Highland School of Technology's Accolades
- In October 2018, the Charlotte Business Journal recognized Highland as the top public high school in the Charlotte area for “college and career readiness”. Click to read the article.
- Highland School of Technology was named a Lighthouse School by the NCASCD in February 2018. This prestigious award is presented to one or more schools leading the way in North Carolina for excellence in student achievement and innovative programs.
- Highland School of Technology was chosen as a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School, a distinction presented by the United States Department of Education, for it's high academic achievement. Highland is one of only six schools in North Carolina to earn the distinction in 2017. Highland is the third school in Gaston County Schools to earn the National Blue Ribbon School status since the recognition program began in 1982.
- 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.
- 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.
Highland's Academic Achievement Recognition
- NC School Performance Grade – 99 (A) Exceeds Expected Growth 2017-18 – 99.8%
- NC School Performance Grade – 99 (A+NG) Exceeds Expected Growth 2016-17 – 99.8%
- NC School Performance Grade – 98 (A+) Exceeds Expected Growth 2015-16 – 97%
- NC School Performance Grade – 96 (A) Exceeds Expected Growth 2014-15 – 93.5%
- NC Honor School of Excellence, Exceeds Expected Growth 2013-14 – 92% (State average 58.5%)
- NC Honor School of Excellence, Exceeds Expected Growth 2012-13 – 78.9% (State average 46%)
- NC Honor School of Excellence, High Growth 2011-12 – 99.8% – Highest test scores of any public high school in NC.
- NC Honor School of Excellence, High Growth 2010-11 – 99.3% – Highest test scores of any public high school in NC.
- NC Honor School of Excellence, High Growth 2009-10 – 98.79%
- NC Honor School of Excellence, High Growth 2008-09 – 94.922%
- NC Honor School of Excellence, High Growth 2007-08 – 91%
- NC School of Distinction 2006-07 – 86.1%
- EOC Proficiency Rate 2005-06 – 91.1%
- NC Honor School of Excellence 2004-05 – 92.1%
- NC School of Distinction 2003-04 – 89.1%
- NC School of Distinction 2002-03 – 88.5%
- NC School of Excellence 2001-02 – 90.6%
- NC School of Distinction 2000-01 – 84.1%
- The Future Business Leaders of America club at Highland School of Technology received the nationally recognized Hollis and Kitty Guy Gold Seal Chapter Award of Merit for the 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years.
- The Technology Students Association club at Highland School of Technology is one of the largest chapters in the state, we have won Chapter of The Year 9 out of 10 years, and have had at least one chapter member serve as a State Officer the past 5 years.
- The HOSA (Future Health Professionals of America) club at Highland School of Technology has been recognized as the largest 1A chapter and the "Most Outstanding Chapter" five out of the last six years in North Carolina.
- 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.
- 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 Pathway and includes interviews from two of our students who plan to pursue a degree in engineering.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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