Student Support 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. Compromised of our Dean of Students, Guidance Counselor, and Learning Specialist, the Student Services team provides additional academic and social-emotional support for our students and families.
Dean of Students
Our Dean of Students, Gabe McCool, works side-by-side with students to help them succeed. Whether a student needs help navigating academic issues or social-emotional conflicts, our Dean of Students is a resource for students, teachers, and families. She works with families to address any concerns or provide additional support in navigating their student's academic journey.
We believe each student is unique. Our Counselor works with each to student to meet their individual needs. With a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, Lindsey Scoggins has served as a mental health professional and student counselor in various schools across the South. In addition to leading classes for grades 4K-8th grade, she also meets with individual students to counsel them on various social and emotional matters.
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. Our Learning Specialists, Shara Kernan and Jessica Lewis, work with students in Kindergarten through 8th grade who have been identified by the Student Services Team as needing additional support outside of the classroom. They provide intensive, specialized reading and writing instruction (including Orton-Gillingham and Wilson Reading), as well as multisensory math instruction. She works with individuals and small groups based on each learner’s identified needs and strengths.
For students identified as needing support, Shara and Jessica provide instruction, compensatory strategies, assistive technology, and appropriate accommodations. They also teach a course in study skills to sixth graders, which includes organizational skills, time management strategies, note-taking and test-taking skills, and effective ways to study. They also assists Middle School students in developing self-advocacy and goal-setting skills to enhance their ability to work independently upon graduation from Highlands.
Each year, students in 3rd through 8th grade participate in ERB standardized testing. 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