HIGHLAND PARK SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL

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1015 SNELLING AVE S
ST PAUL, MN 55116
School Information
  • School Rating: 2
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • District: St. Paul Public School District
  • Students/Teacher: 20:1
  • Students/Grade: 339.8
  • Number Students: 1359
  • Number Teachers: 80
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 8421
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Dr Winston Tucker
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (2907 ratings)
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    School Reviews (58 Reviews)
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    Topic: Academics | Rating:
    Posted 2016-08-01
    "Academics they first two years are incredibly easy. You can put in minimal effort and still get all As. Easy classes continue if you choose to take regular classes during junior and senior year, but if you chose IB prepare for the worst two years of your life. It generally seems like the IB teachers don't understand you have 6 other classes and give you hours of homework. IB is also set up so that it is impossible to reach the highest grading marks, so getting an A can be very difficult depending on how much the teacher is willing to curve. Overall the IB program is not worth it, even if you get the IB diploma you'll get very little college credit out of it because U.S. universities don't realize how much harder IB is than AP. If you have to go to Highland I recommend doing PSEO because you'll get more out of it and full time PSEO kids generally get into much better colleges (Brown and Stanford), while most kids who do full IB only go to the University of Minnesota or Madison. The variety of classes is also severely lacking. There are almost no elective courses and the ones Highland provide are mostly visual arts or gym related, there was only one social studies elective and no English ones. Since there are so few class choices everyone ends up taking the same classes because there is only a few paths you can really take to fulfill IB requirements."
    Topic: Student Culture & Diversity | Rating:
    Posted 2016-08-01
    "There is very little diversity here. Most students are white and upper middle class. At Highland they call themselves "basic". Since there is so little diversity most students will mold themselves to be like the basics and fall into peer pressure which is all around the school. Most of these students party a lot with excessive drinking to the point they can't even stand up and drugs (including hard drugs). I have even heard of multiple cases of driving under the influence. Many students here are drug dealers. Parties have been busted by the police, but since they are white kids in Highland they always get off with warnings. It generally seems like parents must not care that their kids are doing these things because they knowingly allow parties in their house and even provide alcohol."
    Topic: Teachers | Rating:
    Posted 2016-08-01
    "Most teachers are pretty good, but there are a few bad apples. The worst teacher I had there was freshman year English, but he was fired during the year for an incident during class. Only a few teachers stand out as legitimately caring for their students, while others just do what they have to do to get payed."
    Topic: Overall Experience | Rating:
    Posted 2016-08-01
    "If I were to go back and do high school all over again I would have not attended Highland and opted for Central instead. Highland is not a very diverse school, a majority of the school is white and "basic" as they are called here (lulu yoga pants, north face jackets) and seem to all be clones of each other. Most people have the same superficial interests and spend mot of their time outside of school partying with alcohol and drugs. The separation of IB and regular students is also ridiculous. The IB program is a joke. It is a lot more work than AP classes, with less reward because at most you'll get a few college credits out of three of the six tests you'll take (if you manage to get 6 or 7s). This school also doesn't offer many extracurricular and the ones that are around struggle to get funding/membership (excluding Student Council and NHS) because a lot of students don't join any clubs other than sports. Overall I would advise any upcoming freshman to look to Central or even Como before going to Highland."
    Topic: Overall Experience | Rating:
    Posted 2016-05-01
    "Freshman and senior year were the best. Ib testing was kind of stressful."
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