Highland School of Technology's Accolades
NC School of Distinction 2000-01 – 84.1%
NC School of Excellence 2001-02 – 90.6%
NC School of Distinction 2002-03 – 88.5%
NC School of Distinction 2003-04 – 89.1%
NC Honor School of Excellence 2004-05 – 92.1%
EOC Proficiency Rate 2005-06 – 91.1%
NC Honor School of Excellence, High Growth 2007-08 – 91%
NC Honor School of Excellence, High Growth 2008-09 – 94.922%
NC Honor School of Excellence, High Growth 2009-10 – 98.9%
NC Honor School of Excellence, High Growth 2010-11– 99.2%
NC Honor School of Excellence, High Growth 2011-12– 99.8%
Governor’s Entrepreneurial Award 2001 – In 1993, Governor James B. Hunt, Jr. began the Entrepreneurial Schools Awards to recognize the importance of risk-taking and leadership in making change and delivering results in public education. Highland was recognized for bold leadership and responsible risk-taking to advance teaching and improve learning in the State of NC.
Teacher Working Conditions Initiative 2002 - The Governor Mike Easley commissioned a research team—in collaboration with BellSouth, North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards Commission (NCPTSC), and the Southeast Center for Teaching Quality—to conduct site visits and provide case studies for a group of schools that scored well on the TWC survey. The Highland School of Technology was the high school with the highest score and was included in the report.
Identified as one of the Top 30 Model Schools in the Nation for Bringing Best Practices to Scale by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Council of Chief State School Officers, and International Center for Leadership in Education. 2003 - Criteria for selection as a model high school include a learning environment that promotes high achievement, use of data to make instructional decisions, a rigorous and relevant curriculum, professional development for instructional staff members, parental involvement, community support, and increased student learning time. Michael Ward, North Carolina’s Superintendent Of Public Instruction identified Highland School of Technology for inclusion in the project for its innovative thinking and best practices.
The Highland School of Technology was featured in the December 9, 2003, issue of Forbes magazine. The article mentioned Highland when discussing the business of educational innovation in the Charlotte region.
The Highland School of Technology was featured in the July 2003 issue of Greater Charlotte Biz, the magazine for the successful business executive. The article featured the accomplishments of our school and highlighted the skills of our first graduating class.
The Highland School of Technology was featured in the June 2004 issue of the Engineering Times by the National Society of Professional Engineers. The article highlights our Manufacturing/Engineering Academy and includes interviews from two of our students who plan to pursue a degree in engineering.
The Highland School of Technology is participating in a National Science Foundation Grant administered through the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Gaston College. The grant encourages student participants in JETS (Junior Engineering Technology Society) and Engineering Technology related competitions.
Selected as one of 23 model high schools nationwide to share its best practices at the 15th Annual Model Schools Conference in Washington, D.C., on June 30-July 3, 2007. The Conference, sponsored by the International Center for Leadership in Education, is the nation’s premier event for K-12 education reform.
The Highland School of Technology was recognized by the State School Board and the Department of Public Instruction for our 100% graduation rate for the class of 2008.
The Highland School of Technology received silver medal status from the U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best High Schools." 2008 - Schools are measured based on a three-step process that looked at reading and math test results and how many students took Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses and tests and how well they performed.