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6-8
Public district
Simi Valley, CA
Students enrolled: 874
 

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2222 East Fitzgerald Road
Simi Valley, CA 93065

(805) 520-6810
(805) 520-6156
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September 02, 2015
Wow! What an awesome school this has turned out to be. With our son coming up on middle school, we made the choice to move to Simi from the valley 3 years ago. When it came time to choose a middle school, we wanted to make sure it would be a good fit for what would engage him most. After touring the other middle schools, one of the other parents recommended that we look at Hillside. Common opinion from many who grew up in Simi gave it a bit of a mixed review but what we experienced during our tour was a warm and friendly place with smaller class sizes and a focus on arts and technology. This was right up my son’s alley and he made the decision right on the spot that this is where he wanted to be. 7th grade we saw a magical transformation from a boy who hated school and had poor grades to a young man getting As and Bs who loved what he was learning. He is now super focused on maintaining his grades so he can be accepted into Santa Susanna High to continue his learning in technology and arts. This year they added an optional 7th period and he jumped at the chance to start learning video production and robotics. What kid wants to have a longer school day? An engaged one. The 7th period class option filled up within 5 minutes of being offered. If that doesn't say something about the school, I don't know what else to tell you. The staff is amazing and super responsive to any issues. The teachers are top notch and engaging in their methods of conveying knowledge. If your child is interested in technology and the arts, we highly, highly recommend you consider this school. Your child will be coming out of this with real world skills that translate to real world opportunities that a general education may not offer. Of course this is my opinion, but I do truly believe that this is setting the stage for my son to become very successful in his future endeavors. My recommendation is to tour the other middle schools first and then come here. You will understand then what I am raving about. *Cheers*

- submitted by a parent

June 15, 2015
I really like Hillside. There are many clubs, and I especially like the magic card club. My teachers were very nice, saying hi to me in the hallways. Pottery was my favorite class, and we got to have our art work displayed all over the place. I though middle school was going to be scary, but everyone is nice to each other, and no one cares if you are different.

- submitted by a student

May 20, 2015
My son has just finished his first year as a seventh grader at Hillside Middle School HMS. He came from Vista Elementary, and went through the honors classes for math, science and English. My experience is from an honors classes point of view where class discipline is not an issue. We found the teachers very approachable, the homework level lower then Vista (I believe because the students do most of their work during class), and the staff warm and friendly. He experienced a strong Math, Science and English Education. Excellent for a public school. This school changed from last year, going to a block bell schedule format, and adding arts and technology to the curriculum. STEAM. It is now a feeder school to Santa Susanna High school. (A very popular Arts and Technology school). I am told that 1/3 of the teaching staff changed from last year, going to more traditional middle schools, and the new teachers and Principal, Jerry Block were brought in happily willing to embrace and foster the Technology and arts atmosphere that Hillside has. The school is laid out so that it feels like a "small town" kind of atmosphere. Very closed campus. Many, many clubs, and next year there is a 7th period offered such as: Yoga from 7 - 8am or drama, robotics, or video production after school. Dance instead of PE is also offered. Last but not least. No bullying. Adults and students are kind to each other. Hillside has the highest handicapped population, of the middle schools of Simi Valley, and I believe they are in harmony with the rest of the student body. I believe it is the adult aids are around that really facilitate an accepting atmosphere. The Principal is terrific and very approachable. I recommend this public school to anyone considering sending their child to a private school. Mom of a 7th grader, MAY 20, 2015

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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...

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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

March 06, 2013
hillside? You want to go to hillside? Well dont!!! I went to hillside half my 7th grade year i was bullied and harrased majorly!! People wrote about me on the gym walls, i had tampons with ketchup on them thrown at me, about 20 girls a day tried to fight me, people plugged their noses telling me i smelt like fish walking by EVERYTHING!! The councilor tried to help but everyone else in the office told me exactly this "Kids will be kids" well guess what i know that! My friend also got bullied sense i left (i left because it was so bad) but shes not smart and tried killing herself on campus please im warning you dont send your child there!!

- submitted by a community member

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

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

January 02, 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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

- submitted by a community member

January 09, 2008
great school yes I love it

- submitted by a parent

November 07, 2007
its a very clean school and teachers are always there kids are very educated

- submitted by a parent

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

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

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

September 13, 2005
Acaddemic good music excellent. N/a on the parents

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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

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 student

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Hillside Middle School
2222 East Fitzgerald Road, Simi Valley, CA  93065
(805) 520-6810
Last modified Hillside Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Hillside Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 41 reviews. Top