School is very hard and challenging, it is not very easy to achieve A's or A+'s for that matter. School is very competitive with the students for grades and often times very stressful for the children. For academically gifted students, a class called "AR" or academic resource is offered for particularly gifted reading kids and honors and accelerated math for those who excel in math. The AR program is extremely challenging and takes up much time at home to do projects and such but is overall worth it because it teaches discipline. Be aware that if your child scores a B- or lower in any of the honors classes he/she will be put on probation to be put in the normal class if it happens again. Overall it is a very good and challenging school compared to most.
Excellent Middle School with very caring teachers. Principal is excellent and has high expectations for student behavior and achievement. Award winning educator that is highly visible and interacts well with children.
My family recently moved and I have been very disappointed in the quality of teachers. Most teachers have NO idea of what they are talking about. there is way to much busy work with no study hall of flex whatsoever. extracurricular activities are poor along with the music program . they do not offer orchestra, drama club, and many sports. For gifted students there is only advanced math and a dumb pointless class called "AR". they do not offer honors english. A disapointing school. Just look at the test scores
I have two children (6th and 8th) currently attending Hillside Middle School, and they have had a great experience so far. The Principal actively enforces a strong anti-bullying policy, and he works hard to ensure that each student feels welcomed and stays involved. From band to athletics to Lego Robotics, there is an activity for every student. The teachers respond to parent emails in a timely manner. The class sizes have increased over the years due to budget cuts, but that is true everywhere. The school is large, because it used to be the high school, but my children learned their way around very quickly. The school also has programs for both gifted and special needs students, and it is in the process of offering the International Baccalaureate. All in all, I highly recommend Hillside Middle School.
Building is to big and confusing. Classes are 40 kids and rooms are too cramped. Supplies and books are old and outdated. Academics are one year behind most schools. Kids must walk a ways to get a bus to drope them home. Chewing Gum is allowed which is dangerous.
The principal at this school is excellent. He far exceeded our expectations. He personally reviews all of the report cards, and he is very involved with the kids. He (and the staff) were always prompt and effective in resolving any academic concerns that I raised. The principal also takes bullying very seriously which was a concern to me at the middle school level.
The class sizes are too big. My son is in 6th grade and the vast majority of classes are 37-40 students to 1 teacher. I notice that the teachers miss certain things possibly due to the very large class sizes.