School Details

Highlands Elementary School

800 W Donegan Ave, Kissimmee, FL 34741
(407) 935-3620
3

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 1018 students 18 students/teacher (FL avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

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Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.
  • This school in 2013
  • Osceola County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

37%
52%
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36%
56%
60%
82%
83%
83%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.
83%
83%
81%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT)

In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.
  • This school in 2013
  • Osceola County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

34%
45%
55%
44%
56%
60%
44%
51%
53%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.
  • This school in 2013
  • Osceola County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Highlands Elementary School is a public elementary school in Kissimmee. The principal of Highlands Elementary School is Ms. Nadia Winston, who can be contacted at winstonn@osceola.k12.fl.us. 1,018 students attend Highlands Elementary School and identify primarily as Hispanic, Multiracial, and Asian/Pacific Islander. 52% of the Highlands Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 81% of the 1,018 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Highlands Elementary School is 18:1. Shady Oaks Private School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Video film production

Sports

  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Swimming
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 74% 56%
Multiracial 6% 3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 2%
Black, non-Hispanic 12% 12%
White, non-Hispanic 11% 27%
Asian 1% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.5%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 81% 72%
Limited English proficiency 52% 18%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    I have to choldren in highlands and i just have to say...very DISORGANIZED for everything!

  • (11 months ago)

    Doesn't help the special ed. students enough. Doesn't offer enough alternatives for them and keeps going on even if they stay behind!

  • (5 years ago)

    my school is there to help the kids grow teaching outside the box

  • (5 years ago)

    Highlands Elementary School Staff and teachers are very polite and the communication amog the teachers and me as a parent can not be any better. They encourage my son to not only meet but exceed goals. Great Job HES.

  • (6 years ago)

    Highlands has gone through alot of great changes.With a new principal and a whole new team there has been great improvement.They all really care about the students and take pride in all of them

  • (6 years ago)

    My daughter currently attend to highlands elemantry Kindergarten I have no regret of her attending to that school she already knows how to read and she really love her teacher.

  • (9 years ago)

    Highlands Elementary is a school where the teachers really care about students. More parent involvement would benefit the school greatly.

  • (9 years ago)

    I feel that the majority of the teachers don't spend enough time with your child to give them the quality of help our children need. It takes them way to long to notice if your child is hurting academically!!!! my child has been a student there four 2 years & now they are just begining to notice he is having difficulty in reading math & other areas when I told them personally lastyear that I saw him struggling even gave them a sphyc assesment & they still haven't gotten him the help he needs. I wish I knew of a better school to put him in I don't know to much about the schools in kissimmee. In n.Y. The education is so different from here!!!!

  • (10 years ago)

    I am completely dissatisfied with this school. The upper grade teachers spend more time assigning than teaching. After a few observations I noticed the lack of teaching within the classroom. The students appear to be 'On their own.' Disorganization on behalf of the administration is also to blame. I believe teachers have to put forth more effort in the classroom.

  • (10 years ago)

    We are not happy with the teacher/student education. Too many students and not enough teachers.

  • (11 years ago)

    My son and stepdaughter have been attending Highlands since kindergarten and my daughter has just enrolled in the pre-k program this year. I am a working mother who is also enrolled in college but I have had the opportunity to spend time in the classroom and also talk with quite a few teachers and staff as well. Courteous polite helpful and always putting the children's needs first. Parent involvement may be lacking but not for lack of trying on the school's part.I can't say enough good things about this school. The only complaint that I have is the disorganization of student pick-up and drop-off. Construction is underway to correct the problem however there needs to be a better plan to incoming and outgoing traffic. The flow of traffic seems to be the problem especially after school. One way in one way out and no left turns would keep the traffic flowing so much better. There are too many cars parked on the side of the street from parents who wish to avoid the traffic jam but are only helping to contribute to the problem.

  • (11 years ago)

    My daughter is currently in the first grade at Highlands and my son will by entering kindergarten next year. I am confident that the school is a safe place (thanks to Officer Fred) and the teachers seem to genuinely care about all their students. There is a lacking in parent involvement though. Volunteerism is very small and its usually the same parents all the time. They need a PTA(O) or some sort of rally for community involvement.

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