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Highlands, New Jersey
Monmouth County
Highlands Borough School District
Highlands Elementary School is a public school located in Highlands, New Jersey with 187 students in grades Pre-K-6.
NJDOE Lighthouse District Recognition
NJ Pre-School Expansion Aid Grant Recipient
NJ Safe Routes to School Gold Award

Highlands Elementary is the proud recipient of the NJDOE Lighthouse District Award, Safe Routes to School Gold Award and the Sustainable NJ Bronze Award. In addition it has been accepted for a chapter of the National Elementary Honor Society.

360 Navesink Avenue
Highlands, NJ 07732
Principal: Mr. Daniel Layton
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White 79%
Black 3%
Asian 1%
Hispanic 16%
American Indian or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0%
Multiracial 2%
School size
Female 47.1%
Male 52.9%
Economically disadvantaged students 48%
Students with disabilities 26%
English learners 5%
Homeless students 3%
Students in foster care 0%
Military-connected students 0%
Migrant students 0%
Students by grade
Average number of students per grade
Grade Percent of total students Students
Pre-K 11%
Kindergarten 17%
1st Grade 11%
2nd Grade 16%
3rd Grade 11%
4th Grade 9%
5th Grade 10%
6th Grade 16%
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English & language arts proficiency
of students

Math proficiency
of students

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Crime per 100 students
Incidents per year
Violence 0
Weapons 0
Vandalism 0
Substances 0
Harassment, intimidation, and bullying 6
Total incidents 6
Percent of students absent fewer than 10 days
Days absent Percent of students
0 days 2%
1 to 5 days 23%
6 to 10 days 42%
11 to 15 days 18%
Over 15 days 15%
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English 89.8%
Spanish 8.0%
Russian 1.6%
Other 0.5%
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Learn more about Highlands Elementary School.


To provide a safe environment for the study of a challeng and balanced curriculumn which will enable studnts to become indepent and critical thinkers. We expect that all students will achieve the NJ Student Learning Standards at all grade levels. Opportunities will be provide for students to develop self-esteem, social values and the motivation needed to continue individual growth while also developing a respect for cultural differences. This requires an active and responsible partnerships of students, staff, community and school board


Highlands Elementary School follows the New Jersey Learning Standards for all content areas. The full school day Pre School program is utilizing the High Scope Curriculum.Our primary students have access to iPads. The 3rd through 6th graders all have one to one laptop availability. Enrichment classes are STEAM based and integrated into the school day for students in grades K-4. We also enhanced our enrichment programs by implementing a grade 5 & 6, G & T program for ELA & Mathematics


Highlands Elementary School offers Student Council to fourth through sixth graders, Safety Patrol for fifth and sixth graders, and has its own Chapter of the National Elementary Honor Society.


The YMCA offers both before school and after school child care.


Our staff is involved in tri district professional development and has an affiliation with Brookdale Education Network for Professional Development as well as the Regional Professional Development Academy where they can choose up to three of the many offerings which directly relates to their certification


After school reading and math programs are provided for our struggling students. I & RS provides extra support by guiding interventions for speciic students needs.


All the students at Highlands Elementary School receive free breakfast after the bell. Our children attend Physical Education classes two times a week. They also participate in various physical fitness tests and have a large park equipped with swings, climbing apparatus etc to promote wellness.


We have a very active Parent Teacher Organization. They plan many family events including a Color Run, Student Activitie Nights/Dances, yearly Talent Shows and Theater performances. They also offer a school store and many fundraising activities to provide our students with many seasonal events.


Highlands Elementary School proudly touts its 88 year service to the children of Highlands, NJ. The school has many renovations including a new Security Vestibule, new State of the Art Security Camera system, upgraded Media Center, Makerspace, Computer Lab, new hvac in the cafeteria and air conditioning for most of the classrooms.


Highlands Elementary educates the whole child from beginning at the age of three. Our students are striving for no more than 5 latenesses or absences because we believe every day is essential to a child's education. The students earn "Blaze Bucks" for being caught working hard and for setting a goal using the words associated with the acronym PIRATE, punctual, interested, responsible, attentive, trustworthy and enthusiastic.

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