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About Highlands Christian

Highlands Christian School is a private, co-educational school dedicated to nurturing and challenging each child – body, mind, and spirit – to the glory of God, serving students in Pre-Kindergarten through 6th grade.

Educating in the proven Carden Method, Highlands Christian provides each child with a strong phonetic foundation in reading and spelling and analytical thinking tools to better understand the written word for reading comprehension. The Carden philosophy and teachings stress mastery of content and developing problem-solving skills through a structured, stimulating, and sequential academic curriculum.

The History of Carden Education in Lake Highlands

Dr. Betty Woodring brought the Carden Method curriculum to Dallas, when she founded Highlander-Carden School in September 7, 1966. Highlander School quickly gained a reputation for providing challenging academics in a nurturing environment. For 57 years, the school produced generations of successful students before closing in May 2023. 

In August of 2023, Highlands Christian School opened, carring on the Carden tradition in Lake Highlands and equipped with some of the most talented and tenured teachers in the state of Texas. 


Highlands Christian is led by top teachers and staff with hearts that yearn to serve and fulfill our school's mission. 

Learn more about our Faculty

We strive to provide a nurturing and rigorous academic environment for early childhood and elementary students.

Learn more about our Educational Philosophy

"Highlands Christian School (HCS) has been an answered prayer for our family. I know in my heart and mind that they will be entering a loving and nurturing environment where they will be challenged academically and pushed to be the best version of themselves."

"Our family feels so blessed to have found the Carden curriculum and the Highlands Christian School community. My children have developed a genuine love for learning!"

"We are beyond excited and fortunate to be a part of Highlands Christian School. The teachers offer a phenomenal education in a very nurturing environment. Small class sizes allow my children to know everyone in the school, giving them a sense of comfort, security, and camaraderie. The Lane family is truly blessed to be a part of HCS!"