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Hilltop Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 571 students

 

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Posted May 3, 2014

My daughter has been at Hilltop for three years now and I really appreciate the focus on character building and creating a supportive school community, as well as keeping high academic standards. While I can't volunteer regularly, there are a number of parents who give considerable time and energy to the school which I think makes a big difference.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2013

Hilltop Elementary This is our sons 1st year at Hilltop and we have been very pleased with our experience so far. We are impressed with all staff, especially his teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2013

Great school with teachers who care about their students. There are fun events planned throughout the year that seem to help keep the parents involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2013

I simply love Hilltop and have loved my child's experience there. Mrs. Ross and Mrs Parkhurst are some of the best Kindergarten teachers hands down! And my son has love 1st grade with Ms. Austin. I think there has been some ups and downs with changes in the last 2 years but they are truly a great school and wonderful staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2012

this school is just wonderful. i am a 6th grader and i love it some of the staff members are RUDE! but overall i think the school has taught me couarge, perserveance and many more.... i came to this school with no math skills or reading skills my 3rd grade teacher mrs. jansen was VERY kind and taught me the right ways of math and reading... if u have her for any classes u are lucky ps. ms.v is very RUDE u cannot trust her i defintly recommoned this school :)


Posted August 20, 2010

Terrible school. There are several teachers that absolutely should not be teaching. A majority of the office staff is nothing but rude. I would not recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2007

I have two children at HillTop and truly appreciate their attention to detail in helping all their students to excel. Ms. Smith keeps the formula engaging and rewards students and teachers alike. We are very satisfied!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2007

My son has attended Hilltop since kindergarten and he is in 5th grade now. His teachers have all been wonderful and his 4th grade teacher really encouraged my son to be a reader. Several teachers started a Boys Book Club that meets after school. Hilltop has received national recognition for its character education and they have a value of the month they work on. My son serves on justice league (a peer review group), safety patrol, band, etc. The Hilltop Dancers are a great dance performance group for children. I like the principal Penny Smith -- she is very fair and responsive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2007

I have 2 children attending Hilltop and I love it! We have been at the school 4 years and have had quality teachers and have enjoyed all the activities the school has offered. Great staff and great families!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2006

Our son is just a day away from finishing full-time kindergarten and we feel the experience has been great at Hilltop. We also have him in the extended day program, which is an after school care program for kids in any grade. Despite a switch in teachers around the beginning of April, Kindergarten lessons and daily activities were continued with the same quality and schedule. I am not completely happy with the reading program as the books are sometimes so old the language is even obscure. Additionally, the woman in charge of tracking their progress is very nice, but english is her second language and it is unfortuantely apparent in her spelling and pronunciation - both of which I feel are extrememly important when teaching a child to read. THe principal ond office staff are great and the PTSA is not pushy or maffia-esque.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2005

My son just finished his kindergarten year, and honestly I must say that it was a disappoinment all around. The teacher was OK, the staff was OK. I must agree with the other parent this school is OK. I would NOT reccomend this school, especially for kindergarten. It has alot of room to improve. Everyone that I have talked to hates the 2 days a week kindergarten. It was very hard on our son! Overall we were very disappointed!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2005

This school seems to me to be exteremely average. There is nothing terrible about, but there doesn't seem to be anything that great about it either. My daughter seems vaguely inhappy there and quite bored. I would not reccomend it as a stellar learning institution.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2004

Both our children went completely through this school over the past 9 years. It is top notch. Excellent staff and management. Quality, involved parents. Decisions are made based on what is actually best for the students. We have made many family friends through our experiences at Hilltop.
—Submitted by a parent


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About these ratings

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.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
77%
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.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
78%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
73%
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.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
30%
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 59% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
62%
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 Students73%
Female64%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asian88%
Asian/Pacific Islander88%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Low income53%
Not low income79%
Special educationn/a
Not special education82%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students83%
Female89%
Male79%
Blackn/a
Asian82%
Asian/Pacific Islander82%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Low income93%
Not low income80%
Special educationn/a
Not special education87%
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 Students73%
Female74%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asian81%
Asian/Pacific Islander81%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Low income67%
Not low income74%
Special education50%
Not special education76%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students78%
Female82%
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asian75%
Asian/Pacific Islander75%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Low income58%
Not low income81%
Special education70%
Not special education79%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students78%
Female94%
Male66%
Blackn/a
Asian88%
Asian/Pacific Islander88%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Low income75%
Not low income78%
Special education50%
Not special education82%
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 Students66%
Female67%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asian67%
Asian/Pacific Islander67%
Hispanic46%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Low income48%
Not low income73%
Special educationn/a
Not special education69%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students85%
Female85%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asian73%
Asian/Pacific Islander73%
Hispanic69%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Low income76%
Not low income88%
Special educationn/a
Not special education90%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students67%
Female65%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asian60%
Asian/Pacific Islander60%
Hispanic46%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White72%
Low income60%
Not low income70%
Special educationn/a
Not special education72%
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 Students61%
Female60%
Male61%
Blackn/a
Asian73%
Asian/Pacific Islander73%
Hispanic40%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White63%
Low income44%
Not low income67%
Special educationn/a
Not special education64%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students75%
Female80%
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asian73%
Asian/Pacific Islander73%
Hispanic90%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Low income74%
Not low income76%
Special educationn/a
Not special education79%
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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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 58% 60%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 20% 7%
Hispanic 9% 20%
Two or more races 9% 6%
Black 3% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 111%N/A8%
Special education 111%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 225%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 18N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 13N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 65%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Nurse(s)
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Arts & music

Music
  • Band

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Susan Ardissono

Programs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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20425 Damson Rd
Lynnwood, WA 98036
Phone: (425) 431-7604

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