SARC

School Accountability Report Card

Highland's School Accountability Report Card

About the SARC

Every school in California is required by state law to publish a School Accountability Report Card (SARC), by February 1 of each year. The SARC contains information about the condition and performance of each California public school. All data are reported for the 2013-14 school-year, unless otherwise indicated. For more information about SARC requirements, see the California Department of Education (CDE) SARC webpage at www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/sa/. For additional information about this school, please contact the school administration at 661.294.5320.

School Description

For the 2013-14 school year Highlands School is one of 15 elementary schools within the Saugus Union School District. The Saugus Union School District is located in the Santa Clarita Valley which is in northeastern Los Angeles County. The District and Highlands School possess a long tradition of high expectations, excellence and pride. Most of the schools within the District have been recognized as California Distinguished Schools. Highlands achieved this recognition in 1987 and became the very first school in the entire Santa Clarita Valley recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 1989. Highlands has consistently had an API rating well over "800" since the API system was instituted.

Highlands School opened its doors for the first time in September of 1970. Currently Highlands houses approximately 500 students in grades transitional kindergarten through sixth. About 9% of our student population is in "special day classes" covering grades K through 6. Approximately 8% of our students are designated as "English Language Learners." We have also identified approximately 58 of our students as Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) students.

All of Highlands teachers are fully credentialed with their years of teaching experience ranging from 6 years to 34 years. Most of Highlands teachers remain at Highlands for their entire teaching career.

Highlands School has a cohesive team of students teachers, support personnel and parents who make children their priority with the expectation of good results. The open space architecture of the main building encourages teacher collaboration and teamwork in supporting the instructional program. Additionally, our school has many technologically-assisted education opportunities for our students. Every classroom is equipped with a "Smart Board" and teachers used their Smart Board as a manner in which to enhance their educational presentations on a daily basis. Also, our fourth grade students have ap-top like comouters (one/student) as a part of our school's participation in our school district's SWAATEC Grant.

In partnership with our schools community, Highlands School is dedicated to developing and nurturing the whole child through innovative continuous learning. Our school's Parent Faculty Organization has always been supportive of providing our school with school-wide assemblies and field trips that support the regular classroom curriculum.