Frequently Asked Questions

  • When does school start? When is it over?
    School hours are 7:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.. Students can also sign up for Fl!pside, which runs from 2:00-4:00 pm, Monday through Thursday, beginning in October. More information will be forthcoming.


    Where do I drop my child off/pick my child up?
    Before/after school drop off/pick up is in the back parking lot located off of Montreal Avenue at door 20.

    What if a student needs to be picked up during the school day?
    Send a note with your child. The student should bring the note to the clerk in the main office before school starts. The clerk will write a pass for your child to meet you at the appointed time.

    Do students need a gym uniform for gym class?
    No, students do not need to change clothes for gym. However, students should have non-skid tennis shoes.

    How do I know when my child eats lunch?
    Lunch is during fifth period. First lunch is 11:37 a.m. - 12:02 p.m.  Second lunch is 12:06 - 12:31 p.m.  Each student's lunch time should be printed on his/her schedule.

    How does my child get involved in after school sports/activities?
    Sports sign ups for each season (fall, winter, and spring) are available in the office, and in the lunchroom, the week before each sport begins. Practices are generally from 2:00-3:30. Atheltics forms are located here: 2017-2018 Athletics Forms
    Fl!pside is our after school program that runs from 2:00-4:00 pm Monday through Thursday. Registration forms are available from Ms. Boyer, the Fl!pside coordinator, and in the main office.

    How can my student get involved in school clubs that meet during the school day?
    Students should listen for announcements about clubs such as Student Council, GSA, Dare to Be Real, National Junior Honor Society, and WEB leadership program. Each club will advertise how to become involved.

    Is there after school homework help?
    Highland Park Middle School offers an after school program for all students. Students who are interested can enroll in the Fl!pside program which is 2:00-4:00 (Monday-Thursday) for math, reading, and other enrichment opportunities. After school program information is available from Foundations teachers as well as school counselors. 

    My child is talking about being on a “team” (e.g., Eagles, Jets) in school. What does that mean?
    Highland Park Middle School has all of our students on an interdisciplinary team. This means that three core teachers (English, humanities, and science) share a group of about 150 students. Core teachers plan their curriculum together so that the teachers know what their students are learning in the other subject areas.  Students are “off-team” (i.e., mixed in with the other students in the building) for their math class, world language class and their electives.

    How do I monitor my child’s academic progress?
    Teachers will be using Schoology, an online program which allows you to check your student’s assignments, current grades for updating progress.  One Stop has access to both Infinite Campus and Schoology. Go to:

    In addition, check the team blogs on the school website, where teachers include a weekly or daily update on what is being done in class.  Checking the blog allows parents to check in with their child to make sure they are not falling behind.

    What if I have concerns about my child’s grades or adjustment to school?
    Checking grades on One Stop with your child provides for an excellent chance to see how she or he is performing in school.  If you have concerns, contact the student’s teacher or a school counselor.  From there, you should be included as a team member in a problem solving approach to help your student get back on a successful path.