Highland Community SChool

2024-2025 Back-to-School Info

Handbooks and Policies

Programs Handbook *  2024 Coming Soon*
Family Handbook

Quick Info

2024-2025 School Registration

School registration opens July 29th through Transparent Classroom! Program registration (Beforeschool, Afterschool, CHECK) will open for families on August 5th.


School Hours
Level School Schedule
Toddler 8:00 am -3:30 pm
K3 8:30 am -11:30 am
K4-6th Grade 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Adolescent Program 8:10 am – 3:30 pm

Learn more about our paid programs, including: beforecare, aftercare, CHECK and toddlers.

School Calendar

Download your 2024-2025_academic-year-calendar. Additional events, activities and notices will be added to the Google Calendar throughout the year.

Notes Home

Notes Home is the school-community newsletter for Highland, published electronically every Friday school is in session. Not receiving Notes Home? Please email Ms. Elizabeth to get on the mailing list.

All-School Ice Cream Social

August 8th at 5:30 pm on the Playground — Midsummer reunion with popsicles and information about upcoming events, projects and volunteer opportunities!

School Registration Opens July 29

in Transparent Classroom

Paid Programs Registration Opens August 5th 

School Supplies!

School Supply Lists are available. Download your teacher’s PDF or purchase through our supplier and partner, Impacks.

2024-2025 Classroom Orientations

Classroom Orientations: August 29

Back to School Policies to Know

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Before School
  •  7:00 AM: Children enrolled in before can be dropped off. 
  • 7:45 AM – 8:00 AM: Breakfast Club for before-school students only in the gym.
7:45 -8:15 AM
Breakfast Club
  •  8:00 AM – 8:15 AM: Breakfast Club for all students in the gym.
  • 8:05 AM: The 17th Street Gate is unlocked for 17th Street drop-off. Adolescent students should go straight to their classrooms. Elementary Students not enrolled in beforecare should stay on the playground or attend Breakfast Club. They may not go upstairs until after 8:15 AM.
  • Students and their families are not permitted on the 2nd and 3rd floors before 8:15 AM to allow teacher prep time.
  • 8:10 AM: Adolescent Program School Day Begins.
8:15-8:30 AM
School Day Arrivals
  • Toddlers/Children’s House are walked to their classrooms by their parents/guardians.
  • Elementary/AP Students are dropped off on 17th Street to go to their classrooms. 
8:35 AM & After
Tardy/Late Arrival
  • 17th Street Gate is closed.
  • Late arrivals should come to the main entrance on 18th Street.
    Office staff will give students a tardy slip. If students are going to be late and need a hot lunch, families should call the office by 8:30 a.m.
11:30 AM
K3 Dismissal
  •  K3s not attending CHECK complete their day at 11:30 am.
  • Parents will come in and pick up their children from the classroom each day.
3:30 PM
School Day Dismissal
  • 3:25 PM: Lobby Doors open to allow parents upstairs for dismissal.
  •  3:30 PM: Classroom doors open to dismiss end-of-the-day students. Families may pick up their children from the classroom each day.
  •  AP students not enrolled in Neighborhood House or Highland after-school program will be on 17th Street for dismissal each day by 3:35 pm. 
  •  3:25-3:45 PM: The 17th Street Gate is unlocked for AP Neighborhood House dismissal, daycare vans, Adolescent dismissal, and Upper El Students whose families have indicated it is okay to release their students to the 17th Street Gate for dismissal. The gate is locked at 3:45 PM.
3:45 PM – 6:00 PM
Afterschool Dismissal
  •  3:45 PM: Any students not picked up (and not enrolled in afterschool) will be brought to the main office.
  • Parents are invited to pick up their after-school children from their afterschool classrooms.
  • 4:15 PM: Students in early aftercare should be picked up and clocked out. 
  • 6:00 PM: Any students not picked up will be brought to the main office. Families enrolled in early afterschool who pick up after 4:30 pm will be charged a late pick-up fee. Families enrolled in late afterschool who pick up after 6:00 PM will be charged a late pick-up fee.

School Start Time

School starts promptly at 8:30 am (8:10 am for AP). In a Montessori environment, students need three hours of open, uninterrupted time to choose independent work, become deeply engaged, and repeat this work to their satisfaction; therefore, your children must arrive at school on time. Being five or ten minutes late may seem like a minor issue, but it disrupts the rhythm and flow of the entire Montessori classroom. If your child needs to arrive before 8:15 am, they must join the Before School program or participate in the breakfast program that begins at 8:00 am.

Since Toddlers’ school day begins at 8:00 a.m. and requires a consistent schedule, late arrivals are strongly discouraged. Toddlers arriving after 8:30 a.m. will not be admitted without special permission from the Lead Teacher.

Morning Drop-Off

All Toddler and Children’s House (K3-K5) students must be walked into the building during morning drop-off. This means that parents will need to park in the parking lot or on the street to bring their students to their classrooms, where they will sign them in with their teachers.

Lower Elementary (grades 1-3), Upper Elementary (grades 4-6), and Adolescent (grades 7-8) students should be dropped off on 17th Street by the playground. A staff person will greet them and ensure they enter the building safely. Please do not park on 17th Street. This is for drop-off only.

Morning drop-off and afternoon pickup are very busy times for HCS. To keep everyone safe and on time, we have set the following rules:

General Rules

  • If you escort your child into the building, use the 18th Street main entrance. Park in the parking lot on 18th Street, Highland Ave., or Juneau Ave.
  • Do not park on or in front of the loading dock just south of the Main Entrance on 18th St.
  • Handicapped spaces are limited; please do not use these spaces if you aren’t permitted.

Gate Hours

The East Gate 17th Street: Open and staffed mornings from 8:05 am to 8:35 am for the car drop offline. If you are late for drop-off, proceed to the main entrance on 18th Street.



Because our parking lot is so busy, patience and caution are required. Please drive slowly and be careful when entering and exiting the parking lot. There is also street parking on 18th St. and Juneau Ave.

Parking Tips

  • Parking Maps are available on the website.
  • Arrive early in winter! Snow build-up limits parking spaces and narrows the street. Parking during the winter months will take extra patience and time. Plus, you will need extra time to help your child remove winter attire once in the building.

Pick-up Time

Children’s House through the Adolescent program can be picked up from inside the building at 3:30 pm. AP students will be dismissed to 17th Street at 3:30 pm. Upper Elementary students need written permission from their parent/guardian to be dismissed to 17th Street at the end of the day. Please email Executive Director, Ms. Tracy.

  • Doors in the office will be closed until 3:25 pm.
  • Classroom doors will be closed until 3:30 pm, when children may be picked up by their parent/guardian.

Pick-up time for 3-year-old children is 11:30 am unless your child is enrolled in the CHECK program. The all-school pick-up for students is at 3:30 pm unless your child is in the Afterschool program. Students in K4-8th grade should be picked up no earlier than 5 minutes before dismissal unless an excuse is provided to school staff at the time of pickup. Picking your child up early may impact their attendance record.

Upper Elementary students only may be released to the 17th Street Gate at the end of the day with written permission from a parent to Ms. Tracy. Parents can email Ms. Tracy to communicate to the school if they would like their older child released from 17th Street. Children’s House and Lower Elementary children are not allowed to exit 17th Street (even with parent permission) unless they are escorted by an older (Upper El or Adolescent) sibling. 

If your student is missing school due to frequent early pick-ups, you may be contacted by the School Social Worker and a conference may be scheduled to discuss your child’s attendance record and problem-solve.

When To Keep Children Home

Children who are sick require the special attention that being at home provides. Children cannot be permitted at school with any of the following:

  • Fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea – within the previous 24-hour period
  • Draining rash
  • Eye discharge or pink eye
  • Sore throat
  • Communicable diseases, such as head lice, ringworm, etc., require treatment (see Main Office for exact details and processes)

When Illness Occurs at School

Children not well enough to go outside for playtime are not well enough to come to school. If illness occurs while your child is at school, the office staff will notify you. Your child will be sent to the administrative office and cared for by the administrative staff until he or she is picked up. You are responsible for arranging for or picking up your child from school as soon as possible. Children may return to school when:

  • Symptoms are decreasing
  • There is no discharge from rash
  • They have a fever of less than 100 degrees (without medication) for 24 hours
  • They have had no vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours
  • They can tolerate full activities, including recess

First Day of School

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2024

Phone & Email



Tuesday, July 23

New Families Meeting

Monday, July 29

School Registration Opens

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