School Details

Highlands School

545 Pierson Drive, Highlands, NC 28741
(828) 526-2147
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-12 330 students 11 students/teacher (NC avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

23%
47%
47%
43%
49%
45%

End of Grade Tests (EOG)

In 2011-2012 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math, and grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Macon County Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

64%
53%
48%
64%
48%
44%

End of Grade Tests (EOG)

In 2011-2012 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math, and grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Macon County Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

56%
32%
48%
47%
35%
40%
50%
45%
45%

End of Grade Tests (EOG)

In 2011-2012 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math, and grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Macon County Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

76%
31%
39%
69%
46%
46%

End of Grade Tests (EOG)

In 2011-2012 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math, and grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Macon County Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

32%
36%
39%
46%
56%
48%

End of Grade Tests (EOG)

In 2011-2012 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math, and grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Macon County Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

30%
31%
34%
43%
41%
41%
90%
57%
59%

End of Grade Tests (EOG)

In 2011-2012 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math, and grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Macon County Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

62%
36%
36%
63%
43%
46%

End of Class Tests (EOC)

In 2011-2012 North Carolina used End-of-Course (EOC) tests to assess high school students in Algebra I, English I, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Macon County Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Highlands School is a public high school in Highlands. The principal of Highlands School is Mr Brian Jetter, whose e-mail is brian.jetter@macon.k12.nc.us. 330 students go to Highlands School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Multiracial. 46% of the 330 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Highlands School is 11:1. Rabun-Gap Nacoochee School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 83% 82%
Hispanic 16% 13%
Multiracial 0.9% 3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.8% 0.8%
Asian 0.3% 0.6%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0% 0.4%
Black, non-Hispanic 0% 0.8%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.3%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.09%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 46% 67%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    i love this school the teachers are helpful and supportive. its a small school but it is good because one gets more attencion. I will miss it. I made friends that are a lifetime with you no matter hor far one is from another.

  • (2 years ago)

    I went to Highlands School I moved here from FLA. I love the small school system. The teacher and students were bonded along with students with other students.I have children in Highlands School I would not put them in any other school. I know most if not all the teachers.As for the principals anytime I have EVER had a problem they have taken action to fix it.

  • (2 years ago)

    I have been going to Highlands School ever since I was in Kintergarden. And from my experiences in this school I can say that it has been great for me. Everyone one including the facaulty staff and students are so warm and welcoming. And work one on one with you. Sure we've had some unstable teachers (mainly in middle school) does NOT mean our school is bad. Honestly its not just our school that have their flaws. It's every other school. Not everything is perfect. And I'm actually speaking for a lot of other people that go here. Highlands is such a great school and we're honestly like a family here.

  • (4 years ago)

    The principal assistant principal and guidance counselor aren't exactly warm and welcoming. Some teachers genuinely care about the students others seem to just need the job. The guidance counselor can be rude aggressive and lacks many necessary qualities of the job (he doesn't know what he's doing at ALL). Students casually bring up far too many drug and alcohol references even in classes. Staff barely updates students and parents on information that both should know (i.e. important dates funds pictures etc..). Some teachers don't or visibly don;t want to teach their subjects so they hand students textbooks and leave them to it themselves. I feel religion is occasionally thrust into my child's face at least once a week. Students say prejudice comments towards different groups of race or religion in a joking manner. I feel the school tries to mask imperfections instead of fix them.-Not a good environment!

  • (5 years ago)

    I have attented Highlands School since 6th grade so that makes it four years now. Highlands School is not the biggest school we don't have a lot of people etc.. but i'm completely happy with it. It's an enviroment where students and teachers are bonded by more than just the attendance sheet. Yes we recieve a lot of criticism about our principals not doing enough but that doesn't take away from our education. Most teachers here are very strong-willed they help motivate us all to do better. I'm sure there are 'Negativity teachers ' everywhere and that's just how it is. You can not characterize a school because the principals and a few teachers have a bad reputation. I've been here for four years and i've had my ups and my downs and i continue to see Highlands School as a welcoming safe enviroment.

  • (6 years ago)

    Teachers work together and focus on the achievement of all students. Grades are earned at the school not given away. The principal at the school treats the faculty in a fair and professional manner and does his job just fine. All members of the administration are visible in the hallways and in the classroom. So the principal doesn't live in Highlands and doesn't shop at Bryson's many of us on the faculty don't live here either.

  • (6 years ago)

    The previous two reviews (10/08 1/09) that have been written sould more like an assault against the principal not a review of the Highlands School. Highlands School offers small class sizes in a positive environment with minor discipline problems. Highlands School is not a perfect place but great parents AND teachers work together to offer a great education to every student in the system. We are fortunate to live in an area where there are a variety of options for parents and parents that are not pleased with Highlands School should make the choice that is in the best interest of their child.

  • (6 years ago)

    Highlands School is a K-12 school that needs serious help. The administration (esp the Principal) act like they are just doing a 'job' - they aren't concerned about the students - they just want the paycheck. Principals in other schools are seen out in the community active in the community - not traveling back to their home state (Ga) practically every weekend. Time for change or the students will continue to transfer to other schools in the are just like mine did and will continue to do.

  • (6 years ago)

    You parents either send your kids to a different Highlands School or Brigman wrote these reviews. Administration has been consistently weak. Jetter is neither part of the community nor is he motivated to be an active leader for the school. Middle School has not been a strength which is why we continue to lose our kids to Summit homeschooling and RGNS. The relationship teachers build (with students they like) is the best quality of the school but the school is not aggressive in raising the bar in education. The school lacks any real program for exceptional children whether gifted or slow. There is no ESL and the school relies on IF C and Literacy Council to take care of this sector. Highlands and Nantahala remain the red-headed step children of the county. The school could be great but lacks leadership progressive teachers and adequate funding to provide quality education.

  • (6 years ago)

    When I enter the Highlands School I immediately notice how happy the students are. The teachers without exception are engaged and connected with students in learning activities. In addition I frequently see the administrators in hallways and classrooms engaged with students. I can't imagine a better place for studentsf.

  • (6 years ago)

    We have had kids in Highlands school for the past seven yrs. The middle school is their strongest quality point - especially since they've finally removed the Negativity teacher. Too bad it was too late for us. HS still has serious deficit when it comes to the guidance department - even the current head counselor is either aloof of misinformed about too many important things. HS appears to be getting progressively worse each yr - with most of the administration seeming less and less involved each semester. The kids and families are what makes this school !

  • (6 years ago)

    Highlands School is a great community school. The principal and assistant principal strive to increase learning for all students. When I walk in the building I can tell that students and staff are happy to be there and have a sense of belonging.

  • (6 years ago)

    Highlands is a fantastic school with great kids and suppotive staff.

  • (6 years ago)

    The principal and assistant principal are uninvolved and uncaring. They have a 'don't bother me' attitude and are quite rude and unfriendly

  • (6 years ago)

    Middle school teachers are usually hostile to students. Not a happy place.

  • (6 years ago)

    Highlands School is a great school however is lacks in leadership. The principal and guidance office are wasted space. They are out of touch with the school and the community. the teachers are great in the elementary level.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am very disappointed with Highlands School. It lacks energy enthusiasm and passion... It is worksheet after worksheet -- no one is instilling a lifelong love of learning... The principal has no personality and basically is just taking up space. He has done nothing to improve the school nor has be benefitted the school in any way. Someone should look into the number of students that have been pulled out to go to a school 45 minutes away.. charter private and other public schools in the county... then ask why?

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