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Highland Hills Middle School

Public | 5-8 | 1525 students

 
 

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Posted January 25, 2014

My child attended HHMS until we moved away from Indiana. We now live in a different state in a much more academically-minded community, and I see daily all that she was not taught at HHMS. There are some truly awful teachers at this school, and in spite of parental complaints, nothing is done. There is also a great deal of bullying that goes on that is not addressed, and again, parental complaints are ignored. To be fair, we found some terrific teachers at HHMS, and the music department is truly phenomenal. I hear that they are adding the International Baccalaureate diploma at FC, which is a challenging standardized curriculum. Given our experience, I don't see how time spent at HHMS would prepare anyone for this. We moved to Floyd County based on reviews we found on Great Schools, and I hope my review will help others. If you are looking for an OK school that has fantastic Arts but loves its athletics more than anything else in the world, then HHMS will work for your child. If you want an excellent education that will prepare your child for high school and college, you won't find the skills and content here to make that happen.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2013

When I first went to HHMS for fifth grade, I was excited and nervous because it was so big. I had a lot of fun in fifth grade, but sixth grade I didn't have the best time ever. One of the teachers weren't very pleasant and we complained to the principal but they didn't really help that much. I miss my friends there and might go back for seventh grade. The lunches are great, the activities are great, and choir is a lot of fun. I think classes just depend a lot on teachers. (:


Posted September 22, 2012

I am currently an 8th grader. We have a wide variety of sports and clubs for everyone. Some examples for sports are swimmimg, diving(since we have two pools in our school), football, soccer, track, golf, tennis, cheerleading, dazzlers, wrestling, cross country, basketball, and volleyball. For clubs we have chess, science olympiad, spelling, and many more. I also advise if you are going to be a new student going into the 8th grade to contact the school a year earlier in the case that you want to go to the eighth grade Washington D.C. field trip or else you can't go. Bullying is strongly delt with here. Especially if you talk to the principals. Classes can be challenging if you are in the gifted and talented program but they are easy if you apply yourself and study. Apart from the obvious subjects of Math, Science, English, and History you have the object to take Orchestra, Choir, Band, Handbells, Business Tech, Office assistant, Teacher assistant, Library assistant, Media and Core. Also alternating days between Health and PE and once a week for 18 weeks we swim. There are cliques, but you just have to find people who are your true friends and you'll love it here. Hope this helped.


Posted August 28, 2012

HHMS has some positive and negative points. Positive points: Many of the teachers are amazing and really care about the students. They do offer extracurricular activities ranging from athletics to the arts. Negative : They do not really following their bullying policies that they set forth. Some teacher turn their heads while these types of actives go on. The bullying ranges and verbal threat to physical harm.


Posted October 31, 2010

Highland Hills is a terrific middle school. I volunteer at the school and am consistently impressed with the quality of people I encounter there. The teachers and staff are excellent educators who genuinely care about their students. It's also a beautiful, clean facility. It's truly a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2010

I was new to Highland Hills this year, and my last day of summer break I was flipping out, we had drove past the school earlier that week, and it was HUGE. I went through HHMS once I got my schedule and right then I knew where everytthing was! Now I love that school, and hate it when I'm sick because I want to go to school so bad. I also love how they give you time at the end of the day to work on any homework, which is such a great idea. I reccomend Highland Hills big time!!!


Posted May 6, 2010

Highland Hills Middle School has a real life place for kids to enjoy learning with down-to-earth teachers giving more than 100% of their time and engery to make a difference. They are realistic about challenging each student. The teacher's value system is truly Amercian. It offers the students a way of life that leads to success, wholesome character, and integrity. Shall we say, they offer a moral compass by their very example of caring and sharing. While students obtain superb academic knowledge, they learn how to become a whole person who will be an asset to their community and the world. In all of this, they truly enjoy the journey that leads down the paths of learning. EXCELLENCE, in all things, is a target to always strive toward. What a school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2009

I used to go to a small public school, but my mom wanted me to be in a larger environment. When I came to this school I got scared because it was so big. But after a couple days I already had twice as much friends as I had at my public school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 15, 2009

i love this school it is teh best middle school ever and my kids are in sixth grade and they love the school :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2009

You must come and visit Highland Hills, it's a great place for parents who want and expect the best for their children. I am a student at Highland Hills and I have loved for the past three years now because of Highland Hills Middle School. If you enroll your children in Highland Hills Middle School, your children are bound to become chained to the school and feel safe and happy. Here are some reasons why your children will love attending Highland Hills Middle School: Our school is a top school when it comes to education. Our school is also extremely against or anti about bullying, and we have many reminders and warnings against bullying, and punishment for bullying is severe. For protection: our school has faithful teachers, counselors, principals, and a security officer who always notices the slightest suspicion. Your child is safe here at our school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 20, 2009

I am currently a sixth going on seventh grade student here at Highland Hills Middle School, or HHMS. I was a bit skeptical at first as the building is so HUGE but I quickly got over it when I learned how great the teachers and students really were. I think this is a great learning environment and is protected to insure safety. I think I liked this school best out of the three schools I've attended in my 12-year-old life.
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Posted March 5, 2009

This school has a nice environment and is great to learn in. The teachers here do their jobs well and I learn a lot from them.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 21, 2008

I think HHMS is an awesome school. The 6th grade gold core has been top notch in my eyes. My son was just diagnosed with epilepsy and the school has been jumping through fire to help us and help our son too. Keep up the great work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2008

HHMS is auctually a pretty good school, we have some amazing teachers, and good lunch, we have plenty of time to talk to our friends, and a very very strict bulling punishment, the school is very very very strict about it, but over all it is a pretty awesome school, most of the kids here are really nice, and will help you is you ask, and it is easy to find your way around, it's cool, and very popular, it is a really big school though, but once you get inside it doesn't seem as big, so overall HHMS is an A+ school, or at least an A.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 7, 2008

I can say from first-hand knowledge no 'special advanced algebra class' was ever canceled at HHMS. The school not only has advanced algebra classes for 8th graders, but also offers geometry (which is more advanced). A parent newsletter is mailed home quarterly, the webpage offers lots of info, and the sign out front gives pertinent information and dates. That said, no parent should leave his or her child's education solely to teachers; parents need to reinforce what is taught at school at home.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 30, 2007

'This school has not meet any of my child's needs for success. It seems the parents that volunteer there at the has the students in clubs and organizations. Info doesn't reach parents that are not active in the PTO. I would like to be informed about clubs before a list is generated w/ students names are listed. child was here, so that it is at best mediocre currently. The special advanced algebra class for 8th grade was cancelled just before he reached 8th grade, and the caliber of most of his English teachers has been shockingly poor. It has therefore given none of the advantages of a huge school, with all of the disadvantages. I can recommend it only in contrast to most of the other public schools in the district.'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2007

I am a 8th grade student at highland hills and i can personally say that this school is kind of on the crap side. all the kids or almost all the kids need to get an attitude adjustment big time
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 4, 2007

I love my school! Its the best school ever!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 12, 2007

Although this is a good school overall, there is a small percentage of faculty who are very disrespectful to the students (consistently yelling and berating). They are still allowed to teach, despite multiple complaints. Most of the teachers are very dedicated and excellent. The facility is beautiful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2007

HHMS is an outstanding school. The teachers and staff keep you well informed of your student s progress. I'm glad we made the decision to move another district. HHMS by far exceeds the schools in the surrounding area. HHMS expects the students to perform at a higher standard.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 79% in 2013.

347 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2013.

349 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 74% in 2013.

351 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 78% in 2013.

354 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

354 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

357 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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72%
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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 74% in 2013.

346 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2013.

354 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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98%

2012

 
 
94%

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87%

2010

 
 
85%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 69% in 2013.

356 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
86%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 76% in 2013.

382 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2013.

381 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
90%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 70% in 2013.

173 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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99%

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the End-of-Course (ECA) assessment to test students in middle and high school in Algebra I, Biology I, and English 10. The ECA is a criterion-referenced assessment developed specifically for students completing their instruction in Algebra I, Biology I, or English 10. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".

About the tests


Indiana uses the A through F School Grading System to assess the overall performance of a school. For the 2011-2012 school year, schools were graded based on performance and participation levels in state standardized tests and student growth using the Indiana Growth Model. In addition, high schools were graded on four-year (on-time) graduation rates and college and career readiness indicators including Advanced Placment exam results and industry certification exam results.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

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55%
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25%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 ISTEP and End of Course Assessment results.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math and English Language Arts

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 95% 72%
Hispanic 2% 10%
Multiracial 2% 4%
Asian 1% 2%
American Indian 0% 0%
Black 0% 12%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 17%N/A46%
Special education 14%N/A14%
English learners 0%N/A5%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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3492 Edwardsville Galena Road
Georgetown, IN 47122
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