School Details

Highland High School

320 Pancake Hollow Rd, Highland, NY 12528
(845) 691-1020

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 611 students 14 students/teacher (NY avg is 13)

Test Scores by grade


Regents Exams (RE)

In 2011-2012 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English language arts, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, earth science, physics and several foreign languages. The results for English language arts, math, living environment, chemistry, earth science, physics, global history and geography, and US history and government are displayed in GreatSchools profiles. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.
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About this school

Highland High School is a public high school in Lloyd. The principal of Highland High School is MR. PETER HARRIS, whose e-mail is 611 students attend Highland High School and are mostly Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 1% of the Highland High School students have "limited English proficiency." 44% of the 611 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Highland High School is 14:1. New Paltz Senior High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish


  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 9% 6%
White, non-Hispanic 76% 83%
Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 3%
Asian 4% %
Hispanic 10% 8%
Multiracial 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 44% 39%
Limited English proficiency 1% 1%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    this school has gone to the dogs in the last 3 years the administration and faculty are to self centered

  • (3 years ago)

    Highland isn't as bad as people think it is. There are some outstanding teachers in the science department and math department. The french teacher is great. The chemistry teacher is also amazing. There aren't as many AP courses or electives as I had hoped though. The guidance counselors for the upperclassmen aren't as helpful either. However it is not a bad school whatsoever. You can easily communicate with the teachers and ask them for help. The student body is also very excepting and friendly. The problem with the school is that it doesn't have enough money in order for the students to have many options and opportunities. If the district did have this money then things like block schedules more A.P. classes more teachers etc. The after school problem is great too. There are a fair number of clubs that are great to join and participate in. The community is also friendly. The new york state test scores for this school are also good. They beat a lot of the neighboring schools. I was able to get top scores on my regents exams which clearly indicates that the teachers are doing their job well. Sure the school could improve but I firmly believe that it is a good school.

  • (7 years ago)

    While I do agree there are some teachers in Highland that are weak there are people in every job that are weak. The fact of the matter is it is the administration's job to evaluate all teachers before they are granted tenure. It seems to me that the 'blame' for such teachers should fall on the administrators that evaluated them. However this district has no direction messed up priorities (athletics before academics). These are all indicative of poor leadership on the board and in the various offices of the district. Congratulations Supintendent and BOE president you've successfully ruined the district.

  • (7 years ago)

    There exists several teachers that all types of students do not want to have because the students do want to learn.... and it has been that way for years ... and the poor teachers are still there. They need to have re-training a mentor team teaching or just plain fire those teachers. Everyone knows who they are ... the tests scores and the students are not learning and complaining are proof. Guidance Office knows it so many try to switch out of the classes and the principal should know it based on classroom reviews and visits. It is crazy that those teachers are permitted to stay. I don't want to pay their salary with my taxes.

  • (7 years ago)

    I concur with all the parent reviews of this school. Rather than complain I decided to become involved by spending many hours and days on committees to improve block scheduling increase elective and ap classes and investigate why our budget had been defeated. My experience was one of total frustration with our current administration (BOE and Supt) who have no respect for the thoughts and insight of the dedicated teachers parents and students of this district. Unfortunately private school was not an option for us.

  • (7 years ago)

    Ordinarily I don't go out of my way to criticize things in my community especially where my sons go to school. However after doing some research on schools around the state I have realize that this school in particular are going backwards. First of all they eliminated a 'block schedule' where students would have extended classes of about an hour and 15-20 minutes. They have returned to 40 minute periods. Many schools statewide have increased not decreased time students have in the classroom. Most notably Chappaqua which is routinely one of the top schools in the country. Secondly they offer zero electives for my son to take. He's a senior now and his schedule is riddled with study halls because all that is offered are required courses and a few AP/college level courses. A cutting edge district for 1950 not 2007.

  • (7 years ago)

    This school is average at best. The BOE leadership and Supt. are setting the district back 20 years.

  • (7 years ago)

    Truth The number of college level and AP courses are constantly under enrollment review. If it falls below a predetermined number the course will disappear. Truth There are a finite number of electives for students. Therefore many students including freshmen have multiple study halls. Truth The overwhelming majority of students enjoyed the block schedule. The school didn't care what the students wanted and instead changed to the period based schedule. Truth On-line courses are no substitute for real classroom experience. Instead they are a way around having to pay a qualified professional. Truth I have had 2 students pass through this school. My first in 1996-2000. He had a much better experience than my current student who is about to be a Junior. Truth Highland is going backwards...Move to New Paltz.

  • (7 years ago)

    Highland High School is run professionally with outstanding teachers administrators and staff. The school offers students many college AP and honors level courses and has an outstanding music and athletic program. They recently renovated the outdoor track also. Students are motivated by their teachers to preform well and are held to high standards. The district is small so the students so the school added optional on-line course through Marist College to increase the number of courses available for selection in addition to the ones they already have.

  • (7 years ago)

    What was once a proud district located at the top of many local school rankings seems to be mired in an atmosphere of decline and apathy. Recent decisions made in the name of fiscal responsibility have seen the elimination of block scheduling at the high school level as well as college/AP courses because enrollment in those courses was not 'fiscally prudent'. At this point there may be no greater example of a district that is micromanaged by its BOE.

  • (7 years ago)

    My child is in a special education program that is excellent they keep up with state requirement and will graduate with a regents education. Staff is well qualified and involved in the moment

  • (8 years ago)

    There are some excellent dedicated teachers in the school but the energy level of the student body is lethargic and the school does little to motivate or inspire. If you can pick another local school district you should.

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