Highlands School believes in the integrity of every child.  Fostering in our students an appreciation of individual differences and an awareness of and openness toward ideas that differ from their own enhances the learning environment for all students.  Highlands School recognizes the importance of preparing students to be leaders of their communities. With changing demographics, instant communication and accessibility to information, and ease of travel, the world is growing smaller and changing rapidly.  To be positive influences in their communities, Highlands’ students must understand and appreciate the backgrounds and experiences of all members of their communities.

We believe that students are better prepared for the future and learn best in an environment that is rich in differing experiences and perspectives.

We believe that a diverse independent school community represents and embraces many cultures and viewpoints. A diverse school celebrates the talents and contributions of all of its members.  Diversity has many dimensions including race, religion, ethnicity, culture, gender and socioeconomic background.

To provide an environment in which diversity enhances the school’s educational mission, Highlands encourages:

  • Awareness and celebration of the diversity in our community
  • Understanding that diversity encompasses more than ethnicity
  • Respect and appreciation of others’ differences
  • A school environment that encourages acceptance, appreciation of, respect for and tolerance of all members of the Highlands community.
To this end, the School strives to:

  • Provide opportunities to educate the school community concerning multicultural issues
  • Maintain open dialogue among all members of its community, focusing on awareness, sensitivity and mutuality
  • Attract a diverse group of faculty and administrators who appreciate the importance of educating children for a multicultural 21st century
  • Create an educational environment and curriculum that supports and enhances diversity by promoting awareness and experience of different cultures, religions and traditions.
  • Offer need-based tuition assistance in order to make a Highlands education affordable to a wide range of qualified students.
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.