The Post on August 12 2015 is exactly right. Communication with the IEp team to be little to none. The teachers spy on students that already have a reputation when they have goofy conversations with other student and report negativity to administrators to get the kids suspended. They work very poorly with troubled kids.The teachers are there for the check and not your kid so don't expect any support from them. Their policy of working with your child only if they are straight A students. These children all are the future of this country and should be with a dedicated staff showing and praising all student from the straight f students the A students even troubled kids but that is not the case. Expect very little feedback on your child's progress. The staff and the teachers and administrators are not there for your kid, you have to be the advocate for your child. They truly do have unfair discipline practices. Lack of communication and lack of support for all students is the main focus for them. They are very discriminating toward their students and pick and choose students who are going to succeed and who will not. Getting an education should not have the extra negative baggage they put on the kids they consider less fortunate and trublesome to succeed. This scars a kid for a lifetime because how your treated at school especially in high school leaves a lingering affect for a life time.
This school is probably great if you have an average child, but if you have a child with special needs or any type of IEP don't expect much help. I have found the communication between deparments to be not on par and my childs counselor to be very apathetic. I thought by transferring my child to a better school district I could expect better services or at least decent services , but I'm very disappointed thus faf
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.
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.
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.
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!