Highlands Middle School

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About Highlands Middle School
Kennewick’s Highlands Middle School is operated by the Kennewick School District education agency, listed as a regular school, classified as a Middle School, located in a mid-sized city setting in the county of Benton and city of Kennewick. Kennewick, the largest of the three cities, Pasco and Richland are the other two, known as the "Tri-Cities", Kennewick sits on the Columbia River and has hot summers and cool winters in a dry desert environment.

Highlands Middle School offers Sixth through Eighth Grade and has approximately 836 students with 40 teachers. The 40 teachers make up a student-teacher ratio of 20.9 students for every teacher. It is Title I eligible. It is not a charter or a magnet school. Caucasians, Hispanics, African-Americans, Asians, and Indians comprise the school’s population. Highlands Middle School aims is to create a place where mutual respect and cooperation exists to encourage students to become the best that they can be.

Highland's History
Highlands Middle School was built in 1959 and remodeled in 1994. The total area of the building is 92,290 square feet. Aside from the regular classrooms, there are six science laboratories, special areas for art, technology education, music, computer education, home economics, library and a research laboratory. There is also a gymnasium for Physical Education.

The focus of the Highlands Middle School is to improve student learning particularly in Reading and Mathematics. Students are encouraged to read to meet the Accelerated Reading goals. Strategies to improve reading performance are to hire more teachers for reading and more time allotment for reading instruction. In Math, the Connected Math Curriculum and Accelerated Math are programs added to the curriculum to improve students’ math skills.#idx-price-bar#

Make Your Day is also being practiced. It is based on the philosophy wherein the basic principles are built on human dignity and responsibility. Make Your Day allows students to make choices that provides them with opportunities to learn through their own successes and failures.

Highlands’ Culture
Aside from academics, music classes like the jazz band, wherein advanced students have the chance to learn to play different jazz styles and improvised solos; band classes where students have the opportunity to learn to play woodwinds, brass and percussion instruments; orchestra class where students learn to play orchestral string instruments and learn traditional classical concert music, movie themes, and other popular music; music exploratory class where they learn about music through playing Latin and Africa Drumming and learn to read and play rhythms in traditional music notation.

At Highlands Middle School there are also different clubs to choose from - the Scale Model Club, Chess Club, Buddy Club, and Rose Tea Club. The Rose Tea Club provides a time when students are able to discuss books they are currently reading with a teacher. The students bring their lunch in the library and the teacher serves the tea and snacks.

The parents’ support and involvement in their children’s education is critical for their success so the school encourages them to join and become part of a team with Highlands Middle School.

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