Highlands Elementary School Concord I am a realtor who is heavily involved in showing potential home buyers houses in cities like Concord, Walnut Creek, and Alamo California. I am also like any other parent who considers finding the best learning environment for my child to be very important. When helping families find homes, I implement both my status as a realtor and as a parent to find the best home for them and their children. If families are looking for a home in Concord, than I consider and mention Highlands Elementary School as a selling point. As it happens, one of my kids is currently on his way to start elementary school so I did some research on what constitutes a great elementary school, like Highlands. This is what I learned: you should always look at standardized test score results which are in most cases published online as they are fairly indicative of a school’s teaching quality. Yes, there are a variety of other factors that affect how well children learn, and it ranges from the leadership and passion of the teachers to the school services that are available to students and offered either before or after normal school hours, but those scores are still the only quantitative measurement a parent can use for the purpose of comparison. If awards and scores are any indication, than I really like Highlands Elementary School in Concord, California which and serves approximately 700 students each day of the school year in grades K-5. Highland’s staff diligently collaborates toward helping their student body succeed scholastically, and must be commended for their STAR performance results over the last few years. In fact, the school-wide API (Academic Performance Index) is above 850, which is amazing news for a school of that size. Also worth mentioning is that in 2006 Highlands received an Honorable Mention for the California’s Distinguished School Award (CDSA). For those parents who may not be familiar with the CDSA – only five percent of schools in our state receive this award each year, which means this is a very big accomplishment. Aside from scores, the staff at Highlands plays a major role in the educational quality at the elementary school. From what Highlands parents tell me, the school administrators have high expectations for teachers, which affects the quality of education as they pass on those high expectations to the young learners. Summing up Highlands Elementary, you can say that achievement starts from the top and trickles down to what is truly important for the students. So if your home is near this Concord school, you may consider yourself lucky that your kids will truly receive a private-education valued public school education.