Our Mission

Highland City Elementary students, staff, parents, and community members will:

1. Be Responsible

2. Be Respectful

3. Be Cooperative

4. Be a Problem Solver

We will strive for this in everything we do!


School History

Highland City Elementary School has been under the leadership of 14 principals during its 90 years of existence.  Through name changes, fire,  grade configuration changes, boundary changes, and area growth, our school has remained the backbone of the proud and historic Green Hornet alumni group and continues to be an educational leader, setting the standard for academic excellence.



  • Focus on the basic academic disciplines of reading, writing, mathematics, science
  • Special academic programs for students who are gifted and learning disabled
  • Speech and language programs
  • After-school tutoring through the Extended Learning Program
  • Before and after school care provided by Kid Care
  • Accelerated Reader program
  • Computers in all classrooms
  • Smartboards used in all classrooms
  • Computer-Assisted instruction lab
  • Interactive fiber optic technology
  • Live news shows (featuring students as anchors)
  • Active School Advisory Council
  • Cultural and Curriculum-Related field trips
  • H.C.E. is a training site in partnership with the University of South Florida, Florida Southern College and Southeastern University
  • Participates in the Very Special Arts program and Blooming Arts Festival
  •  Art showcase
  •  All-County choral and instrumental performances
  • School-wide Discipline Plan which focuses on Positive Behavior (PBS)

Awards and Accolades

  • National Safe & Drug -Free School Award
  • Golden School Award for Volunteers – 25+ years
  • Red Carpet School Award
  • School of Distinction
  • Five Star School Award for four years
  • First Elementary PRIDE Team to promote an anti-drug message
  • H.C.E. Students Selected for All-County Elementary Choir

Community Involvement

Supporter of Light House Ministries

Donations to Bartow Church Service Center

Participate in the Great American Clean Up