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Hillgrove High School

Public | 9-12 | 2051 students

 

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Posted May 12, 2014

LOVE IT! This is a great school with a lot of opportunities and a lot of good kids. My daughter has had great classes, teachers and friends here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2014

Former student. This is a great school and I feel like I was pushed and learned a lot.


Posted April 7, 2014

Before attending hillgrove I was at a high school in which barely had rules. Rules might be good but hillgrove is overboard with it. We have 6 minutes to get to class and If we don't we automatically get a detention, what about a warning? Not everyone can afford cars and what parent wants to be late to work because hillgrove staff cares more about sucking up to administrators than what a students home life might be like. I've never seen so many teachers suck up to the administrators it's disgusting. The dress code is off the wall. I'm sorry leggings,shorts, and slippers might just be the only thing someone can afford. Not everyone wants to dress up for school it's uncomfortable and makes people not want to learn. But hey if you're popular or pretty don't worry the administrators won't care what you do. I would never send my kid to a school that seems like a prison. Or where they can't walk in the hall with out being judged by not only students but teachers. Trust me I've heard the teachers talk bad about students.


Posted June 30, 2013

I just graduated and absolutely loved the school. We have some of the best teachers, administators and principle in the state, by far. To put it simply I had a great four year and I will really miss Hillgrove.


Posted November 7, 2012

You can't judge this school unless you are part of the staff. Teachers are terrified of losing their jobs or not having their contracts renewed. Everyone is sworn to secrecy. No one knows why teachers suddenly disappear. If they say anything, they are told that they will lose their jobs. Even the food court workers are afraid of losing their jobs because of all the rules. All classroom doors must stay locked during class. In such a large school, students only have about 6 minutes to get to class; they don't have time to go to the restroom or lockers. They have to carry their very heavy book bags all day. Teachers have their own rules about allowing students to go to the restroom. If students misbehave, it's always the teacher's fault. Rules are so strict that it doesn't take much for a faculty member or student to break a rule. Girls, for instance, can wear shorts but they can't wear a sleeveless shirt or blouse.


Posted October 30, 2012

Being a student who has attended Hillgrove for all four years, I do have to say Hillgrove is a nice school but sometimes feels like a prison, you almost never leave the main building unless you have a p.e. class which is kind of suffocating at times. The school is full of cliques, just like any other high school I suppose. Most of the teachers are amazing, really helpful, still has those "bad apples" though. The administration is... STRICT STRICT, did I mention strict? It's really ridiculous at times. I understand you want to keep and maintain a structed environment but Kattoula/Shaw take some things way to far. When Boland left after my freshman year, everyone's mood changed for the worse. As a whole, Hillgrove is a really nice school -education and environment wise- administration on the other hand... Let's just say I feel bad for the students still there. CLASS OF 2012!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 8, 2012

My son goes to this school and I could not be more pleased! I think this is one of the best high schools in the West Cobb area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2011

My daughter doesn't like to miss a single day of school since starting Hillgrove. She loves the staff and teachers and her grades are thriving.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2011

As the parent of children who have thrived at Hillgrove, I have to say the we have been most impressed with the challenging academic programs and emphasis on achievement & growth. The athletics has been remarkable as well, with most sports making it to the state level in only a few years the school has been open. Highly recommend it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2011

Hillgrove is a wonderful school! I absolutely love it! When I go to Hillgrove I will be so excited!


Posted September 11, 2010

Hillgrove HS offers students a supportive environment in which it is expected that each and every student will do their best to achieve and exceed the expectations as set forth. We have two highly gifted children (as per testing, not just our opinion) and Hillgrove has always worked with us to meet their needs in as many ways as it's been needed. They both absolutely love their high school, they have awesome friends, are engaged and most important are becoming very fine young adults. Hillgrove deserves a big thank you as the staff, teachers, and coaches have all played a big role in their success. We fell very blessed to live in this high school district!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2010

I am a parent of a graduating senior (2010). I must admit that we did not think that Mr. Boland could be replaced, but Mr. Shaw has done a great job. He attends many events and is very visible in the hallways. He appears to care about all of the students and tries to get to know as many of them as he can. He has asked more of the teachers and most of them appeared to have responded in a positive way. With a 9th grader coming to Hillgrove next year, I am very confident about the direction the school is heading!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2010

Hillgrove's administration needs an overhaul. They have unfair discipline practices based on who you are or what you look like. Mr. Boland was a man of common sense and fairness; however, between Mr. Shaw and Dr. Kattoula, Hillgrove is on its way to the toilet. Mr. Boland was strict, but he was fair and it was evident that is was all about the kids....and the kids (and the parents) could respect and understand that. This new regime is strict; however, they are unfair...no one will ever respect that. The school was tp'd today...the kids would have never done that to Mr. Boland. Why not ? Because he was fair. Children know the difference between tough love and people who could really care less about them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

This is like the best high school ever! The teachers are amazing and the principle is so cool. It's somewhat diverse but even though there are little cliques, everyone associates and are friends with one another. The school has enough equipment and resources and no one is left behind.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 21, 2009

This is our 2nd yr at Hillgrove and I am very pleased. My daughter is thriving under the leadership of her teachers. The administration is great. For parents that are upset that Mr. Shaw is doing things his way and not the way of Mr. Boland, need to 'get over it' He is not Mr. Boland. My daughter also got left for not making the bus in 8 min. But guess what? She will make sure so won't miss it again. The bus drivers can't wait for every child that wants to dilly dally in the afternoon. Eight min is plenty enough time to get to the bus. As far as the new rules go, they are in place for a reason and if your kids can't live withing them, they will have difficulties in the 'real world'. Thank you Hillgrove for all that you are doing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2009

Horrible.! As a parent of 5 children that attned hillgrove, i must admit since boland is gone, the school has gone down. Coming out of the 'ghetto' my kids used to attend southwest dekalb high school and when they came to hillgrove it gave them some dicipline. But mr. Shaw needs to ease up on some of theses krazy rules such as getting to the bus in 8 mins. Or you get left...Foolishness.! Get it together administration.!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

I have a senior at Hill Grove and since Mr. Boland left, she really doesnt like it anymore the new administration took away all the senior tradions that all the other high schools have kept in place, I think they need to clean house and start all over
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2009

This school has gone down hill since Mr. Boland left. Now there are more strict rule and the administration is horriable. They need to change things up a little. They now have a new rule that you only have 8 min to get to the bus, and they left my kids so i had to go pick them up.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2009

I have a Senior at Hillgrove. We have been so happy here---Mr. Boland has been an excellent Principle, we were so lucky to have gotten him as a new school 3 years ago. My older son graduated from McEachern -- we were excited about the new school for my younger son and it has been everything we hoped it would be. Thanks Hillgrove!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2008

My son is a freshman at Hillgrove this year (2008-2009) and we feel privileged that he can attend such an excellent high school. Before Hillgrove, he attended Lovinggood Middle School right next door. As an 8th grade band member at Lovinggood, he was able to interact with the Hillgrove HS Band and even attend drumline practices weekly to prepare for joining the high school band. The band program is incredible. Look for this school taking top awards in all categories as this program takes off. If you have a musically inclined student, this is definitely the school to consider. Mr. Ferrell and Mr. Erwin (Band Director & Assistant Band Director) run a disciplined and challenging program. Check out www.hillgroveband.com -- Go Hawks!
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2011.

401 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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98%

2010

 
 
96%

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96%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2011.

396 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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98%

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97%

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99%
Science

The state average for Science was 93% in 2011.

401 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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98%

2010

 
 
97%

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95%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 80% in 2011.

401 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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93%

2010

 
 
90%

2009

 
 
95%
Scale: % at or above passing

About the tests


In 2010-2011 Georgia administered the Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT) in English language arts, math, science and social studies to students in grade 11. The GHSGT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. Students must pass all parts of the GHSGT in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 95% in 2013.

495 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Georgia High School Writing Test (GHSWT) to students in grade 11. The GHSWT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. Students must pass the GHSWT in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to pass the test.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

9th Grade Literature

The state average for 9th Grade Literature was 86% in 2013.

252 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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98%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
91%
Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 30% in 2013.

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n/a

2012

 
 
79%
American Literature

The state average for American Literature was 91% in 2013.

250 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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98%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
Biology

The state average for Biology was 75% in 2013.

287 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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95%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
81%
Coordinate Algebra

The state average for Coordinate Algebra was 37% in 2013.

289 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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64%
Economics

The state average for Economics was 79% in 2013.

137 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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97%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
81%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2013.

284 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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91%

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n/a
Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 29% in 2013.

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n/a

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100%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
80%
Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 59% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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94%

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82%

2011

 
 
89%

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92%
Physical Science

The state average for Physical Science was 83% in 2013.

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U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 73% in 2013.

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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96%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
89%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered End-of-Course Tests (EOCT) in 9th grade math levels 1 and 2, biology, United States history, physical science, American literature and economics. The EOCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 61% 44%
Black 30% 37%
Hispanic 5% 12%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Robert Shaw

Resources

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  • Nurse(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Tennis
Girls sports
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production
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4165 Luther Ward Rd
Powder Springs, GA 30127
Phone: (678) 331-3961

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