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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    C+
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    C
  7. Administration
    D+
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Highlands School District is a public school district located in Natrona Heights, PA. It has 2,615 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 35% of students are at least proficient in math and 53% in reading.
About Highlands School District...
Address
1500 Pacific Avenue
Natrona Heights, PA 15065
Telephone
(724) 226-2400
Website

Highlands School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
53%
Percent Proficient - Math
35%
Average Graduation Rate
87%
Average SAT
1110
82 responses
Average ACT
27
10 responses

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,615
Free or Reduced Lunch
100%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$70,128
Teachers in First/Second Year
2.2%

Finances

Total Expenses
$39,126,000
Expenses Per Student
$15,404/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    61%
  • Support Services
    35%
  • Other
    4%

Highlands School District Reviews

16 reviews
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Throughout my years within the Highlands School District I have always had a positive experience. I have had many opportunities that have been offered to me to help strengthen, not only my academics, but myself as a person as well. I have had the privilege to be apart of 7 musicals, 5 marching band seasons as either an instrumentalist or the drum major, National Honor Society, the Gifted and Talented Education program, and even great exposure to the AFS exchange program. One thing I have absolutely loved about Highlands is their acceptance of all students--including the exchange students. I have had the opportunity to be a host family for 3 students while at Highlands, and they also support the arts programs. Highlands also offers a wide variety of Advance Placement and College in High School classes, many of which I have had the opportunity to take and receive credit through 4 colleges. If I had to change one thing about Highlands, I'd change the quality of the school lunches.
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I've attended Highlands School District since I was in Kindergarten, and as a senior this year, I can say that I have always had positive experiences at Highlands. I have never had major problems regarding any of the surveyed categories. I feel safe despite a lack of staff-and-security-control over hallway rowdiness, and I know that the middle school also struggles with this problem to date. I would say that discipline is my biggest complaint about Highlands School District, as kids tend to slide by, treating teachers and staff with disrespect in the hallways and classrooms, especially in the cafeteria during lunch periods. Tardiness to class and school in general is also a major problem in the high school. Overall, I've enjoyed my time at Highlands and my entire high school experience. Highlands provides a decent array of athletics and their music department is reputable, with plenty of instrumentally and vocally related ensembles for students to take part in.
I like that my kids teachers care about him and his success! I like that they communicate openly about what is working and what we may need to change. They are very helpful and use the Remind app to keep me informed about homework assignments and other important things going on. They update the grades in PowerSchool often.