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9120 Plano Road
Dallas, TX 75238

(214) 348-3220
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October 30, 2015
We searched and toured many schools in the area of Dallas and chose Highlander to start Kindergarten. We love the small class sizes of 12 children vs. the 22 at the area public schools. We also loved the values they teach children such as being kind to others, saying please and thank you and basically 'raising' polite children as evident in the 6th grade children there. The reading method is great and has been taught there for almost 50 years. They also focus really well on math, on the arts, music and also value recess which is cut short these days in public schools. It feels like a wonderful family home for our child and we are pleased with our choice!

- submitted by a community member

July 27, 2015
Be careful about Highlander. Academics were generally good, but many complained math program was outdated, not adequately preparing students for middle school, including Lake Highlands MS, where many went after 6th grade. If you do not fit the Highlander mold, be ready for a very bumpy ride. Evangelical/fundamentalist teachings abound. Bullying and exclusion are a big problem--not acknowledged by the school. The first teacher my son had was simply awful, the worst teacher any of my three children have ever had. She openly played favorites and was hostile to some kids. She called another child in the class "weird." She made my child feel unwelcome at this new school. Next teacher was the exception--caring, clearly loved what she did. At the school before Highlander, my child would excitedly race from the car into school each morning. For the time at Highlander, it was like a death march each day getting out of the car. Now that my child is at a new school, enthusiasm, love of learning, a large circle of friends, and a smile, all have returned. Highlander has an almost cult like following among some-- great school for them. Otherwise, can be a scary place.

- submitted by a parent

August 29, 2013
Several things should be cause for concern before considering this school. 1) No accreditation process. Teaching is inconsistent and there is no way to ensure any standards -- academic or otherwise. 2) They teach to the middle and cannot teach to children who are different, whether the child is advanced or has any challenges. Forget it if the child needs intellectual stimulation due to high IQ and bored with what the teacher decides to teach or if a child has any social or developmental delays. 3) Bullying is permitted to exist, not only in front of the teacher and other parents but also by a teacher as well. When brought to the administration's attention rather than addressing it, they became defensive. 4) Carden Method is a philosophy but the schools are independently owned and operated. Some may be good but this one is not. Any good teacher at any of the local schools, public and private, will teach what Highlander promotes as a special "Carden Method." Don't get suckered into this trap. For the sake of your child, keep looking.

- submitted by a parent

January 25, 2013
My daughter began Highlander in kindergarten. She graduated from sixth grade at Highlander and has flown through middle school at another, more expensive private school. As she tests, evaluates and compares high schools, the skills she learned at Highlander guide her through all processes. As my son begins his journey through Highlander, I am amazed, again, at his excitement as he bounds from our car each day. Some of my daughter's teachers have retired and although I am sad my son will not benefit from their wisdom, I am pleased to see new, young teachers continuing in their place. Is Highlander perfect for each child? No school is perfect, but I cannot wait to see what Highlander offers my independent, crazy son. The teachers love and believe in the Carden program. If there is a situation or problem, speak directly with the teacher or director and a solution will be found. Parents can volunteer or be as involved as they want. Highlander uses Iowa Testing just as most private schools do, and my daughter's scores were complimented wherever she applied. Highlander students are nurtured to think, explore, study, and be organized.

- submitted by a parent

November 16, 2012
Just ask for the ICEE scores of students here or any other measure of academic success before you enroll a child here. The cirriculum is "alternative" and this school is not accredited. This should serve as a warning flag to all parents. Think of a very, very expensive liberal arts education in college and then looking for a job in todays job market. Be wary of this school. My children were not prepared for any private school when they left Highlander after four years. Tests are directly from study sheets and no applied knowledge seems to be required. This is a feeder school for the local public Junior High and not much else. The teachers have all been there for an extremely long time and do not seem enthused about their jobs. The principal is elderly and very nice but not an effective leader. Don't waste your money and search for an alternative.

- submitted by a parent

September 20, 2012
My child did well at this school. It prepared her for the challenges of The upper grades and equipted her with the skill to succeed. Their were times as a parent I felt challenged to not agree with the methods ,but in the end I used the experience as a lesson. I would recommend this school highly and I would feel good about it.

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June 01, 2012
Highlander is great school with outstanding teachers. The small classes give the students the attention they need to excel. My kids are both testing 5 grades above their actually grade level.

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November 17, 2010
Administration/teacher very cold!! Would not recommend this pre-k program to anyone based on my child's experience. Highlander is not willing to work with "all" young children in this program, so just make sure you ask questions to find out if your child is a good fit for what they offer.

- submitted by a parent

June 22, 2010
I think this is a great school. The reading program, the Carden Method, is excellent. It is a unique way of teaching phonics which begins in pre-school. I understand most of the students are reading at least on a grade level higher than average by the first grade. Same for the Saxon Math program, excellent way to provide a foundation for math success. The teachers are generally great, really care about the children, are teaching at Highlander be cause they love it there. The children get up in front of the class to read memoriized poems, etc. from an early age which gives them confidence in public speaking. The principal and staff are highly approachable and caring. I believe the children come out of this school well-rounded, well-loved and able to go to any other private or advanced curriculum public school programs with ease. Highly recommended.

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February 16, 2009
It is an interesting way of teaching. Do not send your child to this school unless want to have a not well rounded child. Although nurturning, it is very structured and does not focus on the whole child. It is only for parents who take great pride in their children being above grade level but not in actual learning.

- submitted by a parent

February 04, 2009
Highlander prepared me with a curriculam that was above average compared to local public schools and has set me up for my current success in high school.

- submitted by a student

January 26, 2009
We love this school and wouldn't consider going anywhere else. The teachers and staff know every child, and it is a caring, nurturing and safe environment. The curriculum can't be beat either. I am amazed at all the things my children have learned and know that they will go far because of the education they have received at Highlander.

- submitted by a parent

January 27, 2007
The school is okay if you do not mind the fact that they do not allow any parent to give their opinions about their child. They seem to think that they rule your entire lives, not just the school.

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July 20, 2006
As a parent and former teacher I love Highlander for the many aspects of education it provides. The love and support each student receives is wonderful. The Carden Curriculum is fabulous in the way it spirals from PK through 6th grade. PK begins oral recitation with simple nursery rhymes! Come and see why parents who attended Highlander now send their children.

- submitted by a parent

April 10, 2006
The curriculum and atmosphere are fantastic. My 2nd grader reads close to a 5th grade level and my first grader isn't far behind. The teacher, parent and administration involvement is top-notch.

- submitted by a parent

April 21, 2005
This is a great school if you are looking for a small classroom and very structured learning experience. This is not for every child, but it works wonders for the ones who are able to learn within the expectations of the teachers.

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February 24, 2005
I have had at least one child attending Highlander School for the past 12 years. It is an awesome school with very caring and qualified teachers. It has given all 4 of my children a great start to their education and a foundation that they are continuing to build on every day.

- submitted by a parent
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The Highlander Carden School
9120 Plano Road, Dallas, TX  75238
(214) 348-3220
Last modified The Highlander Carden School is a Private school that serves grades PK-6
The Highlander Carden School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 23 reviews. Top