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1015 South Snelling Ave
St. Paul, MN 55116

(651) 293-8940
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July 24, 2014
Highland is great if your kid can keep up with the IB program and has no difficulties with truancy or tardiness. Otherwise, this school is a low-expectations and correspondingly low results sorry situation. Although it might be one of the better public high schools in St Paul (sadly). There are no consequences to kids who don't show up or are repeatedly tardy. Since many kids in the regular classes don't do their homework, the pace of the curriculum is lethargic and class discussion engagement is anemic. The teachers want to teach, but without a change in school culture, it is a place where the average or below average motivated student goes to become even less motivated. The school is safe, kids are generally pleasant to each other. But if your kid is not fairly bright and self-motivated (and thus in the IB program) look instead to a well-reviewed free charter school or parochial school (they have scholarships), where your child will have a desk, be surrounded by kids who are trying regardless of their IQ level, and surrounded by teachers and administrators with high expectations and support/consequences for getting to class on time, getting your homework done, behaving well.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2014
This school is particularly bad for boys. It makes them feel like losers. If you have a boy choose any school over Highland.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2014
Highland Park has been a wonderful school for my sons. The IB program is the best in the city, and the staff and faculty work to make the requirements easy to fulfill. The smaller size of the school means more leadership opportunities for students and also a supportive environment. My kids have had really great teachers. I highly recommend Highland.

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2014
Highland jr and sr high are the most disappointing schools in St. Paul . Principles that look good on paper but you will never see them or hear back. Charlene Hoff is the worse I have met yet. Principles set the tone for schools so no wonder highland is full of teachers who are there just to collect paychecks it is unfortunate. The allow teachers to physically write on students arms with permanent marker and make spectacles of students that may do as well as others. Also lots of stereotypes and segregation in these schools. I recommend Ramsey and Central to everyone. They are considered inner city schools but I promise there principles are amazing people and academically scored above Highland always !!!!!

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2010
Like many very large high schools, this is a good place to send a good student. My daughter was by nature a very intelligent, hardworking, eager student and she had a great experience at this school. She enjoyed the challenge of both Spanish immersion (for students already fluent in Spanish) and IB (and it's plethora of tests, papers and homework). The school was both safe and culturally diverse. As a large public school they provide good facilities for science, sports and the higher cost disciplines. Having said all that, we chose not to send our son there. As a non-traditional student we were concerned he would have been lost. As you read in other reviews that are more negative, these large "cost effective" schools can be swamps for students who need attention and support. A society that believes they should be able to cheaply educate children get what they pay for.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2009
Not too happy with some of the teachers - and IEP issues. I wonder how to find a school that actual cares about our children.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2009
I am currently a junior at this school, and I truly believe that it offers the best education of any public school in this district. Highland offers the IB program, and has one of the highest percentage of IB exams taken per senior in the state. IB classes are very rigorous, and all my teachers are able and willing to help me succeed in this program, as well as in life. Highland is a diverse school that is highly connected to the real world. Ex. I am currently studying Spanish and Chinese.There are so many opportunities for extracurricular activities, too. Just to name a few: Model United Nations, Thespian Society, Math team, Literary Magazine, Gay-Straight Alliance, Student Council, Anime club, not to mention all the sports. Highland is a place where I feel like I belong. My only criticism is that the class sizes are getting too big.

- submitted by a student
February 12, 2009
I think sending any child to this school would be a horrible mistake. There are only a handful of good teachers at this school, the majority of them really don't care about problems their students are having unless the issue is brought to them by a parent. They are constantly changing the curriculum of classes in the middle of the course, which makes it harder are both the teachers and the students. The school continues to admit more students than it can possibly hold, there is nowhere near enough room in the classes to hold all the students in them. There is not one good thing I can say about this school.

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January 27, 2009
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- submitted by a administrator
January 09, 2005
The class sizes at this school are much too large- classes often exceed 35 students per teacher. Additionally, the school begins much too early, and I believe that this inhibits students' chances for success. The block scheduling is not conducive to learning. It makes the continued study of subjects such as language and math difficult, and the length of classes occasionally becomes unbearable. While there are good classes available, the quailty of teachers can be hit or miss. The same is true for extracurriculars. While some are well established and enjoyable, others are disorganized and frusturating to be a part of.

- submitted by a student
October 01, 2004
I graduated from this school, and I think it was great. There are over 20 different extracurricular activities, not only in sports, but in other areas as well, like the math team which is on first place in the state. It is true that the school is really big, thus I highly recommend that students try to be part of the IB program. Because it is a small community of students, and it prepares them for college in a very efficient way. I graduated recently (on 2004) and I think it is easy to succed in this school.

- submitted by a former student
October 01, 2004
My daughter is a sophmore at Highland Park Senior. She is in her third year on the swim team. Last spring she was on the badmitten team and this spring intends to go out for the track team. There are many opportunities for girls to participate in sports (soccer, basketball, volleyball etc.) as well as drama, music (choral and band) and student government. The spanish immersion program she began in kindergarten continues through high school. She is bilingual thanks to this program and has been recieving an excellent education. I do agree that school starts too early and am glad the prinicipal is looking at changing the 4 period day which is too limiting for kids involved in music or second languages.

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2004
School starts at an ungodly early hour and the block scheduling limits class choices. Other than male sports, there are few opportunities for extracurricular activities. As the school is large, and due to the lack of extracurricular offerings and seeing that the school gets out so early, students are placed at a higher risk of using their after school time unproductively making it imperative that you be vigilant and know who your child is associating with. Parent teacher conferences are frustrating. Making appointments to see teachers are speficic times is totally ignored. I was often kept waiting in long lines to talk with teachers. My very bright child did not succeed here but is now doing well in a smaller charter school environment.

- submitted by a parent
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Highland Park Senior High School
1015 South Snelling Ave, St. Paul, MN  55116
(651) 293-8940
Last modified Highland Park Senior High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Highland Park Senior High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 16 reviews. Top