HIGHLANDS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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2320 NEWPORT ST
SAN MATEO, CA 94402
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Phone: 650-312-7544
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 7
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: High
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Kindergarten - 5th Grade
  • District: San Mateo-foster City Elementary School District
  • Students/Teacher: 23:1
  • Students/Grade: 98.3
  • Number Students: 590
  • Number Teachers: 25
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 5654
  • Poverty Level: 6 - 15.9 PERCENT
  • Number Computers: 150
  • Principal: Ms Heather Gomez
  • 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
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (23 ratings)
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    School Reviews (20 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-03-16
    "I have to disagree with the previous reviewer, praising highly of the principal, Heather Gomez. She put her son in a school where she has a great influence. For example, on the first day of Kindergarten, there were a sign where to line up, a bucket of name tags, and a place to take a "first day of Kindergarten" picture. It turned out it was only for one class that Heather's son belonged to. She was standing right near the sign, she only gave curtly short answer, "only for class 1" when parents came by to ask her about the first day procedures. Heather's son belongs to a teacher's classroom who has a great reputation. It just seems like exercing personal influence without any qualms about it. On a separate note, she didn't care the other 75 parents and their children were mobbing around. I live in the neighborhood, and it is my best interest that the schools does well. However, the school is very much average despite of all the parent volunteers, and it seemed to be getting worse since Heather's arrival."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-01-25
    "My son is in Kindergarten and loves his teacher and the school! As a parent, I love this school. The principal is amazing and sends her own kids to this school even though she lives in Baywood and could send her kids there. This school has strong and well-rounded academic programs and is known to be one of the best schools in the area. It is not a school in "decline" as one poster wrote. This school has amazing resources and great parent involvement. The staff is very capable and top notch. My son's teacher is in constant communication with the parents and cares about all of the kids. This school accommodates all skill levels. So if a child is more advanced, they can go as far as they are willing to go. If a student needs more help, they can get more help. Overall, we love this school and the community feeling it creates and embraces."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-01-07
    "A great school with great kids and teachers, but unfortunately due to mismanagement by the school district, it's a school in decline. This year is the first year for the new "common core" math standard (spending more time to go deeper on math basics). As a result, all kids in the same grade are taught the same (low) level of math. My son finds the math boring and he disengages from doing his school work. The school board (which manages the K-8 grades in San Mateo and Foster City) removed the fast track math program (pre-algebra, algebra, and geometry in the middle school grades) and isn't interested in bringing it back. They claim this is due to the new Common-Core mandate, though other school systems (like Belmont, Redwood City, Palo Alto, and Los Gatos) have either left their fast math track programs intact or have re-instituted them back due to parent demand. A common theme I've heard with community parents is that many put their kids in a private school for elementary and middle school and then bring their kids to Aragon for high school. Aragon is managed by a different school district and still has a top notch reputation."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-10-22
    "We have been so impressed with Highlands Elementary School and the fantastic education our children are receiving. The teachers are extremely dedicated, and we have found them to be fair, approachable and truly passionate about teaching. The principal empowers the teachers and students, and the schools focuses not only on academics, but also life skills. The school also gives the children opportunities to work on individual projects, team projects, public speaking and writing, which are skills they will need later in life. The parent community is helpful and involved with things like fundraising, the book fair, the walk-a-jog, the garden and teacher appreciation events. The Highlands is a very special community, and most children walk or ride their bikes to school. The school community is welcoming and nurtures young children while getting them ready to move on to middle school. We feel very fortunate to have our children at such a wonderful elementary school."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-06-22
    "The principal Heather Gomez is fabulous. She has fantastic management skills as well as the school version of bedside manner. I have yet to encounter a teacher I feel is below top notch. I have 2 children and have been nothing but happy with the Highlands community."
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