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About Highlands


Academic Excellence and Commitment to the Values of Diversity, Community and Collaboration 



Highlands is an accomplished school that has been honored as:

A National Blue Ribbon School

A California Distinguished School

A 2016 Gold Ribbon School
Our Staff is dedicated to meeting the needs of every student
that passes through our doors
with a high quality, balanced education.

Each year, every student attending Highlands creates a book that is shared during our Young Author's Day celebration. Many former students, teachers and administrators return for this special occasion as guest readers and team leaders.

Young Author’s Day was the focus of our approved 2016 Gold Ribbon Application.


Reading is celebrated with our Accelerated Reader Program which offers every student a chance to be acknowledged while earning awards for reading within their

own unique zone of proximal development.

We challenge each student to read different genres of literature including  fiction,

non-fiction, biographies and news & research articles with the

goal of increasing fluency and comprehension.


Science is celebrated each year with an annual science extravaganza where students demonstrate 21st century skills including collaboration & ingenuity.  Along with the Next Generation Science Standards, curriculum includes many constructs of engineering practices which help to make science instruction more exciting and meaningful to students.

Our staff is excited for our new science lab to begin construction

in 2020 and open for use in the fall of 2021!

An optional science camp is available for our 5th grade students. 


Mathematics is an essential skill that demands students to think critically and collaborate with others. Highlands’ teachers incorporate techniques that are designed

to demonstrate the relevancy of each skill in a student's daily life.

A student's depth of knowledge allows them to understand the world around them and help prepare them for their future. Highlands strives to provide real-world context for each concept being taught and endeavor for student mastery.  


Highlands is proud to partner with the Kennedy Arts Center &

the Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons.

Several of our teachers are working alongside an artist in residency from the Music Center of Los Angeles to bring the Next Generation Science Standards to life through movement and dance! Highlands is one of five schools in our district able to offer this enrichment to our students during the regular school day!

Our Meet the Masters Art program enables students to discover the lives and works of master artists before creating a work of art in the same medium.

We have the ability to work in ceramics and sculpture with the only working kiln in the Saugus Union School District. In addition, students participate in grade level play productions and arts performances that are aligned to the California Standards.

Our after school choir is available for students in grades 3-6 at no cost.
 Students in grades 4-6 have the opportunity to participate in our advanced & beginning concert bands for a minimal fee per year. 

Our school's library offers a collection of over 13,000 items specifically curated toward the reading interests of our students and the informational needs of each grade level.

Library services begin at the Kindergarten level and grade-specific programming is offered to every student on campus.


English Language Learners are given special opportunities to work on developing second language acquisition skills using unique program offerings and a homework club, run by teachers & designed specifically for individual needs.


Our gifted student population is offered a variety of differentiated instructional learning opportunities across all areas of the curriculum.

We are excited to offer after school enrichment for our GATE students which will include coding & robotics as well as the possibility of planning
& creating large scale art installations on our campus. 

SPARK is a research-based physical fitness program that promotes lifelong wellness and healthy living. All students receive a minimum of 100 minutes of instruction each week, emphasizing the age-appropriate developmental skills outlined in the program.


Each classroom is equipped with a cutting-edge Interactive Flat Panel or IFP,

and students have access throughout the course of their day to ChromeBooks. 

Many of our classroom teachers use Google Classroom to assign & collect projects from students. Our teaching staff is constantly updating their technology integration skills in order to keep our students engaged and to increase productivity in the classroom. 
Our campus also hosts two computer labs.

Highlands is the only school in the Saugus Union School District with a unique pod layout that promotes collaboration amongst students and teachers.

Classes work with “Buddy Classes” to increase the feeling of community and allow for connections across all grade levels.  


Highlands Elementary offers many additional supports and programs for our students and their families to participate in including:


Accelerated Reader Coded Library - 13,000 Titles

Positive Behavior Intervention & Support

Adopt a Family

Chalk Festival

Circle of Friends

Choir (no cost)
Beginning & Advanced Concert Band

Community Outreach - Troop Donations

Fall/Winter Carnival

Father-Daughter Dance

The Great Kindness Challenge

Circle of Friends

Meet the Masters Art Program

Mother-Son Events


Rockets - 5th Grade

Science Camp

Science Extravaganza

Student Run Conferences - 6th Grade

Young Author’s Day

After School Homework Club (no cost)
Intervention Services for all Grades