Education

Highland County’s Public School System is unique in its size, student population, and beautiful surroundings. In total, the Highland County Public School System nurtures approximately 200 students in grades K-12 in one building with a full-time staff of approximately 70 individuals. We are one of the 30 counties in Virginia that is fully accredited by the Virginia Department of Education Standards of Learning, and one of the 18 divisions in Virginia that has achieved Acceptable Yearly Progress (AYP) under the No Child Left Behind legislation. Our public school system has an expenditure of $18,000 per pupil.

Our community embraces its youth and supports our schools in many ways. Citizens pack the stands to cheer on our athletes, provide projects for our career and technical curriculum areas, support fundraising opportunities, and award many scholarships to students who plan to continue their education.

Technology is a focus here at Highland, with at least one networked computer in every classroom. There is also one computer lab available for the elementary and middle schools, and two computer labs (one wireless) available to the high school. There is a computer networked Distance Learning Lab (DLL) capable of two-way video conferences, where students take advantage of courses that are not offered within our curriculum including distance learning and high school dual enrollment courses.

Our small student population allows us to provide an 11:1 pupil-teacher ratio at the high school level. Students receive individualized attention, and discipline problems are minimal. Despite our small size, we remain competitive in academics, athletics, student organizations and other extracurricular activities.

Highland Middle School educates our students in grades six through eight. It operates on the same seven-period class schedule as the high school with a separate lunchtime and specified areas for lockers and socialization. Teachers utilize the team approach to focus solely on middle school student needs.

Highland Elementary School includes grades kindergarten through five with a variety of enrichment programs tailored to fit the needs of individual students. A dedicated staff provides the students with extra support including an after-school remediation program.

In closing, if you are looking for an educational environment that is close to ideal, where students are known by name and receive individualized attention, and where education is highly valued by all members of our professional learning community, then Highland County may be the choice for you. Contact us at (540) 468-6300 or visit us on the web atwww.highland.k12.va.us.

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Highland Co. Board Of Education
Dr. Thomas Schott, Superintendent
PO Box 250 • Monterey VA 24465
Tel: 540-468-6300 • Fax: 540-468-6306

Highland Elementary School 
Ms. Teresa Blum, Principal
PO Box 310 • Monterey VA 24465
Tel: 540-468-6360 • Fax: 540-468-6399
Tel: 540-468-6305 (Information)

Highland High School 
Mr. Tim Good, Principal
PO Box 430 • Monterey VA 24465
Tel: 540-468-6320 • Fax: 540-468-6332
Tel: 540-468-6305 (Information)