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9050 E Pinnacle Peak Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85255


The Highlands Institute equips believers to become leaders in their communities for sake of the gospel.


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Philosophy of Assessment

Each class at the Highlands Institute is linked to the vision and values of our church and institution, and course and individual outcomes seek to measure the degree to which student learning reflects these values. While objectives are affective, cognitive, and behavioral in scope, outcomes must be measurable to accurately assess learning.  The degree to which students express, articulate, and demonstrate learning determines how instructors assess progress.

Instructional Environment

The Highlands Institute is a Christian learning environment whose students are eager to learn from godly instructors. You have a tremendous opportunity to learn from fellow believers in a God-honoring, Christ-centered environment. 


We are an inter/multi-denominational training institute serving primarily, though not exclusively, the evangelical community. Diversity of denominations/faith groups means diversity of opinions on theological and doctrinal matters. It is one of the strengths of an inter/multi-denominational institution that we can debate, respect and even enjoy theological diversity that can exist under the authority of the inspired Scriptures (cf. Acts 15:1-35; Phil. 2:1-4; 1 Jn. 4:7-21).

Student Assessment

HI does not assign letter grades but instead assesses student outcomes according to the following measures:

  • Exemplary Pass (100-90%) denotes the degree to which students achieved and exceeded the standard(s) set forth by the instructor.

  • Pass (89-70%) denotes the degree to which students achieved the standard(s) set forth by the instructor.

  • Conditional Pass (69-60%) requires that the student complete additional work to reach the standard(s). Any additional conditions are determined by the instructor.

  • No Pass (59% and below) means that the student fell far below the standard(s) for the assignment/assessment.

This system of assessment allows for a more easily determined acceptable measure of competency and also affords instructors discretion to accommodate students who desire to achieve mastery/competency. When creating assignments and assessments, instructors will provide exactly what they expect to see from their students on any given task, and these criteria become the exemplars by which student work will be measured.

An Eternal Perspective on Education

The goal of the Highlands Institute is to equip individuals to be more effective servant-leaders in the Kingdom of God.  What they do for Him as a result of their time here is profoundly more important than any grade they receive from us. We want students to take what they learn and apply it to wherever God has them. This is the ultimate assessment of any student or Christian training institution. Believers ought to strive for excellence in all that they do for God’s glory (1 Cor. 10:31; 1 Cor. 15:58; Col. 3:23). HI believes that the quality of an education is measured not by the marks students earn in the classroom but rather by the impact students make with their lives (Phil 3:1-12; 1 Cor. 2:1-10; 2 Cor. 6:1-10). As Paul writes, "Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15).

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