Process

Highlands School has three primary admission entry points. The Family Center accepts infants (6-weeks), toddlers (1-2 years), and three-year-olds. The Primary Grades accepts students turning 4 and 5 by September 1. The Middle Grades accepts students at grades 5 and 6. All other grade levels function at capacity but accept students on a rolling basis as seats become available.

Family Center

DEADLINE FOR ONLINE APPLICATION:  January 28, 2019**
**Applications after January 28 are admitted on a rolling basis, dependent upon availability and priority in the wait pool.

  1. Your official inquiry date and time stamps your first contact with the school for purposes of priority in the admission process. Inquire on the "Begin Here" form.
  2. Each family should schedule a private tour with the Director of the Family Center and Admissions Office by contacting the Director of Admissions and Enrollment.
  3. Formal online application, with the $75 fee, should be submitted for consideration for available seats. Email the Director of Admissions and Enrollment for login information.
  4. Each family should attend the Winter Open House for updates to curriculum, facility, staffing, and timeline for the admission process.
  5. For older children, other information, such as a teacher recommendation, campus visit, or classroom observation may be requested.

Primary Grades

DEADLINE FOR ONLINE APPLICATION:  November 17, 2018
DEADLINE FOR COMPLETED APPLICATION:  December 7, 2018

  1. Your official inquiry date and time stamps your first contact with the school for purposes of priority in the admission process. Inquire on the "Begin Here" form.
  2. Each new family should schedule a private tour with the Admissions Office by contacting the Director of Admissions and Enrollment.
  3. Formal online application, with the $75 fee, should be submitted for consideration for available seats. Email the Director of Admissions and Enrollment for login information.
  4. Participation in a group screening event is required for all families. A list of Fall opportunities are located on the Admission Dates page.
  5. The teacher recommendation form must be completed and forwarded directly from the recommender (i.e. mail, email, or online form).
  6. Scheduled by appointment, individual screening is conducted on the first Saturday in December for all new students.

Middle Grades

DEADLINE FOR ONLINE APPLICATION:  April 22, 2019
DEADLINE FOR COMPLETED APPLICATION:  May 31, 2019

  1. Your official inquiry date and time stamps your first contact with the school for purposes of priority in the admission process. Inquire on the "Begin Here" form.
  2. Each new family should schedule a private tour with the Admissions Office by contacting the Director of Admissions and Enrollment.
  3. Formal online application, with the $75 fee, should be submitted for consideration for available seats. Email the Director of Admissions and Enrollment for login information.
  4. Participation in a classroom visit is required for all applicants. The student will be matched with a student ambassador for a full day.
  5. The teacher recommendation form must be completed and forwarded directly from the recommender (i.e. mail, email, or online form).
  6. Applicants should register for the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT). Visit the Admission Dates page for more information.
  7. Ability and placement testing for school ability index, math performance, and world language level is scheduled on a weekday.



Highlands School admits qualified students of any race, color, creed, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, or national and ethnic origin in administration of its admissions and educational policies, or in the extension of commitment to diversity within its student body.


AVAILABLE SEATS (2018-2019)

Available Seats for 2019-2020:
  • Infant:  5 seats
  • Toddler:  2 seats
  • 3K:  2 seats
  • 4K:  21 seats
  • K: 8 seats
  • 1st: 9 seats
  • 2nd1 seat
  • 3rd: 2 seats
  • 4th: 10 seats
  • 5th: 4 seats
  • 6th:  4 seats
  • 7th:  4 seats
  • 8th:  0 seats
Updated August 29, 2018

CHECKLIST

FAMILY CENTER
  • Inquire
  • Tour
  • Apply
  • Open House
PRIMARY GRADES
  • Inquire
  • Tour
  • Apply
  • Teacher recommendation
  • Group screening
  • Individual screening
MIDDLE GRADES
  • Inquire
  • Tour
  • Apply
  • Teacher recommendation
  • Classroom visit
  • SSAT
  • Ability/placement testing
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.