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
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.
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.
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.