I think Principal Wrobleski is the best thing that happened to this school! She is very involved. You see her out there before, during and after school compared to last one they had who was very non motivational ( just my opinion). There is great parent involvement from the same devoted parents you always see. The downside is I don't see a whole lot of other parents volunteering. It's always the same ones. I wish more parents would volunteer. As for the teachers, I think a majority of them are very dedicated to helping the kids excel academically.
Hickman is a wonderful school. The teachers and administration are very good. Principal Wroblewski is great. She is a strong positive voice that is active, creative, and caring. Wroblewski and her staff are always looking out for the student s best interest. She s been there for 2 years and has made a big difference. The teachers are caring, innovative, and they challenge the students to do their best. There is a small dedicated group of volunteers who run the PTA and Friends of Hickman foundation, and they really make a big impact. More parent participation would be great. The test scores are very good and continue to improve.
I have worked with children in a number of schools. Never have I experienced a school like Hickman. All the teachers I have met are dedicated and creative. They have high academic standards and they really care about the children. The principal is so involved, I think she knows the names of nearly all 700 children at the school. Parent involvement is less than at some other schools, but the parents that do volunteer are just amazing. The Halloween bash is always fantastic! I could go to another school, but I used school choice to enroll my children into Hickman.
Jennifer Wroblewski has shown excellent leadership for us (teachers) at Hickman Elementary. She is fair, honest, and encourages us to give 120% to our students...which we do. Our main focus is our students, encouraging them to learn the most information they can in a positive, fun learning environment. We, as a staff, are very pleased to have her as our principal and your children as our learners. If you ever have any concerns, please let us know. We will address it in a timely, helpful manner. We are glad that you chose our school for your children.
Hickman is a school to watch in Mira Mesa. Lacking the pretentious nature of Jerabek, this school has a congenial faculty, friendly parents, and a terrific music program. The new Principal, Jennifer Wroblewski, has shown outstanding leadership skills already, and she is out in front of the school every morning and every afternoon, talking with parents. Security of the campus is a high priority. 'Friends of Hickman' group has big ideas for the school. With its new leadership, Hickman is a high-achieving school with a bright future.
My child went to Hickman for 5 years and just graduated. We found the teachers to be caring and a cut above your average public school. The students are well behaved and the Principal kind and caring. My student excelled and was excited to go school every day. Hickman rocks!
This school is so average and has potential but the leadership is non-existent. Most kids are scared of the invisible principal and don't get their voices heard when something does come up. The principal in no way is 'there ' for the parents , possible just to yes you to death. The teachers are hit and miss. Some are fabulous but others need to find a job they like. I dont see my children prospering like they should. Many parents sit around and dont volunteer like they should. Not impressed.
I just wish there was more things going on at the school. No holloween festival. Dont know what they will be doing for x-mas, still dont have the school pictures yet. Here they have these programs to go eat somewhere and the school gets a percentage of it. They also have the kids sale entertainment books and so on, but where does the money go???? I dont think my child will have alot of fond memories of her grammer school like i did.
My children started attending Hickman in the 2004-2005 year. Hickman was a 5-star back then. Something happened at the end of 2006 and beginning of 2006-2007 up to 2007-2008. The quality of the program plummeted and the quality of the teachers also plummeted in terms of new hires. The grade reporting was changed from traditional to standards-based grading which is useless. In the standards-based grading, the student earns a BA for basic, PR for proficient and AD for advanced. So even though the child earns 100% on all the work, the report card may still say BA because the teacher only covered the basic material in class. There is absolutely no motivation factor in the new grading system. That system is made for low performing schools who are trying to avoid giving students failing grades. The principal is uninvolved and nowhere to be seen out in the school grounds.
I attended Hickman as a child over 20 years ago, my son who is currently in the 2nd grade is a tough one, but this school is stead fast in supporting and working with him. I love this school, such diversity and committed teachers, many of the substitutes are retired Hickman teachers. It is a majority Asian school, with parents who speak english as a second language, which results in low parent volunteer percentages. There are not many extracurricular activities but the may be due to county wide budget cuts. I know many of my former Hickman classmates who now have their children attending Hickman. I entrust them with my active 7 year old and work very closely with administration and his teacher because I choose to be involved.
My son just finished kindergarten at Hickman, and I was sorely disappointed. The principal was invisible most of the time, and when she was present, she was pitifully uninspiring! This leads to overall apathy among the teachers who appear to do as little as possible and still get paid. There is not a great deal of parental involvement, but this is largely due to the lack of enthusiasm among the staff and lack of overall structure to support volunteers.
The school had dumbed down curriculum, uncaring teachers and principal and substandard facilities. Built like a prison, it is a fairly typical school of the San Diego Unified system.
Average quality academic program, very few extracurricular activities, and average parent involvement.
My son just completed 1st grade and the program was intense and fast. There isnt enought music or sports as far as I am concerned at this school. The parent involvement is pitiful. I help out 2x per week and I believe I was the only one.
I am not terribly happy about Hickman Elementary. The parents are great, but the teaching staff and the administration give off an impersonal aire. The physical environment lacks any sort of warmth, and the overall environment is uninviting and, therefore, not great for learning. Also, the three teachers my child has had so far have made so many education-based errors that I am baffled about the lack of quality of teacher training. Our old school in La Mesa was worlds better than Hickman.
My daughter has been at Hickman for over 2 years after transfering from a private school. I always belived that we would have to send her to a private school for her to have a good education. I kept hearing good things about Hickman so we gave it a shot. It was the best decission we ever made. Hickman's curriculum was more advanced than the private shcool, and the teachers there rock. I have never seen teachers who work so hard to make sure every kid not only learns but is shaped into a responsible humanbeing.
I have a daughter presently in the 4th grade, her current teacher is Mrs. Sutherland. She is an awesome teacher! She has shown excellent involvement with her students. This gives Hickman an outstanding name recognition. All around the teaching staff is excellent! All I see is excellence with the school. As a parent I would challenge all parents to get out once in awhile and see your child grow in success with Hickman, be more involved with their education. Volunteer! Plan a special visit with your child, let them know you care about them, that they too are being loved! Just do it! Have an awesome day! Go Hickman!
My daughter went to Hickman for 5 years (K-5th grade)She loves all the teachers and she enjoys this school very much. Majority of the students here are Asian. But, they are extremely smart. They do so well in all the subjects. Especially in computer/technology classes. Go Hickman!
I have 2 children in Hickman, so far this school is great compare to the last one. What I appreciate the most is my daughter's 3rd grade GATE class teacher. Mr. He works hard and really good at communicating with me on anything and letting me know what is goin on with my daugther and how well she is doing. Thank You Mr. M - you are the great treacher and children love you, keep up the great work!
My daughter is in the first grade at Hickman. She transferred from another school in San Diego. It amazes me at how high of a degree the curriculum and the faculty challenges the students. The staff is very motivated, courteous, and enthusiastic. They lead by example and encourage the students to take responsibility. A good example is how every Thursday after school, the students sell popsciles as a fundraiser. The staff supervise and allow the volunteer children to take down the orders, collect the money, and complete the orders. Other activities include the crossing guard program. In addition, my daughter attends afterschool care where she interacts with children from other local schools and on average, it is apparent that Hickman provides a better learning environment. I also like how the school is very diverse.
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