Students enrolled 483
Hours 0815 - 1500
School leader Gregory Ford
Transportation options Yes
District Wake County Schools

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7100 Hilburn Dr
Raleigh, NC 27613

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3 stars
Based on 23 ratings

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July 27, 2014
Hilburn is a good school if your child is perfect. If your child needs interventions or testing to see if they have a learning disability they're terrible. They double talk you so that they don't have to get involved. If your child is energetic Hilburn is not for you. If you're looking for diversity, Hilburn is not for you. If you want your special needs child to be in a mainstream class, Hilburn is not for you. There is also a propensity to point out that many minority children have focus and behavior issues, or just aren't smart. Teachers give out discipline almost always to brown bodies and they are indiscriminate with how they use it. Silent lunch is given to kindergarteners who have forgotten to bring back notes. Reflection sheets for crying in the hallway and a parental meeting for minor offenses. Individuality is discouraged. Many minority parents comment on the language that comes home in report cards no matter how well the child is doing. The principal is out of touch and only protects the teachers. When you compare this school with schools in other states, it is a complete bust. There are a few great teachers but not nearly enough to make this school work well.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2014
I am in a unique position to review this school because I have an older child who went to a different middle school. My younger child has attended 6th and 7th grades at Hilburn. Parents whose children have only attended HIlburn may not realize how phenomenal Hilburn Academy really is. Class size is small compared to other middle schools. Hilburn's teachers are enthusiastic and engaged and the communicate with one another to coordinate lessons around a theme (a rarity at other schools). A few parents withdrew their students in anger because the expectations and project-based approach were too difficult for their children. It is important to make sure your child can thrive in a STEM environment before enrolling. If they can, they will get a superior, challenging, stimulating education at Hilburn. I did not give the school a 5th star because, while the principal is very receptive and listens well, he falls down when it comes to follow-through and his responses to concerns can seem bureaucratic. Hilburn Academy is not perfect - no school is - but it is EXCEPTIONAL. My younger child's education at Hilburn surpasses by miles my older child's education at another public middle school.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2014
Hilburn has some good teachers and some not so great teachers HOWEVER the problem at this school is the administration, the three leader team is among the worst I could even imagine. If you're thinking about Hilburn be prepared that if an issue arises the response you get from the administrators will be off the charts. They do not know the law and do not care about what the law is. I have stood in the school and watched the head principal lose it because a student touched the wall ... in an elem school kids are not allowed to touch the wall ... it's a mini-prison. Look up the climate survey with NC DPI, see what the teachers think about the administration. Everyone is not wrong.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2013
We really like Hilburn Academy. I have a special needs child who has been fully included in all activities the school has to offer. The staff ans teachers there are very caring. I was impressed when I brought my younger child for kindergarten staggered entry that the staff knew all the first graders passing by and greeted them by name. The school has a very active PTA and nice parents and students. They have high expectations academically for all students. The new middle school program is very good as well, the new building is great and if your child excels in math and science it would be a good fit. An added benefit is Hilburn offers a language choice starting in kindergarten for all students.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2013
My son completed his Kindergarten year there and I could not be more pleased. He is really receiving a well rounded education and Kindergarten just isn't what it used to be. My son knows some spanish, technology, and can read so many books already!!! Really looking forward to what his 1st grade year will bring;) Super friendly staff and could not be happier!

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2013
Hilburn Academy is a wonderful school! A more welcoming environment could not be found. The staff is very friendly and most know my son by name. We are very happy with the education he is receiving.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2013
WE LOVE this school!! We have attended Hilburn for 6 years now and have experienced lots of wonderful, positive changes. I would encourage ALL parents interested in sending their children to HDA to visit, as they should all schools, to see if this school is a fit for them, instead of making a decision based solely on individual reviews and opinions posted on this site. We have found the administration and staff extremely helpful and dedicated to making this school a success. HDA is still growing, changing and only improving with each year. Hiburn provides a great community for both parents and students to be a part of and thrive in. We have been extremely happy with the middle grades and are thankful for the exposure to technology and small school environment. Obviously, this will not necessarily be the choice for everyone, but please give Hilburn a visit and chance before believing everything you read. With each negative post, I will bet you would find 100 parents that would counter it with positives!!

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2013
What a place. When you have a need, they are not there! Principal avoids you and then tows the administration line. Somewhere along the way he has lost his compassion, caring, and dedication to the child. He is now a "Yes Man" instead of a child advocate. What a disapointment he is!

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2013
Attention all parents and students. I have been attending Hilburn Drive Academy since 2007 and I would like to shed some light on the problems inside this schools seemingly perfect appearance. Bullying is a huge problem in this school and counselors have effected that very little. Some activities in school are repetitive, such as specials. I would highly recommend a different school for your child parents.

- submitted by a community member
June 05, 2013
Attention all parents, teachers, staff, volunteers, and potential new students that are considering to attend Hillburn Academy, please do your research before you apply to this school!! It would be well worth your time to see if this school is a good fit or not. "The Emperor Wears No Clothes"

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2013
I would like to shed some light on the school. I will attempt to give the pro's and con's of the school, you make your own decision. The pro's are that the curriculum is great and my experience with our current teacher has been great. The teacher's assistance, not so much. Parents seem to be involved and the PTA is always having fund raisers. It seems that the parents do want what's best for the school, but it's hard to say what exactly all of the money is used for. Parents are typically in the lunch room or volunteering for activities, but I feel this is due to concern for the learning environment. The con's would be that some teachers don't have a clue and seem to just do their job for a paycheck. I also have seen that many of the students fall through the cracks and are behind due to non parent involvement at home. I have also seen issues with other teachers and the principal. Other children at the school are also questionable and have negatively influenced our child. Would I recommend the school? No Are we transferring? Yes Is the curriculum good? Yes

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2013
I would agree with the person whose child has been at the school since kindergarten and is a rising sixth grader. We were extremely excited about the possibilities of the new K-8 model and the STEM program. This was our child's first year here and all I can say is what a huge disappointment. We have requested a transfer because we can not take another year at this school. I also agree that the school needs a good leader to be successful and that is not the case. Our child has attended a few schools in the area with the constant WCPSS reassignment process. This by far has been our worst experience with a school principal we have had. If you are in this area of Raleigh, do yourself and send your child to another elementary or middle school.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2013
My son has attended Hilburn since Kindergarten, he is now going to 6th grade. I'm at a crossroad not sure if it is the right decision to keep him at Hilburn. Initially I thought it was a great school, as the years went on I noticed there was room for a lot of improvement. Now it's seems as if Hilburn is trying to do too much & not focusing on the students. At this time the principal Greg Ford has no idea what teachers are doing. It was very startling when I spoke with him about concerns I had and he was not aware. I was also told by Ford that these issues would get addressed. The issues have not changed, I'm not sure whether he's just not a man of his word or if he does not care? Besides that there are also issues with conduct on buses and comments teachers make to students. Hilburn has turned out to not be a positive learning experience and I would not recommend sending your child there until a new principal has been hired that cares about the students and addresses concerns.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2013
i used to go their when it was called hilburn drive elementary it wasint bad and wasint great but idk what its like now it doeint seem great to me though

- submitted by a community member
December 04, 2012
All I can say is WOW. This school has it all: an amazing program, tons of current technology, really passionate and dedicated teachers, very involved administrators and huge PTA involvement. Hilburn is so much a family-like environment and I love having my child attend there. He is absolutely thriving with all that Hilburn has to offer.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2010
I'm surprised to see no ratings on Hilburn since 2008, so here I go... Our experience at Hilburn has been outstanding-- it is an excellent school. The teachers and staff are upbeat and engaging. Since moving to Hilburn mid-1st grade, my daughter (now ending 2nd grade) has not only improved 1-2 Levels in reading, writing, math AND science, but is actually happy to go to school now. They brought her from well below grade level in reading (Level 1-- don't get me started on the previous school...) up to grade level in 4 months. I find that truly amazing. The school seems to have a knack for understanding each child's individual needs, tailoring their education as such. The Principal and Vice Principal have infectious enthusiasm. It is a pleasant and inviting place when students arrive each morning. There are many enrichment activities sponsored by both the staff and the very active PTA.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2009
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- submitted by a teacher
no rating March 07, 2008
As a substitute teacher I see a lot of schools. I get to be a fly on the wall and see what parents and principals won't. Hilburn is, in my opinion, middle-of-the-road. The kids are good, the support staff is very friendly, and they're learning what they should- but I've been to other elementaries that were moving a lot faster than they do. The biggest thing that bothers me is that the teachers are just plain mean to the kids. They shout a lot and they're openly sarcastic. There's a lot of tension between various teachers as well.

- submitted by a community member
February 13, 2008
Hilburn is a very fine school. I've had four kids attend there and have always received excellent attention from teachers and administrators alike.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 27, 2007
The atmosphere of this school is outstanding! Students are valued and encouraged to reach their learning potentials. Excellent leadership and staff which is reflective in the overall moral of all who work and learn there!

- submitted by a community member
June 10, 2007
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- submitted by a staff
March 20, 2006
I have three children who attend Hilburn Drive. I have been very pleased with the personal time and attention. They really know each child at this school. The acadamic programs are very good. Each child is encouraged to reach his/her full potential. They are involved with Spanish, Art and PE. There is a very active body of involved parents and a very successful PTA.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2005
A superior school, with a caring competent staff. A bright, safe, and cheerful place to learn.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2004
My child is performing well at school here and she loves the school. She looks forward to going each day. The faculty and staff really care about the students. I feel fortunate to be in this district.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2003
Excellent school which focuses on the individual needs of the children.

- submitted by a parent
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Hilburn Academy
7100 Hilburn Dr, Raleigh, NC  27613
(919) 571-6800
Last modified Hilburn Academy is a Public school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Hilburn Academy Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 25 reviews. Top