Highlands Elementary

Mission: To provide a quality education by educating every child, every day, whatever it takes!
Vision: To have every child reading on or above grade level.
Highlands Elementary School is located at 131 Sims Drive on the east side of Cedar Hill. The school opened its doors in the fall of 1987 to grades K-4. Since that time the school added a Pre-kindergarten program for 4 year olds, and for the upcoming school year, grade 5, making it a PK-5 campus. Highlands Elementary is also the location of the district’s Dual Language Enrichment Program which is designed to support the development of bilingualism, bi-literacy, and biculturalism for all students, both native Spanish and native English speakers. Enrollment is expected to increase to over 675 during the 2015-2016 school year as more students are enrolled in the Dual Language Enrichment Program and with the addition of grade 5.

Highlands Elementary School, a Title I campus, has a culturally diverse student population. The ethnic demographic distribution of students based on 2014-2015 PEIMS data is as follows: 51% Hispanic, 43% African American, 3% White, and 3% two or more races, or other ethnicities. Of these students, 39% are LEP; 45% Bilingual, 64% are at-risk, 5% qualify for special education services, .5% is identified as gifted and talented, 64% at-risk, and 81% are identified as economically disadvantaged. The mobility rate was 17%, down from 20% in 2013-2014. We are hopeful that the mobility rate and attendance rate of 97% will continue to remain constant during the upcoming school year.

Based on 2014-2015 PEIMS data, the Highlands Elementary School staff mirrors that of its students; 48% Hispanic, 37% African American, and 15% White. Pursuant to the No Child Left Behind Act, 100% of the teaching staff is “highly qualified,” with several teachers holding, or working towards advanced degrees. The average years of teaching experience in 2014-2015 was 8 years. This number is expected to increase with the hiring of several experienced teachers for the 2015-2016 school year.

The blended learning community of Highlands Elementary is comprised of culturally and economically diverse, working class families living in apartments and single family homes. The Highlands Elementary staff realizes the importance of parental and community involvement in the success of our students and our school; therefore, several family events have been planned in partnership with the PTA and All Pro Dads for the upcoming school year.