PDE Title I Distinguished School

Highland Elementary School was recently recognized as a Title I Distinguished School by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).


Academic performance data from the 2018-2019 and 2017-2018 school years were reviewed by the PDE Division of Federal Programs and Pennsylvania Association of Federal Program Coordinators to determine top performing schools across the state.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education gives schools a Title I designation based upon school percentages of economically disadvantaged students.  Approximately 180 schools in Pennsylvania are Title I schools, and Distinguished Schools make up the top five percent of these schools.  Title I Distinguished Schools demonstrate superb growth among students who typically underperform academically.

As a Title I Distinguished School, Highland Elementary School was recognized for their achievements at the Pennsylvania Title I Improving School Performance Conference in Pittsburgh on January 27.

“Due to the hard work and dedication of our students, staff, and families, it is exciting to see how the students have made some great gains and be recognized as a Title I Distinguished School.  This recognition is an example that shows our staff is truly dedicated to the success of all of our students.  We continue to strive to make this the most positive learning environment possible and want our students to enjoy their school experience,” said Brett Esbenshade, Highland Elementary School Principal.