Heights Elementary School Overview

  • Who could describe Heights better than Heights? Here are some quotes from our 5th graders, class of 2016, to tell you about us: 
     
    "Have fun at Heights. do your work, don't get in trouble, and this school is fun. You'll love Heights, it is truly the best school ever." 
     
    "Advice I would give to a new student is to have fun and be good"
     
    "I'm going to miss the good food that they serve here at Heights"
     
    "My favorite memory of Heights is the Olympics. It is kind of great when the whole school comes together"
     
    "Listen to the 3 B's: Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible"
     
    "Never get frustrated because there is always going to be help"  
     
    "If I could give any advice to a new student to Heights, I would say that if he/she is at Heights for 6 years, it'll be the adventure of your lifetime"
     

     

    Community

    Heights is a community school with low transiency where  many of the students attend the entire elementary duration from kindergarten through 5th grade.  It’s unique location is surrounded by affordable housing which creates a legacy school in which many of the students’ parents and grandparents attended Heights. The student population is roughly 81% of its population qualifying for Title I support, 49% Limited English Proficient, 75% Hispanic/Latino, 11% African American, 6% White, and 8% Other.

     

    Parent Support

    The school’s rich history creates a supportive parent community which is seen through an active Parent Club that has raised over $10,000 to go towards fieldtrips, school incentives, and teacher appreciation.  Heights also benefits from a full-time Family Liaison who oversees communication with families, holds monthly parent workshops, organizes volunteers, and connects families to community resources.

    State of the Art Facility

    The community is proud of the 74 year-old school that reopened in August 2014 as a result of a Pittsburg bond.  The two story facility offers 30 classrooms, 3 computer labs, a Science lab, full court indoor basketball multi-purpose room, 2 teacher media rooms, 5 separate playground areas with a full baseball and soccer fields, and a secure building with electronic key cards.

    Technology Resources

    The state of the art facility includes technologically updated classrooms with Wifi, document cameras, classroom printers, teaching wall with LCD projectors, classroom student computers, Elmo slates, student response clickers, and FM systems with voice projection. Teachers enjoy a 2:1 ratio of students to computers.

    Reading Program

    Teaching  students to read is one of the most challenging tasks in education.  Heights has several resources to empower teachers: Accelerated Reader with school incentive system, leveled library, DIBELS reading assessments and biweekly progress monitoring data provided for teachers, reading intervention coach, fluency and sight word routines, after school intervention, Reading Foundations resource binder for intervention during daily 30 minute universal access instruction time, and Treasures curriculum with leveled readers.

     

    Active Student Body

    Heights offers a wide array of activities for our students: Talent Show, Science Fair, Literacy Night, Fall Festival, Olympics, Get Fit Walking Program, Student Council, Heights in Harmony Choir, Technology Team, Girls on the Run, Girl Scouts STEAM,  Junior Referee Program, Bear Hug incentive system, buddy classes,  and the school garden. 

     

     Heights Exits PI Status

    In 2015 Heights Elementary is proud of exiting Program Improvement status as a result of several years of academic growth.