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K-5
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Orlando, FL
Students enrolled: 462
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1010 East Concord Street
Orlando, FL 32803

(407) 245-1770
(407) 245-1779
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August 20, 2013
We are new to the school, but so far I've been impressed with the teachers, office staff, and classrooms. My daughter is happy and I am thrilled. Parent involvement seems higher than in other schools my kids have attended.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2013
Great school. Love the language classes. New uniforms coming - hurray! Cafeteria could improve. Web site could be more updated. More green space is needed for children to have recess or outdoor lunch with parents. But otherwise awesome school, great parent involvement, and excellent teachers and principal.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2013
There was a change in administration beginning the 2012-2013 school year and foreign language curriculum was adopted for the Spanish and French academies. The principal is professional, accessible and passionate about student success and parent input and involvement and has raised the standard for both faculty and staff and the foreign language magnet program. There is a high expectation for Common Core standards to be taught with rigor but a dire need for upgraded technology in the school to prepare for OCPS and state target of full digital curriculum by 2016. A proactive PTA and SAC works cooperatively with administration and the future is bright for Hillcrest.

- submitted by a teacher
April 14, 2013
In my opinion, much inproved with the new principal. With multiple children, we've been here long enough to experience 3 principals and see a large difference. Regretably, many good teachers have left, but many good remain and have had a positive influence on our children. Hopefully, positive changes continue and the school can return to previous academic levels for our remaining years. New parents get involved to positively influence the academic experience for your childen.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2012
Hillcrest is a wonderful school. This year we have a new Principal who is amazing! She is doing an outstanding job. Her number one priority is the safety of our children and she has implemented some excellent changes. She has created a wonderful nurturing environment for our Teachers and children and we are extremely fortunate to have her here. She is indeed a breath of fresh air!

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2012
We are just a few months into the year with the new Principal. The former principal was OUTSTANDING. This new one makes robo-calls to the parents every weekend. She instantly changed procedures that were working just fine. She cites "safety" for every change she makes - although safety is clearly not an issue. She comes from a school that was quite unlike Hillcrest, and she didn't take the time to learn about Hillcrest's atmosphere before implementing changes that are probably necessary at schools with little parental involvement and that have behavioral issues. Hillcrest is a small school with strong community and parental involvement. It is an exceptional place for a child to go to school with caring teachers. This new principal needs to realize that and stop running it like the institutions she's used to and return to the comfortable and fun learning environment that Hillcrest teachers, parents, students and the former principal worked so hard to achieve. I've heard many complaints about this new principal. She needs to wake up or move on.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2011
I think Hillcrest is a Wonderful school. I just graduated from 5th grade. I was in Ms. Brewer's class she is the best 5th grade teacher. I was a Saftey Patrol and I saw everyone in the morning. Every is well-behaved and all the teachers are great. You can ask any teacher for help. It is a wonderful school and i would recommend it to anyone i knew! A one word rating would be: Awesome!!!!!!!

- submitted by a community member
August 01, 2011
My son finished Kinder in Hillcrest. One word: WOW Ms Amy Istler his teacher and Ms Zandy his french teacher made my son's first experience in school an "amazing" one! They truly care. I went to private schools and THIS particular school is WAY better. The Frenh, spanish and Vietnamese programs are excellent. I wish we didnt have to move. I know it will be hard to find another Hillcrest. The staff is wonderful and very helpful. I was conerned about the comments I had read, so I was very happy to realize that they were wrong. They could have more green areas for kids to play and run,but overall is GREAT

- submitted by a parent
December 23, 2010
The school seems to accomadate the younger children such as preK thru 1 or 2 grade. The 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classes are not so good anymore. The fifth grade has only one class, meaning the 4th grade students in the neighborhood did not return because of ongoing administrative issues. Meaning the Principal is not doing her job, and she does not have a good reputation with the parents. She is known to be very rude and arrogant and does not seem to care about the kids at all. What a shame for such a fabulous school in the past, before current Principal. The school recently put in a portable building for the Vietnamese children, when the main building has empty upstairs classrooms. The school wastes money on crazy things like a unfinished garden, that has been underconstruction for about 3 years and the children have never gotten to use it. The area could have been used for PE or the money for a music program. But instead they have an unused garden area. And a past school PTA president raised money for a greenhouse and it was never built. (where did that $ go?).

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2010
This school has a great foundation and the administration and teachers are expanding on its legacy. How sad that a gem such as this is not always fully appreciated.

- submitted by a teacher
July 19, 2010
Ever since the new principal of Hillcrest the school has gone down hill. My childs experience in the past 3 years has been a nightmare. Awful parent/teacher communication. The principal has bad social skills and does nothing about the incompitent teachers in the school. I am sorry to say I am glad my one child has graduated from Hillcrest and going on to another school. Now I have to worry about my other child that has 2 more years to go. If the same teachers are going to be teaching my other child I will definetely pull my child from the school. This is so sad, because the early years were good with the other principal, but this principal has no right working at a school.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2010
My daughter started KG this year at Hillcrest and I have fallen in love with this school. I am very pleased when my child comes home and has so much to tell me about what she has learned everyday. The principal has done an excellent job to the best of her capacity and cares about the school. The teachers are dedicated and there is tremendous parent involvement. As such, these are the qualities that make up an exceptional learning environment for children to learn. I look forward to the expansion of this wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 13, 2010
We love Hillcrest and feel our children are getting a great education. I attended private schools and was very nervous about sending my kids into the public school system until I heard about Hillcrest. I don't understand the comments about the principal. She has had a lot of obstacles from the school system and some parents, but overall my husband and I believe she is doing an outstanding job. I wish people would cooperate more instead of blaming an individual for the educational mess in the State School System. Do not just complain, bring a solution.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2010
Wow - some tough reviews based on not liking a principal. I will agree that communications is sometimes an issue, but people, you don't know what a nightmare principal is! At least she cares about the school. Scrolling through the history of posts, I noticed similar posts about the last principal. The school offers far more then most elementary schools in OCPS unless it's doing worksheets all day. The teachers are very creative and want to be at the school. I'm very pleased with the school.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2010
Rating Hillcrest is tricky. I'd give the school 4 or 4.5 out of 5 stars for the foreign language, but only 2 or 2.5 stars for the general curriculum and current admin, so I'll average them and give 3 stars. I agree with the previous poster that said the new principal is a nightmare. Why? Poor people skills, very controlling of teachers and staff - almost like she trusts no one, discourages parent involvement unless she chooses to 'showcase' something. (Her word, not mine.) As a former public school employee, I feel I am qualified to judge. She has never been a principal before Hillcrest though, so perhaps she'll improve over time. Because Hillcrest is the ONLY true foreign language option, my daughter will stay. Parents need to be aware that there are sacrifices made to get the foreign language, but the foreign language teachers are wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2010
The last post says Hillcrest should not be changed to 'just another FCAT school'. Has anyone noticed that Hillcrest is currently, and has always been, below the state average in all FCAT subjects? These are minimum benchmarks being tested. I am happy to have my child learing a second language - but I would like them to master English as well. Since there is no testing for the second languages, we don't really know how well Hillcrest teaches those subjects either. Having a focus on foreign language should not mean that every other basic subject is lost.

- submitted by a parent
December 26, 2009
I have 2 children at Hillcrest. We loved loved loved the school until this year. There have been too many changes with the federal, state, and county laws that impact what the school is supposed to be about. The new principal is a nightmare and has completely changed the climate at the school. I hope they ditch her and realize that Hillcrest is not supposed to be just another FCAT school.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2009
Both of my two daughters has attended Hillcrest. The oldest will be going to 5th grade and the little one will be going to 2nd grade. We are a Spanish speeking family and I wanted for my daughters to keep talking and to be able to read in Spanish. So this is why we chose Hillcrest. Teachers are great and they do work really hard with the students. I am so content that Hillcrest will not be closing. Hopefully it will never be closed. I will recommend this school to any parent that wants their child to be able to speak a second language.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2009
My grandaughter is in third grade at Hillcrest, and it is a great school, the idea of closing it and putting the lower grades with the middle school does not seem like the best plan for the students. Schools should be the most important thing, but they are always the ones to suffer.

- submitted by a community member
March 31, 2009
My daughter has attended Hillcrest for several years. She fluently speaks and reads chapter books in the second language. There is an emphasis on celebrating different cultures represented at the school (Spanish, French, Vietnamese). There is a substantial waiting list for admission to the magnet program. The latest OCPS plan is not to 'close' the school but to move the program to a larger campus nearby because it has become so popular. As one poster said, the program is not a good fit for English-speaking children who are struggling with academics because 1.5 to two hours per day is in the second language. We have had very good teachers overall and like the new principal (in 2008), Dr. Gonzalez.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2009
It is so disappointing that Orange County would even consider closing a school with an important foreign language program that serves not only those who want to learn another language but also special ESOL programs for numerous groups. The parents are involved in all aspects of the school and know all the teachers, principal and students. It is an amazing community and Orlando will definitely lose more than they realize if they close this special place.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2009
I am extremely dissapointed that Hillcrest has been chosen as one of the schools targeted for closing due to budget cuts. We have a principal that really cares about our children's education and well being. There are extra curricular activities offered to compliment existing programs . The parents are very involved and the teachers are outstanding. Our child was accepted through the lottery system and is taking advantage of the foreign language program. Dr Gonzalez, the principal has taken the school to the next level. We hope that the powers to be acknowledge the advantages offered by this great school.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2008
I have to say, since I havent seen it mentioned yet, is that this is a Foreign Language Magnet. Meaning that it offers Spanish, French and Vietnamese immersion, as well as serves ESOL students. This is accomplished in addition to elementary curriculum. The children have the potential to be fluent in whatever language tract they are in. The effort and dedication put out by the staff and teachers is remarkable and admirable. I have felt nothing but warmth, acceptance and a large open-door policy for parents. The staff and teachers put in 110% not only in the classroom, but in extra-curricular activities such as a running club, soccer, tennis, etc. I did notice that FCAT scores in some areas are a little under average in some areas but I bet that the ESOL students may have a greater challenge than native English speakers taking this test. Overall, excellent school, excellent staff.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 08, 2008
School is zoned in mainly affluent neighborhoods that consists of many SAHM's who have the ability to keep up with the high acedemic demands of the school. If you're a single parent and/or if your child is average to below-average acedemically by median standards, you'll find it difficult to keep up.

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- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2006
The teachers and staff at Hillcrest Elementary are 100% devoted to their students. My children have attended for 4 years now, and we have had a wonderful experience.

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April 26, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
I find that Hillcrest Elementary is a wonderful school. I am however disappointed at some of the chages that occured when the new principal took over. The way the class structure was set up prior to her arrival worked well. My thought is if it works why change? Now our children are combined with other grades, my child is in third, but the majority of students in his class are ;in second grade. I feel that this causes the older children to limit their maturity to the majority. That does not work for me. Also many of the teachers that were there decided to leave when the new principal came, makes you wonder why.

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July 19, 2005
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July 16, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
Hillcrest has been great for both of my children. The foreign language skills and respect for other cultures that is learned in this school far exceeds what I have seen in other schools. The school has standards and discipline of a private school. The teachers that I have encountered walk the fine line of being strict but caring and fair. My only complaint is the children need a little more recess/downtime as the school day is slightly longer due to the foreign language program.

- submitted by a parent
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Hillcrest Elementary School
1010 East Concord Street, Orlando, FL  32803
(407) 245-1770
Last modified Hillcrest Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Hillcrest Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 35 reviews. Top