Charlene Hoff, Principal

975 S Snelling Ave., Saint Paul, MN 55116

(651) 293-8950 | Get Directions

Principal/School Name

360 Colborne Street, Saint Paul, MN, 55102

651-767-8100 | Get Directions

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About Highland

  • Highland Park Middle School (HPMS) is an exciting and energetic grade six, seven, and eight school that serves students and families from all over the city.

    Here at Highland....
    ...we follow the middle school philosophy.  We organize students in smaller learning communities called Teams.  Each student on the team shares the same math, science, English and Humanities teacher.  Each student meets with their advisory teacher for thirty-nine minutes each day. The advisor serves as their mentor and academic counselor and monitors the student's social and emotional growth.  The teams create a strong sense of belonging for students and provide support to help them make a smooth transition from elementary to middle school.

    ...we offer a rigorous academic program across all academic levels with an emphasis on enhancing students' critical thinking and problem-solving skills.  Advanced-level courses are available in the core subjects of English, science, math, and humanities.  These courses prepare students for advanced programs in high school.

    ...we are an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program IB (IB MYP).  The Middle Years Program requires students to participate in eight subject areas during the year.  We develop characteristics and traits that enable our students to analyze concepts locally and internationally.

    ...we offer AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) which is open to eligible and interested grade eight students.  The AVID  program serves to support those students who may be first generation college interested students and who need some support to take courses at an advanced level.

    ...we offer the continuation of the Spanish Immersion program.  Students take all four content area classes in Spanish plus a Spanish Immersion Language course.

    ... as part of the school's IB MYP program requirement, students at Highland Park Middle are enrolled in one of the two world language courses-- Spanish, Chinese, or French.

    ...we participate annually in the History Day competition, the District Spelling Bee, the Model United Nations conference, Geography Bee, World Savvy, and First Lego League.

    ...we offer a full array of athletics and clubs available to all students.  Students have access to athletics and clubs offered at Highland Park Senior High that are not offered at the junior high.  We also offer After School Test Prep, Credit Recovery classes, and enrichment classes for all students though the Scots After School (SAS) program.

    Our Mission

    At Highland Park Middle School, it our mission is to:

    • provide our students with a sense of community and global perception in a nurturing and caring learning environment.
    • help students acquire the skills necessary to value themselves, and take pride in their accomplishments.
    • develop respect and understanding of other people and their cultures.


    Through a diversified curriculum, all students will develop the skills, knowledge, and understanding to become lifelong learners.

    Our Vision

    Imagine a school where all students and families feel valued; where all students meet and exceed standards; where all students are engaged in rigorous academics integrated with enriching opportunities.

    Value Statements

    In order to achieve our mission and vision of high achievement for all our students we will…

    • promote a positive school climate that ensures all staff, students and families feel welcome, safe and valued.
    • communicate with students, families and the community to encourage involvement.
    • acknowledge the accomplishments of our students and staff.
    • offer activities and programs that expand our understanding and appreciation of other cultures.
    • ensure student learning by offering courses that both challenge students and meet their needs.
    • use a common language to promote shared understanding of expectations.
    • provide experiences that offer a global perspective, expand our understanding of other cultures and build internationally minded students.
    • work collaboratively with each other to identify the essential standards and create classrooms that continually reflect best practice.
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