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Hillside Elementary School

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Posted Wednesday, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted March 4, 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


Posted March 3, 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


Posted 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


Posted November 5, 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


Posted August 6, 2009

Great school - highly recommended!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2009

This school is terrific!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2007

D.Jones the principal has created an awesome environment for all the children
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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 86% in 2010.

115 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2010.

117 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2010.

115 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
93%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 85% in 2010.

135 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2010.

137 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 91% in 2010.

135 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
87%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 88% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 92% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 78% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
89%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 83% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
86%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 90% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
85%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 81% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
74%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 94% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 93% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 80% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
86%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 81% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
85%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Georgia Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 80% in 2012.

96 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
75%

2009

 
 
88%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Georgia administered the Middle Grades Writing Assessment (MGWA) to students in grades 5 and 8. The MGWA 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 38% 44%
Hispanic 36% 12%
Black 20% 37%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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9250 Scott Rd
Roswell, GA 30076
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