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Our History

One foot. Even a toe. That's all it takes to become part of the Virginia A. Boone Highland Oaks family. Just one step onto our beautiful campus and you are a permanent part of the history that grows like the roots of the majestic oaks that preside over our grounds. Countless students, parents, friends, faculty, and staff have crossed paths here. They grew up. Some moved on. Some passed away. And some never left. All come back to visit either in person, in spirit, in thought, or in letters.

Virginia A. Boone

Highland Oaks has always been a place to which people gravitate because it feels like that old glove that fits perfectly, keeps you warm, and matches everything you have. Nestled amongst the beautiful oak trees in North Miami Beach, Highland Oaks Elementary School opened in 1964 under the leadership of Principal Virginia A. Boone. Virginia was our school's only principal until her retirement in 1995. Sadly, Mrs. Boone died a year after her retirement. In her honor, Highland Oaks was re-named Virginia A. Boone Highland Oaks Elementary School.

Sue Ann Wendover was our second principal until 2001. Under her guidance, test scores rose and advancements in technology were astounding. Dr. Kim S. Rubin, our third principal, led VABHOE to become a 21st Century Technology School, increased test scores even more, and enabled us to maintain "A School" status twelve years in a row! Our fourth principal, Scott H. Saperstein, joined us in 2013.

Highland Oaks has been blessed with the best principals any teacher, student, or parent could ask for! When first built, Highland Oaks was much smaller and consisted of the current office area, cafeteria, and four "pods" laid out neatly amidst the surrounding foliage.

As our local community grew, several portables were added to house larger numbers of students. In 1992, a major construction project was completed that brought a beautiful new library, music and art lab, and two new classroom buildings. 

From our earliest moments, VABHOE has remained a school of excellence setting the highest standards for our students to be motivated achievers continually involved both at school and in the community.


Some of the fun, interesting and educational activities!

  • Student United Way Campaign
  • Thanksgiving Baskets
  • Cultural Arts Day
  • Career Day
  • Holiday and Spring Concerts
  • Student Council
  • School Spirit Days
  • Spelling Bee
  • Student-Run Closed Circuit Telecasts
  • Math Bowl
  • Lego Club
  • Science and Environmental Lab
  • Annual Art Show
  • School Beautification & Recycling Day
  • Florida Elementary All-State Chorus
  • Future Educators of America
  • Physical Education Field Days
  • Prompt Pizza Parties
  • Safety Patrol