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About Us

Hightstown High School is a comprehensive four-year high school serving the Borough of Hightstown, East Windsor Township and the town of Roosevelt with a student body of approximately 1650 students. The Hightstown High School building was first occupied during the 1965-1966 school year with additions being completed in 1973, 1982 and 2005. The High School is approved by the State of New Jersey and is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.

The Guidance Department believes that each student is an individual with unique goals, experiences, abilities, and resources. The guidance program offers a variety of services that include individual and group counseling, group guidance sessions, college fairs, evening seminars for parents, standardized testing and computer career and/or college searches.

The World Language Department currently offers five levels of French, German, and Spanish, and two levels of Spanish for the Native Speaker. The primary objectives of the program are effective communication as well as an understanding of the interrelationship between language and culture. All world language courses are designed to meet the requirements of the New Jersey Core Curriculum Standards.

The Mathematics Department takes pride in its efforts to offer a comprehensive program, aligned with the New Jersey Core Curriculum Standards, to all students. The program offers every student an opportunity to gain knowledge and problem-solving skills for workplace readiness and/or higher education placement. Calculator and computer interaction are an integral part of instruction. Differentiated instruction and assessment allow many avenues of evaluation for our individual learners. The elective program includes courses in Discrete Mathematics, Game Theory, Statistics, AP Statistics, AP Calculus, Computer Programming in C++, Visual Basics and AP Computer Science with Java.

The English Department offers courses at a variety of levels for all grades. In addition to standard courses, which are college preparatory, there are honors level courses for those students desiring greater intensity of study, quicker tempo, and increased reading and writing load. Intensive basic skills classes are for students requiring supplemental time (two periods per day) and practice necessary to pass state-mandated standardized tests. The Humanities program, an honors level option for students who enjoy a non-traditional environment, uses alternative assessment, sometimes in open space, in team-taught (English and history) classes for two periods daily. The department offers multiple electives as semester courses, as well as a senior level AP program, to supplement required offerings.

The Special Education Department provides classroom instruction to a variety of educationally classified students. The primary goal of the program is to assist students with the acquisition of skills necessary to promote self-advocacy, self-determination and academic success. Every effort is made to assimilate students with learning differences in the regular education environment. Program options are available in various self-contained programs, Resource Center replacement instruction, and In-Class Support modules. The Child Study Team works in conjunction with parents and staff to develop the appropriate individual education programs for each classified student.

The Science Department continues modifying its program to infuse state content standards and the latest technologies into the curriculum. Courses in Geophysical Science, Biology, Chemistry and Physics are available at all levels as are electives in Standard Freshwater and Marine Ecology, Standard Introduction to Aerospace Technology and Honors Anatomy and Physiology. The goal of the department is to prepare students for college and/or the workforce after graduation. The department enjoys an excellent rapport with their educational partners as a result of their multidisciplinary approach in all classes.

THE CURRICULUM

Hightstown High School offers one of the widest ranges of course offerings of any high school in the area. Included are courses on advanced placement, honors, vocational and standard academic levels. The curriculum is broad in scope and flexible to meet general and individual needs. After meeting basic curricular proficiency standards, students may choose from a wide variety of elective courses that will meet their individual interests and needs. In addition to regular programs, Hightstown High School offers focus programs such as Humanities. The following courses are required

SUBJECT

YEARS

Language Arts

4

United States History

3

Mathematics

3

Science

3

Visual, Fine, Practical or Performing Arts/Career Exploration

1

Workplace Readiness Standards

No Credit (Infusion in existing courses, course equivalents or career education courses.

World Language

2

Health/Physical Fitness                 1 year for each year of attendance

Students must also pass all sections of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) in order to graduate.

Dennis Vinson, Principal
 
Dennis VinsonMr. Vinson was hired by the East Windsor Regional School District as Principal of Hightstown High School on July 1, 2003. Mr. Vinson has worked within various school districts in Mercer County and Pennsauken High School in Camden County. He began his career in education as a social studies teacher and assistant athletic director at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School. He moved forward to take an assistant principal position at Hopewell Valley Regional High School and onto Pennsauken High School as its Principal. Mr. Vinson is a resident of West Windsor, NJ and as Principal of Hightstown High School oversees its teaching staff and student body of 1675 students.