Highlands Elementary

Public K-5

 2320 Newport St.
       San Mateo, CA  94402-3838


 (650) 312-7544

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District: San Mateo-Foster City

SchoolDigger Rank:
999th of 5,662 California Elementary Schools


Student/teacher ratio:  24.3
Number of students:  585

Immunizations:

Fully immunized:
≥98.0%
Measles:
≥98.0%
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Racial breakdown:

White:
37.8%
Hispanic:
27.0%
Asian:
21.2%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  18.8%

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We updated the 2017-18 rankings and test scores for this school on Wednesday, September 26, 2018.


Performance Trends
Compare Details In 2018, Highlands Elementary ranked better than 82.4% of elementary schools in California. It also ranked 7th among 16 ranked elementary schools in the San Mateo-Foster City School District. (See more...)
Compare Details In 2018 the calculated Average Standard Score was 82.62. (See more...)
Student Body
Compare Details Student population at Highlands Elementary is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (37.8%), Hispanic (27%), Asian (21.2%). (See more...)
Compare Details 18.8% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Highlands Elementary is 24.3, which is the 8th best among 16 elementary schools in the San Mateo-Foster City School District. (See more...)
Compare Highlands Elementary employs 24 full-time teachers.
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Schooldigger 2018 Rankings:

Highlands Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Highlands Elementary 999th of 5662 California public elementary schools. (See Highlands Elementary in the ranking list.)

San Mateo-Foster City:

SchoolDigger ranks San Mateo-Foster City 221st of 856 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Highlands Elementary

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 90.40 491st 4809 89.8%
2005 93.47 296th 4822 93.9%
2006 91.46 411th 4818 91.5%
2007 88.16 615th 5113 88.0%
2008 77.93 1065th 5113 79.2%
2009 72.76 1312th 5193 74.7%
2010 70.45 1436th 5314 73.0%
2011 71.06 1447th 5377 73.1%
2012 68.92 1585th 5390 70.6%
2013 66.63 1740th 5530 68.5%
2015 88.13 720th 5611 87.2%
2016 87.14 792nd 5614 85.9%
2017 88.53 727th 5692 87.2%
2018 82.62 999th 5662 82.4%

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

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Data source: California Department of Education

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by a parent
Friday, February 5, 2016

Open Quote Highlands lives off the reputation as historically being one of the better schools in the San Mateo / Foster City district. In my experience; however, I'd say it's a school in decline. Highlands has a basic California-wide standard approach to teaching, one that would work in non-tech cities like Fresno or Modesto. Because of its location, a large number of its kids come from silicon valley families and have higher expectations for learning than just a standard California education. Unfortunately this school does not adequately cater its teaching to meet the needs of this large demographic as the elite schools in the mid peninsula do (Fox, Baywood, etc). The typical classroom at highlands consists of 2 large groups of kids with different skill sets. One group is of advanced learners and the other is of those who perform "below basic standards". There really aren't many kids who have skills in the middle. The school's main principal to teaching is to "ensure all students learn the essential set of skills needed for basic life" and that "no kid is left behind". In each class, all kids are taught the same level of math. Given the class's wide disparity in aptitude levels, this means that math is taught at a lower level and at a slower pace (one thats catered for the slower learners). Advanced kids are not challenged in class and their potential is not realized. Many of the advanced learners, (especially the boys), tend to become distractions in class, tune out of the lessons, or have low self esteem because they 'can't focus'. This is all due to their lack of stimulation to the unchallenging curricula being taught them. I'll also mention that there's a significant bullying issue in the school (especially at the 3rd - 5th grade levels). The teachers and administration have never directly addressed it and, in many times, choose to ignore it. My kid has witnessed this many times first hand and I have friends who pulled their kids out of Highlands and into private institutions to get them away from the relentless bullying that they were experiencing. The school is pretty run down (50-60 yrs old) and is above its initial capacity. The capacity issue isn't from local kids, but from the kids bussed in from a lower-income north of downtown neighborhood. To handle this there are 2 'temp structures' that have been used for years as 'permanent' classrooms. Close Quote



Enrollment information for Highlands Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 203 8 98 23 1 n/a n/a 0 333
1989 196 6 88 35 0 n/a n/a 0 325
1990 193 9 87 36 0 n/a n/a 0 325
1991 215 12 98 61 0 n/a n/a 0 386
1992 212 11 105 76 1 n/a n/a 0 405
1993 220 20 108 87 1 n/a n/a 0 436
1994 227 15 119 86 1 n/a n/a 0 448
1995 267 16 141 60 0 n/a n/a 0 484
1996 267 16 141 60 0 n/a n/a 0 484
1997 269 12 130 61 0 n/a n/a 0 472
1998 284 9 117 58 2 n/a n/a 0 470
1999 304 6 111 50 1 n/a n/a 0 472
2000 274 4 121 61 0 n/a n/a 0 460
2001 242 12 107 75 0 n/a n/a 8 444
2002 215 16 109 60 0 n/a n/a 22 422
2003 215 16 109 60 0 n/a n/a 22 422
2004 210 15 105 56 0 n/a n/a 15 401
2005 206 11 113 61 0 n/a n/a 17 408
2006 185 9 115 76 0 n/a n/a 24 409
2007 184 7 115 71 0 n/a n/a 23 400
2008 177 8 108 70 n/a n/a n/a 1 363
2009 185 8 116 91 0 6 45 0 451
2010 205 8 135 130 0 3 34 0 515
2011 226 11 130 131 0 4 47 0 549
2012 230 5 134 141 0 9 58 0 577
2013 247 7 124 145 0 8 62 0 593
2014 240 10 125 167 1 6 57 0 606
2015 234 10 124 165 0 1 72 0 606
2016 223 8 118 176 0 0 69 0 594
2017 221 9 124 158 n/a n/a 73 0 585

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 Highlands Elementary

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Year # Students Fulltime Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 333 13.5 24.6 n/a
1989 325 12.5 26.0 n/a
1990 325 13.5 24.0 n/a
1991 386 15.5 24.9 n/a
1992 405 15.8 25.6 22.7
1993 436 18.4 23.7 21.1
1994 448 19.4 23.1 18.8
1995 484 20.5 23.6 14.7
1996 484 20.5 23.6 14.7
1997 472 22.5 21.0 13.1
1998 470 23.5 20.0 13.6
1999 472 24.0 19.7 13.6
2000 460 23.3 19.7 12.8
2001 444 22.3 19.9 14.2
2002 422 22.5 18.8 19.0
2003 422 22.5 18.8 19.0
2004 401 20.5 19.6 17.1
2005 408 20.5 19.9 13.6
2006 409 21.5 19.0 17.1
2007 400 20.0 20.0 15.9
2008 363 22.0 16.5 16.3
2009 451 22.5 18.4 21.3
2010 515 25.5 20.2 20.2
2011 549 n/a n/a 19.7
2012 577 23.1 24.9 n/a
2013 593 25.0 23.7 20.1
2014 606 24.9 24.3 20.6
2015 606 24.0 25.2 18.0
2016 594 24.0 24.7 18.2
2017 585 24.0 24.3 18.8

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

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch
For information about the National School Lunch Program, see the USDA Website

Student/Teacher Ratio Highlands Elementary

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Year # Students Fulltime Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 333 13.5 24.6 n/a
1989 325 12.5 26.0 n/a
1990 325 13.5 24.0 n/a
1991 386 15.5 24.9 n/a
1992 405 15.8 25.6 22.7
1993 436 18.4 23.7 21.1
1994 448 19.4 23.1 18.8
1995 484 20.5 23.6 14.7
1996 484 20.5 23.6 14.7
1997 472 22.5 21.0 13.1
1998 470 23.5 20.0 13.6
1999 472 24.0 19.7 13.6
2000 460 23.3 19.7 12.8
2001 444 22.3 19.9 14.2
2002 422 22.5 18.8 19.0
2003 422 22.5 18.8 19.0
2004 401 20.5 19.6 17.1
2005 408 20.5 19.9 13.6
2006 409 21.5 19.0 17.1
2007 400 20.0 20.0 15.9
2008 363 22.0 16.5 16.3
2009 451 22.5 18.4 21.3
2010 515 25.5 20.2 20.2
2011 549 n/a n/a 19.7
2012 577 23.1 24.9 n/a
2013 593 25.0 23.7 20.1
2014 606 24.9 24.3 20.6
2015 606 24.0 25.2 18.0
2016 594 24.0 24.7 18.2
2017 585 24.0 24.3 18.8

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.

Kindergarten Immunization Rates

Highlands Elementary

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPolioHepatitus BVaricellaDTPMMR
201295.0%2.0%0.0%3.0%97.0%97.0%98.0%95.0%97.0%
201395.0%5.0%0.0%0.0%95.0%95.0%95.0%95.0%95.0%
201497.0%3.0%0.0%0.0%97.0%97.0%97.0%97.0%97.0%
201595.0%3.0%0.0%2.0%97.0%95.0%97.0%97.0%97.0%
201699.0%0.0%0.0%1.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%99.0%100.0%
201798.0%0.0%0.0%2.0%≥99.0%98.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%
2018≥98.0%≤2.0%≤2.0%≤2.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%

Data source: California Department of Public Health




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