The School Profile
The first step in our process was the development
of the school profile. We used the following sources for this
We surveyed parents, all 5th and 6th grade
students, and all staff to gain views and opinions about Highland
Academy and how our school could be improved. The survey was given to
all parents. Approximately 75% of last year's sixth grade graduates
were contacted; 25% moved or had no current telephone.
We studied the goals of the Omaha Public Schools,
trends in education on a national basis, and sought other information
about highly successful schools.
Data from the California Achievement Testing,
Benchmark testing, success with OIP objectives, and overall student
achievement were analyzed to reveal our areas of strengths and
Summary of Parents, Students and Staff
Parents, students and staff agreed that learning
to get along with people from different backgrounds and learning
about multicultural and gender issues are important and that Highland
has been successful in these areas.
All groups identified study habits as an area for
Learning to read well and critically was
identified by all groups as a high priority. Staff indicated that
student performance in this area should improve.
Concern about issues related to computers and
other technology was identified by parents and staff; concerns were
especially noted in the comment section of the
Learning to write and communicate clearly was
identified as a need by all groups.
Learning to manage conflict and make good choices
were identified as a priority by all three groups and as an area
where there was a need for improved student performance.
Study habits and setting priorities were viewed as
important by all three groups. Comments by parents and staff
reflected concerns about study habits and goal setting.
Recognition of personal successes and
accomplishments was viewed as a strength by all groups.
Conclusions of the School Profile
Expectation for academic achievement must be
maintained and applied to all students.
Study skills need to be developed to enable
students to succeed academically and promote life-long
Being able to read well and critically needs to be
an area of major focus. Communication both orally and in written
language needs to be emphasized.
Basic skill areas need to be reinforced throughout
Students need to further develop interpersonal
relationship skills such as conflict management, decision-making, and
accepting responsibility and be able to transfer those skills beyond
the school setting.
Technology, especially in the area of computer
literacy, needs to be emphasized with more opportunities for hands-on
Due to the many multicultural backgrounds at
Highland Academy, the entire school population and community viewed
diversity as a strength.
Mission Statement for Highland
Highland Academy is responsible for meeting the
challenge of providing a comprehensive educational program in an
atmosphere that is open, concerned, and responsive to the needs of
students and the community. The following statements express the
philosophy that guided Highland Academy in formation of its goals and
all students have an inherent right to an
education that will enable them to reach their highest possible
intellectual, social, physical, and ethical
education must concentrate on the complete
development of students as individuals who achieve well in reading
comprehension and written and oral communication.
the responsibility of education in a democracy
is to make it possible for all citizens to understand themselves
and the world about them, so that they can live effectively in the
world of expanding experiences and constant change related to the
use of computers and related technology.
education requires systematic and sustained
effort by students, staff, parents and the community to develop
interpersonal relationship skills.
After comparing the Mission Statement with the
Student Profile, the following focus areas for learning were approved
by the School Planning Council as a basis for strategic
Written and oral communication
Use of computers and related
School Learning Goals
Based on the five focus areas for Highland
Academy, the following goals have been selected for student
Students will increase their ability to read for
meaning and to think critically about what is read.
Students will demonstrate improved written and
oral communication skills in all areas of the curriculum.
Students will increase proficiency in the use of
computers and related technology.
Participation in Learning Goals
Students will improve study skills to increase
Students will demonstrate interpersonal skills,
focusing on conflict management, decision-making and accepting
responsibility, according to the expectations established in the
Highland Citizenship Plan and life skills goals.