Learning Support

Student Services

Our goal is to help support students so that they can achieve their full potential as a student, and as a member of the Highlands Community. The Student Services Department at Highlands School is another example of how we are dedicated to educating the "whole child". This Department:
  • Provides counseling for students and parents having social and/or academic issues.
  • Coordinates standardized testing programing for 4K through 8th grade. This information is used to help our teachers identify and understand our strengths and weaknesses so that we can help all students reach their potential.
         Children's Progress is taken in 4K through 2nd grade.
         ERB's CTP 4 is taken in 3rd through 8th grade.

  • Offers a full time Learning Specialist who serves as a resource to teachers by providing alternative approaches to instruction and supplementing the students' experience by teaching study skills, test-taking strategies, long term planning and organization.
Learning Specialist
Highlands School is committed to meeting and supporting the needs of all of its students. Often, students require additional support, specialized instruction, and/or research-based compensatory strategies to enable them to reach or exceed grade-level expectations. Highlands’s Student Support Team, composed of classroom teachers, the Learning Specialist, and administrators, identify students who may be in need of additional support or specialized services. Our Learning Specialist, Mrs. Shara Kernan, works with students in Kindergarten through 8th grade who have been identified by the Student Support Team as needing additional services outside of the classroom. Mrs. Kernan provides intensive, specialized reading and writing instruction (including Orton-Gillingham and Wilson Reading) and/or multisensory math instruction for individual students and/or small groups based on each learner’s identified needs and strengths. For students identified as needing support, Mrs. Kernan provides instruction, compensatory strategies, assistive technology, and appropriate accommodations. She teaches a course in study skills to sixth graders which includes organizational skills, time management strategies, note-taking skills, test-taking skills, and effective ways to study. She also assists Middle School students in developing self-advocacy and goal-setting skills to enhance their ability to work independently upon graduation from Highlands.
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.