The Highlands has a good lower school, but a very poor upper school. It has constant change in leadership and very limited resources. It's greatest assset is the families.
This school has really big problems with the administration. Their goals are extremely vague and their lack of direction is portrayed in the loss of teachers and students on a steady basis.
This school is the worst school that my child has ever attended. High tuition and poor facilities with an unintrested student body. The best thing they could do was to intergrate the boys and girls schools to at least try to generate a higher intrest from possible transfer and/or new students.
After many promising improvements in academics and extracirricular activities over the last two years, progress has come to a screeching halt. In fact, all the progress made has been lost through administrations arbitrary decision to completely change class schedules (trying to cram 8 class periods plus formation into a single school day and limiting classes to 35 min. Legionaries have a single goal: recruit for the priesthood or for consecrated men & women. The best interest of the students doesn't even factor into decesions made by the administration. Teachers rank even less than students. Legionaries are as close to a cult as an organization can get and still keep its tax exemption status. After nine years with the school, we will not go back next year.
Academics suffer because there's too much emphasis on religious education. They have a very high student and teacher turnover. 'Regnum Christi' families receive privileged care.
For the money you pay for this school you just do not get what you pay for. The leadership is lacking so much and there is hardly any discipline or no accountability for the students who do break the rules. If you have money your in and they don't want to loose you but if your a good, solid family who can just pay tuition and not give any more to there many fund raisers than your ignored and your opinion does not matter. The formation that they strive for just does not happen either. The two teachers my children had were wonderful but they do have a lot of teacher turn over.
Everything about The higlands school is awesome! From the challenging curriculum to very truly caring teachers, to a very smart and organized principal that has a geniune love for education and the students. We are all like a familly. We all know each other. No doubt about it - this school is hard, and may not be for everyone. Those that graduate from THS will have a foundation for life- and to entry into the best colleges and universities in the country.
Our child has attended the highlands for three years. Preschool was fine, lower school and middle school a major disappointment. Most programs are run by parent volunteers, facilities are below par and tuition is high. Teacher turnover is high-some teachers stay only a year, others have left mid year-very disruptive to the students. Security is lax. Many entrances to the school are not locked. The catholic 'formation' at the school is aimed at convincing children as young as 5 to commit their life to the priesthood or as a servant of God.
We have had 3 children at the Highlands for eight years. We have seen the school go through many changes over the years. We chose the school because of its strong academics and catholic formation. The school's current motto is 'Educating the Leaders of Tomorrow - Today'. The school is struggling with trying to be a 'college prep' shcool educating and developing leaders when it is run more like a 1950's catholic school where students are seen but not heard. The school is well suited for students who have no academic or discipline issues. The aministration is neither qualified nor capable of 'turning around' an at risk student. Discipline is not handled in a consistent manner. The Regnum Christi have little respect for the students. Academics have suffered greatly with teacher turn-over due to conflicts with the headmaster. A great deal of frustration is felt by both parents and teachers.
I have been at The Highlands School for ten years now. Two of my three children have graduated from The Highlands and my youngest will graduate this May. The Highlands School has not only provided my children with the acedemics to go on to great Universities such as The University of Notre Dame and University of Dallas, But more importantly, it has provided them with the human and Spritual formation in which to perservere with integrity! What a joy to see your children live with the great respect for themselves and others. Children at The Highlands School receive more than a great education in Math, Science, and Literature, They learn to live their lives with integrity, leadership and great love for their faith! Imagine what these children will do in the future! The sky is the limit!! My family has truly been blessed to have found a school such as The Highlands.
A very good school. New programs and activities are being added every year. The school is focused on continuous improvement. Drama Club, rugby team, girls softball and soccer teams are being formed and expanded. A great school for academics, athletics, and spiritual/character formation. The students are challenged to incorporate good morals, ethics, and values into their lives. So far, my wife and I have been very pleased with The Highlands School.
The Greatest School that we have experienced. Wonderful Challenging Academics as well as Beautiful Catholic Formation for the Children. Love the Catholic Kids Net, Inc Kids for Jesus Program.
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