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The Highlands School Continues to Stay 'Always Higher'

By Marina Jokic

There are several unique characteristics that set the Highlands School apart from other institutions: the intimate school environment, a high teacher to student ratio, more opportunities to participate in extracurricular and sports activities, as well as a receptive atmosphere for students from all faiths. In a recent interview, director of admissions Madeline Reising tells us that one of the central tenets of the Highlands School focuses on the character and spiritual development of each child.

Reising points out that "the true foundation for a child's future lies in the development of [his/her] character; their ability to see beyond their immediate horizon and rise above it." A guiding principle at Highlands is that academic excellence is only one part of education. In addition, students should devote themselves to fostering their moral and spiritual growth. For that purpose, there are ten full-time staff members, men and women, who afford students personalized spiritual education.

The academic experience in the Highlands High School is quite rigorous and features electives in the junior and senior years, which allow students to pursue personal interests as well as receive special preparation for later studies. The curriculum offers room for exploration and can be tailored to the interests of individual students- an important deciding factor for many applicants.

Reising tells us that since 2004, the Highlands High School has been recognized as the only school in Dallas to receive the Cardinal Newman Society's Catholic High School Honor Roll award, making it among the top fifty Catholic High Schools in the U.S.- not a small achievement.

Unique to the Highlands are their Formation Teams (Boys and Girls) that offer a conducive setting for personal reflection and growth. The school considers the virtues of integrity, honesty, perseverance, strength of will, a healthy sense of self-worth, and a spirit of service as foundational for each student's happiness and success. Above a student's SAT or GPA, these virtues are most valuable in determining student progress and long-term success. The school is also distinguished by its single-gender classes on a co-educational campus (from 4th grade on). Highlands School holds Open Houses periodically for all interested families.

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Marina Jokic holds a bachelor's degree from Connecticut College in Russian and East...

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