HILLCREST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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30 MARGUERITE DR
OAKLAND, CA 94618
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Phone: 510-879-1270
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 10
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Low
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Kindergarten - 8th Grade
  • District: Oakland Unified School District
  • Students/Teacher: 20:1
  • Students/Grade: 33.3
  • Number Students: 300
  • Number Teachers: 17
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 5135
  • Poverty Level: 6 - 15.9 PERCENT
  • Number Computers: 50
  • Principal: Ms Lissa Hines
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (37 ratings)
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    School Reviews (27 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-01-13
    "This is a really good school. The academics are very good - and the principal has made sure there has been a lot of professional development to ensure teachers are prepared for the switch to Common Core. The PTA makes up for funding gaps from OUSD to provide Art, Music, Computer, Spanish, PE and Library. It is amazing how hard some parents work for this school, and how much the PTA provides us. The school is also more diverse than I would have expected. As another reviewer has mentioned, the art teacher last year was not good and her complaint about working for the PTA is strange, as there would be no Art at the school without the PTA! Good news is the Art Teacher this year is fantastic! The principal works very hard, but may not be the best communicator to parents. She cares very much for the kids and does her best for the school. Teacher quality does vary. All in all, not a perfect school, but a very good one that we love."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-11-26
    "My child is in kindergarten, so we're new to the school. I find it too academic for kids that age sometimes (very focused on learning to read, etc.) but I'm pretty sure all the CA public schools are this way right now and the kids also get to do a lot of fun activities. I'm not sure why there have been some complaints about the principal in reviews here, she seems great so far and I haven't heard anything negative about her from actual parents. The school is also more diverse than one might expect from its reputation."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-11-13
    "My kids spent a few years at Hillcrest and then switched schools. It is not a perfect school. The principal is hardworking but she is a very polarizing presence, and a lot of teachers are pretty disgruntled. Some teachers are good, a few are great, some are pretty terrible. The parent community, like the teachers, are also a mixed bag. But I do have to address that one comment from the art teacher, because it's biased. Last year we had a HORRIBLE art teacher who only lasted one year. She seriously did nothing with the kids, and we parents were pretty mad about it. Is that negative review from her? Probably. I hear the new art teacher is much better. And yes, the PTA pays for art and that's not ideal, but on the other hand THE PTA PAYS FOR ART. So there you go! An unbiased review from a former parent."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-11-13
    "1. Learning happens. It is not unusual for grades to complete their curriculum for the school year in advance. Test scores for most are very high and students are generally quite prepared for middle school or high school. External support plays a major role, but Hillcrest delivers the goods. 2. The principal provides budget and programming for faculty professional development. 3. Some of the teachers are exceptional. All of the teachers work hard. 4. The parent community adds incredible value. They drive for field trips, assist in classrooms/library/computer lab, produce academic and extracurricular programming, upgrade and maintain the gardens and facilities, purchase and implement technology, organize the community service program, recognize and reward teachers and staff, and... raise hundreds of thousands of dollars each year. 5. The K-8 student body is small, around 300 children. With smaller numbers in each grade, it sometimes means not every child finds a good fit socially. 6. In our time at the school sports participation was a big part of the culture. Social standing among boys especially was connected with sports."
    Teacher Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-05-23
    "Art teachers beware. Would strongly recommend working at a different school. Facilities and communication very, very poor. Hired by PTA which is inconsistent with management."
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