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Dr. James Etlen, Principal

Our School

Welcome to Highland Elementary School. We are a dynamic learning community located approximately five miles north of Philadelphia in a suburban residential area. Our more than 400 students come from many socioeconomic levels and represent our diverse and culturally rich community.  Our new state-of-the-art building opened in 2005 replacing the former Highland Elementary that had been a mainstay of the Abington Community since 1924. 

With our commitment to addressing the unique needs of each child, and developing life-long learners, our school promotes the district motto, “Excellence is Our Standard.”  In the past ten years Highland Elementary has been recognized three times by the Pennsylvania Department of Education as a school of Outstanding Achievement.  Through the collaborative efforts of the Abington Administrative team, highly qualified teachers, support staff, parents, community and enthusiastic students, Highland has attained Adequate Yearly Progress for three consecutive years.

As you to browse our web pages you will see why our child-centered learning environment is a valued and integral part of the Abington community.

Mission statement
  • We aspire to cultivate the educational, social/emotional and creative talents of our students via vigorous academic standards, innovative teaching strategies, the practical use of technology, and strong family and community involvement.
  • We acknowledge that students have unique academic, developmental, and emotional needs and strive toward helping each child reach his or her full potential.
  • We understand the importance of helping our students develop an appreciation of human diversity and camaraderie through a positive school climate.
  • We seek to develop students’ personal character and strengths to lead them to a path of life-long learning and excellence.