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Hillside Elementary School

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Posted November 27, 2013

My son is an active, bright student who was discouraged when he started at this school. After just a few weeks, he became interested and motivated and remains excited about school. He even loves his homework assignments. Love Hillside.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2012

As a former student of Hillside, I have to say that it was one of the best things my parents could have chosen for me. It is a wonderful balance of structure and freedom; core classes give students the necessary education while electives allow them to be in charge of their own curiosity. The students are given a huge sense of independence, whether it be from being able to choose from several aesthetic classes, or simply from having the ability to walk to class alone. I am now going into my second year of college, and I have found myself closely comparing the choices that university offers to 20-year-olds to those that I had as a 10-year-old. Something like emphasizing the geometry behind origami folds, or having a guest speak about epilepsy to a group of 5th graders, many would see no point in it, but Hillside saw potential. The teachers and the administration take full advantage of a child's retentive mind and put an incredible amount of effort and creativity into a program that makes students eager to learn and explore.


Posted June 5, 2012

Hi, this is my daughter's first half year and we're loving it. The teachers and office staff has helped her in several ways. She's caught on well to the system of Hillside School, continuing to be organized and self-motivated and last but not least has made many friends! I wish everyone the best success and we love your great work! Best Regards, The Robinson Family
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2010

Hillside has enlightened my daughter to the point where she actually WANTS to go to school. They have amazing programs that the other Montclair Schools do not offer. The academics are rigorous and can be explored even further through the CI program. The CI program offers classes in every category, from math to tap dance to writing and visual arts. This school has a unique approach that looks at the whole child, incorporating an enriching program that actually strengthens my daughters academic performance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2009

Hillside School is an amazing experience for almost any child. Whether the child excels in academics, performing arts or athletics, there is an advanced or in-depth class offering. The children can try new classes each cycle (3 each year) and are exposed to things most elementary school aged children don't experience. Examples are, chemistry (3rd graders!) - a truly fun class that introduces the children to chemistry using a hands on approach. This introduction has gotten my daughter excited and interested in chemistry. She has also enjoyed taking dance as her gym class (you can choose from many, such as, gymnastics, rock climbing, phys ed, etc.) Each of the aesthic classes work this way...music, choose chorus, drums, keyboards, and many others. The kids also love the movement of going from class to class. It gives them a fresh start 8 times daily. No more doldrums!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

all of the amazing electives! From drama to volcanoes, to photography to playwriting, kids can learn about anything!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2008

I relocated to Montclair from Atlanta and was quite worried about which school to place my daughter but I chose Hillside because of its Arts concentration. I am so pleased with the administration and staff at Hillside.They're caring, attentive, friendly and really want to address each child's needs. My daughter loves it and doesn't even think about her old school in Atlanta anymore.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2007

Have had several kids at Hillside. The arts and music are terrific, as are the special programming for advanced language arts and math. Basic academic were OK - too much focus on bringing up the bottom third to manage test scores. Overall a good experience but stay engaged!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2006

A pretty committed staff that is sometimes overwhelmed by the number and variety of students. Two basics teachers helps give proper emphasis to math and science along with language arts. Some great elective courses for qualified students. Terrific orchestra and drum corps.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2006

My son joined Hillside in the 4th grade. It begins in 3rd grade and I was concerned that the size of the school would be a detriment to him. He has thrived there. The teachers are exceptional, the art and drama and music courses are the best in the district. I think that the leadership of the school is not up to par with the other schools and the test scores were not exceptional.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2006

Wonderful assortment of electives, but core classes and requirements such as foreign language, music and phys ed ultimately restrict choices. Nonetheless, my son is thoroughly enjoying 'Causes of the Civil War' and 'NASA' among other electives.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2004

Hillside School offers excellent facilities, however for a Gifted & Talented Magnet School, Hillside does a poor job supporting a truly gifted child with low self-esteem in developing true friendships.
—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.
Language Arts Literacy

The state average for Language Arts Literacy was 66% in 2013.

171 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
65%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

171 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
77%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

The state average for Language Arts Literacy was 59% in 2013.

203 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

203 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

203 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
97%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

The state average for Language Arts Literacy was 61% in 2013.

209 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

209 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
86%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

All Students77%
Female70%
Male85%
Black59%
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged43%
Non-economically disadvantaged84%
Special educationn/a
General education85%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant77%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students80%
Female75%
Male85%
Black60%
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged44%
Non-economically disadvantaged88%
Special educationn/a
General education86%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant80%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the New Jersey Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

All Students74%
Female85%
Male59%
Black51%
Asian94%
Hispanic77%
White89%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged33%
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Special education26%
General education82%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant74%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students91%
Female90%
Male93%
Black84%
Asian100%
Hispanic77%
White98%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged78%
Non-economically disadvantaged94%
Special education82%
General education93%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant91%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students96%
Female97%
Male94%
Black93%
Asian100%
Hispanic85%
White99%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged81%
Non-economically disadvantaged99%
Special education96%
General education96%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant96%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the New Jersey Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

All Students70%
Female77%
Male62%
Black37%
Asian89%
Hispanic64%
White92%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged25%
Non-economically disadvantaged78%
Special education27%
General education78%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant70%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students87%
Female88%
Male87%
Black70%
Asian100%
Hispanic88%
White98%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged56%
Non-economically disadvantaged93%
Special education56%
General education93%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant87%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the New Jersey Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 47% 52%
Black 34% 16%
Hispanic 10% 22%
Asian 5% 9%
Two or more races 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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54 Orange Rd
Montclair, NJ 07042
Phone: (973) 509-4200

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