About High Point

ABOUT OUR SCHOOL

HIGH POINT ELEMENTARY

Kathy Erhard

Kathy Erhard, Principal

ErhardK@gjps.org


At High Point Elementary we believe all children are important and we celebrate a school rich in diversity each day!  We work hard to instill 21st-century learning strategies and a love for new knowledge in our children.  Each child is valued as an active contributor and collaborator in their learning.

We ensure that the student will be successful and reach the best of his/her abilities, develop positive self-esteem and character, appreciate the differences of fellow students, demonstrate achievement in academic and social skills, and utilize technology to communicate and access information.

We enjoy a close communication with our families, students, and staff, striving to make High Point a child-centered school with a positive, progressive learning climate--where children and adults value learning together.  Together we learn!

Kathleen Erhard, Principal
High Point Elementary School


High Point Event

Links of Interest

Home Access Center: 24/7 student data access and information.

District Calendar: For general information such as holidays and grade card dates.

Events Calendar: Special events such as student activities and special school events.

Forms: Links to district information, as well as required and optional forms.

Handbook & Newsletter: Student/Parent Handbook.

PTO: A list of meetings and officers for the current year.

Staff Information: Check the staff directory for a complete listing of staff, including e-mail addresses and classroom portals.

Frequently Used Phone Numbers

Office: (614) 478-5545

Absences: (614) 478-5545

Fax: (614) 337-3762

WELCOME TO HIGH POINT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - WE ARE GLAD YOU ARE HERE!

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School and FACULTY INFORMATION

High Point Elementary displays a long standing tradition of excellence and dedication to children. Our school mission is to honor and celebrate "Together We Learn," which emphasizes 21st century learning and a cooperative partnership with students, teachers and parents.

High Point Elementary has an enrollment of approximately 480 students in grades K-5. Our diverse school community values and respects the gifts and uniqueness of each child. Children, teachers, staff and families form unique partnerships in creating a progressive learning community in which to learn and grow. Relationship building, rigor and relevance are the focal points in our school community. The school colors are blue and gold, and the mascots are the lion cub and AJ, the gorilla.

There are 35 teaching faculty and one administrator at High Point Elementary. The average classroom experience of High Point teachers is 16 years, with 71% of the teachers holding master's degrees or beyond. In addition, there are 11 staff members who serve in the areas of food and custodial services, office support and health services.

Our Focus

An emphasis is placed on core academic areas at High Point Elementary. Our course of study is aligned with State of Ohio Content Standards and National Standards. Standards-based education clearly defines academic content standards providing the basis for content and process in instruction and assessment. It ensures that students learn what is important, and aims for a higher, deeper level of understanding in what students should know and be able to do. Our recent focus on quality approaches has enabled us to use the latest research methods in a systematic way to meet the needs of each child and differentiate the learning experiences for all. This includes appropriate intervention programs, individual instruction, enrichment courses or summer tutorials. Rigor and relevance drive our curriculum and instruction.


TRANSPORTATION and FACILITIES

School bus transportation is provided to students who reside over one mile (plus or minus one-tenth) from our school. To determine if your household is within this school's boundaries, please visit the Transportation Department's Bus Routes page and enter your street address using Transfinder i. Results from the search will list the school(s) for your household or show "address not found," which indicates that the address is not in the Gahanna-Jefferson Public School's boundaries. For further assistance, contact the Transportation Office at (614) 751-7581.

High Point Elementary has a traditional classroom design. The building includes a library/media center with a collection of 24,000 books, media production center, gymnasium with a climbing wall, two fully equipped playgrounds, full service cafeteria and health clinic. Each classroom is wired for closed circuit television, Internet access and contains five computers. Smart Boards are at each grade level for more advanced interactive technology.


Curriculum & Technology

At the elementary level, students are immersed in art, health, language arts (including reading), math, music, physical education, science and social studies.

At High Point Elementary, technology is stressed in the early grades. Cutting-edge technology is integrated into daily lesson plans, offering unlimited potential for customized learning. Using the Internet to retrieve information and utilizing PowerPoint and CD-ROM applications help to build students’ skills and comprehension in all courses of study. Technology standards for grades K-8 have been developed, which provide innovative benchmarks to build students’ expertise. In addition, the P.T.A. operates a Publishing Center to enable students to publish their writing into hardbound copies of books. We have begun to offer foreign education including Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.

Special Education, Gifted Education and Pupil Services

Special Education Services are available for students with learning, speech/language, physical, developmental, emotional and multiple disabilities; the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program offers a variety of programs to appropriately meet the needs of academically gifted students; and Pupil Services provides trained expertise to meet students' individual needs in a variety of areas such as psychologists, counselors, English as a second language (ESL) and health care services. To find out more about the services offered under each of these areas, please click on the program's title.


Outstanding Programs and Services

Gifted and Talented Program (GATE) in grades 3-5 for math, and in grade 5 for reading and writing; PTA and classroom newsletters; Reading Recovery; Supplemental Reading; Specific Learning Disability (S.L.D.) services; Intervention Assistance Team; author visits; integrated classroom technology; Publishing Center; Climbing Wall; and daily televised announcements.

For more information about our school or to arrange a tour, please contact the school office at (614) 478-5545 during regular school hours.