School Details

Highlands Elementary School

5505 Doncaster Way, Edina, MN 55436
(952) 848-4500
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 552 students 18 students/teacher (MN avg is 16)

Test Scores by grade

91%
90%
72%
84%
78%
57%

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III)

In 2011-2012 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8, and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Edina Public School District average
  • Minnesota state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

92%
89%
71%
76%
75%
54%

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III)

In 2011-2012 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8, and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Edina Public School District average
  • Minnesota state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

78%
75%
60%
87%
86%
64%
77%
78%
60%

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III)

In 2011-2012 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8, and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Edina Public School District average
  • Minnesota state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Highlands Elementary School is a public elementary school in Edina. The principal of Highlands Elementary School is Peter Hodne. 552 students go to Highlands Elementary School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Asian; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 3% of the 552 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Highlands Elementary School is 18:1. Countryside Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 87% 85%
Asian 8% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 7%
Multiracial 3% %
Hispanic 1% 3%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.9% 6%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 3% 6%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    I am the fortunate parent of a kindergartner who is going to this incredible school. My rambunctious daughter is my one-n-only so I don't have anything to compare my experience to -- except the stories and gossip of other parents. In that context I feel so fortunate. The collaborative teaching and collaborative learning environment is so much more than rhetoric. The focus on a "community-based" approach is tangible each and every day. Even though we are in the class of a first year student -- it is clear that the adoption of the base values of the school's culture lives with every professional in the school. Oh yes I may have a gripe here or there. What language is offered and how much the diversity economic sensitivity -- but in the big picture these are minor. This is a great school that works -- and is always striving to be better. I feel blessed that my daughter has the opportunity to cultivate her love of learning here.

  • (1 year ago)

    Highlands is the equivalent to a private school without the tuition. Great leadership and community-oriented culture in the building. Teachers are excellent families are welcoming and kids are thriving. The CP and Discovery programs are both high-achieving. Kids are taught to respect others and work collaboratively and they perform to high expectations. Wonderful wonderful school - I'm so fortunate that my kids get to grow in this environment.

  • (3 years ago)

    Highlands is excellent and we are so lucky to have our children attend this school. Great administration teachers and values!

  • (3 years ago)

    "Defining Excellence" is exactly how to define Highlands. This is a school that sets the bar for all other public schools. It is an example of what is really possible in the public sector if you have the right principal and staff with a vision beyond what is mandated. Hands down better than a lot of private schools which explains the small houses with the hefty price tag. This community "gets it" and in turn so do their children. Edina is prized because only people that reside in Edina attend these schools- making it truly "neighborhood" schools in a small community. Yet they are technically light years ahead of other districts and value creativity. An edible garden with ample exploration and hands on learning outdoors combined with a beuatiful sun filled building/classrooms AMAZING principal and staff with tours given directly from students earn this school an A+!

  • (4 years ago)

    the teachers are so devoted and the principal is soo cool!

  • (5 years ago)

    We did open enrollment this year it has been a wonderful experience for us and our children.

  • (7 years ago)

    Highlans Elementary is as top-notch as they come! The principal teachers & staff are all superb. Together with a strong community of families makes Highlands truly exceptional!

  • (7 years ago)

    Since my son was in Kindergarten I've been jealous- I wish I'd been able to attend such a wonderful school. Principal Peter Hodne is beloved (and rightfully so) by parents teachers and students alike. The teachers are energetic and dedicated- their love of teaching just shines through every day. The level of parent involvement is phenomenal with volunteers daily in a number of subjects. But perhaps most impressive the kids are taught to be kind caring and respectful. Bullying is simply not tolerated. Instead the older kids look out for the younger ones. I feel so lucky to have been able to have been involved with Highlands for the past 5 years- and am glad that I have five more years ahead of me with my daughter.

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