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Highlands Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 548 students

 
 

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5 stars

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Posted October 15, 2014

I have had 2 boys go through Highlands in the discovery program and have loved the school. Class sizes can be big, often over 30 but the teachers are wonderful. They loop for 1st/2nd grade and 3rd/4th grade which really works well for the kids and the year gets off to a quick effortless start in sept when you have the same group of kids and the same teacher. One child did gifted math 3rd- 5th grade and it was impressive and as he has gone on in school he has excelled and loves math. We have done extracurriculars such as chess club, math olympiads, spanish, running club, speed stacking club and they are great. We did the before and after school programs and my kids were sad to leave because they loved it so much! The school has a nice homey welcoming feel and the teachers and staff seem truly invested in my children and their education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2014

I am the fortunate parent of a kindergartner who is going to this incredible school. My rambunctious daughter is my one-n-only so I don't have anything to compare my experience to -- except the stories and gossip of other parents. In that context I feel so fortunate. The collaborative teaching and collaborative learning environment is so much more than rhetoric. The focus on a "community-based" approach is tangible each and every day. Even though we are in the class of a first year student -- it is clear that the adoption of the base values of the school's culture lives with every professional in the school. Oh yes, I may have a gripe here or there. What language is offered and how much, the diversity, economic sensitivity -- but in the big picture these are minor. This is a great school that works -- and is always striving to be better. I feel blessed that my daughter has the opportunity to cultivate her love of learning here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2013

Highlands is the equivalent to a private school without the tuition. Great leadership and community-oriented culture in the building. Teachers are excellent, families are welcoming, and kids are thriving. The CP and Discovery programs are both high-achieving. Kids are taught to respect others and work collaboratively, and they perform to high expectations. Wonderful, wonderful school - I'm so fortunate that my kids get to grow in this environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 24, 2011

Highlands is excellent and we are so lucky to have our children attend this school. Great administration, teachers, and values!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2011

"Defining Excellence" is exactly how to define Highlands. This is a school that sets the bar for all other public schools. It is an example of what is really possible in the public sector if you have the right principal and staff with a vision beyond what is mandated. Hands down, better than a lot of private schools, which explains the small houses with the hefty price tag. This community "gets it" and in turn, so do their children. Edina is prized because only people that reside in Edina attend these schools- making it truly "neighborhood" schools in a small community. Yet they are technically light years ahead of other districts and value creativity. An edible garden with ample exploration and hands on learning outdoors combined with a beuatiful, sun filled building/classrooms, AMAZING principal and staff with tours given directly from students earn this school an A+!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2010

the teachers are so devoted and the principal is soo cool!


Posted September 17, 2009

We did open enrollment this year, it has been a wonderful experience for us and our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2007

Highlans Elementary is as top-notch as they come! The principal, teachers & staff are all superb. Together with a strong community of families makes Highlands truly exceptional!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2007

Since my son was in Kindergarten, I've been jealous- I wish I'd been able to attend such a wonderful school. Principal Peter Hodne is beloved (and rightfully so) by parents, teachers and students alike. The teachers are energetic and dedicated- their love of teaching just shines through every day. The level of parent involvement is phenomenal, with volunteers daily in a number of subjects. But perhaps most impressive, the kids are taught to be kind, caring and respectful. Bullying is simply not tolerated. Instead, the older kids look out for the younger ones. I feel so lucky to have been able to have been involved with Highlands for the past 5 years- and am glad that I have five more years ahead of me with my daughter.
—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.

95 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
93%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

87 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

90 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2012.

97 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

97 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2012.

98 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 46% in 2011.

88 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
62%
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 Students99%
Female98%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White99%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilities100%
Students without disabilities99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English99%
Not migrant99%
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%
Female90%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities56%
Students without disabilities97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English90%
Not 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

Reading

All Students98%
Female98%
Male98%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White98%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities80%
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%
Not migrant98%
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.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
90%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%
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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%
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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

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 Students91%
Female88%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%
Not migrant91%

Reading

All Students84%
Female79%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%
Not migrant84%
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 Students92%
Female88%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asian80%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities67%
Students without disabilities95%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Not migrant92%

Reading

All Students76%
Female81%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asian60%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White78%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities79%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English78%
Not migrant76%
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 Students78%
Female72%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities39%
Students without disabilities84%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English78%
Not migrant78%

Reading

All Students87%
Female90%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities93%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Not migrant87%

Science

All Students77%
Female60%
Male89%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White79%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities57%
Students without disabilities80%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English77%
Not migrant77%
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 84% 73%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 6%
Black 3% 9%
Two or more races 3% 2%
Hispanic 2% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 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 5%N/A37%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Edina, MN 55436
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