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Our Mission:

At Highland Elementary School, our mission is to provide first best instruction and a safe and productive learning environment in which lifelong learners are developed and contribute to our global and diverse society.

Our Vision:

Our vision is to create a school where students engage in rigorous and standards-aligned instruction that results in high levels of student achievement and the creation of productive and confident learners. 

About Highland

Highland Elementary School is the home of the "High Achieving Hornets!" Highland serves a population of about 860 students in Transitional Kindergarten, grades kindergarten through sixth, two severe/moderate and two mild/moderate special education classrooms, and 45 state preschoolers. Our teaching staff includes 32 certificated teachers, 12 Instructional Assistants, one Speech and Language Pathologist, one Resource Specialist, one School Psychologist and one couselor. Supporting our teaching staff is a Principal, Assistant Principal, office support, custodian, and nutrition services staff.

Highland Elementary is situated in close proximity to the University of California, Riverside (UCR) campus. Because of this proximity, we are are proud to welcome the children of UCR students and faculty who come from all over the world to study or teach at UCR.  Highland Elementary is a community of learners with a rich multicultural heritage that is both embraced and celebrated.

Highland teachers care about students and are committed every student learning at the highest level.  Our teachers are able to meet the needs of all students, including students whose first language is not English, GATE and advanced learners, as well as those students who require additional support and/or interventions. At Highland, every student, teacher, and staff member is focused on and supports our purpose to ensure that our teachers deliver the highest level of instruction and that every Highland students learn at high levels.
Highland is a caring community.  Our students learn how to conduct themselves in a manner that is cooperative and aligns with high levels of student learning.  Highland students ROCK! They are Responsible, On-time/On Task, Competent, and Kind.  Highland students are recognized for making the positive choices that align with and support our focus on high levels of learning for every single Highland student!
Highland Elementary is an AVID school.  This means that our students, teachers, and parents teach and embody a culture of college and work readiness skills that will be necessary for success in the 21st century.  Highland is a school immersed in integrating meaningful technology into instruction and student learning.  Students in Kindergarten through second grade use iPODs to access learning apps that support teacher instruction.  Students in grades 3rd through 6th grade use Chromebooks to access e-books, conduct research, compose written works, and give presentations.  Teachers teach using interactive whiteboards to deliver instruction while engaging students in collaborative learning.
Highland is a community school that represents our community of learners. AmeriCorps/UECC members mentor Highland students.  John W. North High School Education Academy students mentor and work with Highland students. School's First Credit Union supports teachers with school supplies for their classrooms. Riverside City Mayor, Rusty Baily, Councilman Andy Melendrez, and US Congressman, Mark Takano visit and spealk with Highland students. Retired Highland teachers return to support teachers and Highland students. 
Highland offers an after-school HEARTS program for about 100 students each day.  HEARTS extends the day by three hours.  During this time, HEARTS students receive an additional hour of academic instruction with a credentialed teacher, receive homework assistance, and participate in enrichment activities such as soccer, art, theater, cooking, computer applications, and more.

Highland Elementary School: A Premier School of Teaching and Learning Excellence!