The 2022-2023 K-12 Social Studies Instructional Materials Adoption List  was released on May 9, 2023. The School Board of Highlands County will begin the process of reviewing approved Social Studies instructional materials in the Fall of 2023. A timeline of milestones and activities for the selection and adoption process will be provided on or before August 14, 2023.

Please click here to view the 2022-2023 K-12 Social Studies Instructional Materials Adoption List


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The School Board of Highlands County is an organization committed to student Achievement, Accountability and Academics. Highlands County is located in the center of the Sunshine State with a diverse population of roughly 100,000.  

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Mission Statement:  

All employees of the School Board of Highlands County will partner with students, families, and the community, to prepare our students for a  successful future by building a strong foundation for responsible citizenship, preparation for college and careers, and empowerment to achieve personal excellence.

Vision Statement:   

Transforming Today’s Learners into Tomorrow’s Leaders

We have worked with local and state law enforcement as well as with school districts from around the nation to be proactive, and we have made changes to our school safety practices. Videos created with the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office will be shown to students in kindergarten through 12th grade during the first week of school.

Because children are at different developmental levels, we have created three separate videos appropriate for grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-12.

We want to make sure parents have the opportunity to view these videos prior to school, and our hope is that families will have discussions with children about the importance of following procedures should an emergency arise.

K-2 Video

3-5 Video

6-12 Video

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Florida Department of Education created an anonymous reporting App that allows you to instantly send information about suspicious activity to local law enforcement and school officials 

Link to Fortify Florida App
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Non-Discrimination Statement 

Except as provided by law, The School Board of Highlands County shall not on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, political or religious beliefs, national or ethnic origin, or genetic information, exclude individuals from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity in any employment condition or practice, or be denied equal access to school facilities if the organization is The Boy Scouts of America or other patriotic youth groups. 


Public Records Custodian for the School Board of Highlands County

Andrew Lethbridge, Deputy Superintendent

426 School Street, Sebring, FL 33870


Phone: (863) 471-5555

Fax: (863) 471-5673

Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing.

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District Title IX Coordinator - Staff & District             ADA/504 Compliance Officer

Carla Ball, Director of Human Resources               426 School Street, Sebring, FL 33870                             Click here to email Carla Ball                              Phone: (863) 471-5555


District Title IX Coordinator - Student

Tim Leeseburg, Director of Safety and Security                426 School Street, Sebring, FL 33870                    Click here to email Tim Leeseburg              Phone: (863) 471-5555

Title IX & ADA/504 Information


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