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Hillcrest El School

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Posted May 19, 2013

Great School! Teachers are wonderful and very supportive. My son went to a nearby catholic school for kindergarten last year and had a very difficult time adjusting to Hillcrest. It was very challenging the first few months because he was behind most of his classmates. However, with the help from his teacher and the support staff in the early part of the year has made a huge impact on his success. The teachers are willing to guide you and assist you with the help you need to keep your child on track. In addition, you must be willing to assist at home because the teachers can't do everything. As parents, we are our children's first teacher. If they fail, it is because you failed your child as a parent. If your child needs help.....ASK for the assistance and the teachers are willing to give it to you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2013

Great teachers, great kids, great staff! The children have opportunities at this school that I never had growing up in Art and Music. These are the things that excite my children. The curriculum is challenging. I would recommend this school to others! In 5th grade they even have the opportunity to go on a week long outdoor school camping trip which many children say it the highlight of their years at Hillcrest.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2011

Kindergarten teachers are wonderful. High expectations for children and the school staff and office are very organized.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 26, 2010

I have 2 children at Hillcrest. My son is in 3rd grade. I would have to say that, with the exception of his first grade teacher, I am much less than impressed with this school. Last year alone, the teacher managed to leave my son outside at dismissal alone with out supervision, and once in the classroom alone. After 2 conferences with the teacher and 1 with the lead teacher, nothing happened. Last week I went to pick him up and the teacher told me she had no memory of him leaving the classroom with her. The academics in first grade and this year are good. Otherwise there is not much to say. They are so concerned with testing and children with behavorial problems that well behaved children get looked over. We are out of this district ASAP!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2010

This school is awesome!! The teachers, staff everyone is friendly caring of the kids. they are treated like individuals and taught acordingly. Kids thrive in this school! the parents involvement no matter how big or small is wanted welcomed and appriciated. They teach these kids to aim high and they respond and strive to do there best. peer differenes are null as they are a family there and expected to treat each other with respect, understanding,etc. you will not hear i dont like so and so at least not long before they are heled to find a common ground. I cant say enough about this school it is a great model for others schools to learn a thing or two from!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2010

Hillcrest is a great place to learn. My kids enjoy going to school there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2010

My son is new to Hillcrest this year, entering as a fifth grader. The teachers, principal and extensive staff are simply amazing!! The communication between school and parents is the best I have ever come across.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2010

I feel very fortunate to have my three children attend this remarkable school. Each of my kids has very different academic and social strengths and weaknesses, and all have been addressed in extremely effective ways. I have confidence in the staff's ability to meet the varying needs of all students. There are extremely high expectations of the students, and the students live up to those expectations. I am thrilled with the extracurricular activities the students have to choose from, and if some think it is too early for those activities there is no pressure to join!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

I don't think I've ever heard a complaint about the school, which is rare because parents love to complain about that kind of stuff. The staff and administration obviously go out of their way to make the school the best learning environment for the kids. 110% everyday.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 5, 2009

Best elementary school in the upper darby school district. The principal and teachers are great. They really take a special interest in the children who go there. The school itself is well cared for and clean. Couldn't ask for a beter school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2006

Quality teaching and programs available for all levels. Great parent involvement and leadership as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2005

Extracurricular activities may begin early. My son has had excellent kindergarten and first grade teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2005

Great teachers, good principal. Staff is dedicated to students. Good Home and School program.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 80% in 2012.

94 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
98%

2009

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

94 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
98%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2012.

103 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
99%

2009

 
 
99%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

103 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
93%

2009

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

104 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
97%

2009

 
 
97%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2012.

91 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
83%

2009

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

87 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
72%

2009

 
 
83%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

91 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
48%

2009

 
 
51%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students83%
Female85%
Male81%
Black53%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)27%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students79%
Female83%
Male74%
Black40%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students87%
Female90%
Male85%
Black64%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students79%
Female86%
Male69%
Black43%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students85%
Female90%
Male78%
Black57%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students66%
Female68%
Male65%
Black31%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students76%
Female80%
Male73%
Black73%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students62%
Female78%
Male49%
Black50%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities (IEP)8%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2011-2012 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 73% 71%
Black 18% 15%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 3%
Hispanic 3% 9%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2601 Bond Ave
Drexel Hill, PA 19026
Phone: (610) 853-4520

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