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Hillside Elementary School

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Posted August 5, 2014

My son attends hillside and was in second grade and I absolutely loved his teacher Mrs. Bender!! She was awesome and cares a lot for her students!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2014

I have to say I am very dissapointed in the quality of my son's teacher. My son is in 1st grade at Hillside. When we transferred here I expected his teach to show him around. His backpack was empty for the first week of school there. I emailed the teach only to find out she just noticed he had 3 sheets of math homework still in his cubby. She doesn't check their agendas to see if they wrote their homework before sending them home or to reply to parent's messages. I dont agree with their system they use to discipline students. Basically, they make them face the wall. I wish I could transfer him back to Greenwood.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2013

My son and daughter attend Hillside and are having a great year. Both of their teachers are willing to answer all my questions and have been very helpful. I like this school and have no issues as of now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

My daughter is enjoying this school. She also love her teacher and staff. The staff is kind and always teaches the student how to be creative and how to explore. The new environment is great. I daughter absolutely is in love with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2013

My daughter has had the best time in this school. Her teachers have been amazing. They have helped so much with identifying the areas she needed help with and then provided a game plan to help her improve. The extra time that has been taken to help, considering the class sizes is amazing. I have nothing for great things to say of this school and the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2013

My child is slated to go there. He has special needs. We are a week out from his first day and can't seem to get any answers from the staff about whether he will be morning or afternoon or who his teacher will be. Mew have called several times. When my husband went up there the secretary told him she had enough to do without monitoring phone calls all day long! She was extremely rude. Why would I want to send my child to a school like that? I believe we are a part of a team when it comes to ensuring that children get the best out of their education. If the staff is like this it doesn't make me very eager to leave my child in their hands to mold his mind.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2013

We have had my son at this school going on 3 yrs and it seems to be working well for him. Remember parents it is our job as parents to raise our children and assist the teachers in the teaching process at home so the children can get a better understanding through home life and school,life. If we don't reinforce what is taught at school on the homefront then you may feel like the school is letting you down. Parents take an interest in your students progress and see where you as a parent can help out. I would not move my son to a different school as he has made leaps and bounds while attending Hillside. Keep up the great work teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2013

The teachers and staff don't seem to really care about the students. They seemed shocked that we were so concerned about our son's learning and education. There are a few teacher's we have liked and a few we haven't. Can't wait to get further East where they actually care about education!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2013

ITS A VERY BAD SCHOOL.THE SCHOOL THERE DOES NOT HELP WITH BULLY PROBLEMS AND THE BULLY THERE IS IN 5TH GRADE !!!! MY DAUGHTER PUT UP A PETION AND THEY ARE REWARDING THE BULLY FOR BAD BEHAVIOR SO WATCH OUT WHAT SCHOOL YOU PUT YOUR CHILD IN ESPECIALLY HILLSIDE!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2012

When I was little I attended the school and it was the best, I loved it there with Mrs. Lloyd.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2010

I AM EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED WITH THIS SCHOOL & THE 2nd GRADE TEACHER. SHE IS NO HELP TO MY GRANDDAUGHTER & ACTUALLY PICKS ON HER TO THE POINT THAT MY GRANDDAUGHTER NOW HATES SCHOOL!! I AM NEW TO PUBLIS SCHOOLS & CANNOT BELIEVE THE HOW COMPLETELY DIFFERENT IT IS FROM PRIVATE SCHOOL...THE COMPLETE LACK OF CARE & CONCERN FOR THE STUDENTS!! THIS SCHOOL IS A MISERABLE FAILURE AS FAR AS I CAN SEE!!! WE'RE LOOKING INTO CHANGING AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!! IF YOU HAVE A CHOICE DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD HERE!!!


Posted May 10, 2010

This school has made every effort to support my students in a positive, safe, learning enviroment!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2009

Both of my children have gone to Hillside for the last 4 years. I volunteer at the school because I feel that it is important to be involved in my kids education. I have loved this school and every teacher but 1 has made every effort to work with my kids and other peoples kids. This school really cares about their kids. Our years of experience have been from 04-09 and we have not been disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2009

This school is horrible! I mean granted there are a few great teachers in the school and they all go above and beyond to help the students because they know what their families do. The PTA for this school isn't organized and doesn't do much for the kids. They have more fundraisers than I know what to do with (being on a military base, there are only so many people you can sell too. When all the other kids on your street are selling the same thing, and even the other schools are, it is impossible to sell. They really need to think about doing fundraisers that can be done over the Internet so we can send the information to our families. Door-to-door selling isn't the way to go) The staff in the office is pretty nice but not very informative.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2009

I am the grandmother of a kindergartener at Hillside Elementary. My granddaughter is really enjoying her first experience at Hillside. I know that she is doing good in school. When I talk with her weekly, she is always excited to tell me about what she is doing. If she is happy, I am happy.


Posted September 5, 2008

so far one of the least organized schools for young children I have seen. The staff is friendly, but not informative at all. I am concerned, but open minded that it will improove.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2008

I think this school is great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2007

My youngest son is at Hillside. Since coming from NY, he was depressed and did not want to go to school. Now he loves going to Hillside. His fourth grade teacher is wonderful and very caring. His reading teacher has helped him increase his reading level by three grades! When I go to Hillside, I always feel welcomed because everyone is so friendly and helpful. The principal is great and can help parents who speak only Spanish. There are 5 elementary schools on Ft. Lewis and I would say this is the best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2007

My daughter did 3 years at Hillside. She started out at Hillside in the 1st grade and the teacher she had was terrible. Apparently the teacher celebrated her 50th++ year of teaching during the time my daughter was in her class and she desperately needed to retire. When my daughter went in to the 2nd grade she had a wonderful teacher and then I found out they moved her 1st grade teacher to kindergarten. When she went into 3rd grade her teacher was wonderful but by the end of the year she wasn't as good as I hoped she was. Most of the problem we had with the school was the faculty. Especially the office lady who also watched the kids at recess. The school practices a type of discipline called ''Steps'' which in the long run was a glorified time out. At the end of the kids last recess the teacher would go down the list of kids and ask everyone if anyone had a ''Points and Concern'' with the student she named off. So if anyone had a problem with the kid in question they would tattle on them even if it was minor. The teacher would give them a point which was bad. If a child gained a certain amount of points then the he/she would be sent to time out. Sometimes if the points got to high the parents were called in. Also my daughters last teacher thought she had ADHD. So I took her in to get tested and come to find out she didn't have it. My daughter is now in [another school] and she is so much happier then she ever was in Hillside. Boy I wish I had put her in [the other school] earlier. So be warned if you have to put your kid in Hillside. I would try not to and go to another school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2007

My son is in A.M. Kindergarten with hours of 8:00 to 10:37 which is the first problem.Before arriving at Fort Lewis my son attended school in Georgia, class was from 7:50 a.m. to 2:25 p.m. and he was learning a lot (they would spend a week studying one letter and number at a time where as here they go through a letter and number per day at times).My son made the kindergarten honor roll and received The Eager Beaver award in GA. When he arrived here it seem as though all of the skills he did so well in had decreased (he started writing his name like a beginner).I never receive graded papers home and when I go to pick him up the teacher wouldn't mention anything about his progress unless I ask, and then she would only say negative things.Honestly, my son has learned more in Pre-K then here.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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 65% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
64%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
49%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
44%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
56%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
22%

2010

 
 
29%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

All Students55%
Female53%
Male57%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic56%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White61%
Low income47%
Not low income77%
Special educationn/a
Not special education60%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students67%
Female77%
Male57%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic56%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Low income63%
Not low income77%
Special educationn/a
Not special education73%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

All Students48%
Female48%
Male47%
Black30%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic64%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White48%
Low income44%
Not low income57%
Special educationn/a
Not special education53%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students69%
Female71%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic73%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White65%
Low income70%
Not low income64%
Special educationn/a
Not special education71%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students39%
Female39%
Male38%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic46%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White35%
Low income33%
Not low income57%
Special educationn/a
Not special education41%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

All Students62%
Female72%
Male50%
Black58%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic62%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White65%
Low income59%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education70%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students75%
Female72%
Male78%
Black54%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic69%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Low income72%
Not low incomen/a
Special education60%
Not special education78%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students58%
Female59%
Male56%
Black50%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic46%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Low income56%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education62%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 52% 60%
Hispanic 19% 20%
Black 15% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 6% 1%
Two or more races 5% 6%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 13%N/A8%
Special education 111%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 269%N/A44%
Source: 1 WA OSPI, 2009-2010
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student-teacher ratio

  This school District averageState average
Students per classroom teacher 20N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 11N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 50%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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Garcia Blvd and Magnolia Blvd
Fort Lewis, WA 98433
Phone: (253) 583-5280

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