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HILLCREST HIGH SCHOOL
16005 HIGHLAND AVE
JAMAICA, NY 11432
718-658-5407
Principal : David Morrison
Total no of students : 3100
Educational Climate : AVERAGE
Special Ed : N
Magnet : N
Technology Measure : LOW
ESL : N
Student Teacher Ratio : 22
Start Date : 09/07
End Date : 06/09
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Reviews

Academics   2016-09-01
The teachers are very respectful and diverse. There is so much elective classes like business and nursing.


Academics   2014-12-01
Hillcrest High School is very diversed high School located in queens NY my daughter is in the Pre Teaching Learning Comm. She loves the curriculum and her teachers. Her goal in life is to become a English Professor.


Academics   2014-02-01
The academics offered at this school is the best. Not too much work, but also not too less. They give you a decent amount of work. They do often give you a lot of work to imagine how it would be to be in a college or a university. Teachers occasionally give extra credit work in case you are close to failing a class. They are very prominent to their work, and I appreciate that.


Academics   2013-10-01
This school offers general classes and quite a few AP/honors classes. Most of my classes are honors and though they were talented at first, the teachers were great at telling me what to do and I passed ALL of them. This school is very serious about its academics and offers great teachers, it's just up to the students to utilize what they are given.


Academics   2013-09-01
There is a variety of classes that kids can take and ask for. We have a variety of AP classes and honors classes if people want to take it. We also offer College Now classes to know a feeling of how college is or go to an actual college to take the class. AP classes especially I've heard was alot of work and was in the college level area. I think that its good for students to take that challenge.


Academics   2013-02-01
we all are working hard to do well to make the school best


Educational Outcomes   2015-05-01
I was very prepared to face the challenges I had to face because my teachers always told us stories about their experiences in college. Also, they told us to work very hard and strive for the best because many students who goes to college are the best of the best, so there was no need for any mistakes. I believe my high school told us and prepared us for what I expected in my college career.


Educational Outcomes   2013-07-01
I've loved being part of my high school for these past years. The staff and faculty are so helpful and willing to assist the students succeed. They genuinely care about the better of the kids and go out of their way to help them achieve their goals. I feel like because college is such a different experience compared to high school, it's pretty hard being 100% ready for college. But the teachers have done their job excellently. The only thing that stands in the way of the student and success in college is their own willingness to learn and succeed.


Overall Experience   2016-09-01
I love my school. I love going to class especially in science, math and social studies including Global History and US History.


Overall Experience   2016-05-01
The academic involvement in student government and sports makes this school unique to me. I would love to go back and redo my high school days and the only thing I would change is being more involved in more activities.


Overall Experience   2016-03-01
Hillcrest High school js one of the best schools in New york City . I highly recommend new immigrant students to attend Hillcrest HS because Teacher/staff always encourages students to stay on task and always motivates them with their best. Every staff members tries to enpower students and adults in Hillcrest are very polite and students are respectful. This school highly affects the students education and parental supports are always available for student whenever they needed. I love the grading policies in Hillcrest and they always tries to give the best opportunities as they can, Hillcrest provides a lot of programs and organizations/clubs and atlethic teams to make sure that students are on task and able to take more challenge and discipline themself to accomplish something new everyday. Hillcrest has such a thing called SLC meaning Small Learning Communities which also helps students to seperate their future enrollments and processes for their future careers/profession goals. There are 8 SLC careers and each oof the SLCs are very deductive and very productive families.


Overall Experience   2015-12-01
when first entering the building i knew so little of what awaited me in the future. When first entering the building i was lost and confused, i didn't think i was going to transform into the young adult i am today. Today i am a public speaker and community service volunteer for many organizations. I have gained titles such as sergeant of the NYPD Explorers, Founding member of the Hillcrest High School book club, Cross country team member and Mock Trial team lawyer and more all in the matter of three years. This school has taken me above and beyond and it wouldn't have been possible without the help and loving support of the school staff and administration here at Hillcrest High School. This school is unique because of its small learning communities, placing students in a learning environment where the student next you is passionate about the same subject/career as you or interested in a career of some sort in a much similar field. I would do it all over again simply because it got my foot in the door to so many places such as NYU and Culumbia University and because it shaped me into someone i never thought i could be.


Overall Experience   2015-12-01
Hillcrest high school has given me reasons to want to be in school. I've been given the opportunities to study law, which I am passionate about, continue my violin playing career, and even be active in volleyball, for which I also have a passion for. Teachers have prepared me well enough that I can confidently say I am ready for college, and beyond.


Overall Experience   2015-10-01
I love the fact that the school keeps you inform about events, college updates, pta meeting and tutoring for students


Overall Experience   2015-10-01
the teachers are very helpful and are always there for you when ever you have a problem


Overall Experience   2014-06-01
My school is unique because it has small learning communities. This makes it easier for students to get in contact with their guidance counselors and it is easier for students to ask for help. The small learning communities also have career choices and assist students in taking class for the career choices they want. For example there is a pre-med community for students interested in the medical field.


Overall Experience   2015-01-01
My overall experience at Hillcrest has been great. I am glad that I decided to come here and I would do it all over again. The small learning communities are unique in this school. Having different guidance counselors for each one is great. The staff is very helpful.


Overall Experience   2013-11-01
One of my favorite experiences at this school ws eing given a multiple amount of oppurtunities to practice my craft of teaching.


Overall Experience   2013-09-01
I absolutely love this school. We are broken up into SLC's which allow us to make friends easily.


Student Culture & Diversity   2015-01-01
Everyone is accepted at this school regardless of your race, gender, or sexual orientation. It is very diverse. People usually stick to people that are just like them but have other friends as well. There is no hate towards others because of their race. People speak many different languages.


Student Culture & Diversity   2014-06-01
The diversity in the school is extremely high from grades to religious values.


Student Culture & Diversity   2013-11-01
My personal standpoint is that the school that i attend is very accepting. They have a various amounts of clubs, organizations, and other oppurtunities for students to feel both comforatable within the school, and in the classroom. All sexual orientions, races, and ethnicities are openly welcomed and surely not overlooked.


Teachers   2016-09-01
My teachers strive to help me. Even when it is not educated related, they help me get through problems.


Teachers   2016-04-01
Teachers at Hillcrest High School honestly care for their students. They go above and beyond to make sure they are on the right track for graduating and on prepared for the real world. They use their past experiences to motivate us to go above and beyond. When a student need tutoring, the teachers make sure that they come. The do everything humanely possible to make sure all their students pass their regents exam. Some teachers even go out of their way and come to schol on Saturdays to tutor struggling students.


Teachers   2016-05-01
The teachers encourage students to go above standards that others set for them.


Teachers   2015-12-01
THE TEACHERS ARE VERY HELPFUL AND ARE ALWAYS THERE TO HELP YOU WHEN YOU NEED HELP


Teachers   2015-03-01
The teachers at this school are a huge part of what makes this school great. Even when things get rough, the teachers are always there willing to provide assistance. Mr. Panepinto and Mr. Shult from the Academy of Media, Arts, & Music have been helping students, including me, since freshman year. They gave and continue to give an outpouring of support, and work hard to help students in the best way they can. They've done a lot of great things for this school. I can't imagine what high school would have been like without them. Thankful for all the teachers here and how much they've helped and continue to help.


Teachers   2014-12-01
of the teaches that my daughter has had over the past couple of years all ere very good.


Teachers   2014-09-01
Teachers at this school are so caring . They truly respect their students . Teachers go above and beyond to instill good qualities in their students .


Teachers   2013-08-01
I absolutely love all the teachers at this school! They are so passionate, caring, and willing to help any student that requires some extra attention. Some teachers have even asked for feedback from the students so they can improve their teaching skills. All the teachers seem very knowledgeable about their subjects, for many of them have been in the school for a very long time. It's very easy to create a strong bond with the teachers. Some teachers stay for after-school activities that they may not necessarily be even paid for! Teachers and students are like family in this school. I keep in touch with most of them.


Teachers   2013-05-01
The teachers are respectful and dependable. Some of them have been teaching for more than 10 years. They relate lessons to the real world that we live in. They make their lessons entertaining so the students wouldnt get bored and would understand.


Teachers   2013-04-01
Most of the teachers and their teaching styles are really good ad helps us understand everything.


Teachers   2013-08-01
My teachers are very help full and motivating.


Teachers   2013-08-01
The teachers in my school each have their own set way of grading that they follow. Some are more strict than others depending on the course of the class or the teacher. Overall the let us know in the beginning of the year what's expected of us and how ill work would be graded.


Teachers   2014-06-01
The teaching is great and they are always open to help students in need.


Teachers   2014-04-01
Teachers go above and beyond


Teachers   2014-03-01
I love the teachers at my school they will do anything for us to pass


Teachers   2014-02-01
Teachers in this school have done a lot. They go above and beyond most of the time because they want students to see that school isn't all fun and games, students need to understand what real life is about. Teachers here teach excellent, they give real world examples sometimes which helps students understand, and they have very good communication skills.


Teachers   2013-10-01
The teachers that have taught me and I have gotten to know are pretty great. Most of them love what they teach and they go above and beyond to explain what they are trying to convey. There are some teachers that has been there way too long and have been teaching the same thing for the past few years. Some needs to be replaced, but most are great and they do an outstanding job.


Teachers   2013-09-01
They are a good group or leaders.


Teachers   2015-02-01
Most of the teachers at Hillcrest care about you. They will work with you to make sure that you understand what you are doing. They want everyone to succeed and have good grades.


Teachers   2015-01-01
I think most of the teachers are knowledgeable and show interest in the students. There are some teachers that go out to their way to help students but there's no doubt that any teacher would help a student if the student approaches them.


Teachers   2015-12-01
Most of the teachers that I have are very approachable, and always give me opportunities that are once in a lifetime, and things that will prepare me for the future.


Teachers   2015-12-01
This school has become one of the best public school . This school was once listed one of the worst unsafe schools in queens.


Teachers   2016-01-01
Teachers in Hillcrest HS are really approachable and engages their teaching lessons with students that are struggling too.


Teachers   2016-01-01
At Hillcrest High School, all of the teachers most definitely go above and beyond to make sure the students understand the material and are in good hands. The teachers are effective and they treat us students with the utmost of respect. Being at Hillcrest for the last four years has been very awsome and I will miss all of the teachers when I graduate.


Teachers   2015-12-01
The teachers in my school are helpful to students.


Teachers   2015-12-01
Some teachers at my school are admirable for the outstanding work they do to provide student with educational work and give students a better understanding on how to apply in a every day basis. Some of the teachers, you can go to talk about personal issues and they would provide you with guidance.


Teachers   2016-04-01
They are very respectful, kind and care about students.


Teachers   2016-06-01
Starting Hillcrest I personally felt like i had NO problems. I did very well in each sujects and tired very hard to stay focus.


Teachers   2016-03-01
Most teachers are distinct from one another as to some have unorthodox teaching methods. These methods push students to their full potential and urge them to think outside of the box, which to me is remarkable because this generation needs more critical thinkers. Some teachers are also very structured in their lessons and this helps students have an organized way of thinking.


Teachers   2016-03-01
The teachers at my school treat all students with the same respect disregarding race, ethnicity, background, or culture. They guide students in the right path especially giving advice about college and future career choices.


Teachers   2016-02-01
The teachers that I had to come in contact with were beyond sportive and gave me the resources I needed.


Teachers   2016-02-01
Teachers at my school are very helpful. I'm always able to reach out to my teachers when I'm struggling in a topic and they are always willing to help me.


Teachers   2016-01-01
There are some teachers that you can just "connect" with. They will be there for you when you need their assistance if so. Other than that, their teaching is fine because most teachers will answer the questions you have. Visit them in their office hours, they are more happily to assist you!!


Teachers   2016-04-01
I think my school is overall really great. They have good teachers who really make you understand the lesson. Also, a lot of technology is used to enhance our learning. I am going to miss this school when I leave and I am sure that other students will also miss this school.


Teachers   2016-03-01
Most teachers are very engaging except for a few.


Teachers   2016-09-01
The teachers at my school are great. They work with you and won't be content if you do not succeed. Their lessons are engaging and they make you pay attention. Teachers are understanding and they do understand if you have any problems. If you give them respect, it will pay off for you in the end.


Teachers   2016-08-01
I believe most teachers understand when the class is struggling and will take an extra day or two to review the lesson


Student Culture & Diversity   2013-10-01
The social scene at this school is pretty much average because there are peer pressure in every school but what makes this school different, is that it is avoidable. Most of these students are disciplined to know right from wrong. It's only up to you what path you want to follow.


Student Culture & Diversity   2013-09-01
Here are challenges and pressure that makes you learn more like any other school.


Student Culture & Diversity   2013-09-01
the diversity of the students in the school is very diverse culture around the school many students come from similar and different parts of the world


Student Culture & Diversity   2013-09-01
Everyone pretty much gets along at times.


Student Culture & Diversity   2013-08-01
My school is very culturally diverse so there's no way you could ignore or not be aware of others cultures. Some people may still be ignorant towards another but friend groups are usually a mix. There's so many different types of ethnicities and religions that its actually an eye- opener.


Student Culture & Diversity   2013-08-01
My school is racially diverse. There are races ranging from African Americans to Hispanic to Indians. My school had a bad reputation in the past but has now come a long way. My school currently has an A rating. There is really no peer pressure as I didn't experience any.


Student Culture & Diversity   2013-08-01
The school is like a melting pot! It illustrates New York to me. You'll meet people from literally across the globe! Everyone gets along for the most part although there is some intolerance here and there. We have many events during the school year specifically for those new to the country. This helps them open up to other students of different races/religions which educates the students and makes them more accepting and open-minded. It really helps bring unity to the school. There are cliques, but not as many as you'd expect.


Student Culture & Diversity   2013-06-01
The social scene at this school is actually pretty good. We have a variety of different clubs and sports that anyone can fit into. We don+t have racial issue at my school. Everyone becomes friends at one point. Students are very involved with school. We have student government and teachers like to involve us in activities around the school.


Student Culture & Diversity   2013-04-01
There is no peer pressure in the school. There is plenty of acceptance with people who are of different ethnic groups or of the lgbt community. This school has any expectional amount of student involvemnet in and out of the community.


Student Culture & Diversity   2014-06-01
Hillcrest High School is the best high school. It has many teachers to help assist students with any questions. There are ways students can create their own clubs and students are always feel comfortable to ask questions or discuss issues. The cultural diversity of my school is greatly accepted.


Student Culture & Diversity   2013-03-01
There are alot of students in my school that is diverse. The ethnic groups vary from African-Americans to chinese. Everyone is accepted since everyone is different in religion and race.


Overall Experience   2013-09-01
i like this school. I learned a lot of new ways of living like a community and made new friends and learned new experiences.


Overall Experience   2015-10-01
There are many opportunities that are provided to all students and because there is a small learning community it makes it easier to have a better relationships with other students and teachers.


Overall Experience   2013-08-01
This school wasn't my first choice but I've had some really great experiences. It also has courses and some teachers who are actually Interested In their students education. I was able to have theatre as a major and still take all my pre-med classes which this balance of work taught me so much. I've built up a lot of characteristics through Highschool that hopefully would continue to help me throughout college.


Overall Experience   2013-08-01
My experience at this school has been very good. I enjoyed my time at Hillcrest High School. I've had many friends and met very helpful teachers. Even though the school is large, there are many classes to accommodate all the students. They have classes that help students with their specific SLC (small learning community).


Overall Experience   2013-08-01
My high school experience has been great!! My favorite part has been the teachers who I now consider my friends! They are all so giving and caring. They've made me not just book smart, but street smart as well! The students are all accepting and diverse. There are some that are not so tolerant, but if you're lucky, you can befriend them too, I have so many friends from all over the world and it has made me just that much more accepting and open-minded. I wouldn't mind doing it all over!


Overall Experience   2013-07-01
While it all appeared daunting during my first year of being at Hillcrest High School, I came to learn that the friends I made and the teachers I met would help shape me into the active student I am today. Although Hillcrest is pretty packed with its student populace(over 3,000), I had the chance to meet students from all ethnicity's and backgrounds, giving my student life a bit of diversity. The teachers at Hillcrest are always open to lend a hand tot their students, sharing with them their experiences to both high school and college life, as well as extra help regarding their own classes. With a serviceable staff and high achieving students, being at Hillcrest High School is an experience I will never forget.


Overall Experience   2013-05-01
My school made me take challenge courses that made me struggle alot through out my high school experience.


Overall Experience   2013-05-01
my school may not be considered the best but it is amazing it does more then academic gestures for us. it opens our minds to try new things. never would I thought I would play an string instrument but my music teacher has encouraged me to continued until I graduate Love my school.


Overall Experience   2013-05-01
Overall, Hillcrest is a good school. We have great staff and mentors that guide us to reach our academic goals. It is a large school and sometimes the hallways get overcrowded. Other than that, this school is amazing and has great thinkers who constantly does well in school.


Overall Experience   2013-04-01
My expierience at Hillcrest was pretty good. The teachers push you to make sure that you graduate on time. The environment is very supportive


Overall Experience   2013-04-01
I love the school and I made a lot of friends as well. It was a great experience and most of my teachers were great.


Overall Experience   2014-06-01
My overall experience is that the school was pretty good.


Overall Experience   2014-03-01
I came into this school my sophomore year and I made a lot of friends but now I have a few close friends in my school either way I still love the school I'm the best in my classes I'm the captain of the track team and this school makes you want to do better for yourself the students and teachers wants everyone to do better for their selfs.


Overall Experience   2014-01-01
I met so many great people here and love love them all. they are so different and in ways I connect to them all. I meet new people every year due to our school musicals or even going to a new class. These people will be life long friends of mine.


Overall Experience   2013-10-01
The school is okay. Some students are quite snobby while others are really friendly. No one is worth making friends because a lot of them turn on each other when opportunity offers. Education and teachers are pretty nice, although its time for some old teachers to retire already, because they keep messing up the plans. Various opportunities to make up work.


Overall Experience   2013-10-01
Though with it's many flaws and scars, I love this school. I love the diversity of it because I made so many great friends that I would've probably never talk to, if I hadn't met them in this school. I learned so much about different cultures, languages and different foods. Without this experience, I would be close minded and never would've met as many great people that I have met in this school.


Overall Experience   2013-10-01
This school is a great place and offers many different courses and will help you figure out or at least get you in the right path of what you want to do when you get to college and the sports are great and so are the teachers.


Overall Experience   2013-09-01
I have made friends for a lifetime.


Overall Experience   2013-09-01
I attend again because its just a fun experience besides the medal detectors that they have that ruins my mood in the morning. This school helps you in so much and can lead you to having a great future and in your part all you have to do is focus and study and you'll get your goals done. You'll meet so many great people and have so many great memories to share about with others.


Overall Experience   2013-09-01
I love my school. I've joined the Law team, met great people, and my grades have really improved from when I first came.


Overall Experience   2013-09-01
my overall experience so far at my school has been the best past 3 years of my life so far the school is not bad and the students are friendly and so is the staff ive learn alot so far in my school and even though its my last year being here i know i will enjoy it


Overall Experience   2015-09-01
Everything is okay as long you know what you are doing


Overall Experience   2015-06-01
Hillcrest High School is great. While it is not the perfect school and doesn't have the best record it's a excellent place for learning. The teachers don't just teach the set curriculum to prepare students for college, but they teach us how to be prepared for life. That is one of the best things I could ever ask for in a school.


Overall Experience   2015-06-01
This school may not have the best reputation but I do not blame the staff or school because they try to make the school as best as possible. The students who attend are the ones to blame because they usually go to school to compete in fashion trends or clubs outside of school. School is not all about the socializing but about learning and getting a proper education for the future.


Overall Experience   2015-08-01
Hillcrest High School is great , because it has help me from the last 3 years , teachers are very helpful and kind . My favorite experiences is that we get more than one opportunity to get what we need to graduate . What make this school unique is that it's wonderful for everyone and also safe .


Overall Experience   2015-07-01
I LOVE THIS SCHOOL AND I WILL ALWAYS COME BACK TO VISIT IT BECAUSE I'VE HAD GREAT EXPERIENCES.


Overall Experience   2015-07-01
It's been a really great school!


Overall Experience   2015-07-01
Its a good school that offers many opportunities to succeed.


Overall Experience   2015-07-01
This school really helped me improve on my English language and it also helped me with my education. I learned a lot and met knew people who also helped in my school work. What's unique about this school is that they give second chances to student who are failing classes.If i could do it all over i would choose this school again because of my experience, the teachers, the students and my accomplishment


Overall Experience   2015-07-01
Hillcrest is a good school. The teachers are very helpful and my counselor is also helpful.


Overall Experience   2015-12-01
The PTA is a great group of people.


Overall Experience   2015-10-01
If you attend this school you will get a very good education, but only if you work for it. Teachers are not afraid to fail you and that is one of best things about this school. The teachers genuinely care about getting students to college; only if the students themself care. Some students can be very loud, unattentive, and rude, especially in the hallways during classes, but if a child stays focused, these distractions will not affect them. Overall this school is a great place to continue the path to college.


Overall Experience   2015-12-01
I love how the environment is.


Overall Experience   2016-06-01
I had a blast there.


Overall Experience   2016-01-01
For the past four years that I have attended Hillcrest, my experience has been wonderful. I have had outstanding teachers, became friends with many children from different ethnic backgrounds and I enjoy the fact that everyone acts like a family. What makes this school unique is the diversity. I would choose this school again because not only is the teaching effective, but the environment is safe due to the school's security and scanners.


Overall Experience   2016-03-01
This school has been underestimated by many but to me, Hillcrest offers so many great opportunities that students often overlook because some just don't care. However, for the people who do care, their lives have been changed and Hillcrest has contributed to molding each of their students' personalities and share the success to where they are now. It particularly amazes me that the 2016 graduating class is a group of empowered, intelligent, and responsible seniors who are recipients of prestigious scholarships like Coca-Cola, or New Visions. Some have been accepted to the Macaulay Honors Program. Last year, a Hillcrest student was accepted to Yale University. With all these accomplishments,who would have thought that Hillcrest would rise to the top and have students that have the capabilities of succeeding. It is indeed the student body which makes Hillcrest great. We may not be like Bronx Science or Brooklyn Tech, but we definitely have the motivation to be just as prominent and confident as they are.


Overall Experience   2016-02-01
Ive enjoyed the experiences I had


Overall Experience   2016-02-01
My favorite experience of being in Hillcrest is getting to be Senior Class President of student government. It helps me a lot with my leadership qualities and I know it's leading me in the right direction.


Overall Experience   2016-01-01
The staff there are really encouraging. The college office is great !!


Overall Experience   2016-01-01
It's great, most of the parents are supportive and involved with their child's education.


Overall Experience   2016-04-01
This is a very large school but the administrators make sure that everyone gets into proper classes.


Educational Outcomes   2014-11-01
Overall, in terms of preparation for college, it definitely helped with being able to understand what goes on in the college world.


Educational Outcomes   2014-06-01
Many kids end of graduating with honors and attending the schools of their dreams.


Academics   2013-10-01
Academics offered include general classes according to the small learning communities within the school that specialize in a particular career field. But some students are given honors classes just for being in an important small learning community, regardless of their abilities. AP classes are available, although some AP classes have been canceled from the school curriculum, such as AP Physics, AP Chemistry,etc. The scheduling of student programs are magnanimously disorganized and constantly changes due to overcrowding.


Academics   2013-03-01
the academics offered in this school are very good but it depends on the students if they want to reach and grab these opportunities or they let it slip.


Academics   2013-09-01
it offers honors classes and AP classes. Students could take any of these choices to help them look good for college.


Academics   2013-10-01
The school offers a lot of classes and the teachers are great and they teach greatly. These are the thins that make a great school.


Academics   2015-02-01
There are classes for everyone at different levels. There are many AP classes offered and honors courses as well. The workload is different based on the type of class it is.


Academics   2014-02-01
Compared to the academics and how the school was run 10+ years ago my school's overall curriculum and courses have improved and there is an increase in those who take the classes.


Academics   2013-08-01
The school offers AP/honors classes. Students are encouraged to take any different classes and electives, but in some cases some fail to do so due to being academically unstable.


Academics   2013-08-01
The academics offered at my school includes general and advanced classes. There are normal, honors, and AP classes based on the students' performance. There are many elective classes students can take based on their SLC, which is their Small Learning Community. For example, BizTek (Business and Technology) would have computer and business related electives. The AP classes offered are an intense course that take a lot of work. Many of the teachers are there to help students during their free time if they don't understand something.


Academics   2013-08-01
The academics offered in school is variant. This school offers a load of standard classes. If students want to challenge themselves, the school also offers advanced classes to develop the students' intelligence.


Academics   2013-08-01
At Hillcrest High School, the academics department has much to offer students in terms of classes, helpful teachers, and educational fun. With classes, a wide variety of courses can be taken, from AP Calculus to Wood Shop, there's plenty in store for any student who wants to diversify their schedule. Teachers for these classes are respectable and helpful, lending advice when necessary, doing whatever they can to aid the student in terms of academics, future plans for higher education, or just plain life. Work is rigorous but manageable, and comes not just to keep students busy, but to help maintain their mastery of the material taught throughout the day.


Academics   2013-05-01
The academics offered include general classes, college courses and AP/honors classes. The workload for advance classes and college courses class can be intense.


Academics   2013-04-01
The knowledge we earn is very precious.


Academics   2013-03-01
certain people who deserve to be in AP classes are not put in AP classes. The worload can sometimes be overwhelming in AP classes but those cabable of being in an AP or honors class are not placed in AP or honors classes.


Academics   2014-01-01
the have different small learning community's, Pre-med, Health Careers, Theatre, Biz Tek, Senior Academy, Humanities, Public Service and Law, and Newcomers. Each slc has their own set of teachers for every subject. It varies on how the teacher wants you to learn and how they decide to teach the material. Just because you are apart of one scl doesnt mean you wont have only those teachers. You have a mixed set of teachers.


Academics   2014-06-01
There are a number of honors and advanced placement classes.


Academics   2014-04-01
Students are very dedicated and get the help they need when needed


Academics   2015-12-01
My goverement class we talk about everything that happens in this world.


Academics   2016-08-01
In my school, the academic curriculum that is offered is great. There are many varieties of classes and clubs and many other interest for the students that are available. They can choose the classes that they like and/or they need. Some of the teachers are better then other. Some would not care or help that much and there are teachers that go out their way for student but over all, the teacher are great in the subject or topics they teaches. The scheduling process is kind of long because sometimes students would want to switch classes which would block process of evening out every student in class that would equal the size of the class. The process is average, not the best, it would take time to get back a new schedule or make a new one. The amount of work varies. If they are advanced placement classes, the workload is a lot...that is for an advance placement class compared to a regular class or honor class. Each class has different amount of work because of the different types of class but for that subject or type of class, the workload is fair and/or some times it gets out of hand and stresses out students. There are not popular classes but the teachers are popular so it is really up to the students if the subject is good for them or not. But other then popular classes, there are not such things.


Academics   2016-03-01
The teachers are friendly nice some actually do care about you and wants you to succeed but others are just there to sit there and get money. some teachers cant teach to be honest. the scheduling process sucks its bad really bad believe me . the study options are pretty good no popular classes the work load is an average of work.


Academics   2016-02-01
They could make it easier for the scheduling process. They could add more of a variety of electives.


Academics   2016-02-01
They could add electives to use as kind of breaks in between classes.


Academics   2015-12-01
The academics offered at this school is very good. I was able to do well in my English classes, the gym teachers are very knowledge about nutrition and exercises. The scheduling of program are sometimes not to the liking since lunch periods are too early or late. Classes can be overcrowded and their are students who just don't care. The school excellent service is the college preparation . The guidance counselor always makes herself available to the students.


Academics   2015-12-01
I ONLY TAKE A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF CLASSESS


Academics   2014-07-01
I have taken a couple AP courses and honors classes and have been signed up for some new ones that I will be taking my senior year this coming fall


Academics   2014-02-01
The teachers are very supportive.


Academics   2013-11-01
It depends on the individual person. I may think that the courses are challengin, yet another person may disagree.


Academics   2013-11-01
For example if you want to get in a program it is very hard to change and they switch you out of classes to much like if you are already used to a class then they make schedule changes which is annoying and technology is not used in class


Academics   2013-11-01
Some teachers I feel actually come to teach while others just come for their pay. Some teach well while others do not. The schedule is pretty good. The work that some teachers give I think is not necessary but I guess to the principle it is. We have options to go to the library when necessary. The most popular class is depending on the student; mine is art.


Academics   2013-03-01
The acadenics offer in the school is very helpful for college. The school has 5 AP classes. There are many honor classes such as English. Most students have a 1-8 period schedule. The work load is alot especially in the AP classes. There is tutoring for every class during the day during lunch periods.


Academics   2013-06-01
Hillcrest has many AP classes available as well as Honors classes and since students are separated into small learning communities of what they hope to pursue you get classes tailored to what you want, pre med student have DNA Biotechnology and Biz Tek students have computer classes. There are also lots of groups such as orchestra or band that you can join and College Now classes are offered for those who wish to earn college credit while still in high school which I think is great.


Academics   2013-09-01
Science teachers could be improved.


Academics   2013-09-01
well humanityies has a lot of cool classes


Academics   2013-09-01
It has an average grading system


Educational Outcomes   2015-03-01
The teachers need to pay more attention to the bad students and should fail them when they don't attend class.


Educational Outcomes   2015-05-01
I felt that I was not prepared for college. My school offered a college guidance counselor who wasn't enough for over 2,000 students. I felt as if I did it all on my own and it was extremely hard since I'm the first in my family to go to college.


Educational Outcomes   2013-08-01
Although I was one of the honor students at my school, I have to be honest, I don't think many graduating students can walk away confidently saying they're ready for college. Study material is literally spoon-fed to some students, especially those struggling and constantly failing. Even if you show no or little effort, you will get the same grade as your fellow honor student. It is shameful. I feel like many things are done simply to make the school look good, but there is no learning happening. However, the teachers are very passionate about teaching and willing to help every step of the way if you show effort.


Overall Experience   2016-09-01
My overall experience of this school has been okay. I have had some struggles here and there but nothing over the top. This school is not a unique school it is just like every other public high school out there. I would not choose to go to this school all over again because I feel as if this school is not meant for my academic abilities.


Overall Experience   2016-07-01
It's an okay school. Students are great, teachers are alright.


Overall Experience   2016-07-01
I'm not very sure about the parents involvement in the school


Overall Experience   2016-01-01
My overall experience was okay. The whole school is diverse.


Overall Experience   2016-03-01
Some classmates make it hard for me to feel comfortable but the teachers make me feel extremely comfortable.


Overall Experience   2016-03-01
my overall experiences at this school was I hated hill crest from the day I walked in freshman year am about to graduate and I still hate it.I feel like there less strict the girls dress how they want with booty shorts crop tops showing everywhere and I feel as if that should have been stopped and it just hasn't. the kids walk around not getting caught cutting classes they need to be stricter. parents need to get more involved in there children life. kids do stuff on the stair case that are very in appropriate and no on speaks up. hill crest inst getting better until they are actually willing to make a change inn the school then it will actually happen.


Overall Experience   2015-12-01
My experience at Hillcrest was an "okay" of an experience.I had some memorable moment such as joying as a lab monitor at the science department and it came with some perks. Some of the perks was that I get to meet a lot of the staff throughout the school and help teachers setting up labs or grading and etc. I had memorable moments in class with some of my friends and teachers.


Overall Experience   2015-12-01
It has been great only few problems i encountered


Overall Experience   2015-12-01
I've made incredible friends at this school and have met some of the most amazing teachers here as well. I think my favorite memory in this school was joining the Global History Musical with my two best friends and one of my favorite teachers in the school. Although it was a lot of hard work, we were all able to have fun and just overall enjoy the experience of educating others in such a funny and creative. I'm not sure if I would choose this school again. I've had as many bad experiences as I've had good. However, the advice and help I've received from this school is not something I think would have been given to me in a different school.


Overall Experience   2015-10-01
I would choose this school because of the teachers it contains. They are one of the best and they are unique


Overall Experience   2015-11-01
There is teachers who are willing to help you but the school is just very strict like the no bathroom rule peeple have to hold themselves for almost 2 hours to use the bathroom


Overall Experience   2015-07-01
The facilities are sub par, but I still get my required courses, which is my main focus.


Overall Experience   2015-06-01
I got used to it. My school isn't all that great. Very few member of the staff are willing to be helpful.


Overall Experience   2015-06-01
Honestly, I liked my high school. At first I was scared due to the location and the behavior of certain students. It occurred to me later on that students were just not as dependable on parents as middle school, making the environment different. As I began to communicate with other students I learned that they were actually very nice. At first, students who would get suspended and have detention all seemed bad to me, but later I realized that they had their own reasons and that was no reason to judge their behavior. When people heard I went to Hillcrest they would respond by saying, "Oh, you could have done better," but I did not want to. If I had a chance I would go there again because I learned a lot and I believe that is what matters. My grades were not a problem and I know I could have gone to a way better high school, but I would not change a thing. The friends I made and lost are all a part of who I am today. I was in the pre-med program in high school and it was one of the most competitive programs, but towards the end I was rewarded as well by receiving a medal for being in the Arista Program and getting an advanced regents diploma. The school did not have a good reputation due to the impulsive things some students would do making the school look bad. We were not allowed to bring our phones or any other metal object and were scanned by metal detectors to avoid cyber bullying and other safety violations. It annoyed me and first, but I later learned it was for our own good. Me, a quiet shy girl had become so outspoken due to this school and learned a lot about the real world. I dealt with people and problems I felt I would never come across and achieved many things. I thank my high school for all it taught me and would not alter a thing. All these factors were what the had made the school more unique than many others and obviously the many learning communities it offered for all types of students from business to medical to international.


Overall Experience   2015-06-01
Hillcrest High School is a good school. there are some aspects of the school that makes is sort of negative. the students in the school make the bad grade in our school. the school is clean, but not always. without keeping the school clean, we would have sanitary problems and it could have an effect on the grade of the school environment. now let's looks the benefits of the school. we have different institutes that students join during their freshman year of high school of even when they apply for high schools. i am in health careers which specifies in health organizations such as nursing, Emergency Medical Technician, and many more. this institute provides great help if you want to major in nursing or E.M.T. we have this Academic trip known as HOSA or Health Occupations Students of America, where students can compete and test their knowledge on how much they know about medical or nursing. it's a fun academic activity if you want to learn about the medical field. i would give this school a 10 because it has a great system of Institutes.


Overall Experience   2015-08-01
My favorite experience were the extra-curricular activities. What's something unique about the school definitely has to be the diversity. If I could do it all over, I would not choose this school because I feel as if I wasn't challenged enough.


Overall Experience   2015-08-01
It's an alright school you just have to make the most of it


Overall Experience   2015-09-01
This isn't the best High School but I have learned a lot and made a lot memories here. It might not be the most genuine looking school but its multicultural diversity has brought together people from many countries to interact socially and learn together. I guess that this school likes to help each other out and make it as a whole team as a whole school.


Overall Experience   2015-09-01
Hillcrest teachers want to see you do your best , although the lack of communication between students & teachers


Overall Experience   2013-09-01
My school is a great school but at times it can be too overcrowded and loud. The teachers and classes were a great experience and would love to sit in the classes of those teachers again. I would like to do it all over again but then again my best experience was only with the teachers.


Overall Experience   2013-08-01
my school was ok. I've made so many great friends and memories. everyone knows your business, but there are plenty of opportunities to find classes, clubs, and friends that fit you and your interests.


Overall Experience   2013-08-01
I don't really feel comfortable at my school. It's probably because it does not provide good services to students such as lockers etc. One of the the other reasons could be the types of students, most of them are not friendly. However, some of my teachers are really helpful and are always ready and there to help me out. Overall, if could experience high school over again, I would definitely think twice about joining this school.


Overall Experience   2013-08-01
My school is decent if you focus on your education other then that the environment and kids their are bad influences.


Overall Experience   2013-09-01
I would attend this school again, but I would like more of a highschool experience. For example, actually using the lockers.


Overall Experience   2013-12-01
The students that make up the school have little to no respect for the staff of the school.


Overall Experience   2013-11-01
Well the program changing hasn't worked for me because I am in humanities but I wanted to change to health careers they totally forgot about my request. Students aren't very good it can be dangerous outside of school around the area. But I really enjoy music class its actually my favorite along with volleyball and science


Overall Experience   2014-10-01
I have had a good experience so far. I have made many friends and had the opportunity to join clubs and activities.


Student Culture & Diversity   2016-06-01
Everyone had their own path and decisions.


Overall Experience   2013-08-01
Whenever asked about my school, I honestly say that there are some things that make my school bad. However, I love my high school. There are many classes, some that I didn't even know existed, a wide variety. The teachers are friendly and there is something for everyone to find a place in and grow. It's getting better too, improvements to classes and the building are being made that I feel are making a positive impact. If I had to go through the high school experience again I don't think I would pick another school.


Student Culture & Diversity   2015-06-01
Most kids are bad and fall under bad influence. Some are smart and hard working.


Student Culture & Diversity   2013-03-01
The school is pretty stuck up about diversity. Many students tend to be prejudice towards other people outside of their ethnicity. Many wish to not adopt to growing changes or to be educated towards the other diversities.


Student Culture & Diversity   2013-08-01
A new student wouldn't be warmly welcomed normally. But I guess almost everyone knows each other. There's no typical bullying though.


Student Culture & Diversity   2013-08-01
You may or may not encounter peer pressure depending on your race. Kids in my school are not very supportive.


Student Culture & Diversity   2014-03-01
There are a lot of cliques, people normally talk to or become friends with people that have things in common but I like to befriend everyone from all over


Student Culture & Diversity   2014-01-01
I don't really believe people get bullied anymore. I feel like you know whom you want to hang out with and you will just make it happen. People are openly gay in my school and are not bullied at all girls and boys. My school is very diverse it ranges from blacks, whites, Latino's, west Indian, Caribbean, Asian, middle eastern etc.


Student Culture & Diversity   2014-07-01
There are lots of different cultures in my schools but its not really a good thing, there is a lot of fighting and hateful things done because of it.


Teachers   2016-08-01
The teachers are rarely avaliable outside of the class, the lessons are not engaging to the students.


Teachers   2016-07-01
There are a lot of teachers that do the bare minimum and don't really help the students.


Teachers   2016-03-01
I think the teachers are okay there are great teachers sometimes there are bad teachers sometimes you get the help you actually need some teachers will actually help unlike others. sometimes the teachers can be rude and will not give you the best grade you deserve enough though you go to class and do your work. for example this year for my science class which I was taken to get extra help because am not a fan of science its hard for me I struggle in science at times. but am not embarrassed.the teacher I had was very disrespectful to the class and my self he picks and choose the kids he likes. he complains about the school that he doesn't wanna be a teacher there and hes tired of hill crest high school. so rude. I went along with it never disrespected him or anything I went to class on time did all his work do what i have to do and it was so unfair that he failed me with an 55 because god knows why i dont have the answer for that but in my concern that's not the grade I deserved and i passed his last test how do you drop someone from a 90 to 55 that's what I try to get an answer of I was so angry and upset and still am. I feel like the teachers grade you based on the effort you put in. but basically he didn't fail me because I deserved that he failed me based on other students and the people I surrounded where else would I sit I don't know but he was completely wrong for what he did so i spoke up and no one did anything about it. its just so unfair.


Teachers   2016-01-01
They could have teachers be more approachable.


Teachers   2015-12-01
Most of the teachers are okay they try to help student as much as they can


Teachers   2015-12-01
Some teachers are alright. Most are bad. Only a handful are actually good.


Teachers   2015-12-01
Within Hillcrest High school, you will rarely find a teacher who isn't good at their job. The reason why I gave the rating an "Okay' is due to the fact that most teachers are only teachers inside the classroom. I feel as though in order to be an outstanding teacher and truly make an impact on your students lives is by being available outside of class as well. However, in Hillcrest High school, there are a few teachers who make themselves available to students to discuss whatever problems the student may have.


Teachers   2015-06-01
Some of the staff is ridiculous and barely can control class. Very few of the teachers in my school know how to teach. The ones that do are really helpful.


Teachers   2015-05-01
There are a few teachers who really care about their students. and their are some teachers who just don't care and see their job just as an income.


Teachers   2015-03-01
The teachers really pay attention to the loud students. I think the teachers are more interested in the drama than teaching.


Teachers   2014-10-01
The teachers are helpful and want the best for their students.


Teachers   2014-09-01
Some teachers shows interest in what they do for their students its very little to see a teacher but there are some.


Teachers   2013-08-01
The teachers are pretty helpful. However some don't even care.


Teachers   2013-10-01
A lot of the teachers would go above their usual to help student but some teachers seem like they just teach and that's it so you know it's half and half.


Teachers   2014-01-01
All teachers are different. Some will try to help students more while others you'd only see in class. Some share life stories and others keep it "professional". the grading policies are pretty fare.


Teachers   2013-08-01
The teachers at Hillcrest are relatively good. There are some teachers that can be really boring but for the most part I had very fun teachers. My chemistry teacher was so fun and helpful that I learned a lot from him and enjoyed the class. Many teachers can be strict but there are some that are very helpful.


Teachers   2016-01-01
Throughout my high school year I was going through some personal problems which effected me in a negative way. I always felt depressed and got distracted from school by overwhelming thoughts, which led to bad grades. I did so bad that I thought I might need to take summer classes. So I talked to all of my teacher to get help me to pass my classes but most of my teachers didn't seem to care and weren't available outside of class. Although there were three teachers who were incredibly supportive and helped me to catch up not only in their subjects but the other subjects as well. I was thankful but I thought every teachers should care about students. They shouldn't be giving impression that they don't care or they feel bothered when a student asks for help.


Student Culture & Diversity   2013-05-01
not all the students get along with each other at my school, sometimes it feels like a war zone but the falculty members are usually very blind to the bullying going on in the school that usually lead to outside. sometimes its scary but we do have security though at times they act like one of the kids and watch as they fight before putting a stop to it


Overall Experience   2013-09-01
It has been an overall moot experience. I wanted more. The only thing that makes this school worthwhile is the people. I have great friends and know most of the people in my institute. I don't like a fair share but my friends and the teachers who I like/can actually teach make it an okay school. I would've liked to gone to another school though. But I've already made it through 3 years, and this is my last.


Overall Experience   2013-11-01
The teachers are great but the students suck


Academics   2013-09-01
The academics are way too easy, even if you don't try you can pass the class with a sixty five.


Academics   2014-02-01
The school is great, according to other people, but everyone has their own experiences and problems.


Academics   2013-09-01
The scheduling process is something you'll have to go through at least once due to being unsatisfied. I'm supposedly in a Media & Arts section of the school, but we've never done any arts or music. You aren't offered much classes. You get to choose for your senior year, only. I would've liked art from freshmen year but I only got a chance to take a drawing class in senior year. You're required one year of either music/art so you pick between the two for your final year. Curriculum is decent but that depends if your teacher is doing a good job. Teachers --- there's a fair load of them who can't teach and the ones you don't like. Some give more work then others and some rarely do. Special study options are the AP classes you can choose to have for your final year.


Student Culture & Diversity   2016-03-01
peer pressure is the most thing that happens in this school. kids are being peer pressure everyday of there life's by there friends most likely but then again there fake friends. they don't notice that there fake friends don't give a crap about them they just want to see them go down the bad lane and then laugh at them but they don't realize all the peer pressure. the kids are not racial at much but it sometimes happens which needs to be stopped. everyone is accepted in this school no matte race or beauty whatever it is.


Teachers   2015-02-01
Some of my own teachers could never control the classroom. Edith Tolins, my AP english teacher which I also had in my senior year had a class filled with low performing students. She could never control the class and because of that, when I told her about the issue, she didn't care. All she did was yell at me and well long story short, she doesn't deserve to be a teacher. Another example, I would give without mentioning this person's name, allows former students in the classroom while taking a test. I don't know the guy but he brought two freshmen morons in the class and he was a substitute. They kept laughing and taking photos which pisses me off.


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