• Email : info[@]highlandacademy.org

  • Phone : 609-652-9500


Highland Academy provides children with a nuturing environment where they can not only learn, but excel!

We'll help your child reach his or her full potential as a student, and more importantly, as a human being.



Are you searching for a better way to educate your child? We guarantee that Highland Academy will suit your childrens needs.

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Highland Academy serves an intellectually diverse student body in mixed-age classrooms with low student to classroom teacher ratios. Our educational philosophy is based upon the pioneer educator, Dr. Howard Gardner and his "Theory of Multiple Intelligence." as well as "Choice Theory". Students are taught fundamental academic skills and content in Language Arts, Math, Natural and Social Sciences, Computer Technology and the Arts. Classroom learning is supplemented by field trips, community service projects, academic competitions, and other hands on learning opportunities.

Aside from an excellent academic record Highland Academy is loved by parents and students for the supportive school community, the school is an extended family that supports its’ families in and out of the classroom.There are many celebrations, student performances, special gatherings and events that foster a sense of community for students, teachers, and parents.

Highland Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship, and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.


Fill out our online admissions form to begin registration for your child(ren).


Parents are encouraged to volunteer their time and ideas in planning school events & fundraising efforts.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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What our families are saying about us.

I currently have my daughter enrolled at Highland Academy. I have always felt like I was/am part of the "Highland Family". That is exactly what Highland is, a family like environment. My daughter has excelled academically and always scores well on standardized testing. She is a well rounded student and person. She has blossomed as an actress and singer in their amazing arts program. Issues facing youth today such as peer pressure and bullying have been discussed with our daughter and her classmates by the caring staff, but we are fortunate enough in the small setting to never have experienced it first hand. We are grateful for the positive school experience and could not be happier with our choice to enroll at Highland Academy.

A Parent - Galloway Township

We were one of the first families in the inaugural school year of Highland Academy. At the time we did not know what we were embarking upon, actually we were in the pre-school program as our daughter was three. However, eight years later we are still here. While there are fine public schools in Galloway, the experience here at Highland has been so great for our daughter's development that we could not change course. The family atmosphere and the cloesness of the student body is a joy to behold. The style of learning which allows the children to go as far as their minds will take them, as opposed to stopping where a curriculum might dictate, is tremendous. Also special is that the school will allow a child to explore diverse and unique interests which might not be afforded or encouraged in a traditional school environment.

A Parent - Galloway NJ

We started at Highland last year, transitioning from homeschooling. Our kids adjusted to the school almost immediately. I believe this is partly because they are engaged in stimulating and challenging activities, but also because of the atmosphere that the staff cultivates. Respect and kindness are core values. Students are taught that each person has their own talents and intelligence. I appreciate how open the school is to parents. I drop by or call often to check on my kids, and have never been discouraged. Parents can participate as much or as little as they wish. We had an issue last year that was partly a misunderstanding on my part. The director and teachers met with us right away, and I was really impressed by their sincere concern and desire to do what we needed to resolve it. We have an excellent public school walking distance from our house. But Highland offers something special. Both of our kids are learning to work hard to achieve academic success, and how good it feels to succeed. They're in a respectful, judgement free environment. They are included and valued. We feel that our kids, one of whom is diabetic, are cared for and safe, and that they are blossoming.

A Parent - Smithville NJ

Our son has attended Highland Academy for the past five years. Our main reason for choosing Highland is the academic advantages it offers to our son. The small class size and teacher-student ratio allows students to advance further with their academics. For example, our son is reading two grades above his age and doing math problems and learning basic science that would not be offered to him if he were at public school .Students at Highland consistently score well above the average on national testing such as the Iowa exams. In addition to academic excellence, Highland exposes the children to the arts and humanities by visiting the Academy af Natural History and Science, Franklin Institute and the Phila. Art museum each year. In the spring every child participates in a school play. Teachers and staff provide a caring, safe learning environment. Dr. Jeannette Reilly and Dr. David Hall

Dr. Jeannette Reilly and Dr. David Hall - Port Republic

Highland Academy Achievements

Standardized Test Averages

90% of our students in kindergarten through 8th grade received individual recognition for at least one sub test over the 90th percentile.

Marty Wilson Jr. Art and Music Foundation Grant

Highland Academy Theater Department was the recipient of the Marty Wilson Jr. Art and Music Foundation Grant.

PNC Christmas Index Contest

Highland students competed against more than 100 schools in the state of New Jersey. They were the 3rd place winner in the PNC Christmas Index contest sponsored by SIFMA Foundation and PNC Bank.

Highland Academy Staff

Teaching children through creative skills, thoughts, and ideas.

Miss Phyllis


Phyllis taught at a private school in Absecon for several years prior to opening her own school. During the 2000/2001 school year she was asked to run the school as the current owner decided to retire.

Miss Sherri


Started at Highland Academy in 2006 as Administrative Assistant. In 2012, was promoted to Administrator.

Miss Lea


Graduated from Holy Spirit High School, received Bachelor of Science degree from Drexel University and attended the Teacher Education Program at the Richard Stockton College of NJ. Has been a part of Highland Academy since its inception in 2001.

Miss Tammy

Language Arts Teacher

Tammy began her teaching career in 1999, at Jarrets Run Academy, which soon after became Highland Academy. With the support of her awesome husband Kevin, Tammy was fortunate to have her 3 children, then aged 8, 6, & 4 come with her every day to school.

Miss Tori

Pre-School Teacher

Tori attended Highland Academy as a student. After her 8th grade graduation, she went on to attend Gloucester County Institute of Technology to study Performing Arts. Upon completion of high school, Tori went on to ACCC where she earned an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Development.

Mr. PJ

Gym Teacher / Asst. Theater Director

Hey visitors! My name is Patrick Joseph Larotonda, but I very much prefer PJ or Mr. PJ. I am a former Highland Academy graduate and currently the Gym Teacher / Assistant Theater Director.

Miss Christine

Pre-School Aid

Christine is currently the Pre-School Aide. She loves working along side Miss Tori. She is currently in ACCC pursuing a degree in special education.

Miss Theresa


Miss Rachel

Music Teacher

Rachel Burghen began teaching music at Highland Academy since 2009. Prior to that she started a “Music Time” at The Vineland Public Library for toddlers and preschoolers. She was offered the position of Preschool Music Teacher at Highland and it quickly grew to Preschool -8th grade.