The Highlands School

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The Highlands School
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1451 East Northgate Drive
Irving, (Dallas County), Texas 75062
United States
Coordinates 32°50′53″N 96°55′45″W / 32.84806°N 96.92917°W / 32.84806; -96.92917Coordinates: 32°50′53″N 96°55′45″W / 32.84806°N 96.92917°W / 32.84806; -96.92917
Type Private, Coeducational
Motto Semper Altius
(Always Higher)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1986
President Fr. Daniel Ray, LC
Dean Fr. Simon Cleary, LC; Alexandra Hochhaus
Chaplain Fr. Fergal O'Duill, LC
Faculty 55
Grades PK12
Enrollment 445 (2011)
Average class size 18
Campus size 35 acres (140,000 m2)
Color(s) Red and Navy Blue         
Athletics Football, Volleyball, Soccer, Basketball, Track and Field, Baseball, Softball, Tennis, Golf, Cheerleading, Cross Country
Athletics conference TAPPS AAA-IV
Team name Blazers
Accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools [1]
Tuition $11,100
Affiliation Legion of Christ
Dean of Students D'Arcy Wills
Admissions Director Madeline Reising
Athletic Director Steve Wright
Chair of English Department Toni Seeton

The Highlands School is a private, Catholic college preparatory school in Irving, Texas (USA) ranging from grades PK12. The school was founded in 1986 in the front room of a family's house in Highland Park, Dallas. In the last twenty years The Highlands School changed location twice, all the time staying in Irving. The school itself has seen many upgrades from the addition of a football field and lights to a gymnasium, weight room, and new technology in the classrooms. The Highlands School is fully accredited by the Texas Catholic Conference Education Department (TCCED) since 1999, and by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) since 2006. For the fourth consecutive year, the school has been named by the Acton Institute as one of the "Top 50 Catholic Schools" in the country. In 2012, it was also named a top 50 Catholic High School by the Cardinal Newman Society.[2]


The Highlands School is located in the Las Colinas area of Irving, Texas on Northgate Drive between Texas State Highways 114 and 183. The campus is located next to the University of Dallas. It is in close proximity to both the [[Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport


The Highlands School welcomes students of all ethnicities, religions, and economic backgrounds. Although The Highlands School is a Catholic school, it accepts students from all religious backgrounds. The students travel to The Highlands School from households all over the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Students of The Highlands School excel academically before and after graduation.

Gender Specific School[edit]

The Highlands School has a unique setup of classes. The school's gender specific teaching program better serves the different learning styles of male and female students. Both boys and girls are enrolled at The Highlands School, but attend single gender classes from the fourth grade through high school. The male and female students do interact in extracurricular and student life activities.


The Highlands School follows a typical curriculum along with a challenging Roman Catholic theology program. The class schedule allows for seven forty-five-minute classes with a break for lunch. The core curriculum include math, science, English, history/social studies, and theology. Offered electives include Philosophy, Drama, Choir, Yearbook, Drawing, Journalism, Music, Introduction to Art, and Art History.


The Highlands School is in the 3A classification of the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS). The boys soccer team often plays in a 5A or a 4A district. The middle school sports are in the Dallas Parochial League (DPL), although the football team operates as an independent in order to use players from grades 6–8 for one team as opposed to two teams. The Highlands School varsity soccer team was state champions in 2000, 1999. The reigning girls state high jump champion is also a student at The Highlands School. Other varsity sports include football, cheerleading, volleyball, boys/girls basketball, boys/girls soccer, baseball, softball, boys/girls track and field, boys/girls tennis, and boys/girls golf. The junior high school sports include football, cheerleading, volleyball and basketball.

Scholarships and financial aid[edit]

The Highlands School offers the Terrae Altae Scholarship to its students. The Terrae Altae Scholarship is a $2500 scholarship for all four high school years. This scholarship award is available to incoming 9th grade students who have attended Catholic school and maintain a B average for their 7th and 8th grade year. Limited financial aid is offered to students, at the discretion of the admissions office.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

The Highlands School offers several clubs and activities for students. Boys and girls are involved in the Model U.N. Club and take trips to prestigious universities every year to debate students from other schools over various political issues both past and present. Other student organizations include Chess Club, Yearbook, Drama, Conquest Club, Ecyd Club, Challenge and Math Club, National Honor Society, Student Ambassadors, Student Council and Choir. The school also organizes an annual Battle of the Bands and two field days.


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