This is a wonderful school that has great attention to its students. The programs are challenging, the community strong, and the atmosphere conducive to great learning. The teachers are excellent in every way. Way to go, Hill!
Hill is a great school!! We are so lucky that our child gets to go to the best school in Austin. Although my child is not in special education, the special education teacher often goes out of his way to provide advice to me and to help my child learn. He is amazing!!!!!!!
Although this is not our home school, we chose to put our son in the Pre-k program there. The teachers are great and the parents are VERY involved. My son has a speech issue (articulation). The speech therapist is amazing. My son s speech improved much in his year there. I would definitely recommend the school!
Ok, so I have been reading the past four reviews (sounds like the 'learning disability' review was written by a parent who was demanding too much out of a public school) and I disagree!!!! If a child has severe learning disorders, put them into a special school that helps to work with their problem. You can't expect a public school to fix that problem. The two June reviews written back to back was obviously written by a parent of a child who got in trouble for bad behavior. They are trying to justify it by writing 2 bad reviews back to back. Not to be mean, but check out the literacy on the June 1st review. That's all I'm saying. I moved from Crestview neighborhood to put my child here, and we were so pleased with his writing/reading skills in just a matter of a few months!! We love the Principals!!! The parent-teacher involvement is amazing! If you're a parent trying to send your kid here, and not care about their schooling, go elsewhere! They do NOT tolerate bad behavior/fighting! It's amazing!!!!!! Gullett, Brentwood, Wooten, Lamar, McCallum, Austin High-horrible because of the influx of transfers. Hill does not have alot of transfers. It makes a HUGE difference!
I Love this school but... some staff I find like to demote my kid's self respect.
this is one of the worst elementaries in every way posible that you can think off.i can not believe that it is rated ''10'' that's a big lie.it shoul be a 1 .we had a lot of bad experiences in this horrible elementary.kids say bad words in front of the teachers,there is no homework,teachers have no work ethic,etc.
Hill is good for students in the "norm". I agree with a recently posted review in that Hill does not cater to students who have learning disabilities. Our son has ADHD, as do so many other children, and the staff at Hill was unable to cope with that. Our daughter is at the other end of the spectrum, and is bored with what is being done in the classroom -- the classroom environment is not flexible enough, because of the large class size (25 kids with 1 teacher in Kindergarten!), to be able to challenge students who are doing well. Our discussions with the staff and teachers have always ended up with them telling us that "this is public school, and that they do not have the time and people to accommodate outside the norms". And, the counselor is not helpful nor caring. Again, Hill is great if your child does not require any special educational accommodations. We are moving our children to a smaller private school with a better teacher-to-student ratio and a more personalized learning experience.
This school is great if your child DOESN'T have a learning disability like a moderate form of dyslexia, they act like they have never heard of dyslexia & do not have a plan in place to teach a dyslexic child to read! They don't have a diagnostician full time, nor do they have any current dyslexic specialist! Ten to fifteen percent of the US population has dyslexia, and Hill acts like they missed those stats! They (the Hill staff) expect the parent to know what questions to ask & how their child should be taught when the average parent has no experience in this! I can only imagine how many poor kids are falling through the cracks! I have talked with a number of other parents that have LEFT HILL b/c of the lack of resources & interest in helping their dyslexic child!
We have been nothing but pleased with all teachers and staff. The principal is very receptive to parents and always seems present at all activities. Our experience has been a good one and we will have another kindergartner starting next year. We are lucky to attend Hill and have many friends that are looking to move into our area, for the school alone!
Ok, ok, everyone has there own opinion on a school, and how their child fits into the school's flow. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE this place!!!! Austin only has a handful of great public schools left (Hill, Highland Park, Westlake, Lake Travis, and Leander), and we landed in a great one! My son started the PreK program and already is advanced with writing and reading skills! The school staff is AMAZING, the parent involvement is superb, this school is great. They are very involved with getting children to excel to the highest point possible, and yes (duh!) they want their school to be top rated, which it IS!!!!!!!!! Check out those scores from 2010! They have a zero tolerance policy, which is the best idea ever, we want our schools safe! I love this place, and hope it stays amazing for a long time!
Very good teachers who seem to care, the principal seems more concerned with social climbing than with the students though.
Mostly good teachers, a few who don't belong in an elementary school. New principal is annoying, doesn't seem to know what she's doing, after a year still isn't very familiar with the school. Packed classrooms and not a lot of resources. For a public school, a decent school, but we're not as impressed as some of the other reviewers.
Great teachers and staff- Friendly environment- Involved PTA - Good kids
Because my grandchildren go to Hill and love it - there is art, music and physical exercise, plus great teachers who love their students!
This entire school...from principal to teachers...love these students. They set up special opportunities for them to have social and learning times with the entire community of parents, children, and teachers...always fun times for learning and working together. The school culture supports a student-centered focus; rooms are engaging and fun; conversations are kind and supportive. This is the best example of America's schools...
Better than any of the private schools in Austin. This is the best elementary school in the city. From administration to staff to teachers to PTA, this school has it all. We've been at multiple elementary schools, and this one is head and shoulders above them all.
I love Hill because when I substitute there all of the students are very respectful and great learners. We have fun together and are always mindful of the rules. I love the students, teachers, and office staff. It's a great place to be.
This is beyond the best elemetry school around! We are very happy there the satff is amazing! The teachers are ecellent and the extras are amazing!
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