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Hill Montessori

Public | PK-6 | 425 students

 
 

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Posted August 28, 2013

This school gives me lots of education and I am at a 9th grade reading level. The teachers are caring and responsible. Do if any of you say this school is bad you should stay away from this school


Posted May 20, 2013

J.J. Hill used to be such a jewel, filled with passionate, capable teachers who cared deeply about the Montessori Method. Under the new superintendent and the principal of the last three years, the school has suffered badly. Both superintendent and principal are clearly putting career before the needs of the school's children, particularly those of minority children and children of color. Master teachers, frustrated, struggle with the district's demands, with a lack of support for behavioral or special ed needs, and with district-dictated, age inappropriate requirements for the children. Several have taken leaves of absence or left. The Montessori nature of the school grows more and more diluted, with a non-Montessori mantra of "teach to the test" taking its place. Behavioral issues are going unaddressed with parents unsupported as they strive to find answers for their children's concerns. It makes me terribly sad to write this review of a school that all of us--children included--once so adored.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2012

We had moved our oldest child from this school to the Capitol Hill Magnet believing she would get a better education. We were wrong. At Capitol Hill, she was placed in the next grade of math and tested three grades ahead of her peers in reading and writing. A signal to us that the Montessori method does provide a means for children to excel academically if they are so inclined. We were lucky to have both our kids start at this school before the superintendent chose to restructure the school by cutting out 6th grade. Doing this has reduced the Montessori nature of the school and caused parents to move their kids out to other options. This is unfortunate because until recently, the strength of this school was the community involvement of the parents and teachers who felt they were part of something special and worked to make this school feel special. Now will the motivated parents seeking other options, this school will likely diminish in stature in the upcoming years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2011

We are so lucky to have two Montessori schools in our public school system in St. Paul. I'm a huge fan of the Montessori philosophy as well as JJ Hill's teachers and school community. Families and staff woudl be well served if the principal were more communicative, genuine and showed a passion for and understanding of Montessori education. Our school needs a leader who will advocate to retain and strengthen the Montessori philosophy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

JJ Hill is a wonderful, diverse school that succeeds.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2005

J.J. Hill has changed my child, he has become self-motivated learner and happy to go to school. The classrooms are child-centered, and are allways prepared. The teachers are respectful, well-trained, and really know the students. I love this School...and so does my child....Score!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2004

Hill practices the Montessori Philosophy of Education. The teachers are well trained and dedicated. My children developed an excellent base of reading, writing and math skills at Hill. I've had at least one child there since 1990 and would, without hesitation, recommend Hill as a school for parents who value love learning and knowing how to learn for their children.
—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 83% in 2010.

53 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

61 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
72%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2010.

54 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2012.

50 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
74%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2010.

45 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2012.

50 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 46% in 2011.

48 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
44%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2010.

46 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
54%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

43 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
71%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students79%
Female85%
Male71%
Black45%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Economically non-disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English81%
Non-migrant79%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students84%
Female91%
Male79%
Black62%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Economically non-disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities82%
Students without disabilities85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English88%
Non-migrant84%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students78%
Female74%
Male84%
Black60%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Economically non-disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities79%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%
Non-migrant78%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students86%
Female93%
Male83%
Black77%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Economically non-disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Non-migrant86%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 71% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
41%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
49%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 57% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
20%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students66%
Female62%
Male72%
Black44%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Economically non-disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities58%
Students without disabilities68%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English72%
Non-migrant66%

Reading

All Students76%
Female79%
Male72%
Black60%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Economically non-disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities67%
Students without disabilities78%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English83%
Non-migrant76%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students60%
Female61%
Male58%
Black45%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Economically non-disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities65%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English60%
Non-migrant60%

Reading

All Students53%
Female61%
Male42%
Black22%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Economically non-disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities57%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English56%
Non-migrant53%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students32%
Female47%
Male20%
Black10%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White42%
Economically disadvantaged8%
Economically non-disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities37%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English31%
Non-migrant32%

Reading

All Students69%
Female79%
Male62%
Black46%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Economically non-disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities77%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English74%
Non-migrant69%

Science

All Students53%
Female68%
Male42%
Black27%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged14%
Economically non-disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities30%
Students without disabilities60%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English56%
Non-migrant53%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students35%
Female38%
Male31%
Black27%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White47%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Economically non-disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities39%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English37%
Non-migrant35%

Reading

All Students55%
Female54%
Male56%
Black36%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Economically non-disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities56%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English58%
Eligible for migrant servicesn/a
Non-migrant55%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 54% 74%
Black 25% 9%
Hispanic 10% 7%
Asian 9% 6%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 34%N/A37%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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St. Paul, MN 55104
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