Highland High School

  • Highland High School serves 2,886 students in grades 9-12.
  • The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Math is 19% (which is lower than the California state average of 38%) for the 2016-17 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Reading/Language Arts is 53% (which is higher than the California state average of 48%) for the 2016-17 school year.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 23:1 is equal to the California state level of 23:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 86% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is higher than the California state average of 76%.

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School Overview

  • Highland High School's student population of 2,886 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
  • The teacher population of 125 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Total Students2,886 students
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Total Classroom Teachers125 teachers
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School Comparison

  • Highland High School's student:teacher ratio of 23:1 has decreased from 24:1 over five school years.
  • The diversity score of Highland High School is 0.58, which is more than the diversity score at state average of 0.41. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2016-2017 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (CA)
Overall School Rank#4880 out of 9,595 schools
(Bottom 50%)
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
19%
38%
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Reading / Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
53%
48%
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Student : Teacher Ratio23:123:1
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American Indian
n/a
1%
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Asian
5%
11%
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Hispanic
61%
54%
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Black
17%
6%
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White
14%
24%
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Two or more races
3%
4%
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All Ethnic GroupsThis chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in Highland High School.This chart display the percentage breakdown of public school students of all ethnic groups in CA.
Diversity Score0.580.41
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Graduation Rate
92%
83%
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Eligible for Free Lunch
50%
49%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
10%
9%
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School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District NameAntelope Valley Union High School District
Source: 2016-2017 (latest school year available) NCES, CA Dept. of Education

School Notes

  • Highland High School is located in Palmdale, California and is part of the Antelope Valley Union High School District. It received a California Distinguished School award in 2005.
  • Highland High School was founded in 1989 in response to Palmdale's rapid population growth. Palmdale High School was not large enough to serve the children of the new families moving into the Antelope Valley. Highland High School is now the largest high school under the Antelope Valley Union High School District.
  • The school's website defines its mission as follows:
  • "The mission of Highland High School is to provide an opportunity for all students to be empowered with the knowledge and skills derived from a quality core and elective curriculum; to encourage all students to develop their capacity for critical thought and effective communication in order to function in the jobs available today and in the future; and to become well-informed and productive citizens."
  • Notable alumni: Will Demps, Marcus Demps, Ryan Millar, Shauna Gambill, and Jason Kubel attended Highland High.

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