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Highland Middle School

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Posted July 15, 2013

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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2013

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.


Posted October 29, 2012

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
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2011

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2011

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!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2010

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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2009

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.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 5, 2009

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!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2009

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.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 20, 2008

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.


Posted August 18, 2008

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!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 10, 2008

I lovethis school. I have been here ever sence the 6th gade. They keep myself and others safe.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 6, 2007

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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2004

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.
—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.

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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.
Language Mechanics

The state average for Language Mechanics was 44% in 2013.

391 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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46%

2012

 
 
35%
Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2013.

391 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
34%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 46% in 2013.

391 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
46%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 48% in 2013.

391 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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39%

2012

 
 
28%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2013.

400 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
39%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

400 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
47%
Science

The state average for Science was 61% in 2013.

400 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
54%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2013.

355 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
31%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 52% in 2013.

355 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
48%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 59% in 2013.

355 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
55%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 39% in 2013.

355 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
37%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Language Mechanics

All Students46%
Female50%
Male40%
African American20%
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Students with disabilities8%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Math

All Students33%
Female35%
Male30%
African American14%
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White42%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Students with disabilities3%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students53%
Female55%
Male49%
African American26%
Asiann/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students39%
Female46%
Male30%
African American18%
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White49%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Students with disabilities8%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Math

All Students38%
Female38%
Male37%
African American13%
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White48%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Students with disabilities17%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students56%
Female60%
Male52%
African American27%
Asiann/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilities29%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students56%
Female57%
Male56%
African American25%
Asiann/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilities31%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Math

All Students43%
Female48%
Male37%
African American26%
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White51%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Students with disabilities21%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students53%
Female59%
Male46%
African American31%
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities27%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students55%
Female58%
Male51%
African American29%
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilities34%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students37%
Female50%
Male24%
African American19%
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White45%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Students with disabilities9%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2011.

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2011.

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2011.

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
45%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 60% in 2011.

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
49%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 45% in 2011.

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
41%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Until 2010-2011, Kentucky used the Kentucky Core Content Tests (KCCT) to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 through 12 in reading, social studies, science, writing, and math. The Elementary School results displayed on GreatSchools profiles are for grades 3 through 5 combined for each subject. Middle School results are for grades 6 though 8 combined, and High School results are for grades 10 though 12 combined. The KCCT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky. Beginning in 2011-2012, Kentucky switched to the K-PREP and EOC exams.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 36% in 2013.

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n/a

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Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 36% in 2013.

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n/a

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English II

The state average for English II was 56% in 2013.

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n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 51% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky administered the End-of-Course (EOC) assessments. EOCs are tests given to public high school students when they complete a course to assess their knowledge of important course concepts. They are similar to a final exam, except that they are created and scored by an outside testing company, ensuring that the tests are both rigorous and aligned with state and national college readiness standards.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Algebra II

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Biology I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

English II

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

U.S. History

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky administered the End-of-Course (EOC) assessments. EOCs are tests given to public high school students when they complete a course to assess their knowledge of important course concepts. They are similar to a final exam, except that they are created and scored by an outside testing company, ensuring that the tests are both rigorous and aligned with state and national college readiness standards.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 60% 82%
Black 31% 11%
Hispanic 3% 4%
Two or more races 3% 2%
Asian 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 56%N/A57%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

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Arts & music

Music
  • Jazz band
Performing and written arts
  • Dance

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Gym
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Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Softball

Arts & music

Music
  • Jazz band
Performing arts
  • Dance
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1700 Norris Place
Louisville, KY 40205
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