Our school offers the rigor of International Baccalaureate (IB) studies in a quiet, approachable setting. Highland Senior has a strong academic culture, and IB students are evaluated with their peers worldwide. Highland Senior is the only SPPS high school in which all ninth and tenth grade students participate in the IB Middle Years Programme; IB Diploma classes in all subjects are open to grades 11-12. We are the high school for the district Spanish Immersion program and for Capitol Hill Gifted and Talented (G/T) students, who receive enhanced G/T instruction and support. The smaller size of our school makes it easier for students to forge connections – with teachers, coaches, and other young people who share their interests. Over 30 enrichment opportunities are available to students in music, theater, dance, student government, clubs and athletics.
We have strong traditions of excellence in academics, arts, athletics and service. A rigorous curriculum in college preparation and regular education classes is built on state and national standards, and carried out by an energetic and committed staff and community. The school's commitment to excellence has paid off and was recognized as one of the countries top high schools by Newsweek and the Washigton Post. Highland Park was the only St. Paul School to receive the honor.