Highlands Elementary School

Summary:

Highlands Elementary School is a public elementary school in Renton, Washington, serving 462 students from kindergarten to 5th grade. The school is part of the Renton School District, which has a 2-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Despite the school's diverse student population, Highlands Elementary consistently ranks in the bottom quarter of Washington elementary schools, with significantly lower academic performance than the Renton School District and state averages. In the 2022-2023 school year, only 24.63% of Highlands students were proficient or better in English Language Arts, compared to 45.69% in the Renton School District and 52.86% statewide. The school's Hispanic, English Language Learner, and Low Socioeconomic Status student populations also perform poorly compared to state and district averages. Highlands Elementary has a very high percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch, reaching 72.51% in the 2022-2023 school year, significantly higher than nearby Kennydale Elementary, Maplewood Heights Elementary, and Sartori Elementary schools.

Despite the school's high per-student spending of $21,818 in the 2021-2022 school year, Highlands Elementary's academic performance and student subgroup outcomes are significantly lower than other Renton School District elementary schools. This suggests that the school's challenges may be related to the high percentage of students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds and the large English Language Learner population, rather than a lack of resources. The Renton School District has an opportunity to implement targeted interventions and support to improve educational outcomes for Highlands Elementary's students.


Detail:

Public K-5

 2720 NE 7th St
       Renton, WA  98056-3714


(425) 204-4600

District: Renton School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
1113th of 1,169 Washington Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $21,818 Help


Students who attend Highlands Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    McKnight Middle School
High:    Renton Senior High School

Student/teacher ratio:  15.8 Help
Number of students:  462

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
55.8%
Two or more races:
12.3%
African American:
11.9%
more

Free/discounted lunch recipients:  72.5% Help


 See top rated Washington elementary schools

 Compare Highlands Elementary School to nearby elementary schools!

Performance Trends
Help
Compare Details Highlands Elementary School ranks worse than 95.2% of elementary schools in Washington. It also ranks last among 15 ranked elementary schools in the Renton School District. (See more...)
Help
Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 9.37. (See more...)
Student Body
Help
Compare Details Racial makeup is: Hispanic (55.8%), two or more races (12.3%), African American (11.9%). (See more...)
Help
Compare Details 72.5% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
Help
Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Highlands Elementary School is 15.8, which is the 6th best among 15 elementary schools in the Renton School District. (See more...)
Help
Compare Highlands Elementary School employs 29.1 full-time teachers.
Finance
Help
Compare Details The average total spent per student at Highlands Elementary School is $21,818, which is the 4th highest among 15 elementary schools in the Renton School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Highlands Elementary School:

SchoolDigger ranks Highlands Elementary School 1113th of 1169 Washington public elementary schools. (See Highlands Elementary School in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


English Language Learner students:
Low Socio Economic Status students:
Female students:
Male students:
Hispanic students:


Renton School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Renton School District 139th of 249 Washington school districts. (See district ranking list.)


What do you think?

Your rating for Highlands Elementary School?

Rank History for Highlands Elementary School

Help
Compare

Rank History for all students at Highlands Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 16.49 906th 1026 11.7%
2005 18.85 883rd 1031 14.4%
2006 12.75 980th 1051 6.8%
2007 11.71 999th 1069 6.5%
2008 9.64 1011th 1067 5.2%
2009 14.11 980th 1072 8.6%
2010 13.15 1012th 1088 7.0%
2011 21.26 939th 1092 14.0%
2012 24.01 918th 1097 16.3%
2013 36.60 748th 1106 32.4%
2015 19.66 905th 1067 15.2%
2016 22.76 861st 1053 18.2%
2017 16.75 921st 1056 12.8%
2018 15.08 937th 1054 11.1%
2019 20.51 926th 1130 18.1%
2021 12.48 1011th 1107 8.7%
2022 13.93 1046th 1169 10.5%
2023 9.37 1113th 1169 4.8%
See the entire list of Washington Elementary School Rankings!

Rank History for English Language Learner students at Highlands Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 36.03 226th 333 32.1%
2019 47.08 106th 248 57.3%
2023 15.18 237th 254 6.7%
See the entire list of Best Washington Elementary Schools for English Language Learner Students!

Rank History for Special Education students at Highlands Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 43.07 342nd 637 46.3%
2019 20.81 500th 566 11.7%
2022 27.87 368th 478 23.0%
See the entire list of Best Washington Elementary Schools for Special Education Students!

Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Highlands Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 18.78 760th 835 9.0%
2019 22.94 840th 979 14.2%
2021 8.67 841st 854 1.5%
2022 17.67 925th 1019 9.2%
2023 11.69 968th 1013 4.4%
See the entire list of Best Washington Elementary Schools for Low Socio Economic Status Students!

Rank History for Female students at Highlands Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 19.24 849th 1004 15.4%
2019 17.66 927th 1068 13.2%
2021 14.20 920th 1008 8.7%
2022 16.72 964th 1100 12.4%
2023 9.17 1048th 1094 4.2%
See the entire list of Best Washington Elementary Schools for Female Students!

Rank History for Male students at Highlands Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 14.76 905th 999 9.4%
2019 26.38 835th 1075 22.3%
2021 9.95 975th 1025 4.9%
2022 16.11 978th 1113 12.1%
2023 10.23 1044th 1099 5.0%
See the entire list of Best Washington Elementary Schools for Male Students!

Rank History for Asian students at Highlands Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 19.83 150th 169 11.2%
2019 56.48 88th 201 56.2%
2022 47.92 108th 187 42.2%
See the entire list of Best Washington Elementary Schools for Asian Students!

Rank History for African American students at Highlands Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 44.98 53rd 108 50.9%
See the entire list of Best Washington Elementary Schools for African American Students!

Rank History for Hispanic students at Highlands Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 13.33 519th 540 3.9%
2019 23.90 582nd 697 16.5%
2021 19.04 446th 501 11.0%
2022 15.39 663rd 694 4.5%
2023 8.21 622nd 633 1.7%
See the entire list of Best Washington Elementary Schools for Hispanic Students!

Rank History for White students at Highlands Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 52.30 413th 833 50.4%
2019 44.86 609th 1027 40.7%
2022 25.55 821st 1031 20.4%
See the entire list of Best Washington Elementary Schools for White Students!

Data source: test scores: Washington Office of Superindentent of Public Instruction, 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
Tests: 
  
Grades: 
  
Years: 
  
Group by: 
District Scores:
State Scores:    
  
Subgroup: 






Data source: Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

We're sorry, but no reviews have been submitted for Highlands Elementary School.

If you have first-hand knowledge about Highlands Elementary School, submit a rating!


Reviews:
No reviews have been submitted!


Enrollment information for Highlands Elementary School

Help
Compare
Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 493 59 21 19 24 n/a n/a 0 616
1989 497 55 25 21 20 n/a n/a 0 618
1990 476 48 28 25 19 n/a n/a 0 596
1991 470 45 30 16 20 n/a n/a 0 581
1992 467 52 45 18 18 n/a n/a 0 600
1993 412 65 45 20 27 n/a n/a 0 569
1994 399 78 42 26 20 n/a n/a 0 565
1995 380 82 59 35 20 n/a n/a 0 576
1996 380 82 59 35 20 n/a n/a 0 576
1997 377 73 60 32 19 n/a n/a 0 561
1998 302 70 47 31 14 n/a n/a 0 464
1999 326 62 59 38 17 n/a n/a 0 502
2000 291 77 70 51 15 n/a n/a 0 504
2001 273 72 81 116 9 n/a n/a 0 551
2002 223 67 97 159 6 n/a n/a 0 552
2003 223 67 97 159 6 n/a n/a 0 552
2004 239 91 107 190 10 n/a n/a 0 637
2005 221 73 114 230 6 n/a n/a 0 644
2006 189 74 101 242 4 n/a n/a 0 610
2007 151 73 104 252 5 n/a n/a 0 585
2008 122 72 101 271 5 n/a n/a 0 571
2009 121 65 96 274 3 n/a n/a 0 559
2010 119 76 101 289 6 n/a n/a 4 595
2011 126 78 103 318 3 0 36 0 664
2012 102 56 79 274 1 1 40 0 553
2013 91 35 103 207 1 6 43 0 486
2014 92 45 107 245 2 4 47 0 542
2015 93 46 97 259 0 4 42 0 541
2016 97 58 107 270 1 5 40 0 578
2017 86 56 102 280 2 3 43 0 572
2018 72 44 97 242 2 3 54 0 514
2019 68 39 87 232 2 1 39 0 468
2020 68 44 74 247 3 5 56 0 497
2021 51 43 66 260 2 3 51 4 480
2022 56 56 50 235 1 4 48 0 450
2023 40 55 48 258 1 3 57 0 462

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

Help
Compare
Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 616 24.0 25.6 0
1989 618 25.0 24.7 n/a
1990 596 25.0 23.8 0
1991 581 25.0 23.2 n/a
1992 600 28.0 21.4 n/a
1993 569 24.0 23.7 n/a
1994 565 26.1 21.6 n/a
1995 576 25.4 22.7 n/a
1996 576 25.4 22.7 n/a
1997 561 25.9 21.7 n/a
1998 464 19.8 23.4 n/a
1999 502 22.8 22.0 n/a
2000 504 23.9 21.1 n/a
2001 551 21.5 25.6 n/a
2002 552 26.5 20.8 50.9
2003 552 26.5 20.8 50.9
2004 637 27.0 23.6 60.9
2005 644 27.3 23.6 62.4
2006 610 30.8 19.8 62.5
2007 585 33.1 17.7 63.2
2008 571 29.9 19.1 63.4
2009 559 29.9 18.7 69.2
2010 595 28.7 20.6 74.1
2011 664 28.5 23.2 66.7
2012 553 28.3 19.5 69.1
2013 486 25.1 19.3 68.5
2014 542 n/a n/a 69.9
2015 541 34.0 15.9 73
2016 578 33.0 17.5 69.6
2017 572 33.0 17.3 69.6
2018 514 33.3 15.4 66.7
2019 468 29.4 15.8 65.8
2020 497 28.5 17.3 65.2
2021 480 29.6 16.1 64.6
2022 450 29.1 15.4 66.4
2023 462 29.1 15.8 72.5

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

Help
Compare
Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 616 24.0 25.6 0
1989 618 25.0 24.7 n/a
1990 596 25.0 23.8 0
1991 581 25.0 23.2 n/a
1992 600 28.0 21.4 n/a
1993 569 24.0 23.7 n/a
1994 565 26.1 21.6 n/a
1995 576 25.4 22.7 n/a
1996 576 25.4 22.7 n/a
1997 561 25.9 21.7 n/a
1998 464 19.8 23.4 n/a
1999 502 22.8 22.0 n/a
2000 504 23.9 21.1 n/a
2001 551 21.5 25.6 n/a
2002 552 26.5 20.8 50.9
2003 552 26.5 20.8 50.9
2004 637 27.0 23.6 60.9
2005 644 27.3 23.6 62.4
2006 610 30.8 19.8 62.5
2007 585 33.1 17.7 63.2
2008 571 29.9 19.1 63.4
2009 559 29.9 18.7 69.2
2010 595 28.7 20.6 74.1
2011 664 28.5 23.2 66.7
2012 553 28.3 19.5 69.1
2013 486 25.1 19.3 68.5
2014 542 n/a n/a 69.9
2015 541 34.0 15.9 73
2016 578 33.0 17.5 69.6
2017 572 33.0 17.3 69.6
2018 514 33.3 15.4 66.7
2019 468 29.4 15.8 65.8
2020 497 28.5 17.3 65.2
2021 480 29.6 16.1 64.6
2022 450 29.1 15.4 66.4
2023 462 29.1 15.8 72.5

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 School

Help
Compare
YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPersonal ExemptionPolioDiphtheriaHepatitis BVaricellaMMRPertussisMeaslesMumpsRubellaTetanus
201694.2%0.0%1.0%2.9%95.2%97.1%97.1%96.2%98.1%97.1%
201790.2%2.0%1.0%1.0%2.0%90.2%91.2%95.1%93.1%93.1%91.2%
201884.6%0.0%0.0%0.0%3.9%88.5%88.5%93.6%91.0%89.7%88.5%
201990.6%0.0%0.0%0.6%0.6%93.0%93.6%94.2%92.4%91.8%93.6%
202095.1%2.4%0.0%0.0%1.2%95.1%96.3%96.3%95.1%96.3%95.1%95.1%95.1%96.3%
202194.9%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%96.2%96.2%97.5%96.2%96.2%94.9%96.2%96.2%96.2%
202290.8%2.3%0.0%1.2%0.0%94.3%93.1%93.1%92.0%93.1%93.1%93.1%93.1%93.1%
202390.2%0.0%0.0%3.7%0.0%92.7%95.1%97.6%93.9%95.1%95.1%95.1%95.1%95.1%

Data source: Washington State Department of Health

Immunization Rates (Entire school)

Highlands Elementary School

Help
Compare
YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionPersonal ExemptionPolioDiphtheriaHepatitis BVaricellaMMRPertussis
201992.3%0.1%0.1%0.5%99.3%99.4%99.4%99.4%99.3%99.4%

Data source: Washington State Department of Health
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Highlands Elementary School

Help

YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $1,068 (6.4%) $15,565 (93.6%) $16,633
2020 $879 (7.0%) $11,600 (93.0%) $12,479
2021 $1,674 (8.7%) $17,520 (91.3%) $19,195
2022 $2,503 (11.5%) $19,315 (88.5%) $21,818

Data source: Washington 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 926th of 1130 Elementary schoolsRanks 1113th of 1169 Elementary schools
 13.3%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Highlands Elementary School)4020
 20%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Renton School District)51.445.4
 6.1%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Washington)56.348.9
 7.4%
3rd Grade Math (Highlands Elementary School)42.520.6
 21.9%
   3rd Grade Math (Renton School District)5749.7
 7.3%
   3rd Grade Math (Washington)5951.6
 7.4%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Highlands Elementary School)30.828.6
 2.2%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Renton School District)50.844.4
 6.4%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Washington)57.750.1
 7.6%
4th Grade Math (Highlands Elementary School)37.521.3
 16.2%
   4th Grade Math (Renton School District)5043.3
 6.7%
   4th Grade Math (Washington)54.949.4
 5.5%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Highlands Elementary School)4625
 21%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Renton School District)54.649.6
 5%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Washington)61.353.8
 7.6%
5th Grade Math (Highlands Elementary School)42.523.2
 19.3%
   5th Grade Math (Renton School District)45.640.8
 4.8%
   5th Grade Math (Washington)49.142
 7.1%
5th Grade Science (Highlands Elementary School)3819.6
 18.4%
   5th Grade Science (Renton School District)47.646
 1.6%
   5th Grade Science (Washington)54.152.3
 1.8%
All Grades English Language Arts (Highlands Elementary School)38.724.6
 14.1%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Renton School District)55.245.7
 9.5%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Washington)6152.9
 8.1%
All Grades Math (Highlands Elementary School)40.721.6
 19.1%
   All Grades Math (Renton School District)47.237
 10.2%
   All Grades Math (Washington)50.141
 9%
All Grades Science (Highlands Elementary School)3819.6
 18.4%
   All Grades Science (Renton School District)47.841.6
 6.2%
   All Grades Science (Washington)52.748.8
 4%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students468462
 1.3%
African American3955
 41%
American Indian21
 50%
Asian8748
 44.8%
Hispanic232258
 11.2%
Pacific Islander13
 200%
White6840
 41.2%
Two or More Races3957
 46.2%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients65.8%72.5%
 6.7%


Schools Near Highlands Elementary School









Frequently Asked Questions about Highlands Elementary School

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

Middle : McKnight Middle School
High : Renton Senior High School

In the 2022-23 school year, 462 students attended Highlands Elementary School.

Students at Highlands Elementary School are 56% Hispanic, 12% Two or more races, 12% African American, 10% Asian, 9% White.

Highlands Elementary School ranks in the bottom 4.8% of Washington elementary schools.


Rate Highlands Elementary School!



Sign up for updates!

Be the first to know when there is an update for Highlands Elementary School!




SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau, the Washington State Department of Health and the Washington Office of Superindentent of Public Instruction.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMERS: Not all boundaries are included. We make every effort to ensure that boundaries are up-to-date. But it's important to note that these are approximations and are for general informational purposes only. To verify legal descriptions of boundaries or school locations, contact your local tax assessor's office and/or school district.





Diagnostics

None retrieved from Database in 45 milliseconds.