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PK-5
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Austin, TX
Students enrolled: 572
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3025 Crosscreek Drive
Austin, TX 78757

(512) 414-2350
(512) 467-2513
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September 01, 2014
My son attended PK here in the year 2013-14. We found this school to be quite good, the teachers and staff are friendly and involved. The school had regular field trips which helped keep the students interested. The parents were encouraged to be highly involved. I do not know why the school fell in the ratings but our experience has been good so far.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2013
This review is for 6 years ago (06'/07')- not sure if the same principal is there. My son loved this school. He only attended in 5th grade, but as a senior now he looks back and says 'I really liked Pillow. I learned so much there.' The principal was really the key I believe. She was terrific. She hand picked a group of teachers that truly wanted the best for the kids. They taught in a way that made the kids think, not just memorize facts. Thank you!

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
We love the school, my son is happy there, since PK he has great grades, we're taking an active part in his education by reinforcing what he learns at school at home, I wish more parents take the plunge an volunteer more at school , the opportunities are there.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2013
The staff and faculty at our school goes above and beyond for it's students. We are a family here.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2013
Pillow Elementary is a good neighborhood school. We love that parent involvement is encouraged by the staff.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2013
It is ok but do not why it dropped from exemplary to acceptable in 1 single year.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2013
Pillow is overcrowded and has a high percentage of low income students. Because this does not reflect the neighborhood it has taken some adjustment. The teachers range from extraordinary to tired and probably need to retire. My child's experience was very good in kindergarten with an environment that was nurturing and safe. Crowd control is a major part of the principle's challenge and, as well as, teaching children to speak English. I have not agreed with a policy that no one has playground time or be involved in activities that might disturb when the older children are taking state tests. I also wonder why the 1st and 2nd graders are in portable buildings. There are good people who care about the school but the declining scores must be addressed. The past reputation is no longer valid. Probably symptomatic of the entire district.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2013
Things to love about Pillow: Great "family feeling" morning assembly, with "College Monday", "Fitness Thursday", and "Spirit Friday". (Parents are welcome to attend, and all students get experience public speaking over the course of the year.) Super diverse -- students whose parents come from all over the world and are very motivated to improve their children's lives. Cultural education -- There's the dual language program, and next year (2013-2014) they are starting a grant funded program with the other Anderson-highschool feeder schools to introduce each grade level to a different language. My daughter is super excited to get a chance to learn some German. Academic focus -- Every student learns and is pushed, regardless of background or level. A strong focus on academics. Fun, low key extracurriculars -- running club, math club, chess club... this year a parent did an "Korean culture" class. Spirit nights out roller skating and a school dance party. Most classes participate in Marathon Kids and Science Fair. What I don't like is how overcrowded the school is (as many classrooms in portables as inside; lunch times that start super early to get all the kids through).

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2012
My son is a PK graduate from Pillow Elementary School. He likes his teacher very much. He wanted to be 4 years old always so that he can stay back in PK class.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2012
I attended this school from k-5 grade and I really liked it; my teachers were awesome!! And really nice, they taught me really well, and luckily I got commended on all the TAKS tests from third grade to fifth grade.

- submitted by a community member
November 03, 2010
We really miss you, Pillow!! Our child attended from 1st grade almost up to the end of 4th grade. We had to leave due to military relocation. Her new school doesn't EVEN compare. Thanks to you, she is more prepared than most of her classmates.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2010
I hate this school because, when i went there i got sick so i went to the office crying in pain and they waited three hours to call my parents.They make you sit there and wait.I was crying in pain and they just watch you. This is the worst school in history.

- submitted by a community member
September 29, 2010
TERRIBLE SCHOOL! Kids are made to eat breakfast in the hallway and without any trays. My child was repeatedly spit on, cussed at and harassed by the other children on his bus. The school LOST him 2 times where he had no idea where to go and I had no idea where to find him. The office never returned any phone calls! His safety was in jeopardy and after not receiving any help from the district, I finally had to withdraw him and move in order to get him to a different school. I tried to join the PTA and they denied me that right as well. I was greeted with dirty looks every morning, pushed by other children in the halls, and listened to them cuss at each other in the breakfast lines. My son became depressed and afraid to attend school due to the daily harassment.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2010
I love Pillow Elementary because it has a good staff and faculty. Students are eagered to learn and motivated. Our parents are always willing to help and go out of their way to make sure their children are safe and being educated.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating April 24, 2010
Teachers are, for the most part, incredibly involved with the children's learning. One for example, Mrs. Drozd, helped my daughter overcome her problems with math.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 24, 2010
My daughter will be graduating out of Pillow this year and we are both starting to feel sad at the thought of leaving this wonderful school. Her acceptance by the Ann Richard's School is a direct reflection to the wonderful work that the teachers have done all these years, coupled by a well disciplined home environment. I am sure glad that I have Pillow on my side on this one!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 05, 2009
The teachers are just so great and really care about the children they are teaching. I attended Lindale Elementary School in Lindale, Texas and they gave me a great elementary education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
I like Pillow because the teachers care about the students getting an education.My grandchildren are excited about going to school now.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2009
The Principal, teachers and staff at Pillow Elementary are obviously serious about providing a quality education to our children. They encourage me, as a parent, to get just as involved and I do. My son is blossoming at this school and it looks like the sky is the limit.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 22, 2009
The kids seem to be happy and enjoy being there. It's fun to watch all their musical programs and see the joy of children learning in a multi-cultural environment.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 20, 2009
Pillow School has that family feeling. The staff are very friendly and helpful. My grandchildren love their school and are happy to learn. There is a very positive feel throughout the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 19, 2009
I love Pillow Elementary because they really do care about the students and helping them get a quality education. They are committed first and foremost to the students and then the parents. You really do feel as a parent that your child's educational needs are being met. Thank you, Principal King and Pillow Staff for doing a excellent job.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 14, 2009
I love the diversity of Pillow Elementary. I look at the school and I see my city, my country, my world, all represented in the beautiful children who attend Pillow. Character, values, nutrition, health, responsibility and respect are valued highly at Pillow. The staff are wonderful and devoted and Principal King is an excellent principal and role model. I'm so grateful my child has the opportunity to attend such a wonderful school in our city.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 14, 2009
The way the teacher teach the children is really great

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 14, 2009
I love the diversity of our school. I feel that the diversity alone teachers our children the importance of all people and cultures and brings an awareness that should be experienced!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 14, 2009
Pillow is an amazing school. The staff are supportive, knowledgeable and responsive to students and parents alike. The principal, Ms. King, goes above and beyond to make sure that student needs are met and has done an excellent job leading her teachers and staff, working with them to create a safe, fun, and comfortable learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 14, 2009
I love the involvement that Pillow staff has for the students and the parents,the staff makes sure that we the parents are up to the minute on everything pertaining to our child and the growth of there minds..I transferred my daughter from private school to Pillow and it was well worth the fight for this transfer and the 2 year wait..

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 14, 2009
it is a school that place much concern with the children not just for now but concern with there future out look on life in a good way Education

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 14, 2009
I love Pillow because they really care about the kids. All of the teachers know our kids are genuine. Both of our children are proud to be Pillow Panthers!

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2009
We put our kids first, and believe that every child can succeed. Our dedicated teachers give all of themselves to their students, and I feel fortunate to be a part of the family.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating October 12, 2009
Pillow truly believes that all students can learn regardless of their language, background, financial staus, etc. Our faculty, staff, students and parents are a family that supports one another in any way needed. Our test scores defy the odds when you look at the population we serve. It is an honor to teach here!!

- submitted by a teacher
October 05, 2009
The teacher is respected as an competent educator and given the right to accommodate childrens' needs in their academic life. We are the village.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating October 05, 2009
I have worked here for 27 years and wouldn't think of leaving.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
It is a family oriented and everyone is friendly and always in a happy mood to see our children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
Pillow has great teachers!

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2009
I love Pillow because it is one of the most diversified schools in our district with over 30 languages spoken here. I love our faculty and I love our kids!!!

- submitted by a teacher
October 05, 2009
Pillow is like a minature United Nations with students from across the globe. Our families bring gifts of varying ethnicities, languages, backgrounds, and experiences to share with one another. The Pillow learning community treasures this rich diversity and works as a team in supporting each child's growth toward success and achievement. With excellent teachers, caring parents, and dedicated volunteers, we strive daily to bring our campus motto to life: 'Pillow is the best school a kid could ever have!'

- submitted by a teacher
no rating October 05, 2009
The staff, parents and students are a family with everyone working together for the child.

- submitted by a teacher
October 04, 2009
Pillow Elementary is a great school. It has high expectations for kids, no matter what their socio-economic background might be, and the kids prove over and over that they can meet or exceed those expectations. Pillow's family atmosphere builds a strong foundation for these kids and gives them the self worth necessary to go out and succeed in their lives beyond Pillow.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2009
Pillow is a predominately low income school, but has proven to the city of Austin and Central Texas that we can perform with the best. The campus was named Exemplary by the TEA, has been placed on the Texas Business and Education Coalition's Honor Roll, and most recently was named by the non-profit, nonpartisan 'Children at Risk' as the best elementary school in Central Texas. But what really makes Pillow so special is its sense of family. Each day is begun with a morning assembly; a family meeting, so to speak. We look out for one another and have high expectations for our students, faculty, and parents.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
Pillow Elementary is the number one school in Central Texas according to the State of Texas. Their test scores are the highest. And the demographics of this school are heavily weighted towards low income/ spanish speaking children. The administrators and teachers of this school have been working very hard to reach a goal like this and we are all very proud of them.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
The school is an integral part of our neighborhood sharing both their facilities and positive spirit.

- submitted by a community member
September 15, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 02, 2009
I agree with all the good things said about Pillow.It's a great school, with mostly great teachers.However, there were things that I didn't agree with.1)I wish there were more opportunities for project-based learning rather than TAKS test drills;2)I think my daughter was inappropriately placed in a bilingual class.A true bilingual class should be instructing all students in English and Span.There were many times my child tuned out because she does not speak Spanish at all.And didn't even learn any!3)I asked for accommodation for my daughter and was denied by the teacher because she said she was too busy with the bilingual students.3)her teacher was not savvy with email.

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May 21, 2009
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April 13, 2009
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June 04, 2008
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May 22, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2008
I have 3 children attending Pillow. This school is the the reason I have not moved from where I live now. My children love this school. The teachers at Pillow are very dedicated to teaching. I am very glad to say that Pillow has been by far the best school ever. They have been there for 3 years and sad to say my 5th grader will not be there next year. Thank you Pillow for all you have done for my children in giving them the best education they could get.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2007
my son was lucky enough to have a wonderful kindergarten teacher. She focused on the children's personal growth along with the curriculum. The principal is outstanding! She has won numerous awards this year, which included 25 thousand dollars towards the school.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2006
Awesome school that really cares about their students. Parent in PTA.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
This is a blue ribbon school, and the current principal (Dr. Webb) is excellent. Parents are motivated and involved and the school is culturally diverse. Unfortunately extracurricular activities have fallen by the wayside this year and it seems to have been due to the surprise influx of new students due to Hurricane Katrina, however, they still had small musical performances for each grade that the kids and parents both enjoyed. Past activities which will be returning soon, I understand are 'PTV' (Pillow TV), and the Gifted and Talented Program. The full scale choreographed very expensive annual musical production they used to do, 'Something's Afoot' has beend efunct for several years now.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2005
Pillow is a great school.At first I was afraid to enroll my son there but now Im happy.He is in KG & his teacher is really great

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2005
My child attended this school for a very brief period but I found the quality of lesson plans to be very non-challenging. The variety of children from differenT backgrounds was a good thing but that they were at completelty different academic levels was glaringly slowing down the speed and efficiency of lessons.Parental involvement was restricted to interactions with the teacher and not much at the class level. The staff are extremely friendly and helpful.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2005
The diverse enviroment is the best point in this school. I reccomend to any person.

- submitted by a teacher
April 02, 2005
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March 24, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2005
Pillow is a great school for children who fall into the norms as my oldest child does. The school experience for my older child was excellent. Unfortunately, if your child is in need of special education services, the school is not nearly as good. Parent concerns were ignored, downplayed, and then attacked. Testing in the area my child was admitted for was incomplete and forced my child's new school to completely re-test despite only 6 months between testing. Response to issues were contradictory, variable, and often inadequate. Music was unavailable through much of one year because the music room made the teacher ill. They have a part time nurse only. Any illness or injury that happens outside of those times is dealt with by office staff.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2005
Country Place Elementary School, Carrollton, Texas: (1) Quality of Academic Programs was adequate in variety but appeared to be of lesser quality than where we had come from in Seattle, WA; (2) Music/Arts/Sports availability was poorly- supported compared to others in the community, and other extracurricular activities were nonexistent; (3) level of parent involvement is difficult to access given our brief time there.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2004
My kids are at Pillow since Pre-K and they enjoyed every minute of it. It is a great feeling to know that my children have fun to learn and are happy to be there every day. This is the kind of environment every parent wishes for. 'Good learning, fun and safe.' Dr. Webb and the Staff are wonderful. I think it is impressive that the whole staff was willing to help tutor kids, who needed it in their spare time. Not only the staff of Pillow is great, also parents who work hard on making Pillow a great place. Everybody tries to work together to help out.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2004
We have two children at Pillow. We have had only good things to say about Pillow. When Dr. Webb took over as Principal, she ran the school with love in her heart for the children and teachers. Our kiddos both had Mrs. Walden for Pre-K, she was Pillow teacher of the year again this past year. The staff works so hard to help make our kids better students and young responsible citizens. They can not wait for the day to begin and are sorry when it ends. We give two thumbs way up for this school. We will help to keep Pillow Elementary shiney and bright for all who attend and all who will be coming in the future.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2004
My child has just completed Kindergarten at Pillow, and we could not be more pleased! The teaching staff is excellent, and the office staff and adminstration exceptional. Pillow is a very diverse school, and it is recognized and celebrated in many ways throughout the school year.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2004
This is a Exceptional school. My daughter has been attending her for the past 3 years and I have seen her grow with her peers and wonderful teachers. We will truly miss the Pillow Panthers when she attends middle school - we will not forget Dr. Webb and all of her wonderful staff.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2004
I have watched Linda Webb bring this school from an Acceptable rating to Exemplary in the past 3 years. The school is now nominated for a Blue Ribbon award. We will be moving at the end of this school year and I will greatly miss being able to bring my children to Pillow Elementary every day. I know they will be better people because of the time they spent attending this wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
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Pillow Elementary School
3025 Crosscreek Drive, Austin, TX  78757
(512) 414-2350
Last modified Pillow Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Pillow Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 66 reviews. Top