• Once upon a time...
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    Highland Lakes Elementary School has 18 acres of land, but only a little over half are usable, the rest being wetlands or swamps that can not be developed. The challenge was to build an elementary school on an odd-shaped lot that was really only half the amount of land needed for a school site.

    Overcrowding at Lake St. George and Cypress Woods Elementaries resulted in some teachers and students from the two schools joining together to form one school. Everything was new, including the school colors, mascot, rules, and leaders.

    Opens officially January 22, 1992
    Highland Lakes Elementary School opened its doors on January 22, 1992. The school was originally scheduled for an earlier opening, but due to delays caused by construction and the weather, Highland Lakes Elementary actually began in August 1991, in the old Oldsmar Elementary School.


    The mission of Highland Lakes Elementary School is to create a safe and respectful learning environment which fosters self-directed learners. We will do this by accomplishing our School Improvement Plan goals and providing quality educational experiences so that we will build a community of successful, life-long learners.