We are in our 9th year and 3rd child at Highland. We've watched the quality slide downhill gradually, and we're left with just an average school with poor communication and an unwillingness to embrace the 21st century. Special Ed program is excellent, GT program used to be great, but is declining. No PTO, few opportunities for parents to volunteer on an ongoing basis (just for singular tasks). Office staff isn't very friendly. The school seems tightly packed for space, and would be that way even if it had fewer students. Teachers are amazing, but seem very put upon for more and more work with less and less help from 'management'. Nowhere near as tech savvy as other elementary schools in the district. We'll be glad when our last child graduates.
We have two kids with special needs that go to highland and the teachers are absolutely amazing. They even come to home visits. When we adopted them they were years behind and they caught up to classmates within 7 months of school starting. Nothing short of Amazing. They need next to nothing for extra help anymore. They will be off services by the end of the year.
We had 2 kids go through Highland. We loved the teachers. They have a great gifted program that challenged the kids. The staff seemed to really care about the kids. The after school program through the Y was great too... Especially John! We miss him! The students are welcoming. It's a great school!
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.
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.
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.
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!