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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
fantastic teachers and programs. they teach to the 'higher level' which I appreciate but also support kids that need an extra hand
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.
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.
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.
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.
D.Jones the principal has created an awesome environment for all the children
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!
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.
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