Our student-centered challenging academic environment motivates students to take ownership of their learning, pushing them to evaluate their own strengths and weaknesses in a supportive setting and take risks in pursuit of greater understanding. Struggle and failure are important learning tools and can be found in any classroom on the Highlands campus. In this environment, teachers serve an essential guide, resource and support system for students — challenging them to ask probing questions, test their understanding and link their knowledge to the real world.
We prepare students for life after Highlands through a transformative educational partnership that fosters perseverance and persistence. Our graduates leave with a sense of self that allows them to take responsibility for their academic journey and follow their own moral compass. This process is exemplified through our Portrait of a Highlands Graduate — a leader, a citizen, a pioneer and an individual. A Highlands graduate is ready to take risks, help their neighbor and pursue their passions.
Highlands’ outplacement services support graduates by providing parent information sessions, student discovery experiences, and application support for the variety of opportunities and options that exist after the eighth-grade year. These services include but are not limited to application to a high school admission night, boarding school fair, boarding and day school visits, test prep classes, application writing day, essay review and editing, and mock interviews.
In whatever community our students find themselves, their time as Highlands students provides them with the skills needed to think critically and creatively, collaborate cooperatively with team members and communicate in an impactful way.