Since Highland Community Charter School’s beginning, the mission has been clear: to help people reach their potential. So while the community Highlands serves is constantly changing and evolving, the message still always rings true.
Initially, Highlands’ efforts were aimed at ex-felons, and those in similar situations, who were being rehabilitated back into society, but in Highlands’ first two years of development, the population has grown and changed exponentially.
What Highlands has found is that the need for our kind of service is ever present. It seems that unless individuals perfectly conform to societal expectations, and in the correct time frame, they are left to the wayside in our current system.
What we, at Highlands, acknowledge is that not everyone is born onto an equal platform, and that not everyone had tools at their disposal to graduate from high school at the age of 18. We know not everyone fits the same mold.
In fact, we aspire to fill that void in the current system. Not only do we aspire to educate our students, and provide them with the tools they need to achieve a livable wage job in the workforce, we encourage our students to be positive, integral members of society.
Therefore, we offer the completion of a high school diploma to our students, and we also offer several certification programs which include Early Childhood Education, Cosmetology, Truck Driving, Manicuring, Certified Nursing Assistant, Microsoft Office Programs, and Entrepreneurship.
We want more for our students, and we want our students to want more for themselves. Our aspiration is not to place our students into menial jobs and wash our hands of it. Our aspiration is to accept each one of our students into our Highlands’ family, and to nurture and develop each individual.
In order to reach these goals, we have developed a well-rounded system of support for our student body. This system includes an English Language Development (ELD) Department, a Career Center, Counseling Services, Peer Support Groups, and On-site Playcare. In order for our students to be successful, we understand that they cannot have their attention divided. This is why we offer 360-degree support to our students – so that they can fulfill their needs and get their questions answered in one place, with us.
We offer academic and ELD track classes at multiple locations throughout the greater Sacramento area, and are accepting new students every day of the year. The only qualifications each student must meet is to be 22 years of age or older and to not possess a U.S. high school diploma.
History, Mission & Core Values
Highlands Community Charter School was brought to light through the eyes of several bright, dedicated people who have worked within the public school sector for countless years.
In fact, dedicated is one of the best words to describe Ward Allen, Kirk Williams, Jacob Walker, and Linda Fowler who petitioned for our independent, public charter school three times before it was approved.
In each iteration of the petition, these individuals stood strongly and devotedly for our cause, and for our students.
While it is easy for outsiders to look at transgressions in life and condemn them openly, at Highlands, we understand that crime does not create itself. In fact, crime most often arises when opportunity lacks.
That is why at Highlands we provide that opportunity.
We provide that opportunity because each and every one of us deserves a chance – a chance at success, a chance to start over, and a chance to take a hold of our own lives.
More specifically, the opportunity Highlands provides is an education for adult learners at no cost. This education includes, but is not limited to, English Language Development (ELD), High School Diploma Completion, Technical Job Training, Citizenship, and Bilingual HiSET Preparation.
If you become a student at Highlands no money will be collected from you, but a lot of energy will be spent.
Our ideal student is someone who wakes up every morning dreaming of more, and who wants the world to be a better place for their children and their children’s children.
Now, we know what you are thinking. This is too good to be true. What is the catch? But honestly, there is none.
We have been fortunate enough to find and employ some of the most innovative minds in the greater Sacramento area, and these individuals have made this dream a reality.
It is no longer a trade off. No longer do you have to give something up in order to get an education. All we are asking of you is to show up every day, join our family, and bring with you a positive, dedicated, can-do attitude.
We will provide the rest. Welcome to the first day of the rest of your life.