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The Highlands School5
Posted January 08, 2015
- a parent
My 5th grader just started at The Highlands in the fall. We looked at 4 Catholic schools in Dallas area and ultimately chose The Highlands because they offer 1) a robust 3 season school-sponsored sports program (DPL league) 2) same gender classes starting in 4th grade up through HS (no other co-Ed school in Dallas area offers this!) 3) it's PK - 12 so we don't need to change school and 4) the formation is incredible and true, not staged. No matter how much research you do on schools, checking reviews, conferring with friends/neighbors... You never really know how you're going to like the school until you're there. I am so pleased with The Highlands and feel lucky that we are there. We drive 25 minutes from Dallas to get there and it's worth it.
Our family came to the Highlands almost 9 years ago and our hearts have been engaged ever since. First and foremost is the formation that our whole family has received by being a part of the community not only from the on staff priests and consecrated women but via each staff person to family to individual. We have seen the school maintain a steady overall underlying virtue of charity and truth while offering formation not only for the students but for the whole entire family.
PreK3 last year, starting education with the right foot, the best decision as parents we could had made, our daughther is growing in both areas, academicaly and growing in the love of God. The THS is like a big family and we are happy to be part of it.
My daughter has been attending the school for past 5 years now, and we have had an excellent experience with the school. Not only are they imparting a leading edge education to our daughter, but are also instilling the life values in her to make her an excellent human being. They have high quality educators at every level to guide and mould the young minds into independent thinkers and high achievers.
We are parents of a 4th grade boy and a 2nd grade girl. We love everything about the school. Fee quite low compared to some of the highly reputed schools in Dallas area resulting in high student to teacher ratio. However, the school still manages to train children with good values and education, thanks to the wonderful community spirit amongst parents and teachers.
We have been at The Highlands School for the past 7 years. I am continually impressed with the academics of the school and the compassion and knowledge of their Religious support staff. The principal is passionate about education and the team at THS carries the schools mission of 'always higher'. I could not of found a better school for my children and my family.
This is our second year at THS. I am very impressed with the rigorous academics and commitment to Catholic values. The average class size is 16 to 18 but our son has 12 in his class this year. The individual attention given by his teacher is amazing. She knows each child's learning preference and works hard to help each child succeed. Our first grader is reading at a third grade level thanks to the excellent foundation in phonics provided by his Kindergarten teacher. They read in small groups of 4 to 5 with a teacher. The top readers can practice material above grade level while other students get on grade level reading every day. Math in the lower school is by the Saxon method. In addition to nightly fact sheets, there is a worksheet covering math theory and concepts. Handwriting is taught in the younger grades and helps provide a good foundation for life. I am so impressed by the school's commitment to the building blocks of education. Phonics, math facts and handwriting are mastered by first grade so each year builds so such a wonderful foundation. My son is also taught compassion, respect and love for others. THS is a blessing for my son!
We have been at THS for 6 years. My son's Moral, Academically and Spiritual Formation are the best; As a Catholic School is one of the best in Texas. Thank you to all the Teachers, Priest, Consecrated, Staff and Employees for your dedication, time, effort you give to the school and the Families. God Bless you all.
The Highlands is a near perfect fit for my two high school students. They have undergone a huge transformation in the last few years. Academics are strong and the students are more than ready for college. The formation is incredible and the teachers spend an immense amount of time with students who need help as well as students who are working through AP classes. The Highlands is different, special and worth a look.
We have 3 children at The Highlands School. What is important to us and what we have found in The Highlands is the strong character formation, morals, values and academics. It is a true Catholic school in every sense of the word. The teachers are excellent, the class sizes are small and the academics are rigorous. The Priests and Consecrateds are a constant presence in the hallways. As our senior prepares to graduate and enter this crazy world, we feel confident in her abilities and the strong, God-filled young woman she has become, in large part, due to her formation at The Highlands.