Highland High School

664 reviews
  1. Gilbert Unified School District
  2. 9-12
  3. Public
A-
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Readiness
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    B-
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Address
4301 East Guadalupe Rd
Gilbert, AZ 85234
Telephone
(480) 497-3300

Highland High School Rankings

Niche ranks over 14,000 public high schools based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Outcomes

Average Graduation Rate
89%
Average SAT
1180
126 responses
Average ACT
28
115 responses

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
59%
Percent Proficient - Math
69%
AP Enrollment
19%
AP Exam Pass Rate
72%
Advanced Math Enrollment
Average
Poll
How challenging are academics at this school?
  • This school is nationally recognized.
    10%
  • This school is the best in the area.
    71%
  • Probably like most other schools.
    16%
  • This school doesn't challenge anyone.
    2%

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
95%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.59 responses
Poll
86%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.59 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 194 responses
  • spirit weeks and game days
    25%
  • Playing the fight song on the intercom on Fridays
    12%
  • Football Games
    9%
  • Going into Hawk Hall to sing the fight song
    9%
  • Senior Pranks
    9%
  • Relay for Life
    8%
  • Dances
    8%

Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
3,010
Free or Reduced Lunch
1%
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.69 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.69 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.69 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
21:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
$48,541
Teachers in First/Second Year
9.8%
67%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.101 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.101 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.101 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on expenses per student, number of sports offered, and student and parent reviews.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$6,881/ year
National
$11,890
83%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.109 responses
39%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.109 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.109 responses

Reviews

664 reviews
  • Excellent
    145
  • Very Good
    313
  • Average
    178
  • Poor
    21
  • Terrible
    7
Most teachers at Highland have been wonderful! The best teacher I've ever had was my sophomore English teacher who unfortunately switched schools for better pay. She went above and beyond and passionately taught us college-level concepts that helped me significantly in community-college English classes I took. Most math teachers however are either passive-aggressive towards students, thereby discouraging class discussion and negatively affecting what the students learn, or do the bare minimum: pre-printed 15 minute note pages and individual or group homework pages, leaving about 30 min of class time empty. In my AP US History class, students who are excellent in all other classes failed miserably because the teacher, though a thoroughly enjoyable storyteller, taught exclusively through textbook lectures, and the grades got so bad that he stopped testing altogether, began showed documentaries, and curved the final test scores so everyone could pass. The elective class teachers are by far the best. The music and agriculture programs are some of the best in the state, with instructors that keep up and more! Overall, despite some negative teaching trends in the math and history departments, the teachers are very good at what they do at Highland.
  • High School Senior
  • 5 months ago
Excellent music program. Both my younger sister and I are in choir, and she is in band. We have learned more from our instructors than we would have in individual voice lessons, which so much opportunity to perform for adjudicators and contests, as well as go on various out-of-state tours. Highland Choirs are invited every year to sing at Carnegie Hall, and go every few years. Excellent agriculture program. Provides leadership and work skills as well as agricultural knowledge at a level that is understandable, applicable, and really fun! The other trade and elective classes are incredible-- welding, woodworking, auto, fashion and interior design, clay, art, photography, and culinary classes. We also have extremely useful and well-taught computer and film classes, as well as child development and Toy Box.
  • High School Senior
  • 5 months ago
I LOVE my experience I have had at Highland High. I have such a love for the music program that I Am able to be apart of. The experience and opportunities I have been able to be involved in are abnormal for high school orchestras. The orchestra program becomes family, and that "Highland Orchestra Family" started in 7th grade orchestra at Highland Junior. The repertoire we are able to play at the end of the year is astounding; experiences I know I may not have to the opportunity to be apart of. The head of the music program is Bill Bitter, a pure genius in music. A man who has taught at Highland since it opened. We would not be what we are without him. Go Hawks!
  • Senior
  • 2 months ago