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.
The teachers and children are great!! Can't wait for my other 2 to attend.
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.
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!
I love this school because the teachers and the parents are wonderful!
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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