Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What grade levels are taught at Highland Christian School?

A.  Highland Christian School provides a comprehensive, fully accredited education program for students pre-kindergarten through grade 8.

Preschool:  Our Pre-K program is known as the Sonshine Enrichment Center and is housed in the main building.  Preschool program options vary based on age.  Classes are taught by dedicated Christian teachers and are geared towards preparing children for the transition into their formal education at kindergarten.

Kindergarten-Grade 8:

Highland Christian School offers two kindergarten options: 3 full-day or 5 full-day. (SEE FAQ Kindergarten Schedule.)

Highland Christian offers an educational program for all students through eighth grade, with two sections per grade.  The junior high (grades six through eight) are taught in a junior high model: a period schedule, subjects taught by academic area specialists.  All of our students, first through eighth grade,  benefit from professional instruction in music, art, and physical education.  We provide extra-curricular programs in the fine arts and in competitive athletics.

Q. What is the Kindergarten schedule?

A.  The schedule for kindergarten follows the school calendar. Our full-day program begins at 8:30 AM and ends at 3:10 PM.  Parents may choose either a 3 full-day program on Monday, Wednesday, Friday or a 5 full-day program on Monday through Friday.

Q. What kind of curriculum does Highland Christian School have?

A.  Highland Christian curriculum materials are reviewed and selected by a faculty and administrative committee.  The materials are not from a single publisher but are selected for their content, quality, and compatibility with a Christian perspective.  HCS seeks the highest quality academic materials to serve the mission, but we believe that the teacher is the master of the curriculum, and that a variety of curriculum materials allow opportunities to teach students to view all knowledge through the scriptural lens and to apply principles of Biblical integration.  We use materials published by Christian Schools International, Saxon, Scott Foresman, MacMillan, Houghton Mifflin, and many other publishers.

Q. Does Highland Christian School have a program for children with learning disabilities?

A.  Highland Christian provides academic support services for students with learning difficulties.  Identified students in grades one through five are assisted in our Discovery Center.  The Discovery Center teacher focuses on individual learning styles and making learning effective and pleasurable so that each student reaches personal potential. The Academic Support Center is a resource for junior high students with unique learning needs. Qualified students are assisted through individualized and small group instruction in specific subject areas. Some students are assisted through study halls focusing on organizational skills.

Q. Are students required to wear uniforms at Highland Christian School?

A.  Uniforms are not required at Highland Christian School. We do enforce a dress code that speaks to modesty, humility, and communication of our creation in the image of God.

Q. Does Highland Christian School have a hot lunch program?

A.  Highland Christian School provides a hot lunch program 5 days a week.  The cost of a lunch is $2.50;  however, a lunch card must be purchased.
Lunch cards can be purchased in 2 quantities — 20 meals and 5 meals.  A 20-meal card is $50 and a 5-meal card is $12.50.  A note will be sent home when your child needs a new lunch card.  You also have the option to have your child’s 20-meal lunch card automatically renewed when he/she needs a new card.  This would be added to your tuition account at the time the card is written.
Students in grades 6-8 have the option to purchase doubles on a daily basis.  They can receive  2 portions of the main entrée at a cost of $3.75.  Students in grades 3-5 have the option to purchase doubles on pizza day only.
The hot lunch menu consists of a 4-week rotation, along with 3 daily lunch choices.   The daily choices are:  (1) Turkey Dog, chips, fruit  and veggie,  (2) Soy PB&J, chips, fruit and veggie, and (3) Sunshine Lunch, which consists of a yogurt tube, string cheese, carrots, fruit and Goldfish crackers.  All meals are peanut-free.
The hot lunch menu is on the website calendar, with the current week’s menu on the homepage.   Monthly calendars are sent home with your child,  allowing you to plan the lunches together.

Q. How does Highland Christian School implement technology in learning?

A.  Highland Christian School embraces technology as in important tool for teaching and learning as well as an essential skill set for mastery.  Beginning 2016-17, we are pleased to announce the addition of a Educational Technology Specialist position.  Mr. Rick Vander Woude will be working with faculty as we prepare for the launch of our 1:1 technology program for Junior High beginning in 2017-18.

We have provided an instructional computer lab, a mobile Ipad lab (used in grades K-5), (2) mobile MacBook Computer labs (used in grades 6-8),  networked computers in each classroom, a computerized library catalog and library circulation program.

Our grade reporting and report card generation are computerized and academic data is available to parents via Net Classroom, an internet portal.  Internet access from Highland Christian School is filtered for the safety of our children.

Q. What fine arts and co-curricular activities are available at Highland Christian School?

A.  Music and art are taught to all students at Highland Christian School. The students move to music or art classrooms and are instructed by a specialist weekly. Similarly, physical education instruction is provided at all grade levels. Co-curricular programs are available to junior high students in the areas of choral and instrumental music as well as seasonal competitive sports.

Q. What are the tuition and fees at Highland Christian School?

A.  You can download the 2017/18 Financial Summary here.

Q. Does Highland Christian School have before and/or after care program(s)?

A.  Yes. Our Before and After Care Program is located in our main building. It is available for currently enrolled students preschool through grade 8.  The hours of operation are from 6:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Scheduling for Before and After Care is flexible. Families who are registered will complete a monthly schedule based on their needs. The fee is $5.50 per hour.  There is a maximum family fee of $11.00/hour

Q. How large are classes at Highland Christian School?

A.   Currently our classes range from thirteen to twenty-three students.

Q. Is bus transportation available?

A.   Highland Christian School operates six bus routes. Families concentrated in certain neighborhoods enjoy bus service to a point very near their homes. Students living outside of served areas may be able to establish a point on one of the routes that would reduce the distances that parents would need to transport their children. Please contact the school for specific information.