Highlands School District
Welcome to Highlands School District
Located in Southwestern PA, Highlands School District comprises the municipalities of Fawn Township, Harrison Township, Brackenridge Borough and Tarentum Borough. The area is approximately twenty-two square miles with a population of about 25,000. It is located in the northeast corner of Allegheny County along the Allegheny River about 18 miles from Pittsburgh. Route 28 provides easy access to the Greater Pittsburgh area.
The immediate area contains major industries, including three major research and development facilities. The four communities offer a mixture of urban and rural residential areas, and a variety of recreational, educational, shopping, dining, entertainment, and health care facilities. Residents are within commuting distance of major Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania colleges and universities, and a wide selection of business and technical schools.
Highlands firmly believes that our children's futures begin with a strong foundation, built piece by piece at home, in the community, and in our schools. We set goals each year to improve upon programs, educational services and facilities that will help our students build a solid foundation and establish lifelong skills that they can use to continue to grow. Our students are challenged with innovative curriculum, motivating teachers and continually updated classes. Highlands has received high ratings from local, state, and national evaluation programs on both elementary and secondary levels, and has maintained a maximum accreditation rating.
The current enrollment at Highlands is approximately 2,400 students. We have a professional staff of about 225 educators and administrators, and a support staff of nearly 200, including secretaries, aides, food service, custodians/maintenance, security personnel.
We expect our students to be Respectful, Accountable, Motivated and Safe (RAMS) individuals, and only accept behaviors and attitudes reflecting those qualities in the classroom, on the playground, during free time, and while participating in activities.
The administration, teachers and support staff teach students by example what respectful, accountable, motivated and safe behavior looks like in our educational environment. A large portion of this philosophy depends on discipline, policy enforcement and community cooperation.
We believe in our students, and we believe that adopting "RAMS for Life" personal philosophy will result in success after students leave our district and pursue their adult lives. Parents are asked to join us by encouraging these characteristics at home and requiring that their children exhibit positive behavior while at school.