At Highlands School, students in grades 4 and 5 are prepared academically, socially and emotionally to face the challenges of early adolescence. During these critical years, deeper knowledge is developed across core subject areas including language arts, science, mathematics, and social studies. Social Emotional Learning is also emphasized, as teachers instill the values of responsibility, citizenship, teamwork, leadership, and integrity and help students build the skills needed to apply those values to everyday interactions. Individual attention and caring support help students thrive as they engage an increasingly demanding curriculum and discover their unique gifts.
Program Highlights:
Supportive Environment
Highlands’ teachers are committed to individualized learning. We have the resources and ability to discover how each student learns best, and to tailor our approach to cultivate enduring understanding. For the first time, fourth and fifth graders move into a departmentalized environment, learning from different teachers who are passionate about their unique subject areas. All teachers work together to provide a caring, supportive, and developmentally stimulating atmosphere.
Challenging Academics
It is important for students’ knowledge of core subject areas to be propelled during these important years, paving the way for middle and high school. Our strong focus on reading and writing continues, allowing students to explore a variety of literature and express their own ideas. Students are also challenged to reach new levels in math and science. STEM is an important part of our curriculum, as it enhances critical thinking skills required for success. In small groups, students develop problem-solving skills through hands-on projects.
Arts Emphasis
There is a strong emphasis on art and music programs at Highlands. We believe it is important that every student develops an appreciation for the arts and is able to express themselves creatively. From art history to music, students are inspired by famous artists and develop confidence as they explore the arts for themselves. There are many opportunities for students to perform each year.
World Language
Students will select a world language on which to focus for the rest of their years at Highlands. This Global Learning emphasis is part of our 21st Century Learning initiative. In a highly connected global society, those with foreign language skills have enhanced opportunities. Students can select French, Spanish, or Chinese based on previous study or cultural interest.
Tour Our School
Is your family looking for an exceptional private school in Birmingham, AL? We invite you to schedule a tour to learn more about our 4th and 5th grade programs. Contact us to plan your visit today. We look forward to meeting you!
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).

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