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Hilburn Academy is a public elementary school in Raleigh. The principal of Hilburn Academy is Gregory Ford, who can be contacted at gford@wcpss.net. 483 children attend Hilburn Academy and are mostly Asian/Pacific Islander; Asian; and White, non-Hispanic. 32% of the 483 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Hilburn Academy is 14:1. Leesville Road Elementary is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 6%
Asian 7% 6%
White, non-Hispanic 53% 49%
Multiracial 4% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 19% 24%
Hispanic 16% 15%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.4% 0.3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.3%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 32% 35%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (4 months ago)

    Hilburn has some good teachers and some not so great teachers HOWEVER the problem at this school is the administration the three leader team is among the worst I could even imagine. If you're thinking about Hilburn be prepared that if an issue arises the response you get from the administrators will be off the charts. They do not know the law and do not care about what the law is. I have stood in the school and watched the head principal lose it because a student touched the wall ... in an elem school kids are not allowed to touch the wall ... it's a mini-prison. Look up the climate survey with NC DPI see what the teachers think about the administration. Everyone is not wrong.

  • (9 months ago)

    We really like Hilburn Academy. I have a special needs child who has been fully included in all activities the school has to offer. The staff ans teachers there are very caring. I was impressed when I brought my younger child for kindergarten staggered entry that the staff knew all the first graders passing by and greeted them by name. The school has a very active PTA and nice parents and students. They have high expectations academically for all students. The new middle school program is very good as well the new building is great and if your child excels in math and science it would be a good fit. An added benefit is Hilburn offers a language choice starting in kindergarten for all students.

  • (10 months ago)

    Hilburn Academy is a wonderful school! A more welcoming environment could not be found. The staff is very friendly and most know my son by name. We are very happy with the education he is receiving.

  • (10 months ago)

    My son completed his Kindergarten year there and I could not be more pleased. He is really receiving a well rounded education and Kindergarten just isn't what it used to be. My son knows some spanish technology and can read so many books already!!! Really looking forward to what his 1st grade year will bring;) Super friendly staff and could not be happier!

  • (10 months ago)

    WE LOVE this school!! We have attended Hilburn for 6 years now and have experienced lots of wonderful positive changes. I would encourage ALL parents interested in sending their children to HDA to visit as they should all schools to see if this school is a fit for them instead of making a decision based solely on individual reviews and opinions posted on this site. We have found the administration and staff extremely helpful and dedicated to making this school a success. HDA is still growing changing and only improving with each year. Hiburn provides a great community for both parents and students to be a part of and thrive in. We have been extremely happy with the middle grades and are thankful for the exposure to technology and small school environment. Obviously this will not necessarily be the choice for everyone but please give Hilburn a visit and chance before believing everything you read. With each negative post I will bet you would find 100 parents that would counter it with positives!!

  • (10 months ago)

    What a place. When you have a need they are not there! Principal avoids you and then tows the administration line. Somewhere along the way he has lost his compassion caring and dedication to the child. He is now a "Yes Man" instead of a child advocate. What a disapointment he is!

  • (11 months ago)

    Attention all parents and students. I have been attending Hilburn Drive Academy since 2007 and I would like to shed some light on the problems inside this schools seemingly perfect appearance. Bullying is a huge problem in this school and counselors have effected that very little. Some activities in school are repetitive such as specials. I would highly recommend a different school for your child parents.

  • (1 year ago)

    Attention all parents teachers staff volunteers and potential new students that are considering to attend Hillburn Academy please do your research before you apply to this school!! It would be well worth your time to see if this school is a good fit or not. "The Emperor Wears No Clothes"

  • (1 year ago)

    I would like to shed some light on the school. I will attempt to give the pro's and con's of the school you make your own decision. The pro's are that the curriculum is great and my experience with our current teacher has been great. The teacher's assistance not so much. Parents seem to be involved and the PTA is always having fund raisers. It seems that the parents do want what's best for the school but it's hard to say what exactly all of the money is used for. Parents are typically in the lunch room or volunteering for activities but I feel this is due to concern for the learning environment. The con's would be that some teachers don't have a clue and seem to just do their job for a paycheck. I also have seen that many of the students fall through the cracks and are behind due to non parent involvement at home. I have also seen issues with other teachers and the principal. Other children at the school are also questionable and have negatively influenced our child. Would I recommend the school? No Are we transferring? Yes Is the curriculum good? Yes

  • (1 year ago)

    I would agree with the person whose child has been at the school since kindergarten and is a rising sixth grader. We were extremely excited about the possibilities of the new K-8 model and the STEM program. This was our child's first year here and all I can say is what a huge disappointment. We have requested a transfer because we can not take another year at this school. I also agree that the school needs a good leader to be successful and that is not the case. Our child has attended a few schools in the area with the constant WCPSS reassignment process. This by far has been our worst experience with a school principal we have had. If you are in this area of Raleigh do yourself and send your child to another elementary or middle school.

  • (1 year ago)

    My son has attended Hilburn since Kindergarten he is now going to 6th grade. I'm at a crossroad not sure if it is the right decision to keep him at Hilburn. Initially I thought it was a great school as the years went on I noticed there was room for a lot of improvement. Now it's seems as if Hilburn is trying to do too much & not focusing on the students. At this time the principal Greg Ford has no idea what teachers are doing. It was very startling when I spoke with him about concerns I had and he was not aware. I was also told by Ford that these issues would get addressed. The issues have not changed I'm not sure whether he's just not a man of his word or if he does not care? Besides that there are also issues with conduct on buses and comments teachers make to students. Hilburn has turned out to not be a positive learning experience and I would not recommend sending your child there until a new principal has been hired that cares about the students and addresses concerns.

  • (1 year ago)

    i used to go their when it was called hilburn drive elementary it wasint bad and wasint great but idk what its like now it doeint seem great to me though

  • (1 year ago)

    All I can say is WOW. This school has it all an amazing program tons of current technology really passionate and dedicated teachers very involved administrators and huge PTA involvement. Hilburn is so much a family-like environment and I love having my child attend there. He is absolutely thriving with all that Hilburn has to offer.

  • (4 years ago)

    I'm surprised to see no ratings on Hilburn since 2008 so here I go... Our experience at Hilburn has been outstanding-- it is an excellent school. The teachers and staff are upbeat and engaging. Since moving to Hilburn mid-1st grade my daughter (now ending 2nd grade) has not only improved 1-2 Levels in reading writing math AND science but is actually happy to go to school now. They brought her from well below grade level in reading (Level 1-- don't get me started on the previous school...) up to grade level in 4 months. I find that truly amazing. The school seems to have a knack for understanding each child's individual needs tailoring their education as such. The Principal and Vice Principal have infectious enthusiasm. It is a pleasant and inviting place when students arrive each morning. There are many enrichment activities sponsored by both the staff and the very active PTA.

  • (6 years ago)

    As a substitute teacher I see a lot of schools. I get to be a fly on the wall and see what parents and principals won't. Hilburn is in my opinion middle-of-the-road. The kids are good the support staff is very friendly and they're learning what they should- but I've been to other elementaries that were moving a lot faster than they do. The biggest thing that bothers me is that the teachers are just plain mean to the kids. They shout a lot and they're openly sarcastic. There's a lot of tension between various teachers as well.

  • (6 years ago)

    Hilburn is a very fine school. I've had four kids attend there and have always received excellent attention from teachers and administrators alike.

  • (6 years ago)

    The atmosphere of this school is outstanding! Students are valued and encouraged to reach their learning potentials. Excellent leadership and staff which is reflective in the overall moral of all who work and learn there!

  • (8 years ago)

    I have three children who attend Hilburn Drive. I have been very pleased with the personal time and attention. They really know each child at this school. The acadamic programs are very good. Each child is encouraged to reach his/her full potential. They are involved with Spanish Art and PE. There is a very active body of involved parents and a very successful PTA.

  • (9 years ago)

    A superior school with a caring competent staff. A bright safe and cheerful place to learn.

  • (10 years ago)

    My child is performing well at school here and she loves the school. She looks forward to going each day. The faculty and staff really care about the students. I feel fortunate to be in this district.

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