2020 has proven that even in isolation, every person makes a difference. Stories abound of anonymous neighbors delivering food, families separated by years reconnecting, and frontline workers who just don’t stop. It has proven that human beings are social organisms and will create and protect community, one person at a time.
Highlands is one such community, launched from 2020 and propeled into 2021, one person at a time.
Diversity. It has never been more important than in a world subjected to a tremendous paradigm shift. Unique ideas fuel creativity, and problem-solving comes from different heads around the table. Diversity drives creativity… drives problem-solving. One different person can bring the idea or momentum to reinvent the future.
Collaboration. A purpose of community is to be better together. We celebrate (rather than tolerate) the outcomes of working together and knowing one another. A Stanford study showed working together instills grit, with participants persisting up to 64% longer with more interest and energy. Civil discourse is anchored by respect for one another.
Leadership. Leadership is intrinsic to every person. It looks different for each individual. When cultivated, it helps define direction. A Highlands colleague used to say, “in middle school, we encourage students to lean into their strengths.” Strengths propel the journey. Each student-leader is empowered to uniquely define their future—one future at a time.
Relationships. A unifying commitment of independent thinkers is being different to improve circumstances. We come together—by whatever means—to help ourselves and one another. One person caring deeply about others protects and amplifies the community. And, one person inviting one more person to learn more is the beginning of a new, special relationship.
One person makes a difference… in our one world... very different from one year ago.
If you know someone who may be interested in Highlands School and the infant through eighth grade, kindergarten through eighth grade, or middle school journey, please contact Trey Adams, Director of Admissions and Enrollment.
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).