This is a very good school for all children. Counselors are always there to help troubled kids or through family problems, kids get rewards for doing well. Some teachers are mean, but you can expect that from any school. Some teachers do give a lot of homework, but mostly its the honors group that gets the majority of the homework. And it is Jr. High, you are going to get 7 classes worth of homework. That will be hard for new students, but everyone has to go though it. School is very important, and while it might not be the only concern a child has, it is a major concern. I would recomend Hillcrest for any child.
My child goes to this school and hates it. It is confusing to new students and parents. The teachers are very good but some of them give too much homework and students have other things to worry about besides school.