1. In November, 2014, HHS received the distinction of being named a Four Star School by the Indiana Department of Education for the third consecutive year. This is the most prestigious level of accreditation a school can receive from the State of Indiana. In order to achieve this designation, a school must be in the top 25th percentile of schools in ISTEP+ECA testing results. Only 58 public high schools statewide received this designation along with Highland High School.
2. In October, 2014, HHS received an "A" rating (4.0) from the Indiana Department of Education. This rating was based upon a combination of passing scores on End-of-Course Assessments, the graduation rate, passing rates on Advanced Placement (AP) exams, and college credits earned through concurrent enrollment in college-level courses taught at the high school. HHS was one of only four2 Lake County high schools to earn an “A” grade!
3. In July, 2015, 24 HHS students were designated as AP scholars by the College Board (13 students were AP Scholars, 5 students were AP Scholars with Honors 5 students were AP Scholars with distinction, and 1 student was recognized as a National Scholar!). HHS has never had a National AP Scholar until 2015!
4. To date, the Class of 2015 outperformed the Class of 2014 and 2013 with the highest number of Scholars with Honors and Scholars with Distinction than any since the College Board began recognizing these high-performing students. In 2012, 19 HHS students were designated as AP scholars by the College Board. In 2011, 14 HHS students were designated. In 2010, no HHS students received this designation.
5. In 2014, HHS graduated 95% of its seniors. The 3 year average graduation rate for HHS is 95%. In 2009, 80% of the senior class graduated from Highland.
6. Since 2010, HHS has had five IHSAA state champions. No other school in Lake County can claim this record over this period of time.
7. In 2014, 40% the graduating class earned dual high school college credit.
8. The graduating class of 2015 was awarded more than 1.5 million dollars in college scholarships.
9. In 2013, HHS students taking the ACT scored above the Indiana state average in all subjects (English, Mathematics, Reading and Science) as well as in the Composite Score.