School Details

Highlands Elementary School

2100 Gilpin Avenue, Wilmington, DE 19806
(302) 651-2715
1

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 383 students 17 students/teacher (DE avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

78%
83%
88%
64%
80%
85%

Delaware Student Testing Program (DSTP)

In 2008-2009 Delaware used the Delaware Student Testing Program (DSTP) to test students in reading and math in grades 2 through 10, in writing in grades 3 through 10, and in science and social studies in grades 4, 6, 8 and 11. Only the scores for reading and math in grades 2 through 10, writing in grades 3 though 10, and science in grades 8 and 11 are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The DSTP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2014
  • Red Clay Consolidated School District average
  • Delaware state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

38%
70%
34%
72%

Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS)

In 2013-2014 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
63%
72%
78%
64%
79%
81%

Delaware Student Testing Program (DSTP)

In 2008-2009 Delaware used the Delaware Student Testing Program (DSTP) to test students in reading and math in grades 2 through 10, in writing in grades 3 through 10, and in science and social studies in grades 4, 6, 8 and 11. Only the scores for reading and math in grades 2 through 10, writing in grades 3 though 10, and science in grades 8 and 11 are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The DSTP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2014
  • Red Clay Consolidated School District average
  • Delaware state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

43%
73%
36%
74%
41%
65%

Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS)

In 2013-2014 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
62%
74%
77%
76%
81%
82%

Delaware Student Testing Program (DSTP)

In 2008-2009 Delaware used the Delaware Student Testing Program (DSTP) to test students in reading and math in grades 2 through 10, in writing in grades 3 through 10, and in science and social studies in grades 4, 6, 8 and 11. Only the scores for reading and math in grades 2 through 10, writing in grades 3 though 10, and science in grades 8 and 11 are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The DSTP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2014
  • Red Clay Consolidated School District average
  • Delaware state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

58%
73%
77%
72%
85%
85%
32%
50%
60%

Delaware Student Testing Program (DSTP)

In 2008-2009 Delaware used the Delaware Student Testing Program (DSTP) to test students in reading and math in grades 2 through 10, in writing in grades 3 through 10, and in science and social studies in grades 4, 6, 8 and 11. Only the scores for reading and math in grades 2 through 10, writing in grades 3 though 10, and science in grades 8 and 11 are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The DSTP is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
58%
76%
35%
71%

Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS)

In 2013-2014 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2014
  • Red Clay Consolidated School District average
  • Delaware state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

46%
72%
35%
69%
41%
62%

Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS)

In 2013-2014 Delaware used the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS) to test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 10, in social studies in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The DCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Delaware. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2014
  • Red Clay Consolidated School District average
  • Delaware state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Highlands Elementary School is a public elementary school in Wilmington. The principal of Highlands Elementary School is Farr, Robert, who can be contacted at robert.farr@redclay.k12.de.us. 383 students go to Highlands Elementary School and identify as Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 82% of the 383 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Highlands Elementary School is 17:1. Tower Hill School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Dance
  • Orchestra

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • P.E. classes
  • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 53% 25%
Hispanic 28% 22%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 4%
White, non-Hispanic 17% 48%
Multiracial 1% %
Asian 0.9% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 82% 44%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter completed K-5 here.6 yrs ago I was looking for a walkable urban school with diversity.I fell for the warmth & professionalism of the staff & their level of experience (all of our teachers had MAs often 10+ years exp - AT Highlands).Beyond class my child cultivated interests in music (this teacher=FANTASTIC!!) technology extras like Odyssey of the Mind Girls onthe Run Safety Patrol Lit Circles.Highlands is rated LOW due to high poverty depressing AVG test scores but having poor kids there didn't negatively impact my child.Her grades & social life were great; many peers no bullying. While avg Highlands students struggled her scores (& others') were in line w/those at the best schools.I respect the principal's ability to make a special atmosphere-children sense he values them for what they bring to the table-EVERYONE belongs!I'm pleased my child experienced such a rare environment.TAG was a weak spot-as in all Red Clay Title I schools & our parent org was tiny...but mighty - as evidenced by election of a Highlands PTA mom to school board in 2013.I have confidence in the academic foundation my daughter got & we found lifelong friends and lessons transcending academics!

  • (2 years ago)

    This school positively oozes a warm caring supportive close community feel. The principal is just simply amazing dedicated motivated personal part best friend part positive role model part educator. He knows all the kids by name and gives them high-fives in the hallway each morning. I've been through many schools (public and private) with my 3 kids but my son has never experienced the same sense of belonging. The teachers are also dedicated motivated caring and professional. I guess a great principal attracts great teachers and Highlands teachers tend to stay! The student body is diverse because kids come in all kinds just like real life. With the strong leadership of the principal the strong support team of the faculty and the sense of belonging that Highlands provides everybody is given a great chance to make it at school and in life. Plus a school experience I doubt anybody who went to Highlands will ever forget.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have two children and they transferred to Highlands from Private school. I was wary of this school at first but in almost two years their experiences have been overwhelmingly positve. First the principal is excellent--very committed to the school and the students. The children all like him and he knows them all by name. The school is smaller than some Delaware schools which contributes to a warm intimate environment. My children have had outstanding teachers these past years. Some of the teachers I'd say are just "very good " but all of them are committed to the students and learning. Sometimes the work isn't challenging enough for my children but the school follows Red Clay's standards so maybe the district's standards are not high enough. Overall I am very pleased with my sons' education. Not many discipline issues--none that prevent other students from learning I should say.I haven't seen much bullying at Highlands. I wish there were more field trips and experiences outside the school. And more school plays/concerts The PTA is small but that's only because parental involvement in the PTA stinks.

  • (4 years ago)

    My nieces attend Highlands Elementary and it is a very good school. My only problem is that there are no bus aids and my nieces has complained about being bullied on the bus by the older students. Nonetheless the school is pretty good!

  • (4 years ago)

    My twin grandsons go to Highlands Elementary. It's a great school.

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