The beginning of our school year has been wonderful! Thank you for your patience as we navigate a different school year than we have ever encountered. As our school year moves along, please remember to read with your student every day. This one thing can greatly improve your student’s reading success! We are happy to include multiple incentives for our students who reach their personal Accelerated Reader goal. If you do not know your child’s A.R. goal for the nine weeks, please ask your child’s teacher. I look forward to seeing how many students will reach their goals. Happy Reading!

Ms. Weingarth

General Information

School Information:

Highland City Elementary School
5355 9th Street, S.E., P.O. Box 1327,
Highland City, FL 33846
Phone: 863-648-3540
Fax: 863-648-3542

Student Hours: 7:55 – 3:00

Our History

Welcome to Highland City Elementary School. We envision our school to be a place where students, parents, staff and our community work together as a team to support a safe and positive learning environment which fosters students’ academic excellence, nurture creativity, and develop responsible citizens.

Photo of Highland City Students holding plants

What Makes Us Different?


  • Focus on the basic academic disciplines of reading, writing, mathematics, science
  • Special academic programs for students who are gifted and learning disabled
  • Speech and language programs
  • After-school tutoring through the Extended Learning Program
  • Before and after school care provided by Kid Care
  • Accelerated Reader program
  • Computers in all classrooms
  • Smartboards used in all classrooms
  • Computer-Assisted instruction lab
  • Interactive fiber optic technology
  • Live news shows (featuring students as anchors)
  • Active School Advisory Council
  • Cultural and Curriculum-Related field trips
  • H.C.E. is a training site in partnership with the University of South Florida, Florida Southern College and Southeastern University
  • Participates in the Very Special Arts program and Blooming Arts Festival
  •  Art showcase
  •  All-County choral and instrumental performances
  • School-wide Discipline Plan which focuses on Positive Behavior (PBS)

Awards and Accolades

  • National Safe & Drug -Free School Award
  • Golden School Award for Volunteers – 25+ years
  • Red Carpet School Award
  • School of Distinction
  • Five Star School Award for four years
  • First Elementary PRIDE Team to promote an anti-drug message
  • H.C.E. Students Selected for All-County Elementary Choir

Community Involvement

Supporter of Light House Ministries

Donations to Bartow Church Service Center

Participate in the Great American Clean Up