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  • Highlsnd Rocks  
    Elementary School
    700 Highlander Drive
    Riverside, CA 92507
     Donna Dorsey, Principal 
    Joshua Jackson
    Assistant Principal
    School Office:
    (951) 788-7292
    Gates Open: 8:00 a.m.
    Playground Opens: 8:15 a.m.
    Teacher Pick Up: 8:30 a.m.
    Instruction Begins: 8:35 a.m.
    Dismissal: 2:40 p.m.
    HEARTS After School Program
    Daily from 2:40-6:00 p.m.
    (Enrolled K-6th Grade Students) 
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  Kindergarten registration
Transitional Kindergarten
for the
  School Year  
Kindergarten students
will turn five
on or before September 1st.
Transitional Kindergarten (TK) students
will turn five between September 2nd
and December 2nd, 2014. 

Extended Learning Opportunities at Highland!
Extended Learning  
TRANSITIONAL KINDERGARTEN:   Parents whose children who do not meet the age guidelines for regular kindergarten and who turn five years old between September 2 and December 2, 2014 may want to consider our two-year Transitional Kindergarten (TK) program.  During year 1, TK students are grouped together and are provided a developmentally appropriate curriculum to meet the learning needs of our youngest students.  TK students are enrolled in the regular kindergarten program during year 2. 
HIGHLAND STATE PRESCHOOL: Enrolling NOW!  This is a a FREE preschool program for the children of qualifying families.  Please call (951) 352-8290 for criteria and enrollment information.
HEARTS:  The HEARTS program serves students in grades Kindergarten through sixth grade and operates daily between 2:40 and 6:00 p.m. HEARTS students receive an additional hour of language arts and/or mathematics instruction, support for completing homework and assignments, and enrichment activities such as soccer, karate, music, art, cooking, etc. HEARTS enrollment is limited to space available.  

AVID Elementary at Highland!

Highland is an AVID Elementary School!   

Being an AVID Elementary school means the following for Highland Elementary School students:

  • The vision of “college bound” will begin in elementary school.
  • Teachers will teach and utilize research based strategies that support high levels of student learning
  • All Highland students will be expected to demonstrate actions that create a school focused on learning.
  • Students will be exposed to community partnership opportunities.
The last Friday of each month is "College Day" at Highland Elementary School.  On this day, students, staff, and teachers wear the shirt (or colors) of their future college of choice.  If your child does not already own a college shirt,  they can be found for under $10.00 at area stores (Old Navy, Target, Walmart, K-Mart, etc.).
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  • Campus Beautification Day!

    Thank you parents, students, teachers, and staff for coming out on a Saturday morning to dig, plant, sweep, rake, paint, and help us make Highland a beautiful place for learning!

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  • 4/18- Eat Lunch with your Child Day!

    Parents and family are invited to come and have lunch with their child. We eat on a schedule, so please be on time: K/1st eat at 11:15; 2nd/3rd eat at 11:50; 4th/5th eat at 12:25; 6th eats at 12:40

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  • 4/25-Sports Day!

    Sport Your Team Spirit Today! Wear your favorite college team, your favorite professional sports team, or if you play on a team, wear your team shirt today!

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Coming Soon!
A special summer reading program for selected Highland students.
Invitations will be coming home in late April. 
Summer learning program  

3rd-6th Grade Students
begin state testing
April 8~May 16 
(See your child's teacher for
the testing schedule)
Testing begins soon
We are Ready!

Welcome New Highland Hornets!
Here is a list of documents needed for registering your child:
  •  Proof of birth-birth certificate
  • Proof of current immunizations
  • 2 documents verifying address (within 30 days)
  • Proof of physical exam for kindergarten and first grade students
  • IEP for special education students
  • Completed RUSD registration packet
  • Photo identification for parent or legal guardian


FOSS Science  
All fifth and sixth grade students at Highland Elementary School receive FOSS science instruction. The Full Option Science System springs from a philosophy of learning that has guided the development of successful active-learning science curricula for more than 25 years. The FOSS developers are dedicated to the proposition that students learn science best by doing science. 

The activities in the FOSS program are matched to the way students think at different times in their lives. Upper elementary students construct more advanced concepts by classifying, testing, experimenting, and determining cause and effect relationships among objects, organisms, and systems. 

Teachers plan and implement FOSS investigations that provide hands on science instruction which support Highland students as they inquire about the world that we live in through the eyes of a scientist. 

We love volunteers  
Thank you volunteers
for your support of
our children and our school.
Join us on May 21st for a
special celebration just for you!
 volunteer recognition
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