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PK-5
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Fort Lewis, WA
Students enrolled: 435

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Garcia Blvd and Magnolia Blvd
Fort Lewis, WA 98433

(253) 583-5280
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November 06, 2014
I love the school and staff. My son is here in his 2nd year. His teachers challenge him and he is doing outstanding. I couldn't ask for a better teacher. He had ms Floyd in Kindergarten and ms Evans now in 1st grade.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 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
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
December 07, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
October 06, 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!!!

- submitted by a community member
May 10, 2010
This school has made every effort to support my students in a positive, safe, learning enviroment!

- submitted by a parent
no rating 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
no rating 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
no rating April 03, 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.

- submitted by a community member
November 24, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating September 05, 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
January 17, 2008
I think this school is great!

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
April 07, 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
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
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
December 14, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2005
I recently pulled my child out of another school and placed her at hillside. I have been very pleased with her progress and the level of education that my daughter has been receiving there.

- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2004
My son went in 1st grade and we noticed he had a reading problem, we brought it to the attention of the teacher and she suggested he had ADHD. Considering she was never there because of 'personal problems ' that the children knew about and my son came home crying because she would yell at the class I still took him to get checked out. He was promoted to 2nd grade and still he had a problem reading, they said he 'knew how but chose not to read' and promoted him to 3rd saying 'we don't fail beccause it brings down their self-esteem.' We sent him to GA and he had a 1.2 reading level. he stayed in 2nd. Now he is in 4th grade with a 4.8 reading level in GA. The school has a denial system. I will home school if we have to go back!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 14, 2004
I am mad that the kindergarden class is only 2 1/2 hours long. When my daughter is use to going to school all day long. She has been going to school since she was 3 yrs old. and she was going all day long. Now, were stationed at Ft. Lewis and I do not think she is getting the help that she needs for her speech. She tells me she hates school and she use to tell me that she loved to go to school.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2004
The teachers don't seem to communicate with the parents in my experience at hillside. My son started Kindergarten this year and I found out there was stuf that I was supposed to be doing that I was never told about, so did other parents, I would like to see more communication ~ other than that it was fine.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2004
The biggest problem with this school is their lack of parent involvement from the front office to the teachers. Every time I contact teachers or the front office, I am treated as more of a nuisance rather than a concerned parent. Teacher quality is low and communication with them is very difficult. This school is far behind other schools my children have attended. There is a lot of room for much needed improvement. Definitely not a parent friendly school.

- submitted by a parent
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Hillside Elementary School
Garcia Blvd and Magnolia Blvd, Fort Lewis, WA  98433
(253) 583-5280
Last modified Hillside Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Hillside Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 29 reviews. Top