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Hillcrest Elementary School

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Posted October 8, 2013

Hillcrest Elementary is awesome and educational with fine teachers and staff teaching my grandson. Thanks


Posted September 11, 2013

My daughter comes home every day excited about her teacher, and her school. To me and my husband it doesn't get better than that. Thank you for taking such good care of her when she's with you. I am always here to volunteer wherever needed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2011

My son is in Mrs. Quattlebaum s first grade class and he could not have gotten a more dedicated, loving, and attentive teacher. Just ten weeks in her class and my son has transformed into a little boy who has confidence, likes math, and feels a real sense of belonging. Mr. Williams, the principal, is very hands on from sharing bus route information with parents on open house night to opening car doors to greet the students each morning at the drop off point. The facilities are spotless and the front office staff is inviting. Thank you Hillcrest for being so good to my son!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2011

I love Hillcrest and all of it's staff. My daughter has went all the way through and she says she misses it everyday. Our principal is a great man. I love hearing him call each child by their name. That is awesome when you can remember that many names. And it makes the kids love him that much more.:)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2010

My child and 4 great grand kids have atteneded hillcrest and i rate it above average. Being a control freak is a good thing if you are not the kids will run over you in a heart beat. You must be in control if not you don't have answers to what may be ask of you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2010

The principle is a control freak. Should be in a high school, not an elementary school. Has the potential to be a decent school with someone who realizes they are there for us as parents and tax payers, and for our children...NOT to feed their own needs for power. Teacher is great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2009

Part of the reason why we retired from the Army here was so our son could attend and graduate from the Enterprise School System. We have not been disappointed. Our son has been a student here since the first grade and he is now in the 5ht grade. He iis an honor student and we have had nothing but positive experiences with the principal, staff, teachers and administration. After 23 years of moving around the world, we have been so pleased to feel so at home in this area of Alabama. We look forward to our son graduating from EHS and we believe that the Enterprise School System will serve him well in his pursuit of higher education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2009

We are truly blessed to have our children attend such a fantastic school. We pulled our children out of private school to attend here and could not be happier. Any issues that we have encountered were handled swiftly by the teachers and they keep the parents informed via e-mail and meetings. The principal, Mr. Williams, knows every child by name and takes a personal interest in their development. He is also there every morning to personally greet them and ensure the children are safe from exiting their vehicles. As a retired military family we have never witnessed this much concern and professionalism from any principal or school until we enrolled our children in Hillcrest.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2009

Being a military family, we move frequently and our children have collectively attended 11 schools in the last 9 years. Hillcrest elementary is by far the worst of the lot. While Hillcrest employs some of the best teachers in the city, several negative experiences with the office staff, and specifically the principal, forced me to remove my honor roll students and enroll them in private school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2008

Hillcrest is truly a top notch school. Some others may take issue with the way the teachers and principal speak to the children, but I'm betting these are also the parents of the children who do no wrong. I appreciate that the teachers and staff there keep my children in line! My children adore this school and their teachers. I did a lot of school research before moving to Enterprise, including visiting all the school in the system, and Hillcrest really stood out to me as a place where the teachers love their jobs and love their students. My children were attending Hillcrest during the time of the tornado...thankfully they were not at school when the tornado hit, but I know from talking to many people that the teachers there shielded their students with their own bodies. That, to me, is selfless love. Hillcrest with both teach and LOVE your child!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2008

Wonderful School! The teachers are excellent and you can tell the entire staff is there for the benefit of the students. I would not want my children anywhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2007

The principal and teachers are great. Mr. Williams is very personable. I do wish they had a gym but after surviving the tornado - any bit of the building left is appreciated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2006

Our experiences with school systems around the country vary and so far Hillcrest has been the worst educational environment we've ever been involved with. In our other schools, we had strong principal leadership and high standards for teacher conduct. Teachers used their own education, creativity and positive reinforcement to run effective and organized classrooms. The opposite is happening at Hillcrest. There is a negative atmosphere. Mr. Williams may be a nice man but his ideas are old fashioned and standards for his staff are low.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2006

With all the bad I'd learned about Alabama schools, I thought when we moved here we could get through anything and we'll just stay positive. Not such an easy thing to do now that we're immersed in this school system. Visit Hillcrest and listen to how the staff talks to the students. The teachers can be very unprofessional. There is no inspiration to become better people or better learners. The academics are way behind, my children are mostly working on things they've learned up to two years ago.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2006

We moved to Enterprise last year and my son attended HIllcrest for 4th grade and now he is there for 5th. Also my daughter just started there for Kindergarten this year. We are a military family and will probably be moving on in a couple of years. I've had 2 other kids in schools all over the place and as far as we are concerned Hillcrest is the best we've seen. Mr Williams is totally supportive of our situation. When my husband was deployed for a year in Iraq, he and his staff took special care in making sure that my son was handling the adjustment and any special needs he might face. I've seen Mr Williams interact with the children in his school, and the kids seem to really like him. I think he and his staff are great! D. Scullion
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2006

My kids attended Hillcrest Elementary for a 1.5 years and I was also a substitute teacher. I would recommend this school. Mr. Williams and his staff are wonderful and very courteous. I was very pleased that my daughter came out of kindergarten learning to read. I now live in Arizona and if we ever return to Alabama I would definately have my kids return to Hillcrest Elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2005

I would strongly advise looking at other schools before choosing this one. This school says it would like parental involvement but if there is an issue with your child and the teacher they are assigned, the principal will not help you. While some of the teachers at this school are caring and dedicated to the students there are many that are not. Parents have no rights at Hillcrest Elementary.
—Submitted by a staff


Posted March 31, 2005

Superb school. Was the first school in Alabama to be SACS accredited 41 years ago and still one of the best elementary schools in the country. A parent who is dissatisfied with Hillcrest will never be satisfied anywhere.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 14, 2005

Hillcrest Elementary School is by far one of the best school in Enterprise. Mr. Williams, the principal, was going to retire two years ago, but was talked into staying. Hillcrest is the only school in Enterprise that has a Developmental Preschool in its midst. Mr. Williams, even with his misgivings, was the only principal with the courage to take a chance. Mr. Williams maybe old-fashioned but he is willing to learn. But better than that he truly cares for the children and their well-being. The teachers are dynamic and the support staff is supportive. The extracurriclular are there but the parents have to be involved. The only reason my daughter is not attending Hillcrest is because we are in its zone. If you happen, to live or move into the Hillcrest district, you are truly blessed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2005

I am a mother of two as well as a teacher. I am offended at the generalized statements that have been made in previous reviews. There will always be someone who is not happy or someone who has an issue with a particular person. That's OK. Please don't make such harsh assumptions and accusations towards everyone (ie. staff) I am extremely concerned about the safety, education, and overall wellness of our students. Believe me, I did not go into teaching for the money, but for the children. All children are different, they learn in different ways, they live different lifestyles. As a whole we strive to make certain that every child receives a quality education. For those parents who are looking for an elementary school. Come visit us anytime. For those who have issues with certain individuals, please do not insult all of us.
—Submitted by a teacher


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2012.

88 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
78%

2009

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

88 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
97%

2009

 
 
89%
Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2012.

89 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
88%

2009

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

89 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
87%
Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 91% in 2012.

89 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
88%

2009

 
 
96%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2012.

88 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
81%

2009

 
 
93%
Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2012.

95 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

95 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
95%

2009

 
 
90%
Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Math

All Students88%
Female93%
Male82%
Black92%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White92%
Free lunch eligible83%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education27%
General population96%
English language learners78%
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant87%
Poverty85%
Non-poverty89%

Reading

All Students84%
Female95%
Male73%
Black92%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White90%
Free lunch eligible75%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special education18%
General population94%
English language learners67%
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%
Poverty78%
Non-poverty89%
Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Alabama Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Math

All Students97%
Female98%
Male96%
Black96%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic94%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Free lunch eligible96%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant97%
Poverty95%
Non-poverty100%

Reading

All Students94%
Female95%
Male94%
Black91%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic88%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White100%
Free lunch eligible94%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%
Poverty91%
Non-poverty100%
Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Alabama Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Math

All Students94%
Female100%
Male90%
Black87%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White96%
Free lunch eligible95%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%
Poverty96%
Non-poverty93%

Reading

All Students85%
Female93%
Male79%
Black53%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic88%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White94%
Free lunch eligible79%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population91%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%
Poverty78%
Non-poverty93%
Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Alabama Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Math

All Students94%
Female93%
Male94%
Black83%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic93%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White98%
Free lunch eligible91%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%
Poverty90%
Non-poverty98%

Reading

All Students95%
Female95%
Male94%
Black91%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic93%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White96%
Free lunch eligible91%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%
Poverty90%
Non-poverty100%
Scale: % level 3 or 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Reading and Mathematics Test (ARMT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math. The ARMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Alabama Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2012.

89 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
88%

2009

 
 
90%
Scale: % level 3 or level 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Science Assessment (ASA) to test students in grades 5 and 7 in science. The ASA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficiency level 3.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

Science

All Students84%
Female93%
Male78%
Black60%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic94%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White87%
Free lunch eligible74%
Reduced lunch eligiblen/a
Special educationn/a
General population89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant84%
Poverty77%
Non-poverty93%
Scale: % level 3 or level 4

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Alabama used the Alabama Science Assessment (ASA) to test students in grades 5 and 7 in science. The ASA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Alabama. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficiency level 3.

The different student groups are identified by the Alabama Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Alabama Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 57% 58%
Black 23% 35%
Hispanic 15% 4%
Asian 3% 1%
Two or more races 2% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 57%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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  • Mr Hugh R Williams Jr
Fax number
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6500 Boll Weevil Circle
Enterprise, AL 36330
Phone: (334) 393-9542

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