Hours of Operation
8:50 AM - 3:35 PM
Highland Middle School was originally constructed in 1949. Through the years, Highland has undergone many changes. Our students experience a learning environment where form follows function. This is evident at Highland from the physical layout of the building to the redesigned 21st century classrooms. The layout of the building reflects Highland's commitment to meeting our students' social-emotional and academic needs. Facilitating the transition from elementary to middle school, the sixth grade academic teams are concentrated in a separate wing of the building. Seventh and eighth grade students attend classes grouped by content areas and grade level to allow for students and teachers to utilize interdisciplinary connections. In addition, our STEAM classrooms create an environment that incorporates technology to facilitate learning, in conjunction with being arranged in such a way as to encourage student communication and team collaboration. From additions to renovations, the Highland Middle School we know today is a true 21st century school. 920 eager and excited middle school students make up Highland's learning community.
"Highland Students are a Class Act," is more than just a string of words on an August bulletin board, Highland's motto and character philosophy reflects the day-to-day culture of our learning community. Students are encouraged to be self-directed learners, have good character, and take ownership of their education. Opportunities to self-advocate are plentiful and many of our students voluntarily come early or stay late to acquire assistance or complete their work. As an extension of self directed learning, our mission is to ensure that Highland students experience learning that prepares them to live and work in the 21st Century. By incorporating the Applications of Learning in their every day life at Highland, every member of our learning community is a stakeholder in successfully accomplishing this mission.
As the only middle school of District 70, meeting the high expectations of the community is a challenge that has motivated the Highland staff and students throughout the years. The community members of District 70 value education and understand its worth as necessary to helping students become successful and productive members of their community. Due to this understanding, the community and families of the district have always supported Highland Middle School in its academic endeavors. Highland's close ties with the community and families of the school is exemplified through Highland's Family Association (HFA). Through service projects in classrooms to community connections through the HFA, Highland's commitment to connecting with its community is prevalent everyday. Highland Middle School's strengths and accomplishments illustrate our pledge to our students and the Libertyville community.
Highland maintains a tradition of excellence. Not content to be complacent with past successes, Highland's learning community continues to strive to exceed expectations. As evidence of this, Highland has been recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence twice, once in 1990, and again in 2010. In 2015 & 2018, Highland was recognized by the Association of Middle Grade Schools (AIMS) as an Illinois Horizon School to Watch. Also in 2015 & 2018, Highland was recognized at the national level by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform as a National School to Watch. Highland offers many clubs and organizations that meet before, during, and after school, so that every student has an opportunity to be involved and connect with their peers. In addition, each sports season, there is at least one no cut sport, so that all students have an opportunity to participate. Students can find Highland's mascot, Harry the Hornet, at many of our home athletic events.
District 70's Mission: To ensure that District 70 students experience learning that prepares them to live and work in the 21st Century.