Highland School (Warrenton, Virginia)
|597 Broadview Avenue
Warrenton, Virginia 20186
|Color(s)||Blue and Gold|
Highland School is an independent school located in Warrenton, Virginia. Highland was founded in 1928 by Dorothy Rust and Lavinia Hamilton as the Warrenton Branch of the Calvert School of Baltimore. It was renamed Highland School in 1957 and moved to its current location. The school's stated mission is to "provide a demanding academic and co-curricular program that develops the skills, deviancy, and character essential for students to meet the challenges of college and leadership in the twenty-first century." Its upper (high) school was established in 1996. It serves 540 students from twelve counties. 
As of 2006[update], Highland School accommodates a lower school (PK-Grade 4), middle school (Grades 5-8) and upper school (Grades 9-12). The current head of school is Henry D. Berg and was appointed so in 2005. It participates within the Delaney Athletic Conference and the Melville Church Athletic Conference, a group of exclusive private schools in northern and central Virginia, as well as Maryland, and is in the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association. Highland also has a state of the art Center for the Arts, which features performances from groups like the Capitol Steps and productions like "The Music Man," "Hamlet II," "Anything Goes," "Jesus Christ Superstar," "Love's Labour's Lost," and "The Crucible."
The school has begun a new building campaign which will significantly enhance their facilities. A Humanities and Instructional Technology wing for the Upper School was completed during the fall 2009. A new turf stadium, softball field, and outdoor courtyard were also completed in 2009. In the fall of 2010, construction was completed on the new William A. Hazel Family Lower School, new library, expanded spaces for grades PK-4, and LEED Green certification expanded not only the physical structure of the school but also opportunities for Lower School learning. A Middle School renovation was completed for Fall 2012, with a the renovation of the Arundel Gymnasium as well as the addition of the Johnson Academic Center, which provides an optimal learning space that integrates technology into learning with a new computer room, library, media center, and learning center that aids students in project-based learning.
AP courses are offered to Upper School students, beginning in their sophomore year. The AP classes offered include Music Theory, 3 different History AP's, 4 science AP's, 3 AP English Classes, 3 AP Math classes and various others.
Additionally, there are many successful sports teams at the school. The boys and girls soccer, cross country, golf, boys and girls lacrosse, softball, girls and boys tennis, and swim teams have all had multiple state tournament appearances, and many have won. Highland also fields teams in baseball, basketball, field hockey, dance, volleyball, and cheerleading. All the teams have numerous DAC Tournament appearances or championships as well.
The maximum class size allowed is 18 students and a number of classes offered have less than ten students. Teachers are thus able to give a personalized level of focus to each student's academic progress. The low student:teacher ratio and the relationship between students and faculty is one of the quintessential aspects of the school, and a significant academic advantage for any student. Due to the quality of academics and teaching, students annually score in the highest percentiles on AP exams and SAT's and students regularly are accepted into some of the nations' best colleges and universities. In 2012, Highland had the highest SAT scores in Fauquier, and boasted two National Merit Semi-finalists in both the fall of 2011 and the fall of 2012. 100% of all Highland School graduates are accepted into a college or university. A significant amount of financial aid and scholarships to higher educational institutions are awarded to students.
State champion teams
- 2002: Boy's soccer
- 2006: Girl's soccer
- 2007: Girl's soccer
- 2007: Softball
- 2008: Softball
- 2008: Boy's soccer
- 2009: Boy's lacrosse
- 2009: Golf
- 2010: Boy's soccer
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