« Back to compare
/ / School Profile

Contact this school

828 Gibson Avenue
Simi Valley, CA 93065

(805) 520-6720
(805) 520-6106
Nearby homes for sale
Map of Hollow Hills Elementary School address.

Profile Completeness

INTERMEDIATE

Want to improve this school’s profile? You can!

All schools on GreatSchools begin with BASIC completeness, which includes important information like contact details and test scores. It’s up to the school community to take the next steps. As a parent or community member, you can share what you know with other families by writing a review or answering a few questions about what the school offers. As a school leader, you can upload photos, describe school programs, and more with an Official school profile.

The completeness meter moves to INTERMEDIATE, then ADVANCED, and finally HONOR ROLL as you complete the following: 10 or more reviews, at least 1 photo, and 9 program questions parents find helpful.

Want to improve this school's profile?
for Parents
for Schools
 
August 20, 2014
Hollow Hills has been great for my daughter who is in second grade. She is always happy to go to school and is learning so much so fast. She is not afraid of public speaking even though she is a shy child. She has confidence and there is no doubt in my mind that she will go far in life because of her good start at Hollow Hills. The PTA is fantastic and works hard to add new exciting activities to the school. Art, music, father/daughter, mother/son events etc etc! The teachers so far have been amazing and it's easy to feel Mr. Rumble 's love and determination for this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2014
Can only judge the school on its kindergarten program but we are off to a good start. We are hopeful for great things and look forward to watching the new principal raise the bar for all stakeholders.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2014
We are very disappointed all around. Our daughter s teacher was very happy that she was able to lower her standards to Common Core. I expected this school to go above the minimum. The new principal created an environment I do not want my child growing up in. We left for a nurturing, high quality education, and learning friendly environment.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2014
Hollow Hills is by far the best school in Simi Valley. My son is only in the 2nd grade and is thriving. Having friends with kids in other schools in Simi I compare the assignments and requirements throughout the school year, other schools don't even come close. Since kindergarten they are taught to be comfortable with public speaking by having an assigned share day with an assigned topic (have to memorize and recite it to the entire class) In first they had to do an oral book report along with a preparing a visual art project that explains the story. The teachers are amazing and always go above and beyond for the students. PTA does wonderful things to help our kids have the materials needed to achieve excellence. I am thankful everyday to have my son attend this school, I know he is going to be a great student now and going forward. Thank you Hollow Hills

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2014
Great school. Have not had any problems with teachers and or staff. They teach our kids how to succeed in school and life. As parents isn't that what want? Who cares if you can't ware shorts all year long? Before accepting your enrollment to the school they go over the expectations, if you don't feel like it's for you then don't accept, I am thankful everyday to be apart of Hollow Hills and the education my child is getting.

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2013
Hollow Hills is an excellent school. The PTA is very strong here and fundraise to provide many extras for the students, such as art, music, and new equipment and technology for the classrooms. The parents are very involved working both in the classrooms and behind the scenes. The teachers are the best that Simi Valley has to offer. All the teachers that my two kids have had have prepared them well. My older one attended Hollow Hills from K thru 6th, and she excelled here. Her STAR test scores were superb and her grades could not have possibly been higher. She was well prepared and middle and high school, where she was in all honors classes and continued to thrive due to the solid foundation she received at Hollow Hills. My second child also excelled here and I know she will also have a great advantage when she enters middle school. We have never had any problems. The teachers and students are fantastic. My kids made great friends and had a top notch education. This is definitely the best school in Simi Valley, and I wouldn't want my kids anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2013
As one of two fundamental schools in Simi Valley, Hollow Hills has extremely active parents and dedicated teachers to work together to educate students. My direct experience has been that the staff is firm, but reasonable about discipline and behavior issues are handled quickly. Teachers are creative and really try to engage students in their lessons. It's a very hands on and nurturing community and there are high expectations in place.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2013
I love this school. The teachers work with our students to help them achieve their potential. Because of our teachers actively helping our students to learn, my son almost earned 100% on his STAR test for science. I'm glad our school has a strong PTA, and understands the importance of providing our students with school assemblies on bullying, and other important & fun learning subjects. If it wasn't for our school PTA, our students wouldn't have Art, Music, new PE equipment, and so much more.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2013
While the Kindergarten Teachers are great, the facilities are poorly lacking. Only half of the Kindergarten has access to an in class restroom. The rest have to negotiate heavy doors, cross playgrounds and long hallways, interrupt the classroom with restrooms while enduring 25+ sets of eyeballs staring at the everytime they need to use the restroom & even wait when they get there. Even worse is the administration's apathy saying that this has been going on for years. The kids loose 9 days worth of instruction a year - 15-20 mins/day negotiating who gets to leave for the restroom, they hold it or wet themselves because they do not want to deal with the situation. Academics and community are good, PTA's priorities are out of touch, they put ceramics, sports equipment and assemblies are before basic things like restrooms for Kindergarten because it doesn't affect the whole student body. It is like dealing with a high school clique. Kindergarten is the intake for the school's population! Meanwhile the half Kindergartners hold it and wet themselves while the other half have 2 restrooms a piece. It is a good school if you don't need to pee. My child deserves better.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2013
A Hollow Hills is a highly academic school with wonderful parent involvement. Admission is by lottery only.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2011
When I rate a school, I look at 3 things. Parent involvement, teacher performance, and how the students grade in their studies. Students are continuing to perform at their highest levels. Although I remember not long ago, we rated at a "10", now we are a rated at "9". I just want to remind everyone the reason we all work so hard at Hollow hills. That reason is "Our Children". I wish that teachers and members of the PTA could remember this and try to leave their personal issues outside the school.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2011
My child attended Hollow Hills for seven years. Hollow Hills has a good reading incentive program called "The Accelerated Reading Program" which is designed to motvate the students to read more. In the child's last year at this school, the teacher for that year didn't like the program for some reason. I sent a couple of emails requesting that she use the program because the reading output of the child was way down in her class. The teacher refused to use the reading program and the principal didn't do anything to help me or the child either. It seemed to me that the teacher was not focussed on what was best for the child. I write this for the benefit of future students of this school. The star ratings below refer to the last year of the child's attendance as before that I would have given 5 stars.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2011
I'm a former student. I went to this school from K through 6, and had a horrible time. I was smart. I had wonderful grades for them. I was just a little out of the ordinary, in terms of the way I thought and did things. Hollow Hills wouldn't have it. The staffers were no help, completely unwilling to cooperate. I was pretty much torn apart by all the students, teachers, and principal, to the point where the next year, when I left for junior high and was actually appreciated, I had no idea how to deal with it, had a mental breakdown, developed OCD, and had to leave for an independent study school so I could actually work. My younger brother and a friend of his have had similar experiences and both have dropped out of HH and are now going to the aforementioned independent study school. Bottom line: If you have kids who think outside of the box, are the artistic sort, etc., this is the last place you'll want to send them. No tolerance or mercy here from students or staffs. It did, however, build character for me.. For better or worse.

- submitted by a community member
October 27, 2010
Love this school. Great teachers and staff. Very caring and positive environement. I never once had a problem in the past two years my son was here. Wish we didnt have to move , will miss his teachers and the school. Great parents involvement too.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2010
Great school.. great teachers... great curriculum... great students and great parent volunteer involvement....

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2010
Great school, great teachers, strong PTA.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2010
They have put in alot of effort to teach all the kids , My daughter has gone there and now my son. In 7th grade my daughter was well above the rest of the kids that attend reg school.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2010
school has amazing teachers and i love the challenge they give to the kids...

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2009
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2009
Love the focus on fundamentals and parent involvement. Have 2 kids at Hollow Hills and both enjoy it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
I can see how smart my child is becoming

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
Encouraging the loving of education in the minds of all their students not only by the activities they offer but by encouraging the parents to keep the ball rolling at home

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
The great teachers and parent volunteers.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
New to Hollow Hills, however, I am thrilled with the parent involvement! I am looking forward to all the events they can offer because of this help!

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
I love that when we need volunteers that we get a response more than we need! I love that the parents are so involved along with the staff, it helps our children get a great education and have fun and enjoy school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Hollow Hills has the best teachers and staff. It also has a lot of moms and dads who volunteer many hours to help give our children the best education possible.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
We have amazing Voluteers who support our school and all of the programs we do for our children. Our events are so much fun and the kids and parents really enjoy themselves.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
The teachers and children are great!! Can't wait for my other 2 to attend.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Our principle is on top of everything. He keeps us all together and moving forward to teaching a great bunch of kids. Our teachers are so dedicated to our children and there education. They do a wonderful job even with all the cuts and budget issues. We love them.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
We love the dedication of the teachers and the parent involvement. The cirriculaum keeps my child on target and sustains her attention. The principal is great too!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
I love this school because the teachers and the parents are wonderful!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Hollow Hills is the best school I have ever come accross. We have the best teachers, staff and parents. It's a team effort at this school to make sure our students/children succeed. I have had my kids in private and public schools, and I must say that Hollow hills is no less, if not better, accademically than the private school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Commitment to Excellence The Best Fundamental School. The PTA Rocks We are support our school

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
The teachers are excellent. There is a lot of parent participation.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
It is an excellent school with a dedicated faculty. The work is challenging and the teachers are firm, but fair. I love the parent participation. I'm happy we chose Hollow Hills and so is my daughter.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
We love Hollow Hills! There are wonderful teachers who truly care about teaching our children. Great parent involvement with alot of opportunity to help. It is good to be at a school which believes in and expects traditional values...respect, integrity, honesty, hard work, etc. Hollow Hills is a great school.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2008
I was very unhappy with this school. Staff is inflexible. Some parents are very Cliquish which is unfortunate, but I suppose you get that any school.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2007
I agree with the staff seeming inflexible. This school sets extremely high expectations; that's why we chose it for our children. The school can only look good 'On Paper' if the students are performing well, and that requires the children, staff, and parents working continuously, and vigorously together. Like everyone else has stated; this school is certainly not for everyone, but if your child thrives in a very challenging, and structured atmosphere then this is definitely the right school. There aren't a lot of disruptions during class time, the teachers are focused, the children are held accountable for their behavior, they have great assemblies with many guest speakers, and the kids learn that they have to work hard and stay focused in order to succeed. Our family loves this school and our children have truly learned outstanding study habits!

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2007
I absolutely agree with the June 2005 parent review of Hollow Hills. It is not a school for children with any kind of learning disability. When you sign up in kindergarten, these difficulties are not always evident. The administration weeds out the students who are unable to produce good test scores. That is one reason Hollow Hills looks good on paper-and the students who burn out transfer to other schools. I have one ADHD/Austistic son- who transfered out of Hollow Hills in 1rst grade. I also have a gifted son with ADHD-who transfered out of HH after 5th grade. It was not a good experience- and it had nothing to do with lack of parent involvement or caring! I found the administration and teachers inflexible. This is school in not for most students.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2007
True, this school is not for everybody. This school demands that the parents are very involved in their child's education. If you want to drop your child off at school and let the teachers do all the work than this school is not for you. The increased parental involvement and strictness is evident in the overall attitude and respect the children have for adults and peers. Previous comments comparing the principal to a dictator is unfounded. The expectations of parents and students are presented prior to admission. Our son and daughter attend and for the past 5 years we have had nothing but praise for the higher standards of character and education this school demands. In addition many Family Events are planned throughout the year including the Mother-son bowling night, Father-daughter dance, festivals, art shows, just to name a few. It shows that fun and education can go hand in hand!

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2006
We love this school! It's fast paced, challenging, goal oriented, unforgiving at times and the work load is heavy....but so is life! This is one school that will not lower standards simply because it's hard to keep up for some. I have two students at this school. One has sailed through and the other has to work very hard to stay afloat. This school may not be for everyone, especially if your child truly struggles in a fast paced environment. I have children at both ends of the spectrum and I would much rather put the extra effort into helping one keep up rather than slowing the other down or risk the ever popular 'boredom' factor. For our family this school really works but again, it is not for everyone. The 'Shorts days' and drop off/pick up are the biggest complaints I have! We are in Southern California!

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2006
Parents should be aware this is not one of 5 'cluster schools' in Simi Valley offering GATE classes. Instead, they try to give extra depth to regular classes for GATE identified students.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2005
It is a wonderful school. The teachers and administration are very committed to high quality education and teaching our kids to be self-reliant and responsible for their own work. My son participates in Chorus after school. There are a lot of opportunities for parents to be involved; in fact, it is a requirement of this fundamental school that the parents attend back to school night, conferences, etc. We have a new principal this year.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2005
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a former student
October 10, 2005
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2005
I have 3 children that attend this school. Although the test scores at this school are very respectable, they come with a price. The school concentrates on scores and neglects the true meaning of a quality education. Quality education extends beyond test scores. The school fails to develop the child s creative abilities. The school expects perfection in all work. Here, it is all work and no play. The school s method of teaching places an emotional burden on children. For those that cannot keep up, they are shipped out. This applies even to those children with disabilities. The principal runs the school as a military camp. The dictator style methods are applied not only to the students, but the teachers as well. This approach can certainly bring great scores, but also brings a burden on children that can be far more damaging. It is a school for some, but not for many.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2005
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2005
I had two children go through this program. My high achieving student did well. She is one of those self taught personalities that quickly grasps on to concepts being presented (presented being the key word, not taught). My average student struggled with concepts being presented and not taught. We did a lot of 'teaching and reviewing' at home, which is not looked upon as a positve parent involvment. The average student will learn by making mistakes (teachers request parents to let their kids fail inorder for them to learn). Teachers do not go into great detail on any one subject. Effort is lost at this school. It is a pass/fail program. Administration takes credit for test scores. These scores come from the students that would have high test scores in any program. Do not fall for the great'sales/snow' job they do to get the high achievers. They do well anywhere.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2004
Great structured environment where kids are taught how to be responsible for themselves and to work well with others. Parents are very involved with daily activities.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 29, 2004
Some parents comment that the school is too strict for younger students. Its rules are based on good manners, respect for self and others and a healthy dose of parental guidance. The children cannot wear sandals nor sweat pants nor shorts. The school does emphasize the kindergarteners are either taught by their parents to spell their name correctly, with both capitals and smaller letters or not at all as it is 'hard to undo what is already learned'. As a young parent, I think this school only asks of parents what we would be willing to give to any school that our children attend.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2004
Great school. The best thing is that they stress basics incuding teaching respect fot others. The teachers are caring and the principal is no-nonsense. There is a lot of school/homework, which if off-putting to some. There is a dress code which includes no shorts/tanks. Shorts are allowed on 'shorts days'.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2004
In recent years Hollow Hills was awarded National Blue Ribbon award and California Distinguished School status. Both expired now, but they're reapplying. If your child doesn't get in via lottery the April before starting kindergarten, expect 3-year wait to get in. Exception is for kids with older siblings there. Magnet school with emphasis on lots of homework and serious college-prep skill building in the early grades. They also emphasize teaching the kids to become very responsible for their own work and getting it turned in on time. They micro-manage whether your kids are allowed to wear short pants or not: only if the school announces that tomorrow is 'shorts day', or weekend forecast for Monday is 95 degrees or higher (rare).

- submitted by a parent
Need help choosing a school? We can help »

Media Gallery

Media missing

Uh oh! No photos. This frame will look much better when you upload photos »


Facebook


Nearby homes for sale

     

Last modified: October 28, 2014

Sign up for email updates

Connect with us

Translate this web page

About GreatSchools

Our mission is to help millions of parents get a great education for their kids. GreatSchools.org is an independent nonprofit and the leading national source of school information for families.


GreatSchools.org 1999 Harrison Street, Suite 1100, Oakland, CA 94612

©1998-2014 GreatSchools.org All Rights Reserved. GreatSchools is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization | Ad Choices

Hollow Hills Elementary School
828 Gibson Avenue, Simi Valley, CA  93065
(805) 520-6720
Last modified Hollow Hills Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Hollow Hills Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 53 reviews. Top