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Hilltop Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 579 students

 

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Posted September 11, 2013

I thinking hilltop elementary school is an excellent school. the techars are great and also very helpful. what I like about the school is if one of my kid has a problem, the issue is solved right away..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2013

ms. benion is the best teacher i have ever had for my son. this will be his last year with her and it makes us both sad. she is just awesome!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2012

This school is disorganized & low performing. The staff is rude and uncaring. The teachers are well...their efforts show on the students. All they seem to do best is yell at the poor kids. My next door family's 5 year old son refused to go to school on his 2nd week of Kindergarten after his teacher screamed and yelled at him. My other neighbor' s five year old daughter busted her head open on the playground, and no one knew about it! not the teacher, not the helpers outside that are supposed to be watching the kids...another student pointed out the child's bleeding head after the kids were already back in class. She had to have stitches and missed 2 days of school. If that isn't lack of child caring and supervision...I don't know what is. My son (who attends Kindergarten) was Kindergarten ready at 4, and on a first grade reading level at 5, after attending this school..he's going backwards. He's not challenged, he's bored, he's not moving forward. Academically, i think they focus on kids that are performing poorly, in all areas, and they do have a lot! But there's absolutely nothing that they do to challenge kids that are exceeding...and that's why this school is gets an From me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2008

Man awesome school the teachers are good and help the student alot and teach them the basics that will help them survive in life and in middle school and high school. they have a awesome fitness program and it keeps them fii. also they have a awesome music program. they have a winter perforance wich is awsome. also they make kids line up at the bus to get on after school if they ride a bus,so the students have maners and ect. your kid should come to this school. man this is the best school in the world!!!!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2006

Good school. However, I think the kids should have some more homework and more challenge.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2006

I am not impressed with this school and I am actually pleased to be moving to a much better district. For starters, I will say that the heart is there. The staff does try very hard to do things right. Unfortunatly, we did not have a good year. The first week was very disorganized and a bit hectic, and I thought perhaps it was just opening week issues, but they never seemed to go away. Also, there needs to be programs at this school for children who are excelling. My son was bored all year, and while he's too young to let it get him into trouble, the time might come if he's left unchallenged. In fact, he measured LOWER on his math scores after the year was over! So so education is unaceptable to me. Nice, but lacking.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2005

Hilltop has made some really good improvements as far as paying attention to each students need. There is great parent to teacher interaction and the school administration is great as well. This school is very strong about the improvement of each students reading levels and takes great lengths to work with parents to help their child if there is a problem. They have a soft ball team in the spring and some after school activities call the YES Club at certain times of the year as well. Their music program is great they work very hard to prepare for the performances that take place in the Spring. This is a great neighborhood school if you live in the neighborhood.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
57%
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

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
27%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
33%

2010

 
 
39%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
36%
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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
34%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
38%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
24%

2010

 
 
7%
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.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
37%
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 Students45%
Female42%
Male47%
Blackn/a
Asian90%
Asian/Pacific Islander77%
Hispanic28%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White53%
Low income42%
Not low income60%
Special educationn/a
Not special education47%
Limited English18%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students52%
Female61%
Male44%
Blackn/a
Asian80%
Asian/Pacific Islander69%
Hispanic34%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Low income51%
Not low income56%
Special educationn/a
Not special education52%
Limited English12%
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 Students51%
Female46%
Male54%
Black33%
Asian67%
Asian/Pacific Islander58%
Hispanic48%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income43%
Not low income87%
Special educationn/a
Not special education49%
Limited English27%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students62%
Female69%
Male58%
Black67%
Asian87%
Asian/Pacific Islander79%
Hispanic54%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income57%
Not low income87%
Special educationn/a
Not special education65%
Limited English27%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students46%
Female54%
Male40%
Black50%
Asian53%
Asian/Pacific Islander63%
Hispanic39%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income42%
Not low income67%
Special educationn/a
Not special education49%
Limited English27%
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 Students51%
Female62%
Male37%
Black50%
Asian73%
Asian/Pacific Islander63%
Hispanic43%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income45%
Not low income80%
Special educationn/a
Not special education55%
Limited English6%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students60%
Female70%
Male46%
Black58%
Asian87%
Asian/Pacific Islander74%
Hispanic50%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income54%
Not low income87%
Special educationn/a
Not special education64%
Limited English13%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students46%
Female49%
Male43%
Black33%
Asian60%
Asian/Pacific Islander47%
Hispanic45%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income42%
Not low income67%
Special educationn/a
Not special education51%
Limited English13%
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 Students56%
Female64%
Male48%
Blackn/a
Asian64%
Asian/Pacific Islander61%
Hispanic52%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income55%
Not low incomen/a
Special education8%
Not special education64%
Limited English15%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students62%
Female69%
Male55%
Blackn/a
Asian79%
Asian/Pacific Islander72%
Hispanic58%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low income60%
Not low incomen/a
Special education8%
Not special education71%
Limited English25%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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
Hispanic 51% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 18% 7%
White 11% 60%
Black 8% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 5% 1%
Two or more races 5% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 137%N/A8%
Special education 112%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 284%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 16N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 12N/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

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  • Rick Wisen

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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12250 24th Ave South
Seattle, WA 98168
Phone: (206) 433-2371

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