As a parent, I am extremely impressed by the teacher dedication, positive atmosphere of the school, and the many extra-curricular activities offered to students. Hillside teachers develop interesting lessons and love each individual child. I'm happy that my child learns conflict resolution with peers in a caring atmosphere and is held to high standards in both academic areas and in her behavior. Teachers take the time to find what works for individual learners and love teaching. The school has a positive vibe as soon as you walk in the door. Hillside offers Girl/Boy Scouts, Green Team, Student Council, Junior Great Books, school wide Spelling Bee, Girls on the Run, student run live TV morning announcements, and so much more. They are beginning to teach the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (by Steven Covey) this coming school year. This will teach children life long lessons. Hillside is a great place to be!
I have been a parent at Hillside for 11 years and yes the population has changed, there has been a dramatic economic shift in our area, however Hillside Elementary has stayed just as strong, if not stronger over the last 5 years. The staff at Hillside has worked so hard to keep our children at the top of the academic ladder. We have a huge multicultural population and our family loves that, our kids and everyone else's benefit from that. The principle at Hillside couldn't be more loving and caring, Mrs. Green is a single person running this school, when there used to be an Asst. Principle and a teacher leader. Mrs. Green works so hard with all of our students, she makes sure our students are academically challenged, emotionally cared for and quite honestly that they have food to eat at lunch. Mrs. Green goes above and beyond what her job title requires, I will drive by late at night and her car is still in the parking lot, she cares so much about our children. The entire staff and community at Hillside is incredible, all the way from our secretaries, noon aides, janitors, librarian, teachers and our parent volunteers. Hillside is a beautiful place to be.
Hillside is an exceptional school! I was initially intimidated by its size, but all of my fears proved unfounded once we started. We are a close knit community. The staff has recently welcomed fresh faces with amazing energy. In both 2012 and 2013 Hillside teachers were awarded the "Elementary Teacher of the Year" and "Heart and Soul" awards for the district, proving that we have the best staff in the district! Our children continually test in top percentages and perform above grade level. After 3 years here, I'm sad that our time is nearly over.
Hillside has dropped from being the newest and best school in the Farmington system to one of the worse. The school worked fine when the pupil population came from a comfortably middle class clientel; however, that has changed. The teachers come largely from diploma mill "colleges" and don't have the skill set to deal with inidividualization of the curriculum. I am unimpressed with Hillside School. It's terrible performance has ruined the property value of the neighborhood. It is no longer a school to which it is safe to send your children. As a neighbor of the school and a parent with children that have attended Hillside and the grandparent of a child eligible to attend Hillside, I am sadly disappointed by the incompetence of this school. My grandchildren will attend other schools.
It seems that all the good rating here were from 2010 and before. It's now 2012. The school has changed a lot during the past couple of years with the new principle in charging of the school. If you know how many students are leaving the school each year and how hard parents are trying to seek for alternative schools for their children, you will know how bad this school is now. My kid's experience at this school is disaterous.
They have excellent teachers, my daughter was two years at Hillside, and she made a great progress both in math and in reading and in writing. Based on our experience with the Hillside, I think the opinion that children don't learn much when attending public schools (at least elementary ones) is far from being true. The school office staff is also good, they are professionals of their job. But the school must do a lot in improving the discharge discipline. It is unacceptable that children, exiting the school door, run disorganized in all directions. They should rater exit in lines and stay within the lines waiting for their parents.
The teachers really bend over backward and go the distance to make sure the students learn.
As a parent who is also a teacher in the district, I am very happy to have my children attend Hillside. As you read these reviews, remember that no school is perfect and one complaint is usually louder than all of the acclaims. My child feels safe, cared for, and respected... way to go Hillside staff!!!
Our children have been at Hillside for three years. We were very satisfied with the school at first but are slightly disappointed in the way the school handles bullying and problem children. They like to sweep problems under the rug but please just remember to always advocate for your child! Nice caring children should have the right to a safe educational environment!!
My daughter has been going to this school for 4 years. The teachers are great. They follow the public school curriculum just like any other public school in FH. This is a big school and adds a lot of variety in education. The school bus service saves us on our gas bills.
The teachers here are really terrific. They are committed to providing the best for each child and work in grade level teams to support each other. Discipline and leadership can be a problem. The teachers do what they can in the classrooms with difficult children, but there is not a lot of support or follow-through from the administration. Many students don't even recognize the principal because she does not make herself visible and involved.
This school is exceptional in its commitment to educating young children! The children are treated as individuals and the staff is the very best and they all have each students best interest at heart.
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