Sparking Big Ideas
Innovative thinking and creativity are fundamental to academics at Lake Highland. Students are encouraged to explore, invent, imagine, and discover. Teachers engage students and encourage big ideas through active participation and project-based learning in indoor and outdoor spaces.
In the Classroom
In Lower School, teachers use Responsive Classroom philosophies to create an environment ready for learning. With a focus on developing the whole child, teachers balance important foundational academics with social-emotional competencies, such as cooperation, responsibilities, and empathy. Students envision, create, and engineer projects in the iLab – a maker space designed for PreK-6th graders.
The Middle School’s Innovation Institute utilizes cutting-edge technology and classroom design to inspire creativity and invention. Students generate ideas in a design studio and fabricate their work in build spaces and a robotics lab. The Institute’s core concepts of computer science and digital literacy are applied across all areas of study.
Robotics, virtual reality, engineering, and stagecraft encourage curiosity and ingenuity in the Upper School. In our ASPIRE program, high-achieving STEM students are mentored by M.D.s and Ph.D.s as they participate in current research projects, often qualifying for national and international science competitions.
At Lake Highland, opportunities to learn and grow extend from classrooms to the great outdoors. Our youngest to oldest Highlanders explore and appreciate nature in adapted learning spaces.
PreK and kindergarten classrooms open into a 7,100-square-foot sensory courtyard, where students build fine and gross motor skills, balance, imagination, and friendships. Lower School students learn the importance of nurturing the earth’s resources and witness the results of their efforts in Mr. Brian’s Garden.
Our students’ environmental studies continue in Middle School, where they cultivate hydroponic garden towers, and in Upper School, where students study plant and animal behaviors and habitats throughout the school’s 42-acre lakefront campus.
Unique co-curricular opportunities inspire, challenge, and prepare the next generation of leaders in innovation.
Einstein Girls (5th–6th grades): Nurturing young girls’ interest in science, Einstein Girls explore special STEM projects, conduct experiments, participate in scientific research, investigate career opportunities, and connect with accomplished women in STEM.
Future Problem Solvers (4th-10th grades): Highlanders compete annually with approximately 800 students from across the world to identify and generate solutions for global issues. Through this international program, students employ innovative thinking, problem-solving, collaboration, and decision-making, while solving real-world problems.
Odyssey of the Mind (K–12th grades): Combining technical competencies, artistic expression, and global awareness, Odyssey of the Mind cultivates creativity and critical-thinking skills. Teams select a long-term challenge and apply their skills in engineering, technology, mathematics, and the arts in worldwide competitions.
HAZMAT Robotics (4th–12th grades): A competitive extension of the robotics curriculum, Highlander HAZMAT teams strategize, design, build, program, and operate robots to problem-solve. In addition to enhancing creativity, cooperative learning, and STEM skills, teams create business proposals, fundraise, market their idea, and engage community partners.