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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Hollow Hills is a highly academic school with wonderful parent involvement. Admission is by lottery only.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great school.. great teachers... great curriculum... great students and great parent volunteer involvement....
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.
school has amazing teachers and i love the challenge they give to the kids...
Love the focus on fundamentals and parent involvement. Have 2 kids at Hollow Hills and both enjoy it.
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
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!
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