Features Outstanding Educators and Administrators
  • 4 National Board Certified Teachers
  • 4 Teachers with the SIUE Excellence in 
  • Education & Emerson Excellence in Teaching Awards
  • 82% Hold Advanced Degrees
Highland High School Offers an Outstanding Curriculum for All Students!

HHS Curriculum includes:

  • 4 years of ENGLISH including AP English Language Classes
  • 4 years of MATH through AP Calculus AB
  • 4 years of SCIENCE including AP Biology and AP Chemistry
  • 4 years of SOCIAL STUDIES including 4 AP courses
  • 8 Dual Credit Courses with Southwestern Illinois College
  • 2 Dual Credit Courses with St. Louis University
  • 11 AP Courses
  • Diverse offering of electives in 9 additional departments including:
Acappella Choir Industrial Education
Accounting Landscape Management
Adult Living Marching Band
Ceramics/Drawing/Painting Music Electives
Child and Day Care Services Parenting
Computer Animations Project Lead the Way-Engineering Program
Computer Programming Symphonic/Concert Band
Computer Programming Technology Lab, including Robotics
Foods & Nutrition Web Design
Spanish Welding
Greenhouse Management

Students must meet the following credit/course requirements to earn a diploma from Highland High School:

Graduation requirements are listed below:

  • A total of 25 credits
  • 4.0 English Credits, Including English I, II, and III
  • 3.0 Math Credits (Illinois law requires 3 years of Math, including Algebra and Geometry)
  • 2.0 Science Credits
  • 1.0 U.S. History Credit, including passing the US and IL Constitution Tests
  • 1.0 World History Credit
  • 1.0 Art, Music, Vocational Ed, or Foreign Language
  • 0.5 Health Credit
  • One of the following courses to meet Illinois’ Consumer Education requirement:
  • 0.5 Personal Finance Credit (junior or senior)
  • 0.5 Economics Credit
  • 0.5 AP Economics Credit (junior or senior)
  • 1.0 Agriculture Business Management Credit (senior)
  • 0.5 Civics Credit (Class of 2020 and beyond)

***PE (see note at that bottom)

*Take the required state assessment - Illinois’ graduation requirement.

The HHS School Counseling Department recommends that students complete the above requirements using the format

outlined below:

Periods Freshmen Sophomore Junior Senior
1 English English English English
2 Math Math Math
3 Science Science
4 World History US History
5 PE/Driver’s Ed Driver’s Ed/Health PE PE
6 Civics Personal Finance

Minimum college admissions requirements usually include: 4 English credits; 3 Math credits; 3 Science credits; 3 Social Studies credits; 2 credits of a foreign language, music, art or vocational courses. However, some colleges require more credits in one or more of these areas.

***Any HHS student in marching band may waive PE during a semester, or any student currently enrolled in

Health or Driver’s Ed may waive PE. Also, PE may be waived for juniors and seniors if:

  1. the student is on an athletic team during any season or
  2. the school(s) where a student is planning to apply after graduation, requires, for admission, a course in the student’s schedule (this course must exceed the state and local requirements for graduation).