Highlands Elementary School

Summary:

Highlands Elementary School is a high-performing public elementary school in Naperville, Illinois, serving 508 students from kindergarten to 5th grade. It is part of the Naperville CUSD 203 district, which is ranked 40th out of 823 districts in Illinois and has a 5-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Highlands Elementary School consistently ranks among the top elementary schools in Illinois, with a statewide ranking between 11th and 30th out of over 2,000 schools in recent years. The school's students perform exceptionally well on standardized tests, with proficiency rates significantly higher than the state and district averages across all grade levels and subject areas. Highlands Elementary School also excels in the performance of various student subgroups, ranking among the top 10-25 Illinois elementary schools for female, male, Asian, and White students. While the school's ranking for special education students has declined in recent years, it still maintains a 4-star rating and a ranking in the top 15% of Illinois elementary schools for this subgroup.

Compared to nearby schools in the Naperville area, such as Mill Street Elementary, Maplebrook Elementary, Ellsworth Elementary, and Naper Elementary, Highlands Elementary School outperforms them in terms of academic achievement, student subgroup performance, and overall school ranking. Additionally, Highlands Elementary School has consistently low chronic absenteeism rates, ranging from 0.5% to 11.2% over the past several years, which is significantly lower than the state and district averages.


Detail:

Public K-5

 525 S Brainard St
       Naperville, IL  60540-6659


(630) 420-6335

District: Naperville CUSD 203

SchoolDigger Rank:
11th of 2,077 Illinois Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $14,994 Help


Students who attend Highlands Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    Kennedy Junior High School
High:    Naperville North High School

Student/teacher ratio:  14.6 Help
Number of students:  508

Racial breakdown:

White:
61.4%
Asian:
25.4%
Two or more races:
6.7%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  7.3% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Highlands Elementary School ranks better than 99.5% of elementary schools in Illinois. It also ranks 2nd among 14 ranked elementary schools in the Naperville CUSD 203 School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 98.89. (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: White (61.4%), Asian (25.4%), two or more races (6.7%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 7.3% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Highlands Elementary School is 14.6. 11 elementary schools in the Naperville CUSD 203 School District have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Highlands Elementary School is $14,994. 13 elementary schools in the Naperville CUSD 203 School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Highlands Elementary School:

SchoolDigger ranks Highlands Elementary School 11th of 2077 Illinois public elementary schools. (See Highlands Elementary School in the ranking list.)

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Naperville CUSD 203:

SchoolDigger ranks Naperville CUSD 203 40th of 823 Illinois school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Highlands Elementary School

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Rank History for all students at Highlands Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 91.24 14th 2020 99.3%
2004 90.01 26th 2030 98.7%
2005 87.71 59th 2022 97.1%
2006 87.40 40th 2086 98.1%
2007 87.31 30th 2095 98.6%
2008 89.52 15th 2092 99.3%
2009 89.40 22nd 2120 99.0%
2010 88.74 25th 2139 98.8%
2011 88.87 29th 2147 98.6%
2012 88.00 46th 2166 97.9%
2013 93.50 42nd 2167 98.1%
2014 94.29 27th 2093 98.7%
2015 98.78 17th 2052 99.2%
2016 96.74 48th 2046 97.7%
2017 95.63 67th 2044 96.7%
2018 97.72 21st 2037 99.0%
2019 97.66 19th 2086 99.1%
2021 98.12 30th 1948 98.5%
2022 98.58 18th 2082 99.1%
2023 98.89 11th 2077 99.5%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Highlands Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 96.56 23rd 1194 98.1%
2023 76.49 178th 1156 84.6%
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Rank History for Female students at Highlands Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 96.72 28th 1964 98.6%
2019 97.64 15th 2019 99.3%
2021 97.87 24th 1680 98.6%
2022 98.06 15th 1970 99.2%
2023 98.64 9th 1957 99.5%
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Rank History for Male students at Highlands Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 97.83 18th 1972 99.1%
2019 96.82 27th 2019 98.7%
2021 95.92 47th 1707 97.2%
2022 98.24 19th 1977 99.0%
2023 98.08 21st 1984 98.9%
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Rank History for Asian students at Highlands Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 84.30 20th 242 91.7%
2019 93.24 3rd 243 98.8%
2021 87.68 9th 134 93.3%
2022 92.07 4th 226 98.2%
2023 88.61 11th 237 95.4%
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Rank History for White students at Highlands Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 93.25 35th 1463 97.6%
2019 92.55 36th 1462 97.5%
2021 94.02 35th 1308 97.3%
2022 93.25 41st 1425 97.1%
2023 95.58 14th 1419 99.0%
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Data source: test scores: Illinois State Board of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

Highlands Elementary School Test Scores
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Data source: Illinois State Board of Education

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Enrollment information for Highlands Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1989 486 n/a 29 4 n/a n/a n/a 0 519
1990 503 6 35 4 n/a n/a n/a 0 548
1991 520 3 38 3 1 n/a n/a 0 565
1992 506 8 39 1 0 n/a n/a 0 554
1993 510 4 47 6 0 n/a n/a 0 567
1994 510 8 36 2 0 n/a n/a 0 556
1995 541 5 83 20 0 n/a n/a 0 649
1996 541 5 83 20 0 n/a n/a 0 649
1997 553 5 69 15 0 n/a n/a 0 642
1998 539 5 62 9 2 n/a n/a 0 617
1999 573 4 62 18 2 n/a n/a 0 659
2000 561 4 60 16 6 n/a n/a 0 647
2001 542 5 64 16 6 n/a n/a 0 633
2002 542 7 71 15 0 n/a n/a 0 635
2003 542 7 71 15 0 n/a n/a 0 635
2004 532 13 68 11 1 n/a n/a 0 625
2005 521 15 79 16 0 n/a n/a 1 632
2006 510 15 88 11 1 n/a n/a 1 626
2007 497 16 108 13 1 n/a n/a 2 637
2008 480 14 100 15 2 n/a n/a 3 614
2009 467 10 96 20 1 n/a n/a 6 600
2010 456 8 93 24 2 n/a n/a 12 595
2011 447 4 112 28 1 1 30 0 623
2012 425 3 103 34 0 1 31 0 597
2013 399 2 107 34 0 0 27 0 569
2014 408 2 123 35 0 0 27 0 595
2015 393 2 106 39 0 0 18 0 558
2016 369 5 113 28 0 0 21 0 536
2017 359 1 106 24 0 0 18 0 508
2018 349 1 118 25 2 0 14 0 509
2019 339 4 123 28 3 0 13 0 510
2020 328 4 132 33 1 0 20 0 518
2021 327 5 117 33 1 2 21 0 506
2022 318 1 121 29 2 2 28 0 501
2023 312 2 129 28 2 1 34 0 508

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 School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 519 25.0 20.7 n/a
1990 548 27.0 20.2 n/a
1991 565 29.4 19.2 n/a
1992 554 28.0 19.7 n/a
1993 567 28.0 20.3 n/a
1994 556 27.4 20.3 n/a
1995 649 29.8 21.8 n/a
1996 649 29.8 21.8 n/a
1997 642 31.4 20.4 n/a
1998 617 34.0 18.1 n/a
1999 659 37.3 17.7 n/a
2000 647 35.9 18.0 n/a
2001 633 33.9 18.7 n/a
2002 635 33.5 19.0 0
2003 635 33.5 19.0 0
2004 625 30.0 20.8 0
2005 632 30.0 21.1 0
2006 626 32.2 19.4 0
2007 637 29.0 22.0 0
2008 614 28.0 21.9 0
2009 600 29.7 20.2 0
2010 595 29.6 20.0 0
2011 623 30.1 20.6 3
2012 597 31.1 19.1 5.2
2013 569 48.0 11.8 4.9
2014 595 30.4 19.5 4
2015 558 32.0 17.4 6.3
2016 536 32.0 16.7 5.4
2017 508 31.0 16.3 5.1
2018 509 32.0 15.9 6.1
2019 510 31.9 15.9 3.7
2020 518 29.7 17.4 3.7
2021 506 n/a n/a n/a
2022 501 35.3 14.1 4
2023 508 34.6 14.6 7.3

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 Highlands Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 519 25.0 20.7 n/a
1990 548 27.0 20.2 n/a
1991 565 29.4 19.2 n/a
1992 554 28.0 19.7 n/a
1993 567 28.0 20.3 n/a
1994 556 27.4 20.3 n/a
1995 649 29.8 21.8 n/a
1996 649 29.8 21.8 n/a
1997 642 31.4 20.4 n/a
1998 617 34.0 18.1 n/a
1999 659 37.3 17.7 n/a
2000 647 35.9 18.0 n/a
2001 633 33.9 18.7 n/a
2002 635 33.5 19.0 0
2003 635 33.5 19.0 0
2004 625 30.0 20.8 0
2005 632 30.0 21.1 0
2006 626 32.2 19.4 0
2007 637 29.0 22.0 0
2008 614 28.0 21.9 0
2009 600 29.7 20.2 0
2010 595 29.6 20.0 0
2011 623 30.1 20.6 3
2012 597 31.1 19.1 5.2
2013 569 48.0 11.8 4.9
2014 595 30.4 19.5 4
2015 558 32.0 17.4 6.3
2016 536 32.0 16.7 5.4
2017 508 31.0 16.3 5.1
2018 509 32.0 15.9 6.1
2019 510 31.9 15.9 3.7
2020 518 29.7 17.4 3.7
2021 506 n/a n/a n/a
2022 501 35.3 14.1 4
2023 508 34.6 14.6 7.3

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.

Immunization Rates

Highlands Elementary School

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YearPolioMeaslesMumpsRubellaVaricellaDTPHepatitis B
201596.0%96.0%96.0%96.0%96.0%96.2%
201695.9%96.3%96.3%96.3%96.5%96.5%
201799.8%100.0%100.0%100.0%99.8%100.0%
201896.7%96.5%96.5%96.5%96.7%96.9%
201994.9%94.9%94.9%94.9%95.9%95.3%
202196.9%97.3%97.3%97.3%97.3%97.3%97.7%
202298.0%98.0%98.0%98.0%98.0%98.0%98.0%
202397.1%96.9%96.9%96.9%96.9%96.7%

Data source: Illinois State Board of Education
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Highlands Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $402 (2.9%) $13,377 (97.1%) $13,779
2020 $300 (2.2%) $13,114 (97.8%) $13,414
2021 $455 (3.2%) $13,841 (96.8%) $14,296
2022 $455 (3.2%) $13,841 (96.8%) $14,296
2023 $638 (4.3%) $14,356 (95.7%) $14,994

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Highlands Elementary School

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 19th of 2086 Elementary schoolsRanks 11th of 2077 Elementary schools
 0.4%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Highlands Elementary School)76.980
 3.1%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Naperville CUSD 203)6865.1
 2.9%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Illinois)36.428.8
 7.6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Highlands Elementary School)81.780.8
 0.9%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Naperville CUSD 203)71.867.6
 4.2%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Illinois)40.633
 7.6%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Highlands Elementary School)90.679.2
 11.4%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Naperville CUSD 203)73.771.5
 2.2%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Illinois)36.735.4
 1.3%
4th Grade Mathematics (Highlands Elementary School)90.779
 11.7%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Naperville CUSD 203)68.163.7
 4.4%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Illinois)33.527.7
 5.8%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Highlands Elementary School)82.781.1
 1.6%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Naperville CUSD 203)7573.6
 1.4%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Illinois)37.935.2
 2.7%
5th Grade Mathematics (Highlands Elementary School)58.678.5
 19.9%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Naperville CUSD 203)60.857.8
 3%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Illinois)29.825.6
 4.2%
5th Grade Science (Highlands Elementary School)87.589.9
 2.4%
   5th Grade Science (Naperville CUSD 203)81.879.6
 2.2%
   5th Grade Science (Illinois)54.452.4
 2%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students510508
 0.4%
African American42
 50%
American Indian32
 33.3%
Asian123129
 4.9%
Hispanic2828
Pacific Islander01
White339312
 8%
Two or More Races1334
 161.5%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients3.7%7.3%
 3.6%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Highlands Elementary School

Yes! Highlands Elementary School is one of the best elementary schools in the state. It ranks 11th of 2077 Illinois elementary schools.

Students at Highlands Elementary School are 61% White, 25% Asian, 7% Two or more races, 6% Hispanic.

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

Middle : Kennedy Junior High School
High : Naperville North High School

In the 2022-23 school year, 508 students attended Highlands Elementary School.


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