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Highland School

Private | PK-12 | 521 students


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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $245,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,270.

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Posted February 9, 2014

The worst school that I have ever been to !!!!! It's the waste of money, the students focus on what they wear. And the school academics is so poor.

Posted October 5, 2012

I attended the PaulVI vs Highland Girls Varsity Volleyball game this Friday night at PaulVI with my neighbor. I was shocked at the poor sportmanship that was displayed by the Highland team. When I went to pulbic school in western Pennsylvania we were taught to always display good sportmanship. Our schools demanded it. It was part of developing good character. A trait that would last a lifetime. Looking at your websites you claim to prepare your students for college addmission. You state that you are the best. Your young ladies did not show good character on the court. Everytime PaulVI would serve; The Highland Team would yell loudly to distract them. Shame on Highland. PaulVI relied on skill and not on poor sportsmanship and won the game. I was very disappointed in the "ladies" from Highland. Watching Highland warm up, I was impressed and expected more of them. They should honor themselves in displaying good manners on the court. They have a very skilled team.

Posted September 25, 2012

Yes Highland is expensive, but you without a doubt get your moneys worth. The teachers and admins are extremely dedicated to making sure your child is as successful as possible. From a parents point of view it makes me want to go to school again! I know my son enjoys school as much as possible for a teenager. They make the days seem less stressful and long with breaks and a much more relaxed environment than in public school. Food is delievered almost every day from various places like Tropical Smoothie. There are most definitely people who are wealthier than others but it doesn't make much of a difference. There are groups of friends but for the most part everyone knows everyone and they all get along and support each other. It is truly a great school and if you are considering any schools in this area you should pick Highland!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 27, 2012

Highland's evolution over the years has continued to impress me. They've embraced a lot of young teachers who've brought a lot of passion and fresh ideas to the classroom who compliment and work well with the faculty that have been there "forever". Socializing with teachers now, rather than being taught by them, its great to hear them talk about summer programs they attend and their theories on teaching, behavior, etc...that once the bell rings they don't just "clock out"...Having graduated from there, it's been great to see the school's concerted effort to stay engaged with alumni - the way students flocked back to the school for the reunion to see their old teachers, not just their classmates - I think speaks volumes. I think the school really does create a sense of an extended family and accessible support system. Of course the facilities and programs keep growing - I wish they had all of those things when I was there! I paint a pretty rosy program, place or person is without it's faults, but I think they work hard to identify and remedy them. Overall I think the school's a good place with good people and continues to move and grow in a positive direction.

Posted July 25, 2012

We have two children at Highland and have been a part of the school for eleven years. Our children continue to have a wonderful experience at Highland. The individual attention has allowed them to grow academically and emotionally. Highland's community spirit is contagious, you couldn't ask for a better learning environment for your child.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 24, 2012

My family has had a wonderful experience at Highland School. It is a place where teachers, students and parents work together to achieve amazing things. The academic program is perfectly balanced. Children are encouraged and supported in every aspect of school life. Highland's focus on character, leadership and environmental stewardship is also important to our family. We love being part of a school that gives back to the community in so many ways.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 20, 2012

My son just completed his 6th year at Highland. Our experience cannot have been better. The teachers are 100% dedicated to the students, and they provide a perfect balance of academic challenge, nurturing and support when needed, and a well-rounded curriculum that links arts, sports and community service with the academic curriculum. Boys are encouraged and challenged in reading and writing as much as girls are encouraged and challenged in math and science. That doesn't happen everywhere - certainly not in many public schools. Six years ago I dreaded the middle school years - now I am excited my son is entering middle school. The division director has dedicated his life to middle school teaching, and he has hired a complete staff who shares his commitment. Whether your child is a high achiever, or a smart kid with learning differences, or a person who just needs a well-rounded education in a safe, nurturing, yet challenging environment, Highland is the place for you.
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Posted June 25, 2012

What is going on here? Most of the good teachers are now gone. There are only a few left. They are only staying until they can find better jobs. This year, an inexperienced, middle school teacher with a bachelor's degree was chosen as a department chair over an experienced, teacher with a master's degree; a department chair was fired because she spoke her mind; a talented faculty member was fired to make way for a "favorite" to get the job; a headmaster friend was made department chair and the current chair was ousted; titles and bonuses are freely given to the "favorites." It really is a shame that this institution has been allowed to decay and to become one person's kingdom. Send your child somewhere else. This place is full of inbalance, favoritism, nepotism, unfairness and back-stabbing. Did anyone notice the misspelled words in the rating before mine? And this person is defending the academic standards? Too ironic!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 23, 2012

PLEASE READ THE WHOLE RATING! Whoever wrote the coment a few pages is lieing. Highland DOES has a 100% collage rate so I don't know how you think all the people at Highland care about are Field Studies and Sports. This is a well rounded school and I don't know why you think that it is not a collage prep school

Posted June 5, 2011

We have 2 childeren at Highland and could not be happier. After our local public school could not help our son with his dyslexia we found Highland. They teach the Barton program and my son is now a totally different person. He used to cry and hate homework every night was a fight. Now he comes home eager to complete is work and is now reading on grade level. He was over a year behind when he started. While any private school is expensive, we looked at it as an invesment in His future. The teachers are great and really care and more importantly they communticate VERY well with us and let us know any issues they see. If you are not happy with your public school and can afford it Highland is a great option.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 19, 2011

Highland is truly a school that fits some, and not others. I am a Highland graduate (of the high school) and I could not have had a better experience. I was able to take classes and play sports that I would not have had access to in public school. That being said, I had a favorable experience because teachers liked me. There is absolute truth in what others have said - some are chosen above others. In a class of 35 students, AP classes were held and scheduled around a group of 3-4 of us. Everyone else had to deal with the leftovers. It's a good thing we were good kids, because it was an "inmates running the jail" type of situation. I was rarely reprimanded for anything. Others were unfairly targeted for all kinds of dress code or honor violations. This particular instance had nothing to do with financials. For whatever reason, I was liked and so Highland was a great experience and prepared me well for a top tier university. Others who weren't in honors or AP classes weren't held to any sort of standard (or, those who weren't expected to really excel), and thus weren't as prepared. Self-motivated, driven, and academically competitive students tend to be the type that thrive here.

Posted April 16, 2011

My granddaughter has been at Highland for 6 yrs and we are quite impressed with the entire environment. It is a loving, nurturing school where respect is both taught and practiced by all. A family atmosphere is evident by the interaction among all grade levels. Academically, it is demanding and provides a well-rounded education. Mr.Berg and all of his staff accomplish outstanding results in all fields.

Posted January 25, 2011

Before deciding if Highland is right for your chid/children, attend one of the Middle School or High School athletic competitions. If you can stomach the rudeness of the Highland parents as they scream at the refs and athletes, by all means, fill out that application.

Posted July 4, 2010

Highland School has gone above and beyond for my grandchild who has learning disabilities. We are confident that he will learn and grow at this school. It is a perfect environment with the low class size, teachers being aware of each individual students learning styles and a warm, loving, and encouraging environment.

Posted May 28, 2010

Great place for students to learn and grow. Highland has the whole experience - academics, sports, health, and leadership skills. The school learning environment is excellent (clean, safe, secure). The student body respects the school and they have a lot of spirit.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 27, 2009

As a parent with a child entering kindergarten, we reviewed several schools and decided to send him to Highland. We have been so impressed with the Administrators, teachers and Head of School. The administration is very involved, teachers care about each child and the parents all seem to volunteer. I couldn't say enough about the little extras that this school offers, from the class plays, to the public speaking. Thus far, I'm very impressed.
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Posted June 1, 2009

Two students and 14 years, so far, we ve seen the school grow. Highland is well on their way of implementing their strategic plan as can be seen by the massive additions of new academic buildings. Highland s headmaster, Mr. Berg, has a unique perspective to guide Highland through this process. His life s work has been in academics. His experiences at St. Stephen s St. Agnes School and Flint Hill make him supremely qualified to implement the vision of the school. The teachers are, for the most part, excellent. The lower school is excellent, the middle school is making great improvements under their new leadership and the upper school has been remarkable thus far. The sports programs in the upper school are highly competitive within their respective conferences and beyond, teaching the values of goal setting, hard work, and team work which will benefit student athletes the rest of their adult lives.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 1, 2009

There is a wide range of socioeconomic statuses at Highland. We re in the spectrum that relies heavily upon financial aid and our children are not treated any different. Are there very wealthy families? You bet, and fortunately many of them are quite philanthropic as evidenced by the volunteerism, state of the art theatre and new synthetic turf field. The bottom line is that at Highland, the question is not are you going to attend college ? It is, which of the college will you choose to attend ? Is Highland expensive? Yes. Is Highland perfect? Nope, but it s the most well rounded, best, school in the area. Is it for everybody? No. It s for those who choose to place their children s overall educational experience above all else.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 13, 2009

We used to think of Highland as a college preparatory school. We no longer think so. The students get into college but the college graduation rate is more interesting. Sports and field studies (hikes) are the priorities. Academics is dead last no matter how the school advertises to the contrary. Some parents have their heads in the sand and will be surprised when college is a huge challenge for their ill-prepared child. High teacher attrition does not seem to bother the administration. Leadership is extremely poor. Cliques are bad enough in high school; it is ridiculous when the administration plays favorites. Some teachers grade 'creatively' so their pets get the best grades. The Prefect Board is a joke. We have to elect an equal number of boys and girls. Dumb idea! Highland is sinking fast. Too bad the 'brains' in charge do not get it.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 2, 2008

As a parent of two children at Highland I would like to say that I could not be happier. Both faculty and staff have been more than helpful and welcoming. However to comment on the review made by a parent in October. I am not one of the wealthiest parents at Highland and I do not feel as though I or my children have been ignored or pushed aside for someone who is. The faculty and staff does not look at out tax returns to decide who they like better. The bottom line is that Highland is a great school. However, no school can make everyone happy. But if you look at the reviews written here you will find more positive than negative. And if you are looking for a school come visit it if you want to really get a feel for it. Don't just read about it.
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