Hugh Lorch

Highland Park Elementary School9

Gilbert, AZ | Maricopa County

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May 9, 2014


We are finishing our first year at HPE after transferring in from a highly ranked charter school. We are really happy here, primarily because of the campus culture. Some of our favorite school/community events: Walk to School Day, Fall Carnival, Evening of the Arts, Seussical the Musical (the music teacher is SO ambitious and my goodness, the kids really rise to the occasion), the art program is really sophisticated, the curriculum/homework is appropriate (we're just finishing kinder), they have a learning garden that's *actually used*!, Run for the Shade fundraiser, Holiday Shoppe (my kid was too excited to keep his presents for the family hidden till' Xmas), and fundraisers that haven't been overwhelming. Having come from an environment that put a big emphasis on working kids one year ahead and pushing homework, it is really important to consider the connection between how kids FEEL about school and their performance/stamina. I feel like my child has a lot of opportunities to feel connected to his teachers & campus and *have fun* at school, which is just as (if not more) important to his long-term success as test results, homework & curriculum.

Submitted by a parent

March 23, 2014


Our elementary school is one of the best if not the best in the district. Our teachers continue to go above and beyond what teachers are expected to do and our principal strives for continued excellence to maintain the reputation we have. I cannot be more proud of our school and our world class district.

Submitted by a parent

October 25, 2013


HPE strives to provide an exemplary education by challenging students in a warm, supportive environment. Through the teamwork of the staff, parents and PTSO, children are given the tools, love and support that are crucial to successful learning.

Submitted by a teacher

October 24, 2013


great people always have a smile. Very helpful students staff is fun to be around and work with.

Submitted by a teacher

October 24, 2013


Our school is amazing. I love how accepting, talented, and patient the teachers are with the kids. The principal is approachable and kind. It's a warm environment with rigorous academics.

Submitted by a teacher

October 24, 2013


Highland Park expects high results from its students, and the students come through! It is an "A" school, and teachers take the time to make sure all students are progressing. It is an exemplary school when it comes to student behavior as well!

Submitted by a teacher

October 24, 2013


Highland Park is a wonderful school, that provides a high standard of learning along with a nurturing, friendly environment.

Submitted by a teacher

October 24, 2013


I have had the opportunity to work in many different schools during my career and have found Highland Park to be a favorite for many reasons. The staff is friendly and hard working. They continue learning through in-service training, Professional Learning Communities, workshops and university classes. They put children and their needs as their first priority. The administrators always make time to listen and deal with any concerns that may arise. The school has a well-deserved "A" rating and the students in general are high achievers. Art, PE and music are provided and all of these programs are of exceptional quality. The building is beautifully decorated and the children are proud of it. Highland Park has few problems with behavior. Parents are involved in their student's education and provide support to the school through the PTSO and numerous fund raising activities throughout the year. Highland Park is a great place to send your student to school.

Submitted by a teacher

October 24, 2013


Highland Park Elementary has been a wonderful school to work at. We have been highly active in implementing the new standards, as well as are actively involved in the development of ELA units and math units.

Submitted by a teacher

August 23, 2013


We love Highland Park! Because it is a neighborhood school you get such a feeling of community. Everyone is happy and helpful. My kids love to walk or ride to school with dozens of others.

Submitted by a parent

August 22, 2013


I have worked at HPE since it opened. I have worked for GPS since 1996. I am always super excited to start a new year and get to see all the kids coming back to school. My child has attended this school for 6 years and as a parent I can't say enough good things about the education my child has received here. HPE is an awesome school to work for! I believe my child is getting the best education offered in Gilbert, Arizona.

Submitted by a teacher

August 22, 2013


We love this school. My son is in second grade and we switched him here after not being thrilled with his Kinder school. What a world of difference! From the time you enter the building, or even cross the street with the friendly crossing guards, you find that everyone is genuine and caring and seems to go above and beyond. The school is painted with park scene murals throughout and just feels like a fun place to learn. The teachers are wonderful and Mr. Martin, the Principal is often seen doing crossing duty himself. I cannot say enough great things about HPE, we are SO glad we switched!

Submitted by a parent

August 22, 2013


My children have been attending Highland Park since it opened in 2006 & we love it. I feel the staff & teachers put an incredible amount of effort into providing a high quality education for the students. In addition the families at HPE are involved as volunteers working to assist the teachers in their educational endeavors. I highly recommend this school to anyone looking for a school that offers a learning environment where students work hard, but also have fun learning.

Submitted by a parent

August 17, 2013


There's not enough stars to describe this school. From the teachers to staff to parents this is absolutely the best school I've ever had the pleasure of getting to know. The whole neighborhood comes to life as kids and parents look to see who their new teachers are. Mr. Martin and staff have deserved all the praise that they get.

Submitted by a parent

May 24, 2013


We moved to Highland Park Elementary two years ago. We have loved becoming a part of this school. The teachers are wonderful and very invested in each kid. They really strive to meet each students needs. There are a lot of enrichment programs you can participate in as well. Families are involved, staff is involved and the teachers are involved. It is a wonderful school!

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