School Details

Highland Elementary

1915 Buffalo Lake Road, Sanford, NC 27330
(919) 499-2200
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 906 students 16 students/teacher (NC avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

61%
49%
61%
63%
50%
60%

End of Grade Tests (EOG)

In 2013-2014 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 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 2014
  • Harnett County Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

54%
44%
54%
64%
45%
56%

End of Grade Tests (EOG)

In 2013-2014 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 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 2014
  • Harnett County Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

57%
48%
56%
59%
45%
54%
73%
58%
64%

End of Grade Tests (EOG)

In 2013-2014 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 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 2014
  • Harnett County Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Highland Elementary is a public elementary school in Sanford. The principal of Highland Elementary is Ms Tina Miller and can be contacted at tmiller@harnett.k12.nc.us. 906 students attend Highland Elementary and identify as Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 42% of the 906 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Highland Elementary is 16:1. Johnsonville Elementary is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 9% 5%
White, non-Hispanic 58% 51%
Black, non-Hispanic 21% 25%
Hispanic 11% 17%
Asian 1.0% 0.5%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.8% 1.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.7% 0.6%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.5% 0.9%
Pacific Islander 0.3% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 42% 59%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    We were hesitant to place our daughter in this school because of the ratings. It is our neighborhood school for the Carolina lakes subdivision. Our daughter was placed in a classroom with a teacher who is certified in gifted education. The advanced children were placed in that class for what I was told. Our daughter loves going to school everyday. I had few concerns and the teacher replied promptly to my emails. I requested a seat change for my daughter because she was distracted by a no so well behaved child and she was moved immediately. My daughter has been encouraged by her teacher to study math daily and vocabulary and my daughter wakes up everyday to practice vocabulary for the upcoming School Bee. She wants to excel because this teacher encourages her. So we are pleased that switching her from a private school to Highland has been a positive experience. I have met many others who love the teachers at Highland. If you are an involved parent in your child's education your child will do great at school. If you rely on the school to do all the work...well anywhere you go you will have the same negative outcome. Give Highland a try.

  • (7 months ago)

    Overall this school could work on their communication skills. The staff members as well as the teachers should stay connected and respectful with the parents. The teachers need to learn that with a kindergartner who is excited about school does not always inform the parents about up an coming events; such as play's holiday affairs. Safety and the well-begin is apart of being in the education field if you are in-charge of children for 8 hours a day teaching is not the only thing we as parents expect from the teachers and staff at Highland Elementary.

  • (7 months ago)

    My daughter started at Highland about 3/4 of the way through her Kindergarten year. When we met with her teacher on her first day she was very good about listening to our concerns and where she stood in Reading and Math. Our daughter continued to excel and loved her class. Forward to 1st grade and she's lucky enough to have Mrs. Dobeck as her teacher. She tailors her interactions with the children based on each child's capabilities. My daughter is reading at a much higher level than most of the other kids so she's let me know that she'd like to send her to a 2nd grade class occasionally to see how she does with their reading and/or vocab. She's encouraged my daughter to continue reading about things that interest her--instead of just what she's instructed to read. As for the school overall it seems to function well. Lots of activities for the kids to involve themselves with. My only complaint and this is probably nationwide is the number of fundraisers that my daughter comes home with. Give it a rest!

  • (1 year ago)

    I am so grateful for this school the Harnett County School District and the state of North Carolina. I've had two children go through Highland. We moved here when my daughter was in second grade. We came from WA where a student had to be at least two years behind to receive any assistance and she had 28 other students in her class. Within her first week at Highland her teacher recognized she was struggling and let us know she was only at a Kindergarten reading level. She was immediately placed in Title 1 and received free after school tutoring. With great tools and a lot of practical homework I am very proud to say my daughter jumped up two full grades in reading and is currently excelling in third grade at Highland. Her teacher is amazing and she only has 15 classmates this year. She still receives Title 1 assistance and is getting ready to start another round of free after school tutoring. I love this school and I know it has changed my daughter's life forever! Her future is bright and it's all thanks to the amazing programs the state offers it's schools.

  • (1 year ago)

    I'll agree that I think it's a real mixed bag over there. My son (8yo) and daughter (5yo) moved in the middle of the year from WA state. My daughter's kindergarten teacher was amazing! Everyone else in the class could read when she got there and she didn't even know all her letter sounds; by the end of the year she was 1st grade ready! My son's teacher was out for almost HALF of his time there. When we called to ask if we could talk to his sub (since in 6 weeks we hadn't received ANY graded work) we were told by the office lady "I'm sure he's learning everything he should be". After more pushing I got her to give my name and number to the "second grade representitive" who called and said she couldn't comment because she wasn't his teacher. We talked to the principle before buying our house since the school had a rating of 3 last year. She was upfront about the schools situation and the rating has increased to a 6 so I think they are on the right track especially given the roll out of the new standard. The front office staff however is almost always rude and unhelpful. After school care is great; she's a no nonsense type but extracurricular activities are lacking.

  • (1 year ago)

    Our son goes to highland and loves it. He is working hard and having fun at the same time. This school is under rated by greatschools.org. The area and school is amazing.

  • (1 year ago)

    Highland had a great summer reading program this year. They had a different act or specials each week and let kids check out books from the library. I even took my 2 and 4 year old along and they got to check out books too ! Had a great time and the younger kids are now familiar with parts of the school.

  • (1 year ago)

    Not happy with this school. Front Desk Ladies are at times rude. Teachers are hard to work with. Principal is focused to hard on keeping a FRONT of a happy and perfect school instead of passing the State Standard. Will not ever recommend this school to anyone I know.

  • (2 years ago)

    My oldest son has been at Highland for 4 years and my middle child just one year. We have had a wonderful experience with Highland. I've heard some of the negative things that people have said but I can only speak from personal experience and the truth is that we have never had any issues. My kids love their teachers. The principal is a little strict but that is not a bad thing considering that the principal before her was a little too relaxed. My oldest son has thrived academically there while my younger child has had a little harder time. We will be moving away this year and I'm very sad to leave.

  • (2 years ago)

    My children have been at this school for the past three years and I am sorry that we will be moving away this year. After reading a number of the reviews posted here many of which shocked me I realized they are all over a year old. Yes the school has some issues what school doesn't. There are good teachers and bad teachers. Just like good students and bad students and good parents bad parents. Highland has a healthy mix of all those and everything in between. Between my three kids over the course of three years (3rd-5th 1st-3rd and a current kindergartener) we've had 9 teachers at this school. I have enjoyed all of them as have my kids. The school has been transitioning to the common core curriculum the past year which I think they've struggled with but it's a big change. We also got a new principal last year (2011-2012) Mrs. Miller runs a tight ship. All in all I like Highland. My kids like Highland. It doesn't offer a lot of other extracurricular activities but what it does have is done well. I would recommend this school to anyone!

  • (3 years ago)

    Unless your child is completely normal with no issues whatsoever do not send them to school here. My son has speech and sensory issues and I am struggling to get the help that he needs because they are unwilling to work with us. Some of the teachers need to learn how to act like human beings and have some compassion towards their students with special needs. Teachers and the principal are almost impossible to get a hold of when you need them but are more than willing to call every day and tell you how awful your child is being. They have even made me pick him up early for behavior issues but are dragging their feet on evaluating him for extra help. Worst. School. Ever.

  • (3 years ago)

    We are very happy with this school and the support it's showing our children. It is academicaly challenging and my kids are always happy about their day. The communication with their teachers has been great and their new principal is very motivated and involved. The only thing I am not crazy about is the nutritional value of the school lunch but I think that is a given for most schools and it's easier to just pack your own. Overall we are very happy and excited about the rest of the year!!

  • (4 years ago)

    This is the worst school i have ever seen in my life! The teachers are rude disrespectful and down right unprofecional!!! My children are in kindergarden and first grade. they are not learning like they should but i have no problem teaching my kids! The teaches have gone as far as scraming in my childs faces and sticking them in corners away from the rest of the class so they have no contact with there peers!!!! there undermine me as a parent infront of the class and other parents...they even try to get in to confrintations with me infrom of students..they dont return my call EVER they dont even grade half of my kids work... i hate this school and you'd be smart not to EVER send your kids to this school....i will be doing my best to get my kids out!!!!!!!!!

  • (4 years ago)

    I do not understand how staff is hired at this school. Do they even do background checks??? I am not at all happy with this school. If you spend some time listening to your child they tell you what the other children do. The teachers do not correct the problem at all. Kids touching other kids privates should not be tolerated!!!!!!!

  • (6 years ago)

    I love Highland Elementary! My daughter has been in this school for the past 2 years and she's really loving it! She has not missed a day of school she is eager to wake up every morning and head out on that school bus! Her teachers are so sweet and generous I volunteer twice a week so I see what goes on and I am VERY happy with the way they teach the kids. They're stern when they need to be and loving when they need to be. My daughter reads and writes way beyond her grade level and I know its because of her teachers. I am not looking forward to PCSing as we would miss this school very much! I too think that the cafeteria is well organized at lunch time )

  • (6 years ago)

    My son went to this school for Kindergarten and 1st grade. I am sorry to leave this school! His teachers have been incredible and the office staff is great! Everyone that I have met at this school seems very involved and willing to work with parents who are also involved! My son is an advanced reader and they have taken strides to accomodate his forward momentum in reading and writing even though there is no expectation for T&G students of his age. I love Highland! We are only leaving it because we are PCSing! I highly recommend this school.

  • (7 years ago)

    After reading the reviews it seems like the easy solution for many of the parents complaining would be to request more communication. I've been there at lunch yes there are many classes but supervision is present and the process is well organized. As far as parties and awards we've always been well informed...as long as you read your child's agenda and check her homework folder. The information is there. Entering this school we had high expectations for our daughter's learning...and we haven't been disappointed. Her teachers have given her tasks at first grade levels when she found K work too easy. My only gripe is that they do not have an accelerated program for students under 3rd grade. Overall it's a great school.

  • (7 years ago)

    Out of all the schools I have been to- this one is by far the worse school. Even if the school is over populated there is no reason for not returning phone call or answering concerns! I volunteer and I am at the school 3 days a week so I am involved and it is discouraging to see the mess at the school.For all you parents with children there please know that during lunch time in the 2007-2008 school year your child eats with 11 OTHER classes with only 2-4 (at most on a great day) staff members supervising all the children! There is so much potential if you just had the correct staff and communication! Now I have had one teacher this year that has stood out and is SUPER! If I had not been there I would have never known the stuff I do!

  • (7 years ago)

    This is our third year here and we enjoy Highland. We have been fortunate to have excellent teachers with whom we communicate. The school has implemented different learning tools to help the population succeed. The Principal is strict concerned only with the students achievement and safety and I applaud him. Highland is the largest elementary school in the district as big as a high school.

  • (7 years ago)

    I would not recommend Highland Elementary to any parent of a disabled child. The principle seemed to be genuinely concerned. He treated our child respectably. Unfortunately I can not say that for many other members of the staff at Highland. Highland never returned phone calls or emails.

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