Highlands Sr. High School

1500 Pacific Ave
Natrona Heights, PA 15065
(School attendance zone shown in map)
6/
10
Top 50%
Serving 712 students in grades 9-12, Highlands Sr. High School ranks in the top 50% of all schools in Pennsylvania for overall test scores (math proficiency is top 30%, and reading proficiency is top 30%).
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 50-54% (which is higher than the Pennsylvania state average of 38%). The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is ≥50% (which is lower than the Pennsylvania state average of 55%).
The student:teacher ratio of 17:1 is higher than the Pennsylvania state level of 13:1.
Minority enrollment is 18% of the student body (majority Black), which is lower than the Pennsylvania state average of 37% (majority Black).

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 712 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 17:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 18%
  • : 87% (Btm 50% in PA)
  • : Top 50%
  • : 50-54% (Top 30%)
  • : ≥50% (Btm 50%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), PA Dept. of Education

School Overview

Highlands Sr. High School's student population of 712 students has declined by 7% over five school years.
The teacher population of 43 teachers has declined by 10% over five school years.
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
(offers virtual instruction)
Total Students
712 students
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Gender %
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Total Classroom Teachers
43 teachers
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School Rankings

Highlands Sr. High School ranks within the top 50% of all 2,549 schools in Pennsylvania (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data).
The diversity score of Highlands Sr. High School is 0.32, which is less than the diversity score at state average of 0.57. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
This School
State Level (PA)
#1020 out of 2549 schools
(Top 50%)
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50-54%
38%
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≥50%
55%
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Student : Teacher Ratio
17:1
13:1
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American Indian
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Asian
1%
4%
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Hispanic
2%
14%
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Black
9%
14%
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White
82%
63%
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Hawaiian
n/a
n/a
Two or more races
6%
5%
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All Ethnic Groups
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0.32
This chart display the diversity score of Highlands Sr. High School and the public school average diversity score of Pennsylvania by year, with the latest 2021-22 school year data.
87%
87%
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Eligible for Free Lunch
91%
50%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch (13-14)
9%
5%
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School District Name
Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), PA Dept. of Education

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Highlands Sr. High School's ranking?
Highlands Sr. High School is ranked #1020 out of 2,549 schools, which ranks it among the top 50% of public schools in Pennsylvania.
What percent of students have achieved state testing proficiency in math and reading?
50-54% of students have achieved math proficiency (compared to the 38% PA state average), while ≥50% of students have achieved reading proficiency (compared to the 55% PA state average).
What is the graduation rate of Highlands Sr. High School?
The graduation rate of Highlands Sr. High School is 87%, which is equal to the Pennsylvania state average of 87%.
How many students attend Highlands Sr. High School?
712 students attend Highlands Sr. High School.
What is the racial composition of the student body?
82% of Highlands Sr. High School students are White, 9% of students are Black, 6% of students are Two or more races, 2% of students are Hispanic, and 1% of students are Asian.
What is the student:teacher ratio of Highlands Sr. High School?
Highlands Sr. High School has a student ration of 17:1, which is higher than the Pennsylvania state average of 13:1.
What grades does Highlands Sr. High School offer ?
Highlands Sr. High School offers enrollment in grades 9-12 (offers virtual instruction).
What school district is Highlands Sr. High School part of?
Highlands Sr. High School is part of Highlands SD School District.
In what neighborhood is Highlands Sr. High School located?
Highlands Sr. High School is located in the West Natrona neighborhood of Natrona Heights, PA. There are 1 other public schools located in West Natrona.

School Reviews

5   1/20/2020
I have two kids at the high school. Both are happy with the staff and students at the school. Both are getting an excellent education, and I feel will be ready for any college program they enroll in. Courses, scheduling and extra-curricular activities are outstanding. I love Highlands..
- Posted by Parent - SILVIA
2   10/31/2011
This school will pass a child on the minimalist of knowledge just to get him through and not deal with him. My child is currently being read a story about how to be a great criminal. The bullying situation is out of control, and certain kids are "targeted" as behavior problems and never even have a chance.
- Posted by Parent - hhspa

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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 712 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 17:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 18%
  • : 87% (Btm 50%)
  • : Top 50%
  • : 50-54% (Top 30%)
  • : ≥50% (Btm 50%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), PA Dept. of Education

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