About Us

Experience is the best teacher. At Highland, we combine the best of traditional and non-traditional methods to create an active learning environment where discoveries in the classroom comes to life through hands­-on activities.

Highland School is a Pre-K to Grade 12 independent school located in Warrenton, Virginia. Students grow and develop, bound only by their energy and interests. Field Studies make research real. Highly evolved experiential learning programs introduce students to the wonder and majesty of the natural world.

Active learning across all divisions
Across all of our divisions, Highland’s courses are as much active as academic. For example, students of drama, literature, and media use digital tools to tell their own stories. Field study trips to environmental centers underscore classroom science lessons. Students of Shakespeare read plays, act out the roles and attend professional performances. 

Highland’s courses are as much active as academic. Students of drama and literature use digital tools to tell their own stories. Field studies at area parks and environmental centers underscore classroom science lessons.

Our robotics teams, which include programs for Lower, Middle and Upper School students, combine mathematics, engineering, and computer programming to solve complex problems. These teams collaborate to make their complex designs a reality. 

Counseling the right fit
For our Upper School students, college counseling emphasizes finding the best post-­secondary “fit” for each individual. Admission counselors visit campus each fall to meet students and answer questions. 

Each January, young alumni return to give presentations and describe their college experiences. Beginning in Grade 9, counseling is an open discussion between parents, students, and Highland faculty and staff about making the best choices for the right reasons.

Technology at Highland
Highland has embraced sophisticated digital technologies in support of art and music, foreign language and science instruction. Students gain wide­-ranging computer proficiency across platforms and disciplines. In a school that prides itself on community, we’ve all seen that computers and mobile devices are powerful tools for bringing people together.

Built around a network of high­ end iMac and PC 's loaded with the latest applications, Highland’s computer labs, available to all students, inspire the academic mind and feed the creative spirit.

Best of the best
In our Upper School, Highland offers nine Honors courses in a range of subjects and 16 Advanced Placement classes. More than 75% of our seniors take advantage of these course offerings every year. Recent college acceptances include the most prestigious schools in Virginia, as well as Columbia University, Duke University, Stanford University, Yale University and others.

Learning how we learn
In our dedicated Learning Center, educational specialists deliver a range of support services to Pre-K through Grade 12. The center is available to students in need of extra attention, advocacy, remediation, and individualized instruction. On campus resources help ensure that each Highland student develops confidence, competence, and academic independence.

• Read about Highland's Mission and Philosophy

• Learn about the Five C's of a Highland education

• Read Highland's nondiscriminatory statement

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