good principal, there's an active PTA and hopefully with the IB program academics will get stronger. Looping system has been an asset.
Highland is truly a great school! My daughter is a 7th grader there. We really like the looping system where students are put into teams & stay with the same set of teachers for all three years. The teachers really get to know the students. The academics are rigorous and challenging. The 3-D art classes are wonderful! The PTA is very active. There are a lot of after school activties. The school has a nicely structured environment which supports each youth expressing themselves and appreciating diversity. If you're looking for a great school, check Highland out!!
HMS had a distinct and drastic change in it's student body when the district remapped it's reside area.... and the change wasn't for the better. I love the fact that there are no uniforms and that school really tries to offer after school opportunities to the kids (lots of clubs, sports, and even intramural volleyball in the fall and spring). However, the looping does have disadvantages. One of my daughter's teachers simply doesn't click with her, but she can't change that one teacher without changing all the others (but she loves them). Only one team (1/3 of each grade) get's to make the big class trip a the end of year, and it's not divided evenly. My daughter was not given the opportunity to ever attend one of the 'big' trips (Space camp and Washington DC). They got to walk up to local park all 3 years.
Best school ever. I love this school and i always will. The team activities are great. The pep rally amazing! Looping rreally lets you get t know who is teaching you.
It is a wonderful place! The teachers and staff truly care and want the kids to be individuals. This is my son's first year and he absolutely loves it!!
I went to Highland all three years & I absolutely loved it there ! The looping was great & I wish that other schools had it. It really does let you bond with your teachers & see them as more than teacher. I know this first hand when me & my teacher would joke around & have fun. A lot of the teachers try to make it fun. They try to take you on as many field trips as you can & when you get to be in eighth grade you actually get to go out of Louisville and Kentucky ! It was a lot of fun there at Highland & you are always accepted there. I really am going to miss it there.
I went to Highland all 3 years for middle school, and I absolutely loved it. The looping program was a great opportunity to get to know your students and classmates on a personal level, while the classes such as art, p.e., health, etc. where a great chance to make friends with students from other teams. There was a lot of parental involvement and the leadership at this school was very good about making sure to listen to students. At Highland it was easy to feel safe and be around a diversity of people. I would highly recommend this school to parents/guardians.
I absolutely love Highland I have been there for 6th-7th grade. The teachers are wonderful! Their looping program is a great opurtunity for students to builod a special bond with their teachers as I have done with mine. The staff and administartion really cares they are their to listen to any personal problems going on at home, school, etc. This would be something very hard for a student to say about their school but I am! Your child would very easily make friends with the hundreds of friendly students to meet! Parents:send your child to this school!
I lovethis school. I have been here ever sence the 6th gade. They keep myself and others safe.
I have had 3 children in Highland and have been very happy. Each one of my children are very different.One is an IT/technical student. Another is studious and on the dance team and the youngest hardly sits still and loves sports. Each one of them really found their niche at HMS. The staff works so hard for the students and school. Every school has their problems. It is whether the staff is proactive and how they react that matters. HMS staff does both well!
I have 2 children at Highland right now--a sixth grader and an eighth grader. We live across town from Highland, but we chose it instead of the schools close to our home because of the discipline and the academic programs that Highland provides. Both of our kids are in the Advance Program, so their classes are very challenging. But I think the teachers do a good job of telling them in advance what's going to be expected for their classwork. And every Monday, my sixth-grader's team of teachers sends us a list showing her homework assignments for the week. We're really impressed with the variety of classes and activites available at Highland. Both of my kids have French this year, my son has been able to travel with the school band and perform with the Jazz Band, and my daughter is going to play on the school's soccer team in the Spring.
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