School Details

Highlands Elementary School

4141 Harbor Street, Pittsburg, CA 94565
(925) 473-2440
3

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 630 students 19 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

51%
57%
56%
58%
65%
65%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Pittsburg Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

43%
39%
46%
49%
65%
66%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Pittsburg Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

45%
53%
65%
49%
64%
72%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Pittsburg Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

39%
50%
60%
35%
59%
65%
26%
38%
57%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Pittsburg Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Highlands Elementary School is a public elementary school in Pittsburg. The principal of Highlands Elementary School is Julie Blackburn, who can be contacted at jblackburn@pittsburg.k12.ca.us. 630 students go to Highlands Elementary School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Filipino. 36% of the Highlands Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 85% of the 630 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Highlands Elementary School is 19:1. Foothill Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Chorus
  • Computer arts

Languages Taught

  • French

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 7% 7%
Hispanic 59% 53%
Filipino 5% 5%
Multiracial 4% %
Asian 3% 3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 3% 10348%
Black, non-Hispanic 20% 22%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.9% %
Pacific Islander 0.9% 2%
Unspecified 0.5% 9%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 85% 74%
Limited English proficiency 36% 32%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 years ago)

    I have been teaching at Highlands Elementary for 4 months but was a special Ed aide there before earning my teaching credential. I can tell you that the staff have been very friendly and go above and beyond their duty to help each child reach their full potential. The principal truly loves children and expects a caring staff. He is very in tune with the community families teachers and students so that everyone involved can grow and be successful. My daughter attended Highlands and had a great experience. Her teachers gave her the tools that have made her a success in high school.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have had 4 children go through Highlands and they are doing very well. the staff is top notch and I must say the playground behavior is the best in the district. My children have attended other schools in the district since we moved to another neighborhood and we miss Highlands very much.

  • (6 years ago)

    This is a great school. The staff is amazing despite all the obstactles they are faces with. There are so many ooportunites for parents to get involved its just a shame more don't. Volunterring at Highlands is a great opportunity to get involved in your childs education.

  • (8 years ago)

    This school has the hardest working teachers! Not only are they teaching to standards but are trying to make it fun for their students. It is a shame there isn't more parent help. Great School!

  • (9 years ago)

    Although this school has a low level of parental involvement it has great teachers and a fun environment.

  • (10 years ago)

    Students are challenged and there is a lot of parent involvement encouragement. Advanced students aren't always given the opportunity to continue to remain advanced. They are given the chance to attend additional classes but their grades don't always show their skills. If a child can do more than others in his/her class he/she will not be graded on that just on what the class as a whole can do.

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