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.
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.
Highlands is excellent and we are so lucky to have our children attend this school. Great administration, teachers, and values!
"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+!
We did open enrollment this year, it has been a wonderful experience for us and our children.
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!
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.
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