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Principal's Message


Welcome to Highland High School – Home of the Scots! We extend a special welcome to the Class of 2027. Now in our 53th year, Highland is a ‘School of Choice,’ distinguished by success in academics, athletics, arts, and activities. Because our mission is to “graduate students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be competitively successful in post-secondary
educational, military or workforce pursuits,” we believe all students deserve engaging, relevant and challenging course work. We partner with College Board and are officially a “Pre-AP” (Pre-Advanced Placement) school. Pre-AP is about achieving results for ALL students. Pre-AP classes grades 9-11 share instructional four principles: close observation and analysis, evidence-based writing, higher-order questioning, and academic conversations. We offer several Pre-Advanced Placement courses that are vertically and horizontally aligned for student success. These courses are also aligned with Advanced Placement offerings.

We foster partnerships between parents, students, staff, and community to ensure student success. Our student information system, Parent VUE, is one tool we use to communicate. Parent VUE allows parents to monitor progress and attendance. Teachers and Counselors use the platform Canvas to communicate student and school information, and some staff use Remind to communicate. We use Blackboard to announce important school events and to contact parents in the event of an
emergency. Parents can receive important school information three ways: by phone, email, or text (additional charges may apply). You can also find us on social media: Highland webpage, our Parent Facebook page, Twitter (@highland_scots), and many club and athletic Instagram sites.


Another way we partner with parents is by hosting monthly “Coffee with the Principal.” Working together, we foster a
successful high school experience for your student as well as prepare students for post-high school educational, career, and military endeavors. We host monthly “coffees” in the morning. Please visit our parent Facebook page for details. We want students to enjoy high school, one of the most fun-filled, memorable periods of their lives, and we encourage each student to become involved by participating in one of the many opportunities. Our strong programs provide students access to clubs and organizations, visual and performing arts, academic competition teams, and athletics. Our hope is ultimately we demonstrate our school acronym PLAID in our homes, our school, and our community-- PRIDE, LEADERSHIP, ATTITUDE, INTEGRITY and DETERMINATION.

For over 50 years we have positively impacted our community, and we appreciate your continued support of Highland High




Debra Vigstrom

Debra Vigstrom, Principal

Cultivating Students, Harvesting Success