School Details

Hillcrest Elementary School

1500 NW 2nd Ave, Oak Harbor, WA 98277
(360) 279-5203
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 638 students 19 students/teacher (WA avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

71%
64%
65%
79%
77%
73%

Washington Measurements of Student Progress (MSP)

In 2011-2012 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Oak Harbor School District average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

60%
60%
63%
79%
77%
73%
63%
61%
62%

Washington Measurements of Student Progress (MSP)

In 2011-2012 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Oak Harbor School District average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

79%
69%
63%
88%
81%
73%
75%
74%
67%

Washington Measurements of Student Progress (MSP)

In 2011-2012 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Oak Harbor School District average
  • Washington state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Hillcrest Elementary School is a public elementary school in Oak Harbor. The principal of Hillcrest Elementary School is Laura Schonberg. 638 students attend Hillcrest Elementary School and identify primarily as Asian/Pacific Islander; Black, non-Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 34% of the 638 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Hillcrest Elementary School is 19:1. Broadview Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Drawing painting

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 11%
Black, non-Hispanic 7% 7%
White, non-Hispanic 67% 65%
Hispanic 6% 11%
Asian 11% %
Multiracial 10% 5%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.6% 1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 34% 41%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    No school is without occasional "speed bumps " and what I love most about this school is how my few issues were handled; immediately and with total attention. Next year I'll have two children at HCE and I don't have to worry about their safety or education. The PTA puts on some fun events and even had an option for parents to help with the book fair to get free books- new books aren't cheap! Great principal great teachers great PTA! I highly recommend this school ) The 4 star rather than 5 is due to the drop off system in the morning. Can there not be a lane where I can just drop my child off and not have to park and walk them in? The traffic would move better if there was! Having to back out while no one will let you in is what is blocking half of the cars! Maybe the drop off lane closest to the play ground so it moves smoothly and the other two be for parking and walking in? Other than that I have no complaints!

  • (8 months ago)

    We love our school! Each child is thoughtfully placed in their class. The teachers are engaged with the students and their parents. There are more parent and community volunteer hours logged in at Hillcrest than any other school in the district. We have parents who come in during the day and teach Japanese or other subjects to supplement and make student global students. We have a beautiful garden for our students to learn about life cycles of plants and where their food comes from. Our PTA works really hard to put on fun family events like movie nights game nights and Winter-fest. Our Principal is enthusiastic and very caring. She is willing to try new things and helps to make them work. Our chickens are a good example of something new that has created learning possibilities helped with behavior of the students and allowed our suburban child a window to observe and learn about animals.

  • (8 months ago)

    Hillcrest Elementary is a wonderful school. The teachers in this school are well educated and have concerns for their students. When my son was going into the 2nd grade we changed school districts and were zoned for Hillcrest. Now that he is going into 5th grade and my daughter is going into 2nd I wouldn't pull them from this school. The principal and teachers listen when a parent is concerned and action is taken. For example... I requested an IEP test to be completed. It was thorough and has actually helped in my daughter to get the education she needs. Our doctor even commended how well the school was at reacting and noticing an issue so early in her education. Many times I would email any teacher 'after hours' and as long as it was urgent I would get a response the same day if not within minutes after I sent the message. This elementary school is an A+ school in my eyes everything that I have ever requested that was a resonable request has been addressed and resolved. My kids are happy when they go to school and that is all that matters.

  • (8 months ago)

    Aside from an occasional amazing teacher the support staff and leadership are not motivated equipped or educated in teaching children with special needs. Resources are limited and the ones available are not utilized or implemented without constant parental intervention. I've had two children attend Hillcrest. One with special needs and one without. It was a pleasant experience for my child without special needs and disastrous for my child with special needs. We have happily transferred schools.

  • (9 months ago)

    Unfortunately this school is not focused on the needs of the students. It is run like an institution a very broken institution. I had to pull my son out of there because the school lacks the resources to provide an education for the children who need to be challenged. Common Core worksheets simply do not cut it for some. Also this school lacks many safety features and procedures that would keep a parent comfortable sending their loved ones there for 6 hours a day. I would gladly pay the tuition at the Christian school for a warm safe loving environment for my child to flourish. At Hillcrest the children are just a number. My sons teacher was experienced but her hands were tied--25 students per class! She could not provide anything other than standardized curriculum.

  • (11 months ago)

    My son loves this school and so do I. He has benefited from wonderful caring teachers and other staff. There are high expectations for learning but they understand that kids are kids and they will make mistakes. The principal is amazing and is loved by students staff and parents. She shows an authentic warmth and regard for all but is willing to make the tough calls when necessary. How can you not love an educator who brings chickens into the school and involves the students on every level sparking lessons in math science and writing as well as compassion? She is gifted and Hillcrest is lucky to have her.

  • (1 year ago)

    Not impressed at all. Looking at another school district or paying out of pocket for private school. Too bad they still get our money even though they fail at educating and supervising our children...

  • (1 year ago)

    My son loves this school. The teachers are all so nice and helpful. The pta is really good and we enjoy going to all the functions they put on for the kids. We are military and this is our last school year here. We are going to miss this school. The teachers encourage parents involvement.

  • (4 years ago)

    My son has been at Hillcrest for 4 years and has had great teachers every year and a wonderful learning experience. We are very happy with Hillcrest. Oak Harbor is a great place to live and we have been very pleased with the school district and schools here!

  • (8 years ago)

    Wonderful atmosphere enjoyed the school. But do do your homework and look into if it fits your child. Good academics.

  • (9 years ago)

    I think Hillcrest has wonderful K-1 teachers. I feel the second grade teachers do not have high expectations and do too many worksheets.

  • (9 years ago)

    Hillcrest is a wonderful school. All the teachers staff and volintears are wonderful. The children at Hillcrest learn in many different ways and the teachers accomadate them all. I was very glad my child went to Hillcrest I had to take her there and bring her home every day because we lived outside the school boundres it was worth every minut of my time. The school has wonderful music and art programs which my child realy enjoyed. The teachers are very involved in what the children do. Parents are always enceraged to talk and meet with the teachers.

  • (10 years ago)

    This school is okay. Some of the staff needs to have quality training when working with children with special needs. Music art and other activities are available.

  • (10 years ago)

    Good school with wonderful teachers. The kindergarten and 1st grade teachers are wonderful and willing to challenge each child individually. My children really had a good start in their educations due to the dedication of these teachers. The parents are not as involved as they could be but there are a group of devoted ones that seem to get the job done. The Navy is a large influence in the town and they offer help and even sponser the different schools in the district. We were at this school for 3 years and loved it. I would recommend Hillcrest to anyone moving into the area.

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