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Secondary Programs


For more information, contact Jessica Thayer

Assistant Superintendent



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The School Board of Highlands County provides eight secondary school sites for the 5800+ students it serves. There are four middle schools and three high schools. The secondary curriculum department provides technical assistance and support for all 6-12 educational programs to principals, teachers, staff, students, and parents.


All secondary schools in Highlands County are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Several approaches to instruction are utilized throughout the district secondary schools.


A very favorable rapport exists between teachers, staff, administrators, students, parents, and the community in all secondary schools. School improvement activities are on-going in an effort to improve the educational opportunities for the students of Highlands County. The School Board of Highlands County and taxpayers of the county are to be commended for providing excellent secondary school facilities which fosters an environment conducive to educational learning.


In addition to secondary issues the following programs fall under the umbrella of Secondary Programs.

  • Secondary Curriculum
  • Secondary Programs
  • S.A.C.S. Accreditation Process
  • Student Progression Plan
  • Driver Education *
  • School-to-Work
  • Career and Technical Education
    • Highlands Career Institute
    • Perkins Grant
    • Industry Certifications
  • AVID
  • Florida Virtual School/My District Virtual School
  • Advanced Academics
    • Advanced Placement
    • International Baccalaureate
    • Dual Enrollment
  • 21st Century Grant
  • Home Education
  • District Textbook Adoption
  • Summer School
  • Credit Recovery

* The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has launched an online initiative called "Teens Take the Wheel". This Web site is geared toward teenage drivers, and the information on the site includes "scared straight" tactics as well as other information communicated in a way that will appeal to teens. It also includes an online survey where teens can answer questions that help them rate their safe driving practices. To view this Web site, please visit


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Free Tuition for Low-Income Families
Harvard University announced that from now on undergraduate students from low-income families will pay no tuition. In making the announcement, Harvard's president Lawrence H. Summers said, "When only ten percent of the students in elite higher education come from families in the lower half of the income distribution, we are not doing enough. We are not doing enough in bringing elite higher education to the lower half of the income distribution."

If you know of a family earning less than $60,000 a year with an honor student graduating from high school soon, Harvard University wants to pay the tuition. The prestigious university recently announced that from now on undergraduate students from low-income families can go to Harvard for freeā€¦ no tuition and no student loans!

To find out more about Harvard offering free tuition for families making less than $60,000 a year, visit Harvard's financial aid website at: or call the school's financial aid office at (617) 495-1581.


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