Students enrolled 721
Hours 7:40 AM - 2:20 PM
School leader Dr. Maisha Otway
District Fulton County School District

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9250 Scott Rd
Roswell, GA 30076

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5 stars
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November 13, 2014
There is a lot to be said about this school and faculty. The schools academic program is more appropriate for a middle school child not a 2nd grader. All of the front staff is Hispanic and very hard to understand. Long story short if you have other options I would look to send your child elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2014
Hillside is a great school! The teachers and administration work together to be innovative, to challenge all students and really want all children to succeed. The school & parents work together to bring many amazing programs to our school including an amazing Science Day and Artist Day.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2014
This year, Hillside began a new program in which students have three separate teachers: one for reading, one for math and one for science/social studies, in an effort, I believe, to allow teachers to focus on one subject and to group students by level in different subjects. I believe the program can be beneficial in the later elementary school grades. However, my child is in kindergarten at Hillside and I must admit I'm extremely unhappy with the program for that age group. I believe a five year old needs nurturing and stability and I don't feel like they get that under this new program. In fact, my child has had five different teachers in less than two months. I'd be surprised if any parent was happy with that for their five year old. I believe this environment is too academic for early elementary school; I feel that the relationship between a teacher and student, in kindergarten especially, is as important as how well their can read, write, etc. I feel my child has missed the opportunity to form a real bond with the kindergarten teacher in this new environment. I don't think it has been a positive experience for us, thus far.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2014
This school has a tremendous amount of unique programs and events for their students. We love it.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2014
We have had a great experience with Hillside. I have a fifth and first grader who love school. They are excelling academically with strong teachers who love what they teach, thanks to the new content specialization. I am delighted that my children are learning real world skills through interacting with the diverse student population. The PTA consistently provides fun, enriching programs that supplement the curriculum. I have friends with children at other area schools who, when they hear about all that is going on at Hillside, are continuously impressed with the opportunities afforded to the students there.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2014
I have three children that have attended Hillside Elementary from 2002 to present. We have been extremely pleased with the teachers, the administration and the peers at Hillside. Our children love and appreciate the cultural diversity at Hillside. They have also been challenged academically in their regular classes and in their TAG classes. We have had extraordinary teachers over the past 12 years and all three of my children have had some of the same teachers who have been at Hillside since it opened! I would highly recommend Hillside to anyone!

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2014
We love Hillside! We have such great teachers and the new innovative scheduling system allows them to teach truly what they love and it shows!

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2014
The teachers and staff have been amazing! Great parent involvement too! I have a 3rd grader who is happy and loving school! The enthusiasm that the teachers and parents have for the Content Band Specialization is exciting. Proud to be a Hillside Husky!

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2014
One of my children graduated last year from Hillside and was very prepared and confident to enter middle school. He returns to Hillside to see his younger siblings' activities and often stops by to say hello to past teachers and considers Hillside home/family. Both my children enjoy school and have been challenged and motivated by great teachers (one "bummer teacher" year out of 11 combined). Hillside's Principal, Dr. Otway is now attracting top teaching talent with the new teacher-designed Content Band Specialization to help deliver on the rigorous Core Standards. Our family is pleased with our school, its diverse student body and culture, and its academic innovations. The PTA is focused on serving student needs and building a strong Hillside community. The PTA also has a good working relationship with Principal.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2014
My son started Kindergarten at Hillside in 2010. The teachers have been amazing throughout. We have never had a teacher complaint, and he has always experienced high grades and exceptional testing scores. Over the last couple of years, with Dr. Otway taking over as Principal, the learning methods and enthusiasm have skyrocketed. The teachers voted last year and have begun this school year (2014) content band instruction for all grades. It is amazing. Each teacher can pick their mastered subject and teach it all day. They have 3 grades in the bands, and each grade is further divided into levels based on under-performing, performing and excelling students. The competition and zest for learning is through the roof. Now, my daughter is in Pre-K at Hillside. The Pre-K teacher has been there for several years, has instructed all of our neighbors' kids, and we were so thrilled to be chosen in the lottery to attend at Hillside. The PTA is consistently voted among the strongest, most involved in the system. Any time I am at the school, I see no less than 15 neighbors from the pool and parks we attend. We love Hillside and are so glad we chose such a vibrant, family community.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2013
Hillside has been a wonderful experience for my children. I have a third grader and a first grader and we have had amazing teachers that I can't say enough good things about. They are both advanced and have been challenged by their teachers at every level. The PTA is really caring and hosts amazing programs for the kids such as Science Day and Artist Day which the kids love. I love their character education program that teachers the students value words every month. They also do a ton of drives and service projects to reinforce those values.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2012
the people are very nice but the program is way too slow if your children are high achievers or excel. my son is unmotivated and the work is unchallenging for him. the response in all areas of the school is slow too and it is slow to adapt to other students. i haven't seen much homework come home so i know they are not doing the volume of work they need to. the problem is just lack of interest in these exceptional students in my opinion. instead of seeing them as an asset and great role models, they dumb down the whole class for the ones unable to do the work. this makes the teachers appear overworked and to let the smartest kids fend for themselves.the environment is pleasant and homey. kids are mindful and pleasant so it is hard for me to pull them out since they enjoy this environment very much. i believe the incessant problem of slow children needs to be solved via volunteers.encouragement from the teachers also instead of looking at parents as intrusive. the pta seems more about $/events than the huge holes in the school that exist.it is unfair for exceptional kids. they need to do more in the way of engaging parents or helping teachers.many more spanish liasons needed also.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2011
I am a new Hillside parent. My children are new students in grades 2 and 4. We have received a very warm welcome. The teachers have made every effort to make my kids feel part of the Hillside family right from the start. We attended a school within the district in the past. Hillside has a small school feel and I must say - I am impressed!

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2011
We have been at Hillside for 3 years now and it has been a wonderful experience. Both of my children are happy and excelling in their academics. The teachers are incredible and the administration is very easy to work with. The PTA is a well organized group of people who are doing everything they can to make Hillside the best it can be and are constantly asking parents to step up and help in any way. We love Hillside!

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2011
Bad Leadership by the Principal. PTA is a Mom's group that doesn't encourage others parents to participate they do not accommodate changes and are very unfriendly. The Teachers some are nice but some of them are way out of line when it comes to respecting the parents and handling children. If you complain about anything you are penalized, the teachers and staff gang up against you. Not a healthy atmosphere for children and parents needs complete change. Needs dedicated teachers who love teaching children and have patience and understanding.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
It is the fist year for my daughter and she liked the experience. TAG class is her favourite. The staff is caring and teachers are very attentive. I am very satisfied.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2010
Great teachers and staff. School is always doing extracurricular activities and adding amenities to expand student s knowledge and make the school more personalized (new plant boxes by the front entrance for example). As well, parents are very involved as was demonstrated by the successful fund raiser to put in the new gym floor last year. I wish there were more funds to support the teachers as I think they are bearing an unfair burden in having to take days off w/out pay. If I thought I could find support I'd lead a charge to raise money among the parents to reimburse the teachers for the days they have lost. That is how strongly I feel about the quality of the Hillside staff.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2010
fantastic teachers and programs. they teach to the 'higher level' which I appreciate but also support kids that need an extra hand

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 24, 2009
I have a 12 year old who went thru grades K-5 and now a 3rd grader still there. It is a great school and most if not all teachers work hard to educate the students on many levels. If there is a complaint, and I'm sure many have thought this but few have written , it is in the amount of non-Hillside flyers that come home in each weeks VIP packets. They overwhelm me and make me feel that 1, my kids could be joining all these things but I won't let them, or 2, I feel pressure to contribute to some cause constantly. I want to know what's going on at Hillside. Not wanting to see so much about other non-Hillside events that my 8 year old could be particpating in. The school should be filtering this stuff out.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2009
I have 2 children here(1 in her first year and 1 in her 3rd year). I am impressed by how with it's many changes(redistricting, principal changes) how quickly they are to respond to parents and how they teach to the highest level(and work with those that need extra help to bring them to the highest level as well). I am a child of private school as is my husband but we are impressed to date by our choice of public school in this area.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 06, 2009
Great school - highly recommended!

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2009
This school is terrific!!

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- submitted by a student
May 19, 2009
Outstanding public school that values diversity, achievement, and differentiated instruction. The new principal and administration are focused on attracting and maintaining experienced, quality teachers, and integrating high tech materials into the classroom. Students can look forward to participating in a school-wide Science Olympiad Day, an Artist Day where 15-20 local artists spend the day at the school, teaching about their artform, reading motivational programs, and student clubs. The media specialist facilitates a student-led morning tv show called WDOG. Of course, every school faces challenges, and Hillside is no exception. It has an interesting mix of students from rich and upper middle class to a number of students that qualify for free lunch. But, the cultural diversity is a benefit. I highly recommend this school. We plan to move this year, but will be staying in the Hillside district.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2008
This school is amazing!!! It is the most organized school that I have ever known! The new principal is awesome and the teachers are great!!! My son loves going to school here which is the complete opposite of last year at another nearby school. There is a lot of parent involvement and after school activities to select from. I have not talked to one parent who has said a bad thing about Hillside.

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January 01, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2007
D.Jones the principal has created an awesome environment for all the children

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 07, 2007
I have two children at Hillside and love it! We started in K and now in 4th grade. It is better than most private schools - I used to teach at one. My son started in Pre-K and is in K now. Every teacher is top notch and the shcool is gorgeous with state of the art technology. They have WDOG news every AM on closed circuit TV so even my 6 yr old knows what's happening! They change classes from K on for reading & math to ensure students get the appropriate level of challenge. The principal is down to earth and knows all the kids. She is a real leader and encourages parents to join kids for lunch any day. It is a privaledge and I am about to pay an extra 30K for a house to stay in this school district. Thanks to all the Huskies!

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August 28, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2007
This school is everything we hoped it would be when we moved from out of state 2 years ago. Hillside tailors the children's education to their individual needs in a way I have never seen nor heard of before. They do a fabulous job with both advanced students and students with special needs (and those who fit both descriptions). The teaching staff is truly remarkable and I don't believe my daughter could receive a better education at any price. We chose our home so we could be in a Hillside neighborhood, for the combination of test scores and diversity. We have not been disappointed. The scores continue to outshine other schools in the area.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2007
Hillside is a great school! They offer many opportunties for their students; Boyscouts, GirlScouts, Band, Sports, A Daily progress book. Hillside is better than a lot of private schools.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2005
Academics are exceptional. Wonderful Continuous Achievement program in Math and Language Arts. Staff-the best in North Fulton. Students feel completely at home and feel a sense of pride and ownership. There are numerous ways for the students to get involved. The art teacher is fabulous and has received a National Award. The Orchestra progam is exceptional. The Media Specialists helps film a daily news show by the students broadcast out to all homerooms. The Staff is very giving of their time. The whole staff and the PTA were awarded the National President's Volunteer Service Award. There are so many wonderful activities and experiences for a student at this school. I cannot say enough good things. If you want a school with the best across the board, then this is the school for you. All students are nurtured and helped to achieve their personal best.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2004
My daughter began her education at Hillside and is now a second grader and we've gone to great lengths to make certain she stays there! We were zoned out of the Hillside attendance zone at the end of last school year. Without hesitation we began plans to relocate to within the zone in order to keep her at Hillside. The school is wonderful and the staff is fantastic. These early years are very important to my child's educational future and she thrives here. My two regrets are that the school only goes up to 5th grade and that my son was not able to attend Hillside. My children are ages 8 and 18.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2004
My son has attended Hillside since its openning three years ago. He is my third child. By far this school is the best private or public school any of my children have attended. The Principal and Asst. Principal take the time to get to know each and every child. They care about the success of all schools. The atmosphere is very up beat and positive because the teachers and staff get along really well with the administration. Parents are very welcome in the school and can be found supporting the school in every area. The academics are strong with their continuous achievement program and the ability to move students to the next level no matter whether it is the beginning of the year or the middle. Technology is heavily integrated into curriculum. The school always has numerous entries and winners in the Technology Fair. Very friendly school, community and strong academics!

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2004
My son started this school the end of January. From the very first day I felt like I made a good decision about this school. We were greeted from the office to the classroom. The welcome that every student receives by the teachers and staff is unbelievable.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2004
Hillside Elementary is an exceptional school of quality beyond measure. Each studen't educational experience is customized to ensure deep content knowledge. Our diverse population expands our children's capacity to understand the positive aspects associated w/ learning alongside student's who don't have the same backgrounds. The Principal and her adminstrative team (I don't use the word 'team' loosely) approach their job with pride, enthusiasm, caring, and professionalism. We have attended Hillside from day 1 and I have a current 3rd grader and K students.

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Hillside Elementary School
9250 Scott Rd, Roswell, GA  30076
(770) 552-6362
Last modified Hillside Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Hillside Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 37 reviews. Top