« Back to compare
/ / School Profile
PK-12
Private
Warrenton, VA
Students enrolled: 521

Contact this school

597 Broadview Avenue
Warrenton, VA 20186

School website
(540) 878-2700
Nearby homes for sale
Map of Highland School address.

Profile Completeness

INTERMEDIATE

Want to improve this school’s profile? You can!

All schools on GreatSchools begin with BASIC completeness, which includes important information like contact details and test scores. It’s up to the school community to take the next steps. As a parent or community member, you can share what you know with other families by writing a review or answering a few questions about what the school offers. As a school leader, you can upload photos, describe school programs, and more with an Official school profile.

The completeness meter moves to INTERMEDIATE, then ADVANCED, and finally HONOR ROLL as you complete the following: 10 or more reviews, at least 1 photo, and 9 program questions parents find helpful.

Want to improve this school's profile?
for Parents
for Schools
 
February 09, 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.

- submitted by a community member
October 05, 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.

- submitted by a community member
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
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 picture...no 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.

- submitted by a community member
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
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
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.

- submitted by a parent
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
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

- submitted by a community member
June 05, 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
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.

- submitted by a community member
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.

- submitted by a community member
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.

- submitted by a community member
July 04, 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.

- submitted by a community member
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
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.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2009
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
no rating June 01, 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
no rating June 01, 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
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
December 02, 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.

- submitted by a parent
November 22, 2008
As a private schools in rural setting, keeping in touch with Highland through sports events and parent meetings is critical. Parents should take advantage of parent/teacher/staff interaction and school networking - offered both day and night (however, finding time to attend, or getting your child transported to and from school, can be a challenge for working parents). Teaches do stay late and promptly communicate with parents about student issues. Using e-mail works in lieu of meeting face to face. Parents can be involved with thier child's school life as much as they want to be. There is much emphasis on helping struggling students in Lower School; and greater emphasis on addressing social needs in Middle School. Academic challenge increases in Upper School to suit most levels. Kids who thrive in a smaller academic settings, and with a range of activities, will enjoy what Highalnd has to offer.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 20, 2008
When we moved to the area we looked for the right school for our oldest child who would enter as a sophmore. Of all the schools, public and private, we felt that Highland offered the most balance. Balance between academics, sports, the arts,social and community. We have been there over 5 years and have gone from the highschool to now our yougest two in the lower school. The school gets better and better every year. The parents, the board and the teachers have a vision and commitment for the school and they will be successful in seeing it through. It is an exciting time for the school. My children love it and I see them growing in a positive direction every day.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2008
Highland's small class sizes and student-teacher ratios initially impressed, but preferential treatment was given to the children of wealthy parents which creates a social class imbalance among the kids. The teachers are not well paid, or well lead which causes large turn-overs. We moved our kids to the public school system and were disappointed to learn that they were behind academically. Bottom line, it's not worth the money!

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2008
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a teacher
August 15, 2008
I came from public school and entered highland my junior and senior year..and i believe highland is a wonderful school and i enjoy going to school everyday and i thank my parents for making me go to highland!!

- submitted by a student
July 31, 2008
Having read the first few negative reviews regarding Highland, I could not disagree more strongly with their arguments. As graduated student from Highland's upper school headed to one of the top universities in the nation, I have nothing but wonderful things to say about the Highland family. Academically, you are among an elite group of scholars who put their courses before all else and the faculty are the most considerate and knowledgeable mentors you could ask for. The opportunties for involvement are endless, from Key Club and Prefect Board to guitar ensemble and theatre scenic design. It is easy to note that Highland excels in sports (with the numerous conference and state champion banners that take up more and more wall space with every season), but if you attend a game you will see not only the talent of the athletes, but the tremendous school spirit that is second to none.

- submitted by a student
July 30, 2008
Highland recruits for sports. Academics are not their main priority, sadly. I don't know about the Lower School, so that could be the great school all the pro-Highland parents make it out to be, but coming from a middle school perspective, this is an awful setting for your child. Some teachers are great. They have a great English teacher, and the language program is phenomenal. In all my other teachers this year, they have been either not so great teachers or just downright mean. I have had one teacher tell me outright that my opinion didn't matter at all, and that I would get an infraction (mini-referral) if I said it again. I've got infractions for 1) putting my foot on a desk 2) saying my opinion 3) taking too long to get off of the gym floor. i'm serious. I've gotten one for each of those things. awful school.

- submitted by a student
July 26, 2008
We have two children at Highland School. We also have another family member in high school and one who has graduated from Highland. We have nothing but praise for our school. The lower school is fantastic! We could not ask for anything more! The amount of individual attention academically and personally is above and beyond. We are excited about our oldest entering middle school and have heard all positive reports from family and other parents and students regarding the high school. I would challenge anyone to find a private school with more parent involvement. This is a family environment. Lastly, the Head of School, Mr. Berg, is so passionate about education it is contagious. His vision for our future, his knowledge of current academic strategies and the improvements he has made in the short time he has been here are moving us in a most positive direction.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2008
Our daughter has blossomed at Highland thanks to the small class sizes and wonderful faculty. The exposure to foreign languages in PK on up, in addition to the academic programs tailored to meet every child's needs are just a couple of the positive attributes at this school. The tuition is well worth the benefits our child receives each day.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2008
Highland is a wonderful match for our child. She has flourished her four years at the school. Highland individualizes the curriculum around her abilities. In her PK and K years the teachers and speech pathologists work closely with her speech. She is now confident speaking at the lower school assemblies. Starting in First grade she was reading well above grade level and they tailored her reading to her level still mindful that certain books were not appropriate for her age. The Highland curriculum is vast even for the elementary age Reading, Writing, Math, Spanish, French, Sports, Music, Computer, Guidance, Library, and Art. The caring teachers communicate often about our child s progress. When we enter the school grounds we are greeted by name. We truly feel like part of the Highland family. Although the tuition strains our budget, we see the benefits as she grows in intellect, self confidence and character.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2008
Positive: Great group of kids go there and the high school has become a great place for a Fauquier teenager to meet and work with ambitious students and learn in an intimate class setting. There has been faculty turnover but with the exception of few I view this as a positive. The sports programs are run and managed extremely well. Negative: Highland will often praise mediocrity instead of pushing the brighter students...for 20k I'd rather have my child getting advanced teaching in the SAT or an AP course that will help him get into a better college. Resources are used on field trips and 'everyone is a winner' outdoors camps that many find mundane. Overall, I think Highland is the best private school in the area and some great kids go there, i just wish they would focus on academics.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2008
It is true that Highland has changed over the last couple of years; however, in almost every case for the better. It's academic program is strong and has a much better reputation. If you need proof just look at the academic indicators -- college placements, governors school placements, national merit finalists, etc. If compared to any of the schools in the area, you will see a more than favorable comparison. The arts program continues to grow and expand -- film, photography, guitar and plays. The Center for the Arts is a great resource too, unlike any other in area. The atheletic programs have maintained their high standard and now have a relationship with Positive Coaching Alliance, a Standford-based outfit which promotes good sportsmanship and teamwork. In my view, the school is on the up and up!

- submitted by a community member
July 25, 2008
We've been at this school for 10 years and through its ups and downs, it is truly on an 'up'! Great Head of School with real vision for the students, faculty and facilities. It is growing in a good way without losing it's 'small school' warmth. Students are happy, self confident and comfortable in a wonderful learning environment. Change is hard for some parents, but recent changes have been truly beneficial for the children. We look forward to spending many more years here!

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 25, 2008
My family has been active in the Highland community for more than 14 years. We are very pleased with the academic and athletic programs, and the safe, nurturing learning environment. We highly recommend Highland without hesitation.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 25, 2008
I strongly disagree with the reviews of Highland that state that the school does not put education first. Because the school is privately run, they can offer the experimental learning programs and field studies. However, Highland has the most National Merit Scholars of ANY high school in the area, public or private. Furthermore, the teachers are among the best in the area and no they are not leaving in droves as one review said. Highland has been the perfect learning environment for my children, my brothers children, (who are both graduates of UVA) and dozens and dozens of families in the Warrenton area.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 25, 2008
I'm quite shocked at the negative comments that I have read about Highland School. I have two children who have flourished here. The whole environment has a community feel. I am very sorry that some families have had negative experiences here but you can find something negative to say about anywhere you go. Our experience has been one of acceptance (we are not upper middle class) and caring. Overall, the teachers and admin have been wonderful to work with and care deeply about the students. The high parental involvement is evident to anyone who is around enough to observe and participate. My family, including my kids, are happy and feel blessed to be a part of this community!

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 25, 2008
Highland School is a great school. I transfered from a public school and the difference in academics helped me tremendously. Highland pushed me to achieve my college dreams.

- submitted by a student
July 24, 2008
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2008
this school has so many problems i cant even begin to list here. the cost is very high. do your son/daughter a favor and let them get a better high school experience at a nearby public school like liberty/fauquier, which are great schools.

- submitted by a community member
May 03, 2008
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2008
this school is not worth 20k a year for a highschool student, but it is the only decent pricvate school in the area. There is a great advisory system, and many teachers are great and most genuinely care for the students. Teacher competence varies however, some are really good, though some can be very biased and even having a distaste at times for teaching, and many teachers soften their classes very much. Student competence also varies greatly because of the schools interest in students, and there is low diversity in the student body, the easy majority are white upper middle class kids. Many students including myself are not challegened enough and are stuck in there easy classes which can be almost impossible to get out of. This whole review is from a highschool freshmen, and this whole review is about the highschool section of the school. not great, but not bad.

- submitted by a student
April 17, 2008
Highland is about trying to impress. Some teachers are great the majority are not. Back talking among teachers, parents, and students runs amok at this school. AP classed fill and your child gets left out. Teachers can be very biased towards students and grade accordingly. There are some genuine folks who try, but the education does not merit the tuition.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2008
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2008
Teachers are great but they are leaving in droves. Administration is concerned with appearances, paperwork and field trips. This is very sad and disappointing. It used to be a really fine place to send my child.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2008
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2007
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
January 01, 2005
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
Need help choosing a school? We can help »

Media Gallery

Media missing

Uh oh! No photos. This frame will look much better when you upload photos »


Nearby homes for sale

     

Last modified: December 15, 2014

Sign up for email updates

Connect with us

Translate this web page

About GreatSchools

Our mission is to help millions of parents get a great education for their kids. GreatSchools.org is an independent nonprofit and the leading national source of school information for families.


GreatSchools.org 1999 Harrison Street, Suite 1100, Oakland, CA 94612

©1998-2014 GreatSchools.org All Rights Reserved. GreatSchools is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization | Ad Choices

Highland School
597 Broadview Avenue, Warrenton, VA  20186
(540) 878-2700
Last modified Highland School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Highland School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 48 reviews. Top