School Details

Hilsman Middle School

870 Gaines School Rd, Athens, GA 30605
(706) 548-7281
3

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-8 662 students 10 students/teacher (GA avg is 14)

Test Scores by grade

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Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT)

In 2011-2012 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2012
  • Clarke County School District average
  • Georgia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT)

In 2011-2012 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2012
  • Clarke County School District average
  • Georgia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

90%
92%
94%
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83%
93%
94%
97%
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74%
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78%

Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT)

In 2011-2012 Georgia administered the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) in reading, social studies, science, English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8. The CRCT is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
64%
73%
82%

Middle Grades Writing Assessment (MGWA)

In 2011-2012 Georgia administered the Middle Grades Writing Assessment (MGWA) to students in grades 5 and 8. The MGWA is a standards-based assessment, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Georgia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2012
  • Clarke County School District average
  • Georgia state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Hilsman Middle School is a public middle school in Athens. The principal of Hilsman Middle School is Selena Blankenship and can be contacted at pricet@clarke.k12.ga.us. 662 students go to Hilsman Middle School and identify as Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 2% of the Hilsman Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 71% of the 662 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 75% have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Hilsman Middle School is 10:1. St Joseph Catholic School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 9% 22%
Black, non-Hispanic 59% 53%
Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 2%
Multiracial 5% 4%
Asian 4% %
White, non-Hispanic 22% 19%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 75% 78%
Limited English proficiency 2% 10%
Economically disadvantaged 71% 70%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    My son has been here since sixth grade (now in 8th). He's had teachers that truly care about their students learning and futures and in addition to being good educators his teachers have also been positive role models. Mr Hussein (7th grade) is a star educator and I hope he's still at Hilsman when my other children go there. My son still goes out of his way to try and see him and could go to him with a problem or question even though he's moved on to eighth grade.

  • (11 months ago)

    I went to this school back in 2005-2008. Some of the teachers were good teachers however many of them werent so great. The biggest issue in this school for me was the level of bullying. From being beat up in the locker room under no supervision or being buillied physically mentally and threatened. There were even times when I got made fun of by fellow teachers in front of the class because of my appearance. What kind of educational environment allows this type of negativity? To be honest this did not support my self-esteem and led to other problems later on. I was also dragged to the office for dancing like Michael Jackson(appropriately)after school was over....really?.. Don't send your child here send them to a better school. All due respect to staff but shape up a bit. Maybe it's improved since? I don't know but keep this in mind.

  • (1 year ago)

    I went to hilsman for 7th and 8th grade! I have to say the only thing I really enjoyed was choirs. At the most one or two teachers would be interested in the kids and their future but the rest were just there for the money! Bullying is kinda big there and teacher nor principal does nothing about it so it maybe a stressful learning environment! It has great extra activities but other then that your better off looking some more!

  • (2 years ago)

    I went to hilsman for 6th and 7th grade. The teachers have no clue what's going on most of the time. There's too many open book tests. Even really smart people get like a 75% on benchmarks! The teachers do not teach us what we need to know! There is allot of bullying going ob and the teachers don't notice! The councilor is very nice and understanong. The principal and assistant principal cannot be taken seriously. The choir band and orchestra are exelent. But allot of the 7th grade teachers either give you a 100 for the day for writing your name and others make sure that you get too much work. But some teachers like Mr.Oleva Mrs.Mirada Mrs.Zeimann teach us just right and you can tell it's not just for the pay check.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have 2 kids in Hilsman and was hesitant to have them go to Hilsman because of what I read here. My kids are thriving there and have made good friends. Their teachers are interested in them as young adults treat them with respect and challenge them academically. There are lots of extra curriculars a fantastic band program and a zero tolerance bullying policy which is actually enforced too. Perspective Hilsman parents should take the stuff they read online with a grain of salt--Hilsman has been a great environment for my boys.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have two children at Hilsman Middle School. I moved them from private school at the beginning of the sixth grade. Both children are in AP classes and are getting a top notch education. The Math and Science classes are more advanced and the teachers more competent than at St. Joseph's Catholic School (which was a wonderful school for elementary level). Hilsman's Math and Academic teams are some of the highest rated in the state. I would recommend to any parent thinking about transitioning from private school into a public one to give Hilsman a look.

  • (7 years ago)

    Teachers and administration are incredibly supportive. Hilsman has a lot of extracurricular choices... band clubs athletics. My son is in the advanced placement classes and his academics seem challenging and his national test scores are always high. We are glad that our son is at Hilsman.

  • (7 years ago)

    The teachers were wonderful. I give high grades to the music department especially Ms Camp who made her enjoy music and is continuing in her new school.

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