We are the Hornets!

Welcome to Ward-Highlands Elementary!

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    R. L. Ward-Highlands is a prominent school that is located in the City of Ocala in Marion County. The school is based in a community that is characterized by economic and cultural diversity. We have an enrollment of 850 students. The student population is a blend of multiethnic groups that include 63.6% Caucasians, 21.3% African Americans, 8.5% Hispanics, 0.2 % American Indians, 1.1% Asians, and 5.3% Multi-Racial. We have 55% of our students on free and reduced lunches, and as a result, Ward-Highlands is eligible for school-wide Title One funding.


    In the 2007-08 school year, 82% of our students scored at a level three or above in reading, 76% met high standards in writing, and 80% of our students scored at a level three or above in Math. We expect to continue the high performance.


    There are three regular education school buses and nine ESE buses that serve Ward-Highlands students. Three of the regular education buses transport students for AYP and desegregation purposes. We have a large number of students who are car-riders. Also, our school provides extended day care before and after school for working parents.

    Ward-Highlands Elementary values parents, families, and community members as stakeholders and partners in student achievement, school improvement, and educational accountability. Therefore, we offer opportunities for parental and community involvement through PTO, SAC, and school volunteers.

Current Stories

2015-2016 Parent Survey


    Parents, Marion County Public Schools wants to hear from you. The district and its 53 schools want to know how they can better serve students, parents, caregivers, and other stakeholders in our local community. With parents taking more interest in their children’s education, the district’s latest Parent Survey is now available online and at each school.


    Parents can access the survey at www.marionschools.net/parentsurvey. The survey is available in both English and Spanish.

Important Information

  • Student Day: 7:45 AM - 2:05 PM
    Breakfast Served: 7:20 - 7:35 AM
    Purchase Meals: 7:20 AM - 7:40 AM
    Teacher Day: 7:15 AM - 3:00 PM
    Early Release Times: 12:05 PM
    School Office Hours: 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM
    Breakfast: Free for All Students
    Lunch: Free for All Students