Highland High School

Public 8-12

 4301 E Guadalupe Rd
       Gilbert, AZ  85234-7601


(480) 813-0051

District: Gilbert Unified District

SchoolDigger Rank:
60th of 453 Arizona High Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $5,707 Help

Feeder schools for Highland High School:

Elementary:    Carol Rae Ranch Elementary
    Greenfield Elementary School
    Highland Park Elementary
    Superstition Springs Elementary
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Middle:    Highland Junior High School

Student/teacher ratio:  21.9
Number of students:  3,146

Racial breakdown:

White:
70.7%
Hispanic:
18.1%
Two or more races:
4.3%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  5.9%

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Compare Details Highland High School ranks better than 86.8% of high schools in Arizona. It also ranks 3rd among 6 ranked high schools in the Gilbert Unified District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2022 the calculated Average Standard Score was 87.2. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Highland High School has the largest high school student body size in the Gilbert Unified District. Racial makeup is: White (70.7%), Hispanic (18.1%), two or more races (4.3%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 5.9% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Highland High School is 21.9, which is the 2nd best among 6 high schools in the Gilbert Unified District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Highland High School is $5,707, which is the lowest among 6 high schools in the Gilbert Unified District!
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Schooldigger 2022 Rankings:

Highland High School:

SchoolDigger ranks Highland High School 60th of 453 Arizona public high schools. (See Highland High School in the ranking list.)

Gilbert Unified District:

SchoolDigger ranks Gilbert Unified District 96th of 509 Arizona school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Highland High School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked High Schools AZ State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2009 89.79 35th 395 91.1%
2010 89.49 40th 403 90.1%
2011 91.79 31st 397 92.2%
2012 89.64 38th 471 91.9%
2013 85.61 52nd 491 89.4%
2014 87.58 40th 394 89.8%
2015 71.70 44th 261 83.1%
2016 84.22 42nd 406 89.7%
2017 78.55 50th 416 88.0%
2018 66.48 94th 420 77.6%
2019 61.66 72nd 285 74.7%
2021 82.24 79th 509 84.5%
2022 87.20 60th 453 86.8%

Data source: test scores: Arizona Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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by a parent
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Open Quote I am very disappointed with the poor education and the lack of tolerance for diversity in this school. There are many incidences of racism, bigotry and hateful attitudes toward the LGBTQ community which the administration has done the bare minimum to address. The very conservative oppressive atmosphere of this school breeds unacceptable attitudes and behaviors of students that makes it appear we are still living in the 1970s. My son graduated from there, and my daughter has decided to change to a different School district altogether for her last two years of HS because of the very exclusive intolerant views of the majority of the students. If you aren’t Caucasian, conservative and of a Christian faith you will be excluded, ridiculed and not fit in. And I’m some caused verbally abused if not physically abused. I am extremely disappointed in the lack of effort the administration has put into providing education and awareness to enhance tolerance and understanding of diversity. If they put even a tenth of an effort into a cultural diversity awareness program compared to what they do for their sports and music programs, there might actually be some movement in the right direction. For now HHS seems to be a continued breeding ground for allowing and condoning hate and discrimination. Close Quote


by a student
Friday, April 30, 2021

Open Quote This is a great school!!
It is sad that 48 of kids there are below average IQ though. :( Close Quote


by a parent
Sunday, March 18, 2012

Open Quote Great parent involvement, supportive administration and focused faculty and departments. I currently have two children attending Highland and one that graduated two years ago. We have experienced much of what Highland has to offer from sports to music to clubs as well as their focus on academic success. The school is focused on leading the district and being a pioneer in technology. This is a large school and the school population represents the school boundaries with a good mix of different sized homes in different subdivisions. The school has very active boosters supporting over 16 clubs/sports/organizations and it creates an environment where students have opportunities to participate and succeed. I highly recommend Highland High School! Close Quote


by a student
Monday, April 13, 2009

Open Quote the principal is very mean to students and he spend a lot of the funding we need on a new office! Close Quote



Enrollment information for Highland High School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1994 1529 23 20 103 3 n/a n/a 0 1678
1997 2598 39 53 202 11 n/a n/a 0 2903
1998 2743 48 64 194 10 n/a n/a 0 3059
1999 2430 57 61 176 11 n/a n/a 0 2735
2000 2380 63 63 178 6 n/a n/a 0 2690
2001 2365 59 58 172 6 n/a n/a 0 2660
2002 2089 43 71 174 14 n/a n/a 0 2391
2003 2089 43 71 174 14 n/a n/a 0 2391
2004 2044 39 79 172 13 n/a n/a 0 2347
2005 2120 55 89 205 14 n/a n/a 0 2483
2006 2240 55 111 241 15 n/a n/a 0 2662
2007 2348 78 108 291 21 n/a n/a 0 2846
2008 2374 92 132 300 23 n/a n/a 0 2921
2009 2410 102 150 323 21 n/a n/a 0 3006
2010 2402 97 153 301 23 n/a n/a 0 2976
2011 2344 96 162 330 25 3 4 0 2964
2012 2304 94 150 336 22 2 18 0 2926
2013 2333 90 155 351 26 11 21 0 2987
2014 2317 93 162 380 22 11 25 0 3010
2015 2348 88 157 405 20 12 35 0 3065
2016 2369 80 160 430 22 11 36 0 3108
2017 2196 88 146 432 19 11 53 0 2945
2018 2221 88 148 446 17 15 50 0 2985
2019 2221 82 154 447 19 21 68 0 3012
2020 2327 80 151 477 24 25 95 0 3179
2021 2040 44 89 469 19 18 95 0 2774
2022 2224 55 112 569 26 24 136 0 3146

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity
For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Highland High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1994 1678 79.4 21.1 n/a
1997 2903 145.1 20.0 n/a
1998 3059 166.1 18.4 n/a
1999 2735 147.9 18.5 n/a
2000 2690 158.0 17.0 n/a
2001 2660 148.7 17.9 n/a
2002 2391 135.1 17.7 n/a
2003 2391 135.1 17.7 n/a
2004 2347 128.9 18.2 0
2005 2483 137.1 18.1 1
2006 2662 145.3 18.3 7.4
2007 2846 151.4 18.8 8.5
2008 2921 152.1 19.2 9.1
2009 3006 156.5 19.2 12.6
2010 2976 141.0 21.1 13.6
2011 2964 138.5 21.3 16
2012 2926 131.0 22.3 9.8
2013 2987 136.4 21.8 1.2
2014 3010 141.3 21.2 0.9
2015 3065 124.0 24.7 0.4
2016 3108 135.0 23.0 0.5
2017 2945 122.3 24.0 17.3
2018 2985 123.3 24.2 14
2019 3012 147.2 20.4 15
2020 3179 152.6 20.8 14
2021 2774 141.2 19.6 n/a
2022 3146 143.4 21.9 5.9

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch
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Student/Teacher Ratio Highland High School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1994 1678 79.4 21.1 n/a
1997 2903 145.1 20.0 n/a
1998 3059 166.1 18.4 n/a
1999 2735 147.9 18.5 n/a
2000 2690 158.0 17.0 n/a
2001 2660 148.7 17.9 n/a
2002 2391 135.1 17.7 n/a
2003 2391 135.1 17.7 n/a
2004 2347 128.9 18.2 0
2005 2483 137.1 18.1 1
2006 2662 145.3 18.3 7.4
2007 2846 151.4 18.8 8.5
2008 2921 152.1 19.2 9.1
2009 3006 156.5 19.2 12.6
2010 2976 141.0 21.1 13.6
2011 2964 138.5 21.3 16
2012 2926 131.0 22.3 9.8
2013 2987 136.4 21.8 1.2
2014 3010 141.3 21.2 0.9
2015 3065 124.0 24.7 0.4
2016 3108 135.0 23.0 0.5
2017 2945 122.3 24.0 17.3
2018 2985 123.3 24.2 14
2019 3012 147.2 20.4 15
2020 3179 152.6 20.8 14
2021 2774 141.2 19.6 n/a
2022 3146 143.4 21.9 5.9

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio
Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Highland High School

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YearPersonnel Expenditures from Federal FundsNon-Personnel Expenditures from Federal FundsTotal Expenditures from Federal FundsPersonnel Expenditures from State and Local FundsNon-Personnel Expenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $186 (2.4%) $125 (1.6%) $497 (6.5%) $6,089 (79.3%) $1,278 (16.6%) $7,367 (95.9%) $7,678
2020 $100 (1.8%) $138 (2.6%) $340 (6.3%) $4,894 (90.5%) $274 (5.1%) $5,168 (95.6%) $5,407
2021 $121 (1.9%) $172 (2.7%) $415 (6.6%) $5,433 (86.7%) $538 (8.6%) $5,972 (95.3%) $6,265
2022 $85 (1.5%) $36 (0.6%) $206 (3.6%) $5,097 (89.3%) $489 (8.6%) $5,586 (97.9%) $5,707

Data source: Arizona Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Highland High School

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Rankings

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Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Pandemic (2021-2022)
Change (%)
Ranks 72nd of 285 High schoolsRanks 60th of 453 High schools
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Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Pandemic (2020-2021)
Change (%)
Total Students30122774
 7.9%
African American8244
 46.3%
American Indian1919
Asian15489
 42.2%
Hispanic447469
 4.9%
Pacific Islander2118
 14.3%
White22212040
 8.1%
Two or More Races6895
 39.7%




Frequently Asked Questions about Highland High School

In the 2021-22 school year, 3,146 students attended Highland High School.

Highland High School ranks 60th of 453 Arizona high schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

Students at Highland High School are 71% White, 18% Hispanic, 4% Two or more races, 4% Asian, 2% African American.


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