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Hillside Middle School

Public | 6-8

 
 

Living in Simi Valley

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $350,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,670.

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Posted October 31, 2013

Hillside middle school surprised me! To what I thought at first. Really turned out to be the best teachers and staff EVER. To bad this is the last year here... I wish I put my first kid here, not at valley view...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2013

I have had 2 kids at Hillside middle school. I highly recommend sending your child there in sixth grade. I also highly recommend getting involved with the PTSA because you get the ear of the principal frequently and I find that when I have had issues with my kids they are handled swiftly . Not sure if it's because I'm an involved parent and all the staff know me or if that's just normal protocol. Either way get involved!!! There are a few really bad teachers who should be put out to pasture but with unions involved the schools hands are tied. Always make sure to file a written complaint so there is a paper trail. The admin staff is amazing and very involved. They really run a tight ship. They do a great job with extra curricular activities many after school clubs to choose from. I only wish my kids could stay here forever! Will be sad to say good bye next year...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2010

Hillside is great! Administrative staff is keeping school clean, safe, and well operational. Teachers are caring and performing well. Students are friendly and well behaved. My kids like their school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2010

I love this school. The administration is excellent; they run a tight ship. The campus is clean and safe!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2010

Hiii this is Claire from Hillside middle school this school is the safest school ive ever been to before I went to valley view middle scholl and was bullied and tormented every day the staff just told us to settle down and stop it never worked I begged my parents for what seemed forever to transfer and now that I did im having an amazing experiance I love this school I dont see why all schools cant be like this ? ??
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 20, 2009

This school is the best! Everyone is friendly, helpful, and respectful!! I will miss this wonderful school so much!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 15, 2009

This shool was horrible.They don't take care of the problems well.They also don't clean the school very well.There are bullies there.I was even bullied.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 24, 2009

Hillside is the safest and funnest school for any child becoming a teen. The faculty helps the students achive more and more and reward them for their excellence
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2009

I absolutleylove this school! This is my 1st year at Hillside as a 7th grader, and its great! The kids here are friendly, and its pratically impossible to not make a couple new friends here. Don't believe those stereotypical movies that show kids being pushed around and bullied, because there just making middle school look scary, but its actually a great experience. If your child is thinking about enrolling for 6th grade, encourage them to because even if they'll leave there friends, they'll make new ones and they'll eventually see them again in 7th grade.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 14, 2008

Hillside Middle School I would have to say is an average school. I wouldn't give it any extra credit points for 'creativity' or anything. The majority of the school is clean thanks to the 'Green Team' and Janitors.I would say that there are a pretty good amount of extra curricular activities and clubs; one being 'h.i.p.' or Homework Improvement Plan. The teachers do look out for what is best for the students, (although we may not like it sometimes). I wouldn't choose to go to another Middle School because there wasn't anything wrong with my experiences there. If you have a child between 6-8 grade and you are deciding whether or not to enroll your child, well i have three words for you.... just do it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 21, 2008

OK School. Kids can't be kids its all about the mighty dollar and not being sued. They teach just like any school towards the Star Testing which does nothing to help the children.


Posted January 9, 2008

great school yes I love it
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2007

its a very clean school and teachers are always there kids are very educated
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2007

In hillside middle school is an excellent school that the students can learn more and more day thanks to their teachers and parents, also during the activities all the personal is helping. thats a great school and a great place for learning
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 11, 2007

My greatest concern is this, our schools ask for us to be involved, yet when we are they are unable or unwilling to give us the necessary information to help them educate our children. Far to much focus is placed on making education fun. I do not believe enough attention is being paid to the basics of English, Writing Reports, or Mathematics. These are neglected from the elementary level forward. We as parents need to get the curriculum focused back on education not entertainment. Art is a class not book reports.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2006

Hillside seems to be a decent school in terms of academic programs. I think the students would benefit from additional sports as extracurricular activities. I have always been treated with respect by the office staff, but I think the teachers need to give the students more respect and individualized attention. I realize this is difficult with having so many students to deal with, but this is a huge part of their job. Their main responsibility is to the students, and often teachers lose sight of this. These kids are our future, and they are in their formative years. Quality teachers are one of the main influences in the lives of our children. We can't lose sight of the importance of this issue.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2005

Acaddemic good music excellent. N/a on the parents
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2005

I have two children that attend Hillside. We started out year 2003 rocky without a principle. Mr. 'P'. has really made a postive difference in this school. Not ony do the kids seem less stressed on campus but the faculty is much more friendly. The eniviroment for the kids that attend I feel is more family oriented and makes them feel they all really belong. My 'Gate' student of course complains but seems to pull off the work load and my average student is also doing very well. This is Mr.P second year and hopefully his third year in will be even better for all involved . His responsive manner is flowing over into a great educational and emotional experience for this difficult age group.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2005

Hillside is a decent school. The teaching is pretty good school. except they could use more hands on classes like would shop and metal shop.
—Submitted by a former student


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This school's
API score

816

Change from
2012 to 2013

-10

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

7 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

6 / 10


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API score

816

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The Academic Performance Index (API) is a single number assigned to each school by the California Department of Education to measure overall school performance and improvement over time on statewide testing. The API ranges from 200 and 1000, with 800 as the state goal for all schools.
Change from
2012 to 2013

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API Statewide Rank
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7 / 10

API Statewide Rank (2012)
The API Statewide Rank ranges from 1 to 10. A rank of 10, for example, means that the school’s API fell into the top 10% of all schools in the state with a comparable grade range. The 2012 rank is based on results from tests students took in Spring 2012.
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The API Similar Schools Rank ranges from 1 to 10. It shows how the school compares to other schools with similar student demographic profiles. The California Department of Education uses parent education level, poverty level, student ethnicity and other data to identify similar schools.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
66%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
63%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 86% in 2013.

19 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
n/a
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

311 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

296 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
58%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 50% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
99%
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 57% in 2013.

329 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
59%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

The state average for General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards) was 31% in 2013.

243 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
43%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

The state average for History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative was 52% in 2013.

353 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
57%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

329 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
56%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students69%
Females74%
Males63%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino72%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)64%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Non-economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability73%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only69%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate43%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)68%
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state45%

Math

All Students59%
Females62%
Males57%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino50%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)58%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Non-economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability63%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only60%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate43%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)55%
Parent education - college graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state55%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

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

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students100%
Femalesn/a
Males100%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability100%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only100%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students55%
Females60%
Males51%
African Americann/a
Asian73%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino44%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)64%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Non-economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disability46%
Students with no reported disability57%
English learner5%
Fluent-English proficient and English only59%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate50%
Parent education - high school graduate51%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)58%
Parent education - college graduate76%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate62%
Parent education - declined to state40%

Math

All Students41%
Females38%
Males45%
African Americann/a
Asian86%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino30%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)46%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Non-economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disability34%
Students with no reported disability43%
English learner10%
Fluent-English proficient and English only44%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate23%
Parent education - high school graduate42%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)43%
Parent education - college graduate58%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate48%
Parent education - declined to state30%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

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

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students89%
Females92%
Males85%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino86%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Non-economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability89%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only89%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented91%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate82%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)96%
Parent education - college graduate90%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students57%
Females65%
Males50%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino46%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)65%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Non-economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disability38%
Students with no reported disability61%
English learner0%
Fluent-English proficient and English only60%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate45%
Parent education - high school graduate54%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)54%
Parent education - college graduate71%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate86%
Parent education - declined to state48%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students48%
Females49%
Males48%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino43%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)53%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Non-economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disability32%
Students with no reported disability54%
English learner12%
Fluent-English proficient and English only51%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate44%
Parent education - high school graduate58%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)41%
Parent education - college graduate53%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate50%
Parent education - declined to state34%

Geometry

All Students100%
Females100%
Males100%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability100%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only100%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students55%
Females60%
Males52%
African Americann/a
Asian73%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino46%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)62%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Non-economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disability30%
Students with no reported disability62%
English learner12%
Fluent-English proficient and English only58%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate47%
Parent education - high school graduate53%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)56%
Parent education - college graduate70%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate60%
Parent education - declined to state44%

Science

All Students63%
Females63%
Males63%
African Americann/a
Asian86%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino50%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)75%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Non-economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disability44%
Students with no reported disability66%
English learner12%
Fluent-English proficient and English only66%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate44%
Parent education - high school graduate66%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)65%
Parent education - college graduate71%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate86%
Parent education - declined to state44%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

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

Source: California Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 53% 26%
Hispanic 39% 52%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 11%
Black 1% 6%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 47%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 2%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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