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Highlands High School

Public | 9-12 | 1719 students

 

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14 reviews of this school


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Posted January 12, 2014

This school is okay,has a amazing STEM program,teachers are nice,staff okay just need to be a bit better but I think overall it a good school, also it safe environment.


Posted April 1, 2009

Highlands overall is a very good school. The problems that arise here are the own students fault. Its drama. Every highschool you attend will have it. The teachers are passionate if you respect them and allow them to teach. The administration is ridiculously unstructured. They dont care, and are very rude to the students. They adress the dress code more which pushes away students rather than being happy that they are present in class to begin with. I enjoy my classes, and I am looking forward to a great senior year.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 23, 2009

The students can have the enthusiasm to do well and contribute all their energy in the organizations, but when one faculty member decides to change the rules and becomes non active , the students follow the instructors attitude. The lack of support from the administration makes it worse. Not having events such as TOP 10 Sr acknowledgment , or class ring ceremony or NHS a part of the graduation ceremony is just outright disappointing to all the students who were driven .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2009

It is a very nice school. The staff is freindly. There are a few problems, but they are usually minor.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 20, 2009

Very poor teching techniques, staff is very rude and student assistance is poor
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 19, 2008

The thing i truley can not stand is that they change every freaking thing. Such as the schedule in my freshman year they decided to have an all freashman lunch then after the semester they changed it ( that is stupid in the first place). Then my sophmore year they decided to put the girls athletic period to fourth period instead of our normal first, and then decided to change it the next year. then of course the infamous A/B schedule, which i love due to my demanding classes, but the rumor going around school is that they are going to change it to an eight period a day schedule after the semester. This is the one i truly hate the most. 45 minutes for a class is enough time to get the role done. What can you truly teach in 45 minutes??? they don't ask anyone's opinions on it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 3, 2008

I am impressed with the staff at Highlands. I do wish that our school board members get involved with special needs for the teachers and students. Not just in sports but in the fine arts. I feel that there is segregation between the departments (athletics/fine arts) for many years, whereas one is favored than the other. They should be equally supported by the school board and administration financially & academeclly. Thats where everybody counts and making our administration accountable, helping our students become strong supporting citizens of San Antonio.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2008

Most of the administrators are good, and only a few are still learning. The principal is a very casual and outgoing woman. She's was very respectable and open to me with or without concerns. Most of the teachers I've experienced or observed are very patient and passionate to the students, yet a few are still learning. The school has a small problem with kids who choose to not go to class, but they have many experimental incentives and consequences that seem to help. I give special kudos to Ms. C.S. (academic dean) for her patience with the kids. Considering this is one of SAISD's largest High Schools, they do a good job overall and offer many educational and athletic choices for their students. Considering no schools can be perfect, I believe that Highlands is above average.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2007

The teachers are wonderful but the administration is not. Their plans change every academic year. Students then must adjust to a new system every year. The administration is not approachable.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 20, 2006

I have wanted to comment for a couple of years the fine, professional, genuinely helpful staff at Highlands. Mr. Delgado has gone above and beyond the call more than once with my son. He is always willing to patiently listen and is fair in all the decisions he has made. My son is an athlete and is a bit mouthy at times. This year he is a senior. Mr Delgado and the academic counselor had a conference with my son and myself in reference to his schedule and the classes that will be important to him the rest of his life. They included the coach and it was decided with their guidance that pre cal is needed. It was something that they did for this student that would have been just as easy to say 'forget it'. They persisted and without forcing him, Educated Him! Thank-you forever for caring!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2006

Highlands is not exactly comparable compared to other high schools. Highlands is a great school if you're wanting an easy diploma. As far as safety is concerned, you constantly have to be on guard.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 25, 2005

The academics are really quite disgraceful. From my experience some teachers simply give work without explaining the ways to do it. The music and ROTC programs are quite exquisite. Maj. (Ret.) Macias is a very capable and informative teacher for the RO, and is very popular amongst his students. Sports wise, Highlands is a joke. Parental involvement outside of ROTC and sports is almost non-existant.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 23, 2005

This is an excellent School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2004

As a teacher at Highlands I have seen a variety of students come into the classroom. Most of them are motivated and interested in learning. Teaching Physics and Chemistry to the students this year has been a great experience for me and I have learned as much about them as much as I have given them to learn about these subjects. I am excited and looking forward to this year as well as next years great students.
—Submitted by a teacher


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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.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 89% in 2011.

445 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

438 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
51%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2011.

422 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2011.

402 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
57%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2011.

406 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
64%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 93% in 2011.

414 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
91%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 95% in 2013.

345 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

338 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

338 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
78%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 98% in 2013.

335 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
96%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students92%
Female94%
Male90%
Black or African American88%
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged91%
Special education55%
Limited English proficient (LEP)71%

Math

All Students77%
Female76%
Male78%
Black or African American65%
Asiann/a
Hispanic78%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged75%
Special education38%
Limited English proficient (LEP)55%

Science

All Students91%
Female91%
Male91%
Black or African American83%
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged89%
Special education56%
Limited English proficient (LEP)65%

Social Studies

All Students94%
Female92%
Male95%
Black or African American96%
Asiann/a
Hispanic94%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged93%
Special education55%
Limited English proficient (LEP)80%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

  • In 2010-2011, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".

About the tests


Texas uses Accountability Ratings to indicate the overall performance of each school and district. The ratings are based on TAKS test results, dropout rates for grades 7 and 8 and school completion rates for grades 9 through 12. Schools and districts rated under standard accountability procedures are designated as Exemplary, Recognized, Academically Acceptable or Academically Unacceptable. Schools and districts rated under alternative education accountability (AEA) procedures are designated as either AEA: Academically Acceptable or AEA: Academically Unacceptable.

Source: Texas Education Agency

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 78% in 2013.

402 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
71%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 97% in 2013.

335 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
n/a
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 85% in 2013.

450 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
77%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

315 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
n/a
English I Reading

The state average for English I Reading was 65% in 2013.

508 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
51%
English I Writing

The state average for English I Writing was 48% in 2013.

497 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
31%
English II Reading

The state average for English II Reading was 78% in 2013.

425 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
28%
English II Writing

The state average for English II Writing was 52% in 2013.

413 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
8%
English III Reading

The state average for English III Reading was 63% in 2013.

21 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Writing

The state average for English III Writing was 42% in 2013.

9 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 86% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
89%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 73% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
World Geography

The state average for World Geography was 75% in 2013.

447 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
61%
World History

The state average for World History was 70% in 2013.

376 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
n/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

Algebra I

All Students64%
Female67%
Male61%
Black or African American54%
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged59%
Special education27%
Not special education68%
Limited English proficient (LEP)56%
Proficient in English65%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant64%
Gifted/talented89%
Non-Gifted63%
Bilingualn/a

Algebra II

All Students71%
Female70%
Male72%
Black or African American71%
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Special education41%
Not special education73%
Limited English proficient (LEP)52%
Proficient in English71%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant71%
Gifted/talented85%
Non-Gifted69%
Bilingualn/a

Biology I

All Students72%
Female72%
Male72%
Black or African American72%
Asiann/a
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Special education32%
Not special education75%
Limited English proficient (LEP)57%
Proficient in English73%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant72%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted69%
Bilingualn/a

Chemistry

All Students62%
Female68%
Male56%
Black or African American55%
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Special education27%
Not special education64%
Limited English proficient (LEP)43%
Proficient in English63%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant62%
Gifted/talented81%
Non-Gifted60%
Bilingualn/a

English I Reading

All Students46%
Female53%
Male41%
Black or African American39%
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Special education10%
Not special education51%
Limited English proficient (LEP)24%
Proficient in English48%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant46%
Gifted/talented89%
Non-Gifted42%
Bilingualn/a

English I Writing

All Students25%
Female29%
Male22%
Black or African American17%
Asiann/a
Hispanic25%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White47%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Not economically disadvantaged37%
Special education4%
Not special education27%
Limited English proficient (LEP)14%
Proficient in English26%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant25%
Gifted/talented73%
Non-Gifted21%
Bilingualn/a

English II Reading

All Students53%
Female56%
Male50%
Black or African American41%
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Special education18%
Not special education57%
Limited English proficient (LEP)13%
Proficient in English55%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant53%
Gifted/talented93%
Non-Gifted50%
Bilingualn/a

English II Writing

All Students24%
Female27%
Male21%
Black or African American13%
Asiann/a
Hispanic25%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White27%
Economically disadvantaged21%
Not economically disadvantaged41%
Special education3%
Not special education26%
Limited English proficient (LEP)8%
Proficient in English25%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant24%
Gifted/talented84%
Non-Gifted20%
Bilingualn/a

English III Reading

All Students43%
Female29%
Male50%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education41%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English42%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant43%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted40%

English III Writing

All Students11%
Femalen/a
Male0%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic13%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged13%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education17%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English11%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant11%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted11%

Geometry

All Students53%
Female50%
Male55%
Black or African American33%
Asiann/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Special education47%
Not special education54%
Limited English proficient (LEP)54%
Proficient in English52%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant53%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted52%
Bilingualn/a

Physics

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

U.S. History

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

World Geography

All Students57%
Female52%
Male62%
Black or African American49%
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Special education18%
Not special education61%
Limited English proficient (LEP)40%
Proficient in English59%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant57%
Gifted/talented97%
Non-Gifted54%
Bilingualn/a

World History

All Students43%
Female39%
Male46%
Black or African American28%
Asiann/a
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Special education30%
Not special education44%
Limited English proficient (LEP)31%
Proficient in English43%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant43%
Gifted/talented86%
Non-Gifted39%
Bilingualn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 89% 52%
Black 8% 13%
White 3% 29%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Asian or Pacific Islander N/A 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 10%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 6%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students College counselor(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
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Arts & music

Music
  • Band
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • LORNA KLOKKENGA
Fax number
  • (210) 337-2567

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • College counselor(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Internet access
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
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3118 Elgin Avenue
San Antonio, TX 78210
Phone: (210) 333-0421

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