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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Highland High School is an above average, public school located in Bakersfield, CA. It has 2,220 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 24 to 1. According to state test scores, 21% of students are at least proficient in math and 58% in reading.

Highland High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
58%
Percent Proficient - Math
21%
Average Graduation Rate
90%
Average SAT
1090
218 responses
Average ACT
25
21 responses
AP Enrollment
18%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    C
Median Household Income
$62,340
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,078
National
$949
Median Home Value
$240,900
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
90%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.42 responses
Poll
81%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.42 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 121 responses
Report
  • Spirit week
    13%
  • Field trips for clubs
    11%
  • The second pep rallies
    10%
  • Drama Shows
    9%
  • Bagpipes
    9%
  • FFA
    9%
  • The drum line
    8%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,220
Free or Reduced Lunch
72%
91%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.47 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.47 responses
96%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.47 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
24:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$88,303
Teachers in First/Second Year
4.9%
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.57 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.57 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.57 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$14,163/ year
National
$12,239
84%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.69 responses
39%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.69 responses
55%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.69 responses
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My experience at Highland High School was very wonderful! All the different elective choices I had was great and I loved the fact that the school was very cultural. The teachers established relationships with their students to show that they care about the students' educations. I was in high school from the year 2011 till I graduated in 2015, and I noticed the quality of the food had decreased as I was there, so I would say that what I hope has changed is the quality of the food.
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My favorite aspect of Highland High School is its diversity. There is something comforting in knowing that there are people who look like you and share your struggles attending your school. This is especially important to me because at my first elementary, I was one of the few black children. I was often teased which impacted my self esteem. Luckily, the diversity at Highland allows a sense of peace in knowing you are not alone and grants new opportunities to learn about other cultures and gain world perspectives despite being in a small city in Southern California. Another great aspect of Highland is its fluidity. It is true that teenagers often gather in cliques. Despite this known fact, the friendliness at highland generates an environment of approachable people in which cliques are not often frigid. I believe the clique fluidity and diversity of Highland work together to create an altogether inviting and beneficial learning experience.
On the whole a complacent faculty. Poorly organized. A group of leaders resigned to blame socioeconomics and other convenient excuses for their failure to take an interest in doing anything extra to improve the number of students who graduate to a 4 year college or serious vocational career. A stereotype of disinterested union employees. Counselors restrict hours they are available. Frequent and usual substitute teachers, loose curriculum, and new teachers sometimes without certification, learning to teach at the expense of our children. Lots of leaning on socioeconomic "factors", a tired euphemism, to explain the gross underperformance and average outcomes for its graduates. My next child will be going somewhere else.