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Hillard Collins Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 654 students

 

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Posted August 15, 2013

First off if you are going to write a review about how your child isn't getting a good education at this school the least you could do is spell things correctly. This school is not the greatest in my opinion but i really think it is because the school is in a neighborhood where there are a lot of lower income families. I do not think that many of these children have parents at home that understand that they have responsibilities to also teach their children things. I have noticed the biggest turn out for events is when there are free things to get. The line for free school supplies was a mile long with parents ignoring their children and talking on their iphones. In my opinion if you can afford a phone that costs as much as they do than you should be purchasing your child's supplies and not take from people who are really in need. I think if more parents actually tried to become more involved than these children would have a better learning experience. So if you want your children to succeed in life spend time with them and teach them. Stop making everyone else be responsible for your children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2013

I do not want to let others into this school. this is the worst place ever. if you had to pick a school beach groove is the best school ever! this school have no homework witch means your children will not be ready for middle school. and if your handicap FORGET ABOUT IT. YOU have to remind them about it.YOU have to take all the responsibility if the teacher forgets. YOU get yelled at. the principle is mean and strict . the teachers tell you to tell the truth....but.... EVERYTHING YOU SAY IS A LIE TO THEM.....EVERYTHING. they don't deserve the one star I gave them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2011

Our children have attended or still continue to attend Collins Elementary, and we are extremly satisfied with the education that they have received. Regardless, of the situation, there will always be people who are unhappy about decisions being made. There are supporters and nay-sayers for everything in this world, but the bottom line is if you are an involved parent and keep a healthy line of communication with your child's teacher they will be very successful. Collins offer more programs, clubs, and events than any other elementary school in the district. I have been able to talk with my childrens teachers anytime I have asked, and they are always professional. When I have volunteered for events, I can see the time and "extras" that they all put in; which only makes me more proud that my children are apart of Collins. Every school in this district has its issues, but if you're only looking for the negatives, then that's all you will find. I am a proud supporter of Collins Elementary and its staff, and know that I shouldn't believe everything written or not written about them. My children and their success in all testing is all the proof I need to know Collins is a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2011

My daughter attends collins and is in the 1st grade. I love this school and all the extra activities they have for them after school. They always send letters home to the parents regaurding what is going on in the school and when volunteers are needed. My daughter has been on 4 field trips this year. I think getting them out of the classroom to have hands on experiences are GREAT! They do a wonderful job and make her feel special. The principal attends all of the after school activities and you see her i nthe morning and afternoon when the kids are getting on and off the buses. They work together to make collins a great school! Alot of the bad score collins has recived in my opnion has alot to do with how involved parents are with their children at home!! The teachers can only do so much in the short amount of time they have with our children, the parents need to be the ones to help with homework and know what they are being taught so it can be used in the everyday life when at home!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2011

if I could do it over again, I would not buy a house in this school's area. if you are house-hunting, look to Union and Hebron instead. The school has finally passed its NCLB milestones, which is good. But there is an insular, clique-y atmosphere at this school that is impossible to penetrate. The teachers will tell you they LOVE working here, because they are all buds. The principal is socially awkward & off-putting. They all complain that parents won't get involved, but they don't create an environment that welcomes any parents but the 10 or so that they like. The PTA is a joke. With all of that, and that the kids are headed for RA Jones, and the overall outlook is not good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2010

My daughter has been at Collins since Kindergarten she is in the 4th grade . The teachers have always been great to work with and understand my child's strengths and weakness. The office staff, teachers and priciple have always been approachable and easy to work with. They truly care about the students and the success of the school. For the past 4 years every teacher my daughter has had sends a monthly newsletter about the class and what their doing. The students have agenda books where they keep notes and comments so you can communicate with the teacher - I personally volunteered for fieldtrips and school programs and have never come across a time where the school smelled like sewer! Yes the restrooms are old BUT, the school is currently under remolding and this includes more space for class rooms and new restrooms - Collins is a GREAT School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2010

My daughter has been in this school for 3 years. She was very lucky and got a really good teacher for 3rd and 4th grade and got a decent core teacher and EXCELLENT teacher for math in 5th grade. The school has it issues. The principal is not approachable and some of the teachers do not act the way I think they should as teacher. Worse of all are the facilities. The school smells of sewer, there are not enough bathrooms, etc... I have called the board several times they don't respond. I think the responsibility has to fall on the Board of Education. They are more concerned about making the schools in the wealthy areas nice and not focusing on the schools that have low test scores.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2006

I have two boys here, and I have found the teachers to be very concerned in the development and have kept us abreast of any problems being encountered. Parents need to take some responsibility at home for the children's progress, and not simply blame it on the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2006

I am also not very satisfied with this schools performance. A lot of times I don't get notice of school information until last minute. There's no good communication between school and parents. A lot of parents have to work and can't be at very school board and PTA meeting to get the scoop. Also, the principal does seem to be lacking the right attitude to get the kids motivated. I also believe they are not up to standards on curriculum. My daughter was in full day kindergarten and with it being extened day you would assume she was getting more of an education. Well, other friends of mine who have children in kidergarten there children are required to read and learn spelling words. They are browsing over reading and reviewing the words. I wish I could remove my dauughter but I don't have that luxury yet. There scores are low.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2006

My daughter has been at Collins for 3 years now, and next year I will be removing her from the school. I'm not happy with her acedemic progress at all, the kids seem bored, unmotivated and my daughter has no interest in returning. Seems the principal is a bit strict 'by-the-book' type of person and has cut out some activities that actually make school fun for the children that all of the other schools allow. School doesn't havent to be so serious all the time and by the look of the testing scores, it's having the opposite effect. There is very little parent involvement and I really dont see anything changing, so we are choosing to step away from it.
—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.
Math

The state average for Math was 44% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
35%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
38%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Language Mechanics

The state average for Language Mechanics was 54% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
36%
Math

The state average for Math was 44% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
35%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 49% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
36%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
60%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 44% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
35%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 47% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
45%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 59% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
51%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 36% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
18%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Math

All Students30%
Female25%
Male35%
African American18%
Asiann/a
Hispanic6%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White38%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Students with disabilities21%
English language learners0%

Reading

All Students35%
Female36%
Male35%
African American9%
Asiann/a
Hispanic6%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White47%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Students with disabilities16%
English language learners0%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Language Mechanics

All Students39%
Female40%
Male39%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White43%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilities19%
English language learners19%

Math

All Students26%
Female26%
Male27%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic23%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White29%
Economically disadvantaged21%
Students with disabilities15%
English language learners5%

Reading

All Students35%
Female36%
Male33%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic14%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White40%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Students with disabilities22%
English language learners0%

Science

All Students47%
Female40%
Male54%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White52%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilities19%
English language learners19%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Math

All Students27%
Female26%
Male28%
African American27%
Asiann/a
Hispanic23%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White28%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Students with disabilities6%
English language learners20%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students34%
Female28%
Male39%
African American27%
Asiann/a
Hispanic39%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White33%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilities17%
English language learners20%
Migrantn/a

Social Studies

All Students34%
Female32%
Male35%
African American36%
Asiann/a
Hispanic31%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White33%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Students with disabilities17%
English language learners20%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students14%
Female23%
Male4%
African American18%
Asiann/a
Hispanic0%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White16%
Economically disadvantaged10%
Students with disabilities6%
English language learners10%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, and continuing in 2012-2013, Kentucky used the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics, 4 and 7 in science, 5 and 8 in social studies, 5, 6, 8, 10, and 11 in writing, and 4, 6, and 10 in language mechanics. The K-PREP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2011.

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2011.

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2011.

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
61%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 60% in 2011.

2011

 
 
25%

2010

 
 
40%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 60% in 2011.

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
29%
Scale: % proficient or distinguished

About the tests


Until 2010-2011, Kentucky used the Kentucky Core Content Tests (KCCT) to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 through 12 in reading, social studies, science, writing, and math. The Elementary School results displayed on GreatSchools profiles are for grades 3 through 5 combined for each subject. Middle School results are for grades 6 though 8 combined, and High School results are for grades 10 though 12 combined. The KCCT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kentucky. Beginning in 2011-2012, Kentucky switched to the K-PREP and EOC exams.

Source: Kentucky Department of Education

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22%
of schools in the state are Below average
49%
of schools in the state are Average
29%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Average


1 This rating is based on 2012-13 K-PREP and EOC results from the Kentucky Department of Education.

2 This rating is based 2012-13 median growth percentiles from the Kentucky Department of Education.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 65% 81%
Hispanic 18% 4%
Black 9% 11%
Two or more races 6% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 76%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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