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Highland Elementary School

Public | K-5

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted April 29, 2014

We love Highland simply because the teachers and the principal cares about their students. They always make an effort to help the kids think outside the box. It is a good school. My daughter loves the school and her teacher mrs. Jonson who has been teaching kindergarten for 23 years. You don't find an experienced teacher like this anymore. We are greatful for her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2013

I am not impressed. They love to fund raise but if you ask for anything out of the normal your request goes unheard by teachers and principal. Not very out of the box approach to learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2010

Our children have been at Highland Elementary for 8 yrs. and we have been extremely pleased with the school, its staff, and administration. The teachers are top-notch. They are supportive, caring, and invested in the success of the children. Teacher/parent communication is excellent! The school and staff value parent volunteers. There are ample opportunities for parent involvement, especially in the younger grades, if the staff is aware of your availability. The principal has been supportive and is spoken of highly by the children. In my son's words, "The principal is reallly nice and fun. He tells you that you can do anything you want to do if you set your mind to it." And "The teachers are really great. They're helpful and treat everyone the same." We leave the Highland Elementary family with great sadness as we venture on to middle school and beyond, but we leave with many fond memories.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2009

I have been disappointed in Highland and I am suprised that it is rated a 10. My kids found the class work easy and unchallenging a grade level behind. Not enough focus on academics in Kindergarten just a repeat of preschool. Lack of all-day curiculumn for an all day paid program. You should get more for what you pay for. There is not enough opportunities for parents to get involved because the only ones that are involved are working for the school. Most parents just drop kids and drive away there invisible unless it is a special event. No room moms or classroom helpers ever, only during parties. Principal is hardly ever visible my own kids even commented 'How come he never tells us we do a good job daily'. Teachers and office personnel are very gossipy with each other and difficult to approach.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2007

This is the 4th year we have had children at Highland. It is a wonderful school. Parents are always welcome in the school and there is a high level of parent involvement. The teachers truly care about each student and do whatever they can to help each student succeed. When our son struggled with focus and getting work done, his teacher was in constant contact with us and was willing to try new ideas to get him motivated. There are great music and art programs in place, even in addition to the regular classes. After-school activities are offered throughout the year as well. We are so pleased to have had such a wonderful experience at Highland. Our children are learning, succeeding, and enjoying school!
—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 83% in 2010.

100 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
91%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

102 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
82%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2010.

97 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2012.

104 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
86%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2010.

100 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2012.

105 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 46% in 2011.

99 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
55%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students92%
Female91%
Male93%
Black50%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Economically non-disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities80%
Students without disabilities94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
Non-migrant92%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students83%
Female83%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Economically non-disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities55%
Students without disabilities89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Non-migrant83%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students90%
Female89%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Economically non-disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities69%
Students without disabilities94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English92%
Non-migrant90%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 71% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
73%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students80%
Female77%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asian55%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Economically non-disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Non-migrant80%

Reading

All Students71%
Female64%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asian55%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Economically non-disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities58%
Students without disabilities73%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%
Non-migrant71%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students79%
Female77%
Male80%
Black33%
Asian94%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Economically non-disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities83%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%
Non-migrant79%

Reading

All Students72%
Female79%
Male67%
Black33%
Asian83%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Economically non-disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities55%
Students without disabilities74%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English73%
Non-migrant72%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students65%
Female59%
Male70%
Blackn/a
Asian80%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged11%
Economically non-disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities39%
Students without disabilities70%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English68%
Non-migrant65%

Reading

All Students69%
Female69%
Male69%
Blackn/a
Asian80%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Economically non-disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilities42%
Students without disabilities74%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English72%
Non-migrant69%

Science

All Students72%
Female66%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asian87%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Economically non-disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities43%
Students without disabilities79%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%
Non-migrant72%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 76% 73%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 6%
Black 6% 9%
Hispanic 4% 7%
Two or more races 4% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 15%N/A37%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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14001 Pilot Knob Rd
Apple Valley, MN 55124
Phone: (952) 423-7595

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