Highlands Intermediate School is located in Pearl City, Hawaii. The school was constructed in 1959 in the midst of a growing suburb, and is included in the Leeward District of the State Department of Education. Highlands Intermediate services the Pearl City area which include Pearl City, Seaview-Crestview, Waipio Gentry, and parts of Waiau. The school has eight feeder elementary schools and is the only feeder school to Pearl City High School at the present time.
Highlands Intermediate has implemented standards-based instruction in all content areas with an emphasis on literacy. In addressing the Common Core Standards in Literacy, and college and career readiness, the school has focused on critical thinking and argumentative/information writing, and implementing AVID strategies school-wide. Other academic areas of emphasis include STEM, Algebra, Study Skills, and a variety of elective courses. Highlands Intermediate has maintained a fairly stable staff that is teamed to provide smaller learning communities for students. The school also provides Gifted and Talented sections in Math and English, and co-teaching, remedial, and special motivation support programs for its students.
Highlands Intermediate School was last accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges in 2017, when the school received a maximum term of six years.