Highland High


Student Enrollment
Best High School in California
 Rating 4 out of 10
Grades 9 to 12th grade
School District Kern High
Type Public
 Phone (661)872-2777
 Location 2900 Royal Scots Way
Bakersfield, CA 93306
Charter School No

Highland High has an academic rating about equal to the average for California high schools based on its average test performance and low AP course participation. It is ranked 628th in the best public high schools in California.

Data Citation: Unless otherwise noted, all information on this page is retrieved or calculated from data reported to the the U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics Common Core of Data and Civil Rights Data Collection for the 2014/2015 school year.

Racial Demographics

The Highland High student body is primarily Hispanic with a sizeable White population and has medium racial diversity.

Race Percent Students
Asian Pacific3.8%74
Native American Indian1.2%24
Hawaiian Pacific Inlander0.1%2
Two or more races2.3%45

Family Income

vs. other California high schools
Lower 44.4%

53.4% percent of the school's students are eligible for free lunch under the National School Lunch Program compared to the California high school median of 48.5%. By this measure, Highland High students are largely middle income and rank 708th in California for high school student family income.

Enrollment by Grade

Grade Students


State Standardized Test Performance

Proficient Students
Rank in California
5 out of 10

Students at Highland High scored an average 45% of students proficient for math and reading as tested by the California Department of Education. Performance is slightly above the state high school median of 42% proficiency and places the school's test performance in the top 41.6% of California high schools.

Test Proficiency By Gender

Gender Math Proficient Reading Proficient
Girls30% to 34%*60% to 64%*
Boys25% to 29%*60% to 64%*

State Test Proficiency by Subgroup

Subgroup Math Proficient Reading Proficient
American Indiansuppressed*suppressed*
Asian & Pacific Islander40% to 59%*80% or more*
Blackless than 50%*40% to 59%*
Hispanic25% to 29%*60% to 64%*
Multiracialless than 50%*50% or more*
White30% to 34%*55% to 59%*
With Disabilites20% or less*10% or less*
Limited English20% or less*20% or less*

*Indicates statistic has been anonymized to protect student privacy.

College Admission Test Scoring

Average SAT Score

The average SAT score for Highland High students in 2016 was 1026.

College Admission Test Participation

Upperclassmen taking ACT or SAT
Rank in California
2 out of 10

186 out of 910 junior and senior of students took either the ACT or SAT test (20%). College admission testing participation is well below the California median rate of 29% and in the bottom 25% for participation.

AP Course and Test Performance

AP Class Enrollment Rate
AP Pass Rank in California
AP Pass Rate Rating
4 out of 10

Highland High offers 13 AP courses. 16 percent of grade nine through twelve students are enrolled in at least one AP class. The AP participation rate is in the 28% percentile and well below the median AP enrollment rate for all California schools of 21%. Highland High had 137 taking AP exams with a 77 passing at least one exam. The AP pass rate is in the 45% percentile and about equal to the California state median of 55 percent.

School State
AP Test Pass Rate 56% 55%
Students enrolled in an AP class 16% 21%
AP Math Enrollment Rate 6%
AP Science Enrollment Rate -1%
AP Other Enrollment Rate 15%
AP Courses Offered 13

Absenteeism Rate

School State
Overall Chronic Absenteeism Rate22%14%
Female Chronic Absenteeism Rate25%
Male Chronic Absenteeism Rate19%

Police Referral Rate

Group Percent Referrals
All Students0%0
California Median0%

Police Arrest Rate

Group Percent Arrests
All Students0%0

Expulsion Rate

Group Percent Expulsions
All Students0.4%7
California Median0%

In-School Suspension Rate

Group Percent Suspensions
All Students0.2%4
California Median0.3%

Out-of-School Suspension Rate

Group Percent Suspensions
All Students8.3%160


Highland High
2900 Royal Scots Way
Bakersfield, CA

5 out of 10 1


Kern High
Bakersfield, CA