I am so grateful for this school, the Harnett County School District and the state of North Carolina. I've had two children go through Highland. We moved here when my daughter was in second grade. We came from WA where a student had to be at least two years behind to receive any assistance and she had 28 other students in her class. Within her first week at Highland her teacher recognized she was struggling and let us know she was only at a Kindergarten reading level. She was immediately placed in Title 1 and received free after school tutoring. With great tools and a lot of practical homework I am very proud to say my daughter jumped up two full grades in reading and is currently excelling in third grade at Highland. Her teacher is amazing and she only has 15 classmates this year. She still receives Title 1 assistance and is getting ready to start another round of free after school tutoring. I love this school and I know it has changed my daughter's life forever! Her future is bright and it's all thanks to the amazing programs the state offers it's schools.
I'll agree that I think it's a real mixed bag over there. My son (8yo) and daughter (5yo) moved in the middle of the year from WA state. My daughter's kindergarten teacher was amazing! Everyone else in the class could read when she got there and she didn't even know all her letter sounds; by the end of the year she was 1st grade ready! My son's teacher was out for almost HALF of his time there. When we called to ask if we could talk to his sub (since in 6 weeks we hadn't received ANY graded work) we were told by the office lady "I'm sure he's learning everything he should be". After more pushing, I got her to give my name and number to the "second grade representitive" who called and said she couldn't comment because she wasn't his teacher. We talked to the principle before buying our house since the school had a rating of 3 last year. She was upfront about the schools situation and the rating has increased to a 6, so I think they are on the right track, especially given the roll out of the new standard. The front office staff, however, is almost always rude and unhelpful. After school care is great; she's a no nonsense type, but extracurricular activities are lacking.
Our son goes to highland and loves it. He is working hard and having fun at the same time. This school is under rated by greatschools.org. The area and school is amazing.
Highland had a great summer reading program this year. They had a different act or specials each week and let kids check out books from the library. I even took my 2 and 4 year old along and they got to check out books too ! Had a great time and the younger kids are now familiar with parts of the school.
Not happy with this school. Front Desk Ladies are at times rude. Teachers are hard to work with. Principal is focused to hard on keeping a FRONT of a happy and perfect school instead of passing the State Standard. Will not ever recommend this school to anyone I know.
My oldest son has been at Highland for 4 years and my middle child just one year. We have had a wonderful experience with Highland. I've heard some of the negative things that people have said but I can only speak from personal experience and the truth is that we have never had any issues. My kids love their teachers. The principal is a little strict but that is not a bad thing considering that the principal before her was a little too relaxed. My oldest son has thrived academically there while my younger child has had a little harder time. We will be moving away this year and I'm very sad to leave.
My children have been at this school for the past three years and I am sorry that we will be moving away this year. After reading a number of the reviews posted here, many of which shocked me, I realized they are all over a year old. Yes, the school has some issues, what school doesn't. There are good teachers and bad teachers. Just like good students and bad students and good parents, bad parents. Highland has a healthy mix of all those and everything in between. Between my three kids, over the course of three years (3rd-5th, 1st-3rd and a current kindergartener) we've had 9 teachers at this school. I have enjoyed all of them, as have my kids. The school has been transitioning to the common core curriculum the past year, which I think they've struggled with, but it's a big change. We also got a new principal last year (2011-2012), Mrs. Miller runs a tight ship. All in all, I like Highland. My kids like Highland. It doesn't offer a lot of other extracurricular activities, but what it does have is done well. I would recommend this school to anyone!
Unless your child is completely normal with no issues whatsoever, do not send them to school here. My son has speech and sensory issues and I am struggling to get the help that he needs because they are unwilling to work with us. Some of the teachers need to learn how to act like human beings and have some compassion towards their students with special needs. Teachers and the principal are almost impossible to get a hold of when you need them, but are more than willing to call every day and tell you how awful your child is being. They have even made me pick him up early for behavior issues, but are dragging their feet on evaluating him for extra help. Worst. School. Ever.
We are very happy with this school and the support it's showing our children. It is academicaly challenging and my kids are always happy about their day. The communication with their teachers has been great and their new principal is very motivated and involved. The only thing I am not crazy about is the nutritional value of the school lunch, but I think that is a given for most schools and it's easier to just pack your own. Overall, we are very happy and excited about the rest of the year!!
This is the worst school i have ever seen in my life! The teachers are rude, disrespectful and down right unprofecional!!! My children are in kindergarden and first grade. they are not learning like they should, but i have no problem teaching my kids! The teaches have gone as far as scraming in my childs faces and sticking them in corners away from the rest of the class so they have no contact with there peers!!!! there undermine me as a parent infront of the class and other parents...they even try to get in to confrintations with me infrom of students..they dont return my call EVER they dont even grade half of my kids work... i hate this school and you'd be smart not to EVER send your kids to this school....i will be doing my best to get my kids out!!!!!!!!!
I do not understand how staff is hired at this school. Do they even do background checks??? I am not at all happy with this school. If you spend some time listening to your child they tell you what the other children do. The teachers do not correct the problem at all. Kids touching other kids privates should not be tolerated!!!!!!!
I love Highland Elementary! My daughter has been in this school for the past 2 years and she's really loving it! She has not missed a day of school, she is eager to wake up every morning and head out on that school bus! Her teachers are so sweet and generous, I volunteer twice a week so I see what goes on and I am VERY happy with the way they teach the kids. They're stern when they need to be and loving when they need to be. My daughter reads and writes way beyond her grade level and I know its because of her teachers. I am not looking forward to PCSing as we would miss this school very much! I too, think that the cafeteria is well organized at lunch time :)
My son went to this school for Kindergarten and 1st grade. I am sorry to leave this school! His teachers have been incredible and the office staff is great! Everyone that I have met at this school seems very involved and willing to work with parents who are also involved! My son is an advanced reader and they have taken strides to accomodate his forward momentum in reading and writing even though there is no expectation for T&G students of his age. I love Highland! We are only leaving it because we are PCSing! I highly recommend this school.
After reading the reviews it seems like the easy solution for many of the parents complaining would be to request more communication. I've been there at lunch, yes there are many classes, but supervision is present and the process is well organized. As far as parties and awards, we've always been well informed...as long as you read your child's agenda and check her homework folder. The information is there. Entering this school, we had high expectations for our daughter's learning...and we haven't been disappointed. Her teachers have given her tasks at first grade levels when she found K work too easy. My only gripe is that they do not have an accelerated program for students under 3rd grade. Overall it's a great school.
Out of all the schools I have been to- this one is by far the worse school. Even if the school is over populated there is no reason for not returning phone call or answering concerns! I volunteer and I am at the school 3 days a week so I am involved and it is discouraging to see the mess at the school.For all you parents with children there please know that during lunch time in the 2007-2008 school year your child eats with 11 OTHER classes with only 2-4 (at most on a great day) staff members supervising all the children! There is so much potential if you just had the correct staff and communication! Now I have had one teacher this year that has stood out and is SUPER! If I had not been there I would have never known the stuff I do!
This is our third year here and we enjoy Highland. We have been fortunate to have excellent teachers with whom we communicate. The school has implemented different learning tools to help the population succeed. The Principal is strict, concerned only with the students achievement and safety and I applaud him. Highland is the largest elementary school in the district, as big as a high school.
I would not recommend Highland Elementary to any parent of a disabled child. The principle seemed to be genuinely concerned. He treated our child respectably. Unfortunately I can not say that for many other members of the staff at Highland. Highland never returned phone calls or emails.
This is our first year at this particular school and I am dismayed at our experience so far. We work with our children at home to guarantee their educational success. They have clearly shown us that they do not care, and have added undue stress on our child without hesitation or consern for the student's well being. We have been and will continue to take every effort to correct this within the school for our own child's safety, education, and well being,but I'm beginning to feel our efforts will be in vain due to the lack of cooperation from the school.
I have had children attend Highland since it has opened, but I did not and do not have the same issues that some of the other parents have. I am a parent who is involved in my children's education and I know that it takes the teacher and the parents working together to help the child succeed. Highland made school of Distinction the first 3 years that it was open, despite the student population growing. Yes the classes are larger than the Administration or the teachers would like it to be, but you can not blame that on the school. My children have had very caring teachers who informed me when my children needed extra help in an area. I think Highland is one of the best schools in the area. I want to see how well the other school do we they have over 1100 students.
I have had children at Highland Elementary since it first opened and have not been happy with the progress...it seems to be going down hill every year. The staff is rude....the teachers do not care about the children like they claim. Their solution to a child not learning is blaming it on the child not willing to learn and reataining them year after year. The class size is too big to pay adequate attention to any child falling behind. They do not offer any kind of Tutoring for younger children below 3rd grade....and do not teach at grade level. They have failed to make the No School Left Behind Grade for two years in a row and you can bet that now I have to chance to move my children to a different school.... I am moving them ASAP and giving another school the chance to teach my children what Highland Elementary could not.
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