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Welcome to Highland!

This year, Highland marks 85 years of educational excellence in Warrenton and Fauquier County. From its inception the Highland program has been based on the idea of balance. The founders of the school, Lavinia Hamilton and Dorothy Rust, knew that a well-rounded education would include challenging academics, arts, and athletics. Today the Highland education is a synergy of a demanding yet flexible academic program; an arts and public performance culture; a highly competitive athletic program that is also accessible to students who develop ability through hard work; a commitment to a global understanding; and a focus on the power of experiential learning.

Our founders also knew that the school had to be closely connected to the community that it served and that community responsibility should be ingrained in every graduate. Our curriculum has evolved to include twenty first century skills and methods (The 5 C’s), but our sense of service to the community has never changed. The size of our community has expanded to now include our sister school in Kenya and exciting new partnerships with schools in China. Our Global Studies Certificate program is the combination of coursework, travel study, foreign languages, that develops an enriched international understanding.

Experiential education continues to be one of the key tenets of a Highland education. In its simplest form, it is learning by doing and reflecting on the experience. Our experiential curriculum includes outdoor activities like ropes courses, backpacking, dogsledding, trout releases, whitewater rafting, and Outward Bound partnerships, but it also includes junior and senior internships, Robotics and Lego League, field science, and service learning.

No description of Highland would be complete without talking about the Arts. We see the Arts as core to our students’ experience and the Center for the Arts provides the setting. Every student in the Lower and Middle School is on stage, practicing public speaking, studying the language of plays, and enjoying the unique thrill and challenge of learning and delivering lines. Home to the Piedmont Regional Orchestra, the Rice Theater is the most advanced facility in the area with seating for 300 and state-of-the art sound and lighting. The Center also boasts a formal art gallery and the Lise Hicklin Black Box Theater – home of the popular Coffee House series.

Come to campus, meet the faculty and students and experience for yourself what makes Highland special. I look forward to meeting you and your children.


Henry D. Berg

Head of School


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