Academics/Student Services

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"I should never feel guilty about doing what's best for kids.
I should only feel guilty if I don't."

As a parent and grandparent of children attending Indiana schools, I understand the magnitude of the responsibility we have as educators. I will never take that responsibility lightly. ~~ Dr. M
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The School Town of Highland's primary objective is to provide all our students, K-12, with a challenging and engaging educational experience that will prepare them for post-secondary education/training--to be College and Career Ready--and to be successful contributors in our highly competitive, global economy.  

We continue to offer a Transition Kindergarten class to better prepare those students that might need additional support to be ready to move on to 1st grade. We invest in programs for our middle and high school students who need additional support in a particular content area or course. We now require any student taking an AP course to take the AP exam, better preparing them for the rigor of college and/or career. The number of middle school students taking a foreign language, math or biology class at the high school for credit continues to grow. Our middle school offers Coding in addition to our Gateway technology class. And our high school now offers Project Lead the Way engineering, biomedical and computer science classes, allowing us to introduce students to the 21st+ century fields of medicine, engineering and programming. Beginning in 2017-2018, all K-12 students have iPads and teachers have on-going professional development in instructional technology.

It continues to be an exciting time in the School Town of Highland. The state has high expectations for us -- but we have even higher expectations for ourselves. All courses, K-12, have been aligned to the Indiana Academic College and Career Ready Standards and deconstructed into Learning Targets identifying what our students need to know and be able to do. Those courses are now housed in a curriculum management program (Build Your Own Curriculum) that parents can access to view what their children will be learning--the scope and sequence of each course. 

The School Town of Highland continues on the path of meeting the academic needs of each of our students. We strongly believe that come test time, whether ISTEP+, ECA, WIDA, I-STAR, ACCUPLACER...our students will perform at comparable levels to other Indiana school districts.

Our parent and community support and partnerships are more important than ever. The challenges we face have not been and will not be easy. However, with a common goal -- providing our students, your children with a quality education that meets all their academic needs -- and a united effort, we will be successful in accomplishing what we have set out to do.

Your partner in education,

Sherri L. Mitchell, PhD.