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Highland High School

Public | 9-12 | 1634 students

 

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Posted June 12, 2012

A few years ago, Highland's fantastic principal was replaced by a lackluster, obtuse individual with deficient leadership skills. Because of this, several staff members left Highland. Very few stellar teachers remain. The gifted program has suffered and the We The People program (where Highland participant's excelled nationally) is no longer. I am disappointed and concerned for my child's educational future. His experience has been negative thus far --in fact he'll need to repeat a class due to the poor/lack of instruction. How disheartening! Our neighborhood school is a disservice to our neighborhood.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2011

We had two students attend and graduate from Highland. Both were in the gifted program, both took honors and AP classes, and both played Varsity sports. Both went onto college out of state and have adjusted well to the demands of college by making the Dean's list. Highland had a very dynamic female principal for the past 5 years that was replaced last school year (2011) by a very inexperienced individual. I don't know much about this principal but we are still strong supporters of Highland and encourage parents of gifted and honors students send their children to this school. Its diversity prepares students for college and there are many quality teachers at this school. We the People is the best program in the state and Highland's team is one of the best in the nation. If your child is a follower and lacks drive and determiniaton, I would not send him/her to any public school. Highland is a good school for the serious student and I would recommend it for those students planning on attending college in a big city with a diverse student body.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2011

Would NOT recommend this school if any student may be attending a DODD school afterwards!!! I have two kids that went there (one of which graduated from there). My one kid who went there but not graduated from there, went on to a DODD school and the first year with the DODD school, my kid struggled. My kid will graduate from the DODD school this year but to no thanks from Highland. Highland is not up with the standards and preparing these kids. The are behind and if I believe right, is not even accredited.


Posted April 28, 2008

I love this school! It is so diverse and it really shows other students that there are different people out there. It keeps the students from being so sheltered like other schools in the area. It is rather unfortunate that the media these days has been showing Highland as a bad school. Actually, I'm really glad that I came here. Everyone is so welcoming and the teachers are excellent. The campus is nice because it is so large and it is very traditional. Although there are some bad aspects of this school, who's to say that all the other schools don't have bad aspects? If you look closely, each school does. It just happens to be that the media shows Highland as one of the worse schools.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 21, 2008

I had two children graduate from Highland and they both are attending private colleges on scholarships. Their professors comment on the quality of their work. Highland's German teacher is excellent! Both of my children are fluent in German and skipped the 1st 2 semesters of college german. g
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2007

this school is so diverse and has so many great kids. I am very sad that the news and many other people are giving it a horrible reputation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2007

Highland teachers are exceptional. Period.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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 30% in 2013.

361 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
17%

2012

 
 
17%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 41% in 2013.

360 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
25%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2013.

337 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
26%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 56% in 2013.

339 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
37%
Science

The state average for Science was 40% in 2013.

331 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students17%
Female17%
Male18%
African American9%
Asian29%
Hispanic16%
Native American13%
White31%
Economically disadvantaged13%
Students with disabilities4%
English Language Learner Current1%
English Language Learner Exited25%

Reading

All Students21%
Female25%
Male16%
African American18%
Asian24%
Hispanic15%
Native American19%
White58%
Economically disadvantaged16%
Students with disabilities2%
English Language Learner Current1%
English Language Learner Exited21%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students26%
Female22%
Male30%
African American11%
Asian73%
Hispanic22%
Native American19%
White43%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Students with disabilities13%
English Language Learner Current11%
English Language Learner Exited25%

Reading

All Students39%
Female47%
Male32%
African American30%
Asian36%
Hispanic36%
Native American30%
White56%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Students with disabilities18%
English Language Learner Current8%
English Language Learner Exited40%

Science

All Students24%
Female20%
Male27%
African American28%
Asian36%
Hispanic16%
Native American12%
White53%
Economically disadvantaged18%
Students with disabilities20%
English Language Learner Current5%
English Language Learner Exited13%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2011.

291 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
25%

2010

 
 
32%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2011.

291 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
55%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2011.

291 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
23%

2010

 
 
29%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 47% in 2011.

291 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
31%

2010

 
 
35%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2010-2011 New Mexico used the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test students in grade 11 in Reading, Math, Science and Social Studies. As of 2012, New Mexico will use only the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in reading and math. The NMHSSA is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students25%
Female23%
Male26%
African American11%
Asian52%
Hispanic21%
Native American19%
White40%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Students with disabilities22%
English language learners12%

Reading

All Students32%
Female34%
Male30%
African American25%
Asian33%
Hispanic28%
Native American23%
White56%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Students with disabilities24%
English language learners5%

Science

All Students23%
Female19%
Male26%
African American11%
Asian24%
Hispanic20%
Native American15%
White47%
Economically disadvantaged22%
Students with disabilities20%
English language learners7%

Social Studies

All Students31%
Female24%
Male36%
African American18%
Asian38%
Hispanic26%
Native American31%
White54%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Students with disabilities24%
English language learners10%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2010-2011 New Mexico used the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test students in grade 11 in Reading, Math, Science and Social Studies. As of 2012, New Mexico will use only the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in reading and math. The NMHSSA is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 68% 59%
White 12% 26%
American Indian/Alaska Native 8% 10%
Black 6% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
Two or more races 3% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 77%N/A68%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
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Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Track

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
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4700 Coal Ave SE
Albuquerque, NM 87108
Phone: (505) 880-3744

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