Be aware, when the teachers, and leader of the pre-school program, ask you to check with your "pediatrician" about your child's very apparent and age-appropriate behavioral issues, make no mistake: they're pushing you to medicate. That's horrific. It happened to us and it happened to at least two other families I've spoken with.
The preschool program is terrible. Their program is focused way too much on academics for 3 and 4-year-olds. The school is also focused on politics and will do anything to protect church families, even if their kids are bullying others. My son attended for less than a year and we switched him to another private school in the area that we are much happier with.
Highland Catholic School is outstanding from the top on down. Principal Jane Schmidt runs the school with a rare combination of compassion and efficiency, and the support staff follow her lead. The teachers are uniformly well-versed in their fields AND take the kids' social needs to heart. Many times I have seen and heard the teachers going the extra mile in helping a student in need; and in making sure the less needy students reach their optimal academic levels. Communication with the parents is frequent and well-informed, both with paper and emails. My daughter has been attending for the last seven years, and I've been more impressed each year.
My child is a kindergartner at Highland Catholic School. She loves to go to school each and every day. I am consistently impressed by the quality of instruction that she gets. The warmth and interest shown to her by both the adults and older children in the building is something I have not seen at any other school. It is truly a community and one that we are very proud to be a part of.
The biggest weakness with Highland Catholic is the consistency & follow through, which starts at the top with the principle. Many teachers are quite good, but some are not. Biggest problem with teachers - not letting you know when there maybe an issue with your student's work; always directed to the online grade posting and homework assignment site, which is frustrating, especially when not all of the teachers keep it up to date. They talk a lot about bullying & have a program in place, but don't deal with the bully well in terms of discipline. Beginning in the the junior high years the grading scale completely changes. An A- is 94% and so on. For a school that sells flexibility for students with learning difficulties when you're looking to choose a school, this is a total turn about. Causes a high level of uncalled for stress & frustration for students & families. Parents have addressed this with school officials to no avail. Thus, many families leave HiC in these years. Bottom line, until these issues are corrected this will not be one of the top schools in the area. If you're looking for a school with a religious component in this area of town - shop around & choose carefully!
Highland Catholic is a jewel of a school. We are very happy with it. The staff is caring and the atmosphere is good--like one large family. I noticed our public schools keep cutting the specialty classes, but Hi-C offers it all: art, music, Spanish, Performing Arts, sport teams, Destination Imagination, programs for Gifted, programs for struggling, etc. The principal is very responsive to the parents, and I have seen that she addresses any problems quickly and professionally. She even won a "Catholic Principal of the Year" award a couple of years ago--and deserved it. For recess, they do need to walk across the street to the local park, but they have a teacher stationed at the street. My daughter's 4th grade teacher (last year) was the best ever. Looking forward to next year, too.
My kids look forward to going to school each morning, this speaks volumes to me. Each of my boys has very different learning styles and Hi-C has manages both beautifully, so they're excelling academically. Although no school is perfect, there is no utopia, we love Hi-C.