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Hilltop Elementary School

Public | K-3 | 485 students

 
 

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Posted June 3, 2013

This is the best school ever i just graduated as a 6th grader and the teachers and students are wonderful and no bullying goes on and allot of parents are involved you will LOVE hilltop elementary school


Posted August 16, 2011

This is the second year my 2 kids have been at Hilltop. It is a very disciplined school and the principal and vice principal are always on site and active in the daily running of the school and attend all events held by the school. Good behavior rewarded at the classroom AND the school level. I was very happy with my son's 2nd grade experience (Ms. Wisniewski). His reading level increased more than expected, a wide variety of subjects were taught, and hard work and good behavior were expected and rewarded in a variety of ways. I'm very excited that my daughter will now be exposed to the same environment. I wasn't as happy with my daughter's first grade experience, though that may have just been the teacher. It was more of an all day kindergarten. My son was in first grade at a different school and his reading level increased dramatically during that year. My daughter's barely increased at all. She was rarely challenged or taught anything new. I was a classroom mom and know first hand that reading was not a priority in any way (not even instructions). They rarely had homework to learn daily discipline. She learned more this summer from me than the entire 9 previous months.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2010

Hilltop is a good school, and this will help them be able to do more for the kids there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2010

It's where my grandson goes and my daughter says that the staff and teachers are wonderful. Anything to help the kids.


Posted December 14, 2009

The school is over populated. The district special education is not very sensitive to the needs of the students. Their IEP does not serve its purpose and the speech therapist is stretched thin to be effective- leaves you the feeling that they just do it to say they do something. The school is typically rural oriented and does not cover a well rounded curriculum for special and non special needs kids. I would like to move just because my kids can be served better in other districts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

My son was student there and recieved and great education from the teachers. They are great!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2008

This school is okay, it gets the job done. It is very under funded and over populated. It is clear in talking to the teachers that this school needs additional funding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2006

The school used to be great, but in the past few years several failed referendums have taken their toll. Class sizes are learger than average and there is few to no extracurricular activities. If the new referendum does not pass, all recess will be eliminated and so will music, art, learning center, and PE. So basically students will only be exposed to the core subjects - nothing more.
—Submitted by a parent


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

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
75%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students60%
Female63%
Male57%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Low income45%
Non-low income74%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
Students without disabilities68%
English language learners22%

Reading

All Students58%
Female67%
Male49%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic16%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Low income42%
Non-low income73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)23%
Students without disabilities65%
English language learners8%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 80% 51%
Hispanic 18% 24%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Black 0% 18%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2615 West Lincoln Road
Mchenry, IL 60051
Phone: (815) 385-4421

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