Highland Elementary School

Summary:

Highland Elementary School is a public elementary school located in Lake Worth, Florida, serving grades PK-5 with a total enrollment of 937 students. The school has a diverse student population, with a majority of Hispanic (70.65%) and African American (18.14%) students.

Despite spending significantly more per student ($14,696) compared to the state and district averages, Highland Elementary has consistently ranked in the bottom 10% of Palm Beach elementary schools over the past decade, with a 0-star rating from SchoolDigger. The school struggles with high chronic absenteeism rates (28.9%) and low academic performance, with only 14-36% of students proficient in English Language Arts and 22-35% proficient in math, compared to 48-58% and 52-57% in the district, respectively.

Interestingly, nearby schools in the Palm Beach district, such as Lantana Elementary, Palmetto Elementary, and Clifford O. Taylor/Kirklane Elementary, have similar demographic profiles but generally outperform Highland Elementary in academic measures, suggesting that factors beyond just student demographics may be contributing to the school's poor performance.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 500 Highland Ave
       Lake Worth, FL  33460-2855


(561) 202-0500

District: Palm Beach

SchoolDigger Rank:
2177th of 2,242 Florida Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $14,696 Help


Students who attend Highland Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    Lake Worth Community Middle
High:    Lake Worth High School

Student/teacher ratio:  13.9 Help
Number of students:  937

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
70.7%
African American:
18.1%
White:
6.1%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  85.4% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Highland Elementary School ranks worse than 97.1% of elementary schools in Florida. It also ranks 125th among 128 ranked elementary schools in the Palm Beach School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 7.86. (See more...)
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: Hispanic (70.7%), African American (18.1%), White (6.1%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 85.4% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Highland Elementary School is 13.9, which is the 28th best among 128 elementary schools in the Palm Beach School District. (See more...)
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Compare Highland Elementary School employs 67 full-time teachers.
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Highland Elementary School is $14,696, which is the 45th highest among 128 elementary schools in the Palm Beach School District.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Highland Elementary School was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.

Palm Beach:

SchoolDigger ranks Palm Beach 45th of 67 Florida school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Highland Elementary School

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Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools FL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 10.36 1567th 1688 7.2%
2007 15.02 1594th 1786 10.8%
2008 26.36 1391st 1789 22.2%
2009 11.58 1712th 1847 7.3%
2010 12.33 1771st 1919 7.7%
2011 11.07 1848th 1985 6.9%
2012 13.73 1802nd 1984 9.2%
2013 8.29 1961st 2029 3.4%
2014 15.65 1858th 2064 10.0%
2016 17.27 1801st 2087 13.7%
2017 20.73 1759th 2112 16.7%
2018 23.00 1711th 2118 19.2%
2019 18.68 1871st 2182 14.3%
2021 11.83 2078th 2247 7.5%
2022 9.74 2103rd 2219 5.2%
2023 7.86 2175th 2240 2.9%
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Data source: test scores: Florida Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Enrollment information for Highland Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 377 129 7 130 2 n/a n/a 0 645
1989 368 158 5 175 2 n/a n/a 0 708
1990 340 183 8 238 2 n/a n/a 0 771
1991 346 203 8 265 2 n/a n/a 0 824
1992 319 155 9 229 0 n/a n/a 0 712
1993 256 183 7 279 1 n/a n/a 0 726
1994 231 220 6 258 0 n/a n/a 0 715
1995 221 221 9 354 4 n/a n/a 0 809
1996 221 221 9 354 4 n/a n/a 0 809
1997 185 271 7 428 12 n/a n/a 0 903
1998 171 280 8 406 12 n/a n/a 0 877
1999 130 319 10 433 13 n/a n/a 0 905
2000 142 315 10 475 11 n/a n/a 0 953
2001 145 273 12 387 9 n/a n/a 0 826
2002 122 254 15 418 6 n/a n/a 0 815
2003 122 254 15 418 6 n/a n/a 0 815
2004 94 235 13 475 9 n/a n/a 0 826
2005 71 240 21 486 8 n/a n/a 0 826
2006 64 221 15 499 9 n/a n/a 0 808
2007 54 193 14 491 11 n/a n/a 31 794
2008 43 188 11 475 7 n/a n/a 18 742
2009 36 164 8 487 6 n/a n/a 19 720
2010 23 205 4 551 3 n/a n/a 9 795
2011 36 225 3 535 15 0 4 0 818
2012 50 200 3 626 14 0 3 0 896
2013 46 223 5 660 20 0 5 0 959
2014 37 230 8 660 25 1 4 0 965
2015 39 226 9 708 38 1 2 0 1023
2016 28 204 8 794 48 0 4 0 1086
2017 37 189 9 864 63 0 5 0 1167
2018 45 206 12 853 82 1 4 0 1203
2019 49 209 11 868 81 1 5 0 1224
2020 39 157 7 803 82 0 3 0 1091
2021 43 174 8 702 57 0 3 0 987
2022 42 180 8 720 41 0 8 0 999
2023 57 170 7 662 35 0 6 0 937

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 Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 645 40.0 16.1 48.2
1989 708 41.0 17.2 47.7
1990 771 46.0 16.7 54.7
1991 824 53.0 15.5 63
1992 712 50.0 14.2 n/a
1993 726 42.0 17.3 66.1
1994 715 43.0 16.6 70.1
1995 809 49.0 16.5 66.3
1996 809 49.0 16.5 66.3
1997 903 51.0 17.7 66.4
1998 877 56.0 15.7 78.6
1999 905 51.0 17.7 88.1
2000 953 56.0 17.0 89.7
2001 826 52.0 15.9 92.9
2002 815 57.0 14.3 96.1
2003 815 57.0 14.3 96.1
2004 826 62.0 13.3 97.8
2005 826 65.0 12.7 88.3
2006 808 64.0 12.6 94.2
2007 794 63.0 12.6 95.3
2008 742 60.0 12.4 92.1
2009 720 65.7 12.7 92.9
2010 795 61.5 12.9 97.3
2011 818 65.0 12.5 96.6
2012 896 68.0 13.1 97.7
2013 959 70.0 13.7 98.4
2014 965 81.0 11.9 97.1
2015 1023 77.0 13.2 96.3
2016 1086 86.0 12.6 97.5
2017 1167 85.0 13.7 96.7
2018 1203 94.0 12.7 94.9
2019 1224 82.5 14.8 94.3
2020 1091 78.5 13.8 94.8
2021 987 74.0 13.3 96.9
2022 999 76.5 13.0 96.5
2023 937 67.0 13.9 85.4

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

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Highland Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 645 40.0 16.1 48.2
1989 708 41.0 17.2 47.7
1990 771 46.0 16.7 54.7
1991 824 53.0 15.5 63
1992 712 50.0 14.2 n/a
1993 726 42.0 17.3 66.1
1994 715 43.0 16.6 70.1
1995 809 49.0 16.5 66.3
1996 809 49.0 16.5 66.3
1997 903 51.0 17.7 66.4
1998 877 56.0 15.7 78.6
1999 905 51.0 17.7 88.1
2000 953 56.0 17.0 89.7
2001 826 52.0 15.9 92.9
2002 815 57.0 14.3 96.1
2003 815 57.0 14.3 96.1
2004 826 62.0 13.3 97.8
2005 826 65.0 12.7 88.3
2006 808 64.0 12.6 94.2
2007 794 63.0 12.6 95.3
2008 742 60.0 12.4 92.1
2009 720 65.7 12.7 92.9
2010 795 61.5 12.9 97.3
2011 818 65.0 12.5 96.6
2012 896 68.0 13.1 97.7
2013 959 70.0 13.7 98.4
2014 965 81.0 11.9 97.1
2015 1023 77.0 13.2 96.3
2016 1086 86.0 12.6 97.5
2017 1167 85.0 13.7 96.7
2018 1203 94.0 12.7 94.9
2019 1224 82.5 14.8 94.3
2020 1091 78.5 13.8 94.8
2021 987 74.0 13.3 96.9
2022 999 76.5 13.0 96.5
2023 937 67.0 13.9 85.4

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.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Highland Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2018 $963 (10.6%) $8,095 (89.4%) $9,058
2019 $947 (10.5%) $8,053 (89.5%) $9,001
2020 $977 (9.5%) $9,338 (90.5%) $10,314
2021 $1,576 (13.7%) $9,955 (86.3%) $11,532
2022 $3,004 (22.1%) $10,562 (77.9%) $13,566
2023 $3,101 (21.1%) $11,595 (78.9%) $14,696

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Highland Elementary School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 1871st of 2182 Elementary schoolsRanks 2175th of 2240 Elementary schools
 11.4%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Highland Elementary School)2023
 3%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Palm Beach)5454
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5853
 5%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Highland Elementary School)4431
 13%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Palm Beach)6558
 7%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Florida)6258
 4%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Highland Elementary School)4139
 2%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Palm Beach)6262
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5857
 1%
4th Grade Mathematics (Highland Elementary School)5643
 13%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Palm Beach)6759
 8%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Florida)6461
 3%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Highland Elementary School)2925
 4%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Palm Beach)5957
 2%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Florida)5655
 1%
5th Grade Mathematics (Highland Elementary School)5620
 36%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Palm Beach)6550
 15%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Florida)6052
 8%
5th Grade Science (Highland Elementary School)2122
 1%
   5th Grade Science (Palm Beach)5151
   5th Grade Science (Florida)5351
 2%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students1224937
 23.4%
African American209170
 18.7%
American Indian8135
 56.8%
Asian117
 36.4%
Hispanic868662
 23.7%
Pacific Islander10
 100%
White4957
 16.3%
Two or More Races56
 20%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients94.3%85.4%
 8.9%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Highland Elementary School

In the 2022-23 school year, 937 students attended Highland Elementary School.

Students who attend Highland Elementary School usually go on to attend:

Middle : Lake Worth Community Middle
High : Lake Worth High School

Highland Elementary School ranks in the bottom 2.9% of Florida elementary schools.

Students at Highland Elementary School are 71% Hispanic, 18% African American, 6% White, 4% American Indian.


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