School Details

Hickman Elementary School

10850 Montongo St., San Diego, CA 92126
(858) 271-5210
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 660 students 19 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

74%
67%
56%
78%
71%
65%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • San Diego Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

63%
59%
46%
79%
76%
66%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • San Diego Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

86%
76%
65%
85%
80%
72%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • San Diego Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

85%
72%
60%
83%
72%
65%
78%
72%
57%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • San Diego Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Hickman Elementary School is a public elementary school in San Diego. The principal of Hickman Elementary School is Jennifer Wroblewski, who can be contacted at jwroblewski@sandi.net. 660 students go to Hickman Elementary School and identify primarily as Black, non-Hispanic; Asian; and Filipino. 33% of the Hickman Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 47% of the 660 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Hickman Elementary School is 19:1. Sandburg Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Theater drama

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 7% 13%
Asian 44% 9%
Filipino 24% 7%
Hispanic 19% 44%
White, non-Hispanic 19% 25%
Multiracial 10% %
Pacific Islander 0.6% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.5%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 129055%
Unspecified 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 47% 63%
Limited English proficiency 33% 29%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I think Principal Wrobleski is the best thing that happened to this school! She is very involved. You see her out there before during and after school compared to last one they had who was very non motivational ( just my opinion). There is great parent involvement from the same devoted parents you always see. The downside is I don't see a whole lot of other parents volunteering. It's always the same ones. I wish more parents would volunteer. As for the teachers I think a majority of them are very dedicated to helping the kids excel academically.

  • (3 years ago)

    Hickman is a wonderful school. The teachers and administration are very good. Principal Wroblewski is great. She is a strong positive voice that is active creative and caring. Wroblewski and her staff are always looking out for the student s best interest. She s been there for 2 years and has made a big difference. The teachers are caring innovative and they challenge the students to do their best. There is a small dedicated group of volunteers who run the PTA and Friends of Hickman foundation and they really make a big impact. More parent participation would be great. The test scores are very good and continue to improve.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have worked with children in a number of schools. Never have I experienced a school like Hickman. All the teachers I have met are dedicated and creative. They have high academic standards and they really care about the children. The principal is so involved I think she knows the names of nearly all 700 children at the school. Parent involvement is less than at some other schools but the parents that do volunteer are just amazing. The Halloween bash is always fantastic! I could go to another school but I used school choice to enroll my children into Hickman.

  • (4 years ago)

    Jennifer Wroblewski has shown excellent leadership for us (teachers) at Hickman Elementary. She is fair honest and encourages us to give 120% to our students...which we do. Our main focus is our students encouraging them to learn the most information they can in a positive fun learning environment. We as a staff are very pleased to have her as our principal and your children as our learners. If you ever have any concerns please let us know. We will address it in a timely helpful manner. We are glad that you chose our school for your children.

  • (5 years ago)

    Hickman is a school to watch in Mira Mesa. Lacking the pretentious nature of Jerabek this school has a congenial faculty friendly parents and a terrific music program. The new Principal Jennifer Wroblewski has shown outstanding leadership skills already and she is out in front of the school every morning and every afternoon talking with parents. Security of the campus is a high priority. 'Friends of Hickman' group has big ideas for the school. With its new leadership Hickman is a high-achieving school with a bright future.

  • (5 years ago)

    My child went to Hickman for 5 years and just graduated. We found the teachers to be caring and a cut above your average public school. The students are well behaved and the Principal kind and caring. My student excelled and was excited to go school every day. Hickman rocks!

  • (5 years ago)

    This school is so average and has potential but the leadership is non-existent. Most kids are scared of the invisible principal and don't get their voices heard when something does come up. The principal in no way is 'there ' for the parents possible just to yes you to death. The teachers are hit and miss. Some are fabulous but others need to find a job they like. I dont see my children prospering like they should. Many parents sit around and dont volunteer like they should. Not impressed.

  • (6 years ago)

    I just wish there was more things going on at the school. No holloween festival. Dont know what they will be doing for x-mas still dont have the school pictures yet. Here they have these programs to go eat somewhere and the school gets a percentage of it. They also have the kids sale entertainment books and so on but where does the money go???? I dont think my child will have alot of fond memories of her grammer school like i did.

  • (6 years ago)

    My children started attending Hickman in the 2004-2005 year. Hickman was a 5-star back then. Something happened at the end of 2006 and beginning of 2006-2007 up to 2007-2008. The quality of the program plummeted and the quality of the teachers also plummeted in terms of new hires. The grade reporting was changed from traditional to standards-based grading which is useless. In the standards-based grading the student earns a BA for basic PR for proficient and AD for advanced. So even though the child earns 100% on all the work the report card may still say BA because the teacher only covered the basic material in class. There is absolutely no motivation factor in the new grading system. That system is made for low performing schools who are trying to avoid giving students failing grades. The principal is uninvolved and nowhere to be seen out in the school grounds.

  • (7 years ago)

    I attended Hickman as a child over 20 years ago my son who is currently in the 2nd grade is a tough one but this school is stead fast in supporting and working with him. I love this school such diversity and committed teachers many of the substitutes are retired Hickman teachers. It is a majority Asian school with parents who speak english as a second language which results in low parent volunteer percentages. There are not many extracurricular activities but the may be due to county wide budget cuts. I know many of my former Hickman classmates who now have their children attending Hickman. I entrust them with my active 7 year old and work very closely with administration and his teacher because I choose to be involved.

  • (7 years ago)

    My son just finished kindergarten at Hickman and I was sorely disappointed. The principal was invisible most of the time and when she was present she was pitifully uninspiring! This leads to overall apathy among the teachers who appear to do as little as possible and still get paid. There is not a great deal of parental involvement but this is largely due to the lack of enthusiasm among the staff and lack of overall structure to support volunteers.

  • (8 years ago)

    The school had dumbed down curriculum uncaring teachers and principal and substandard facilities. Built like a prison it is a fairly typical school of the San Diego Unified system.

  • (8 years ago)

    Average quality academic program very few extracurricular activities and average parent involvement.

  • (9 years ago)

    My son just completed 1st grade and the program was intense and fast. There isnt enought music or sports as far as I am concerned at this school. The parent involvement is pitiful. I help out 2x per week and I believe I was the only one.

  • (10 years ago)

    I am not terribly happy about Hickman Elementary. The parents are great but the teaching staff and the administration give off an impersonal aire. The physical environment lacks any sort of warmth and the overall environment is uninviting and therefore not great for learning. Also the three teachers my child has had so far have made so many education-based errors that I am baffled about the lack of quality of teacher training. Our old school in La Mesa was worlds better than Hickman.

  • (10 years ago)

    My daughter has been at Hickman for over 2 years after transfering from a private school. I always belived that we would have to send her to a private school for her to have a good education. I kept hearing good things about Hickman so we gave it a shot. It was the best decission we ever made. Hickman's curriculum was more advanced than the private shcool and the teachers there rock. I have never seen teachers who work so hard to make sure every kid not only learns but is shaped into a responsible humanbeing.

  • (10 years ago)

    I have a daughter presently in the 4th grade her current teacher is Mrs. Sutherland. She is an awesome teacher! She has shown excellent involvement with her students. This gives Hickman an outstanding name recognition. All around the teaching staff is excellent! All I see is excellence with the school. As a parent I would challenge all parents to get out once in awhile and see your child grow in success with Hickman be more involved with their education. Volunteer! Plan a special visit with your child let them know you care about them that they too are being loved! Just do it! Have an awesome day! Go Hickman!

  • (10 years ago)

    My daughter went to Hickman for 5 years (K-5th grade)She loves all the teachers and she enjoys this school very much. Majority of the students here are Asian. But they are extremely smart. They do so well in all the subjects. Especially in computer/technology classes. Go Hickman!

  • (10 years ago)

    I have 2 children in Hickman so far this school is great compare to the last one. What I appreciate the most is my daughter's 3rd grade GATE class teacher. Mr. He works hard and really good at communicating with me on anything and letting me know what is goin on with my daugther and how well she is doing. Thank You Mr. M - you are the great treacher and children love you keep up the great work!

  • (10 years ago)

    My daughter is in the first grade at Hickman. She transferred from another school in San Diego. It amazes me at how high of a degree the curriculum and the faculty challenges the students. The staff is very motivated courteous and enthusiastic. They lead by example and encourage the students to take responsibility. A good example is how every Thursday after school the students sell popsciles as a fundraiser. The staff supervise and allow the volunteer children to take down the orders collect the money and complete the orders. Other activities include the crossing guard program. In addition my daughter attends afterschool care where she interacts with children from other local schools and on average it is apparent that Hickman provides a better learning environment. I also like how the school is very diverse.

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