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Holly Hills Elementary School

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2014:
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2013:
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2011:
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Posted February 21, 2014

We have a wonderful teaching staff at our K-4 school. The teachers really do care about their students - both current and past. They always ask the parents how the kids are doing when they hit higher grades. Most teachers are quick to point out if there is a problem - but open 2-way communication is a must for this. I have special needs children - yes I fought tooth & nail for my oldest's IEP (2 yrs to get it) and it finally took the Interim Superintendent's intervention to get the initail IEP. The Child Study Team is wonderful - esp our case worker. I have had wonderful experiences with all our teachers and really do consider them wonderful, caring professionals. Some people do not care for our principal. She can be a little standoffish BUT does a wonderful job. She has to take a business stance and because of that, she comes off as being cold. Working with her these past 7 years, I can't say enough good things about her. She will fight for kids (when appropriate), is open to talk (parent MUST keep a level head), & she enjoys her job. She puts the needs of all her students above everything. I can't say the same for our Superintendent - wish we had an Interim still.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2014

The teachers have been great. The education seems very focused on math. That's not such a bad thing, just doesn't seem well rounded. If your child requires special needs or has an IEP, you will find out that they are very understaffed to accommodate this. You really have to fight for your rights to get the help your child needs. I recomend bringing an advocate to your child study team meetings and recording them. It's sad because they are getting funding from the state and it's not being used efficiently. The Principal, how do I explain, more like a warden than a K-4 leader. Not very personable. If you plan on driving your child to school be prepared, it is organized confusion and if you are picking them up its 10 times worse than the morning. They have 2 playgrounds so on nice days the kids will get to play outside during recess. In 2012 they opened the school 2 weeks late because they had mold cleaned professionally. What I think that means is that they waited until they had too many complaints and were forced to do it, otherwise it would have been taken care of in the summer. If you have the money for private school, you might want to look into that option.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 28, 2013

We have had wonderful teachers during our time at HHS and have encountered many caring staff members, as well. As a previous poster said, the principal is not warm or very compassionate towards the children. She seems to lack the social skills and understanding of child development for dealing with elementary students. The superintendent is the complete opposite and helps where the principal lacks. Parent involvement opportunities are offered, but can be hard to accommodate for those parents that work. It is disappointing that no more than three parents can attend the annual parties to share in those memories with the children. Parent attendance for field trips is also very limited. Some changes at this school could make HHS a top school in the area, but if there are no administration changes, the school will not improve.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2013

We have been at HH for several years now and the staff is very caring, warm and professional. The principal also cares very deeply about the children, the security of the school as well as ensuring that open communication with parents is established. The teachers and principal are very willing to work with parents and are very responsive to any concerns that come up. Our children love going to school and they are learning & developing very nicely. Its a great place to go to school, I would recommend to anyone looking for a K-4 elementary for their children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2011

My son loves going to school everyday is a great day. The teachers are warm and caring. So far our time at the school has been great but we still have a couple more years to go. I will say that I have yet to meet the principal which isn't a plus at my childs old school the principal was the first and last person i saw as i entered and left the school. She just needs to be a little more out there. Other then that it's great
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2009

i think it is a good schhoole to go to but it kind of rates
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2009

The school leadership has changed since the last reviews have been posted. While there are many excellent teachers and an awesome guidance counselor at the school, the highly educated principal is young, inexperienced and ineffective. She is truly an administrator who does not have any warmth or affection towards children and looks at the school as a stepping stone to higher administrative positions. This school needs some serious changes or it will continue to decline.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

I have a niece in fourth grade at Holly Hills. I am a fourth grade teacher in the Willingboro School District. I think that HH is Incredible! My niece has excelled academically and socially. She is involved in Karate after school through HH. Every teacher that she has had has been phenomenal! They have instilled in her a love of learning. She loves school and I attribute this to her wonderful teachers and principal. I am not ashamed to say that I have used many of her teachers' ideas with my own class. I love the fact that each teacher has a Website. I cannot say enough about the wonderful education that my niece is getting at Holly Hills School! Thank you HH. You Rock!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2005

Holly Hills is a wonderful school and has given my two children an above average learning experience. The principal and staff really care about the children and go beyond what is expected of them to make sure that the children are receiving a quality education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2005

Very good school. I had two kids in and the teachers and principal were excellent. Excellent PTO and parents are very involved. Could use more sports activities. Overall...great experiences.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 5, 2005

My daughter attended a private school for kindergarten and first grade, and I do not regret enrolling her in Holly Hills. Now she is exposed to academic enrichment programs as well as extracurricular activities, including band and intramural sports. Parents are encouraged to be invloved (and not just for fund-raising opportunituies)and there is a great mixture of young,energetic teachers and seasoned more experienced teachers. The PTA has won many state awards and parets are kept informed with a website and a monthy newsletter. The student body is diverse, representing the real world although the teaching staff is primarly White. The Principal is superb. He is approachable and truly loves his job. Now my son is a student at Holly Hills, and I know he will have a great learning experience.
—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.
Language Arts Literacy

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

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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70%

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74%

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60%

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58%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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75%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
78%
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.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
56%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
57%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
88%
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 Students70%
Female80%
Male62%
Black62%
Asian85%
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged55%
Non-economically disadvantaged74%
Special educationn/a
General education76%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant70%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students75%
Female76%
Male74%
Black53%
Asian77%
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged65%
Non-economically disadvantaged77%
Special educationn/a
General education76%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant75%
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 Students65%
Female74%
Male50%
Black50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
White75%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged50%
Non-economically disadvantaged67%
Special educationn/a
General education72%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant65%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students81%
Female84%
Male76%
Black71%
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
White86%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged72%
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Special educationn/a
General education85%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant81%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students93%
Female96%
Male88%
Black89%
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
White98%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged89%
Non-economically disadvantaged94%
Special educationn/a
General education95%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant93%
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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48%
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26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

Above average

Reading growth at this school

Average


1 This rating is based on 2012-13 NJ ASK, HSPA, and/or NJBCT results from the New Jersey Department of Education.

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in math and reading from from the New Jersey Department of Education.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 45% 51%
Black 26% 16%
Hispanic 13% 22%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 9%
Two or more races 8% 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 22%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Dr Rachel Feldman

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500 Ogden Drive
Westampton, NJ 08060
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