Hillsdale Middle School

El Cajon, CA  92019
Grade 6-8
T/S Ratio -
Type public
SubType Middle

Reviews for Hillsdale Middle School

April 12, 2014

Academically kids that are easily instructed should do fine. Don't expect anything beyond. If your child isn't doing well they will throw ZANGLE in your face and make it yours and the child's fault. Many parents I know have had this issue. The PE department is a horrible joke, your child will run laps, and not much more, in fact many kids just learn to loath PE. Ironic for a department supposed to be developing health for life mentalities. Shameful Read Full Review

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January 12, 2014

Don't listen to the other reviewers, this school has petty rules that only serve to make you realize they control you. It's full of elitists snobs and bigots the school only serves to crush your individuality. I went through horrible depression at this school like many others. Just because this school has high test scores doesn't mean you should send your kid here, have a little value for your child's psychological well being and realize that your child will get very similar grades at another school, and that most of it is based on YOUR child's intelligence and his/her willingness to learn. So in recap if you love herd mentality and hate your kid send them here.Read Full Review

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October 22, 2013

We were an inter-district transfer from LMSVSD and I heard it was impossible to get into here but we did it and am so glad. This school is downright amazing. My daughter is in Honors level classes and loves all her teachers. She's also in Band and thinks very highly of Mr. Caldwell; he gets the kids motivated to practice and results are wonderful. The "zangle" system of checking student's grades 24/7 is great as is the communication from the school about upcoming events and other important info. I like how educated and caring the teachers are; they are dedicated and I truly feel that my daughter is getting an A+ education at this school. Keep up the great work, Hillsdale! Read Full Review

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September 26, 2013

An excellent school academically and socially. My grandsons love it and are both doing very well.Read Full Review

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September 15, 2013

This school is great. My daughter is a 7TH grader there and always comes home with a smile. All the teachers are really Nice except the music teacher Mr. Reed. She had some problems with him but there music program is great All students and kids are great and nice. Also very welcoming. Thete education is the best out of all schools so far. For hight school she will be going to Steele Canyon High School. Or Valhalla High School. This middle school is the best. She always has fum with the staff. She always tells me they are cool and have fun. School lunch is also very good as sge says it is. Enroll your child to HMS today. Read Full Review

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September 28, 2012

Great experience so far. My son is now a 7th grader and getting ready to go to the Catalina Marine Institute w/the rest of the class. He is learining so much and in honors classes but is having fun while doing it and making great friends. The school is large but the kids and staff seem to be well connected. My husband and I are happy with HMS and our son is too.Read Full Review

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June 17, 2012

This school ruined my life. the only reason i got up in the morning and went was because i had to. do NOT send your children here..they will most likely come home crying everyday about how much they dislike the teachers, staff, other students, etc. They arent fair at all and dont use logic. they seriously need to learn how to run a school AND three principals..that makes total complete sense! so yea...this school is horrible. i cannot wait until high school! Read Full Review

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January 25, 2012

the vice principal and some office lady's are horrible ... other than that I suppose it's an ok school.Read Full Review

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September 20, 2011

im in 8th grade now and i think this school is soo much fun im going on the east coast d.c trip soon and i cant wait there's no drama at all man love the teachers 2 there so nice!!if i would pick any middle school it would be hillsdale middle schoolRead Full Review

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February 24, 2010

iam a student currently at hillsdale i moved there last year i had some problems but other then that it has been a really good almost 3 years there way better then la mesa middle. if u r thinking about going to la mesa middle look at the reviews first there not that good i went there and i was being threaten and crap like that so i moved and me and my mom have been really happy there. the people in the office are amazing i love then all even Mrs.Wendy and Mr. humaka and Mrs, Conway. people don't like then and talk bad about them but they are doing there job. they let them have freedom and have more opportunities to do more stuff. like when we go on field trips we all and the skewl set a good example and we get asked to come back again.Read Full Review

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January 04, 2010

This is a great school. I went there for 7th grade. For the year i was there, it was awsome. All the teachers are nice. This school is somewhat strict but not a lot, they don't go over insane. I would have kept going to this school, but i moved to Lemon Grove district, and now i'm moving to Mississippi. But I am a former student, and i loved this school. This is by far one of the best schools i've been too. I have moved a lot, and i've been to many not so good schools, This is a good school:)Read Full Review

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September 12, 2009

Im a student at hms. Its the best school ive ever been to!! the teachers are great i havent had a bad teachers in my 2 years there! its a big school but i love that because i meet so many new people everyday!Read Full Review

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July 15, 2009

I like Hillsdale Middle School because of all the help of the drama and music department. It really helps students believe of acheiving their goals. Oh and their cst scores are amazing!!!!!Read Full Review

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May 22, 2009

The honors teachers have been OUTSTANDING throughout the three years we have been there. Marvelous does not begin to describe them. Mr. Reed and Mr. Cauldwell take the kids and turn them into glorious musicians, giving their heart and soul to the students. Downside: lots of out of control kids and bully time with disrespect for the teachers. But, the teaching staff and music department deserve a 10 star rating!Read Full Review

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August 14, 2008

We were concerned about our son's transition from elementary to middle school (a 500 to a 1500 student campus). Our insecurity was fed on the first day of school last August (2007) when the schedules were finally distributed after 8:30 a.m. (they were promised two weeks prior) and my son's 'zero period' teacher didn't show up until 15 minutes after the class was to start. After that, it was smooth sailing. Academically our son had a very rough beginning at Hillsdale and thanks to his core teachers (Mrs. Scarbrough and Mrs. Herman) special attention and genuine care he ended the year with a strong B average. Read Full Review

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June 10, 2008

Hillsdale is a wonderful school academically. The school appeals to a wide variety of interests. The music program is wonderful, especially the band. Mr. Caldwell is an amazing leader. And honors drama gives kids who probably wouldn't have the opportunity to perform anywhere else a great introduction to theatre.Read Full Review

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April 09, 2008

Overall the school is great. As the other reviews state, the band program is one of the best in the state, if not the best. The students feel safe and are treated well. I have one issue and that is with how science is taught in the 6th grade. Science/Math and Language Arts/Social Studies are taught on a block schedule which is fine if each subject is given equal time, which science is not, math takes the priority. With the lack of focus on science I feel that the students may not be prepared for the demands of upper grade science, and are not receiving a well-rounded education in the 6th grade.Read Full Review

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February 04, 2008

Good school but a few teachers need to get out of there (math and science). Most teachers are good. Mrs. Sniffen and Mrs. Jones are the best!Read Full Review

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August 16, 2007

This school by far is the best! My H.Schooler and now my son is/was very please with the teachers and the curriculum. Darryl watsonRead Full Review

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April 27, 2007

Hillsdale, I would say is the best in our district. I would recommend this school to anyone. Just take a look at those test scores!Read Full Review

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