Highland High School

  • Highland High School serves 2,734 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.
  • Highland High School placed in the bottom 50% of all schools in California for overall test scores (math proficiency is bottom 50%, and reading proficiency is top 50%) 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 85% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is higher than the California state average of 77%.

School Overview

  • Highland High School's student population of 2,734 students has declined by 8% over five school years.
  • The teacher population of 121 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
School TypeMagnet School
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Total Students2,734 students
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Total Classroom Teachers121 teachers
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School Comparison

  • Highland High School is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 9,584 schools in California (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2016-17 school year.
  • The 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 less than the diversity score at state average of 0.64. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2017-2018 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (CA)
Overall School Rank (16-17)#5401 out of 9584 schools
(Bottom 50%)
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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%
12%
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Hispanic
61%
54%
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Black
16%
5%
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White
15%
23%
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Two or more races
3%
4%
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Diversity Score0.580.64
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Graduation Rate
92%
83%
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Eligible for Free Lunch
56%
53%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
7%
7%
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School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District NameAntelope Valley Union High School District
Source: 2017-2018 (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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