About Us

Highlands School was founded in 1958 by educator, civic leader, and philanthropist, Evalina Brown Spencer. And, every bit as important today as it was in the school’s founding years, our school’s culture embraces the living principle that children learn and grow best in a supportive, close-knit community, where each student is inspired and motivated by a successful and meaningful early education experience.
Highlands School is an independent school distinguished by our diverse community and a commitment to academic excellence, creative expression, and leadership development. We prepare and motivate students to thrive and make positive differences in a constantly-changing, global world.

Academic Excellence
Our rigorous, well-rounded, and integrated curriculum encourages and celebrates academic achievement and a love for learning. Teachers challenge every student by matching high academic expectations with individual learning potential.
Whole Child Approach
We focus on the collective physical, social, emotional, creative, and intellectual development of our students. We celebrate and encourage intellectual ability, creativity, problem-solving, critical thinking, health and wellness, character development, and community service.
Leadership Development
Our students are prepared to thrive and make positive differences as future leaders in an ever-changing, global world. We focus on instilling the habits of success in every student and cultivate a school environment that encourages acceptance, appreciation, respect, and tolerance for all citizens of our school and global communities. Students have many opportunities to share their ideas and academic achievements through public speaking at weekly school community meetings.
Character Development
"The Highlands Way" is an integral part of everyday life in the Highlands School community. This positive and proactive approach to teaching students universally- accepted values and ethical behavior has been adopted by Highlands as The Six Pillars of Character. These Pillars have been identified by Michael Josephson, the founder of the Josephson Institute, and they include: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship.   
Highlands School, 4901 Old Leeds Road, Birmingham, AL 35213, (205) 956-9731
Highlands School's 'whole child' approach to education and commitment to academic excellence, creative expression, and leadership development prepare and motivate students in grades 4k through 8 to make a positive difference in an ever-changing world. Located in Birmingham, Alabama, Highlands School holds dual accrediation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Southern Associations of Independent Schools (SAIS).

For more information, visit www.highlandsschool.org.