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Hollow Hills Elementary School5
Posted August 20, 2014
- a parent
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.
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.
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.