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Principal's Message

James Carrier

Welcome and thanks for visiting our website!  On behalf of the faculty and staff, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the Highland Elementary School website. We are excited about the remainder of the school year and look forward to many successful and productive experiences in learning.  Our goal is to work together to provide every child with the best education possible.


I am so honored to be the principal of Highland Elementary School.  Each school year it has been a pleasure to meet and get to know the kids, parents and families that make up this wonderful community. I am especially pleased to be part of a faculty and staff committed to providing the best possible education for every child in a safe, nurturing environment.  I look forward to continue building on this tradition of academic excellence.    


Our teaching and learning is focused on meeting and exceeding the Kentucky Core Academic Standards for every child.  Varied levels of instruction provide a framework to challenge advanced students and support those who are struggling, while creating a solid classroom experience for students learning at grade level.  It is our intention for each one of our students to leave Highland Elementary School prepared for higher education, equipped with critical thinking skills and empowered with a love of learning. 


I am excited to partner with the Highland Elementary PTO and the strong group of parents, guardians, grandparents and extended families who make up our community.  We welcome volunteers in our classrooms, activities and programs. Our teachers invite ongoing communication with families, and my door is open.  I look forward to working with you and your child in these very important foundational years of school.


In my first year at Highland, I found a few copies of old articles from The Interior Journal about the Halls Gap Airport and Observatory.  This quickly helped me make a connection to our school mascot, the Aviators.  As I think about this connection and my time at Highland Elementary, I realize that we are “Soaring To Success!”




James Carrier


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