I have two children who attend this school and simply can't say enough wonderful things about this school and community. The new principal is lovely and really cares about the children and the quality of their educational experience. Her dedication and the hard-work from the school's teachers, have made my daughters' school experience simply fantastic! We love HIllcrest!
I currently have a child in the middle school. Hillcrest's strengths include a dedicated group of veteran teachers and extremely involved parents. The school's weaknesses have always included its extremely small size, which limits the range of courses available and can also be socially confining. An additional problem: a very new principal, now in her second year, has made a series of organizational changes that have been poorly communicated to parents and have produced general dismay in the Hillcrest community. It is unclear where this school is going.
We have been very pleased. This is a good as its gets in a public school. It comes with a price - a high degree of parental involvement is expected, both time and money. The teachers are top notch and the principal is very dedicated.
Excellent teachers and principal, and lots of support from the parents.
I have been happy at this school for all of my life. I noticed that from each teacher I've had, i know there has been an extremely significant lesson that I learned for both my future as a student, and a citizen. I am now in the 7th grade at Hillcrest, and couldn't love it and my teachers more. Mrs. Massey gives excellent advice for sticky situations and knows how to make things stick in your head so you can remember things like formulas for math or definitions for almost incomprehensible words. Mr. Kloess has not been in the middle school program as long as Mrs.Massey, but i respect him just as much. He teaches us great writing and life skills, keeps us in order, and allows us to have many class disscussions where most everyone participates. With each teacher, I learn a bunch and have fun!
i am a student at hillcrest. i love it. my brother loves it. my parents love it. this is a great school! it is fun, all parents are involved and loving it. all students go off to good high school after their time at hillcrest. the school is local for my family and is not an unsafe school. hey, guess what privet schools!?!? hillcrest has great test scores! hillcrest is a fantastic school but don't even bother trying to get in!
I am a parent at the school and think it is terrific for my kids. I must disagree with the commenter who criticizes the lack of afterschool programs and the administrator. We have a great principal who works tirelessly. Also, the reason that afterschool programs are limited is that there is very limited space. The principal is correct not to kick teachers out of their classrooms for after school programs because they need what limited prep time they get from OUSD. The science scores have been excellent over the past few years and the curriculum is expanding. The parent's review from December 2007 is based on old or incomplete information. The drawbacks of this school are that it is small. The middle school is good but some kids will need more extra curricular and sports options.
Hillcrest purely pwns! I am an 8th grader at hillcrest and I have loved every year of my life there! Go hillcrest Middle school 2007-2008!
I am a mother of a 2nd grader at Hillcrest. She has been there since kindergarden. Hillcrest receives the highest test scores in the district. Their academic programs are great because of the huge amount of parent involvement as well as the genuine care and support our children receive from their teachers. We have limited space, so entry to the school is not guaranteed. Lack of space does impact the availability of music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities. However, these activities are offered. Overall, Hillcrest is a school where my daughter thrives and is happy. I particularly enjoy the focus on 'Life Skills' throughout the entire school.
Hillcrest is a wonderful neighborhood school with talented teachers, great leadership and dedicated community of parents. My two daughters (now in fourth and seventh) have attended since kindergarten and they are getting great education. They are happy too!
Fantastic school, probably best in OUSD. My children have thrived there. Only downside is that it is very small. Some kids require a larger pond.
Great school. The principal, Beverly Rothenberg, is energetic and committed to the school.
Hillcrest is wonderful public school in oakland. It has a small student population from the immediate community. Teachers know students well.
Hillcrest is a great elementary school for all kids. The teachers are passionate and care about all students. Our familly had a great experience there and would recommend looking into it.
Hillcrest is an outstanding school despite being in the midst of the much troubled OUSD. The current principal came in with many challenges to face and has done a wonderful job. However, due to tenure there is one teacher in particular that frankly should not be. This is not an OUSD problem but rather that of the philosophy of tenure. Because of this, despite the principal's best efforts, this teacher continues to adversely affect the learning experience of many at Hillcrest.
Facilities are a significant problem at this jewel of a school. Parent attempts to improve the situation have met with resistance from the District.
This small school is nice, but is ultimatly controled by the poor standing Oakland Unified District. The parents control the majority of school, and there is a strong 'click' between students and parents.
I am not a parent of a student at Hillcrest, but I did attend Hillcrest from Kindergarten until 8th grade and it was a wonderful experience. Although the school was not as diverse as it is now, the teacher's still made me feel comfortable and encouraged me to use my full potential. Attending Hillcrest has influenced my decision in pursuing my teaching credential.
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