The staff of Highland Park Central is eager to welcome our returning and first time students to our school. We hold high expectations for success and achievement for all of our students. We have some new members on our staff this year. Please help them feel welcome, in our HPC learning community. 

    Pilar Mejia, Principal

The mission of Highland Park Central Elementary School is to teach all students in a 
positive and safe environment and for all students to reach their full potential.



Kansas Academic Standards Assessments

The Kansas Academic Standards give school districts a framework to design their curriculum, instruction, testing and teacher development. academic standards spell out what students should know and be able to do at various stages in their schooling.

Adapted from Kansas Assessment Program 2016 Parent Guide

Highland Park Central Elementary was the only school in the district to increases on the state assessments in both reading and math at all three tested grade levels from third through fifth grade. Individual student scores are expected in the next sixty days. Parents will be notified when those have been released from the state. Congratulations teachers and students for a job well done!

Information provided by Clayton Schrader, Title I Literature Coach and Behavior Interventionist at Highland Park Central

Regular attendance is critical for student success. You can help your child be successful at school, by having them here each day that they are physically able to attend. Class begins at 8:40AM on Monday-Thursday and 9:30AM on Friday.

Published in the September school newsletter.


The Board of Education is committed to limiting the use of Emergency Safety Interventions (ESI), such as seclusion and restraint, with all students. The Board of Education encourages all employees to utilize other behavioral management tools, including prevention techniques, de-escalation techniques, and positive behavioral intervention strategies.

Emergency Safety Intervention (ESI) Parent Information

ESI Family Guide

Topeka Public Schools Board Policy 8120

Emergency Safety Interventions Resources ( Kansas Technical Assistance System Network)

For more information about Emergency Safety Intervention Policies and Procedures contact:

Dr. Jennifer Harrington 
(785) 295-3089 


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Highland Park Central School History

Ms Ferne Tasker has recently been interested in the history of our school. She has researched the history of HPC. Read the article to find out about our community and school.

Information provided by research found online by Ferne Tasker, March 2017