School Superintendent Michael Boskovich said Highland is home to one of the best school districts in Northwest Indiana.
Highland High School was recognized as a 4-Star School, reflecting on its quality course offerings and student performance on state assessments. Boskovich said.
“The school boasts an impressive graduation rate, steadily increasing scores on AP exams and numerous opportunities for students to receive college credit through multiple dual credit courses,” Boskovich said. “The school’s commitment to a 21st century, STEM education has resulted in college and career ready students prepared to compete in our global economy.”
Along with its Project Lead the Way technology engineering curriculum, students now have the opportunity to explore the fast-growing medical field via the school’s biomedical class or become eligible for industry credentialing through its Hire Technology Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics.
Highland Middle School added the sixth graders from the four elementary schools to the middle school, a positive move for the students, enabling the district to better meet their academic needs through a broader curricular offering, including honors math and language arts courses, math lab and reading skills and an exploratory experience via related arts options, Boskovich said.
“The middle school, which earned an A ranking from the state, continues to enhance its curricular offering for seventh and eighth graders seeking high school credit through Algebra, foreign language, and biology,” Boskovich said. “The district’s commitment to the Olweus Bullying Program, instilling in our students the understanding and desire to create bully-free environments, begins in kindergarten and continues through the middle school. It is just one example of Highland’s elementary schools, Johnston, Merkley, Southridge and Warren, continuing to implement and improve programs that meet the academic needs of its increasingly diverse population in buildings utilizing hands-on and minds-on technology.”
The elementary schools exemplify a student-centered focus, from their cluster-grouping classroom structures and intervention programs targeting differentiated instruction and Common Core State Standards aligned-curriculum for all academic levels to their academic and extra-curricular activities, including athletics, robotics, Gold-Star counseling, and award-winning student councils, Boskovich said.