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The Highlands Way

"The Highlands Way" is an integral part of everyday life in the Highlands School community.  It is our shared philosophy on campus, which focuses on instilling the habits of success in every student and cultivating a school environment that encourages acceptance, appreciation, and respect for all citizens of our school and global communities. The integral components of The Highlands Way are The Six Pillars of Character, identified by Michael Josephson, the founder of the Josephson Institute, and they include:

  • Trustworthiness
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Fairness
  • Caring
  • Citizenship

This positive and proactive approach teaches students universally accepted values and ethical behavior. 

The Highlands Way in Action

Ms. Bates and her 5th grade students integrate the Highlands Way into their wrap-up meetings every day. At the end of the day, the students gather to discuss ways in which they witnessed their peers exhibiting “The Highlands Way”. Whether it’s using active listening, helping a friend when they fall, or not talking while someone is presenting, each day the students share examples then post them on their classroom wall for everyone to see. 

Our Student Council Secretary and 8th grade leader, Parker, walks his 4K buddy, Emma, to class during morning carpool. The Highlands student body looks to our 8th grade for guidance, leadership, and friendship.