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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B-
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Hillcrest High School is an above average, public school located in Simpsonville, SC. It has 2,189 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 20 to 1. According to state test scores, 55% of students are at least proficient in math and 83% in reading.

Hillcrest High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
83%
Percent Proficient - Math
55%
Average Graduation Rate
86%
Average SAT
1100
287 responses
Average ACT
23
143 responses
AP Enrollment
19%

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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    A-
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    A-
Median Household Income
$67,456
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$997
National
$949
Median Home Value
$164,100
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
80%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.25 responses
Poll
84%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.25 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 73 responses
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  • Spirit week
    32%
  • Going to Sporting Events
    26%
  • Football Games
    10%
  • Participating in sporting events
    8%
  • Pep rallies
    8%
  • Homecoming
    7%
  • Spirit Week
    5%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,189
Free or Reduced Lunch
33%
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.30 responses
87%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.30 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.30 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
20:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$56,675
Teachers in First/Second Year
11.1%
68%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.40 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.40 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.40 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$11,071/ year
National
$12,239
88%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.48 responses
48%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.48 responses
54%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.48 responses
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Hillcrest High School is an incredible place to attend High School. Everybody from the attendance clerks to the teachers, guidance counselors, administrations, library staff, student resource officers, cafeteria staff, custodians are very friendly and work their absolute best to make sure you receive a great education and have a wonderful high school experience. The students at Hillcrest are very diverse and it's like a big family. We strongly support all of our athletic programs and clubs. We put pride in our school and enjoy where we come to receive an education. There are plenty of events hosted throughout the school year to help further the betterment of our school and to make students feel valued and allow them to have fun. I wouldn't change a single thing about Hillcrest High School. I love my high school very much.
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Hillcrest High School is a good school. It's a great place to make friends and have new experiences. The teachers and staff are very polite especially in our current situation with Covid-19. Some teachers are very good at their jobs and are amazing to learn from. Others don't teach as well but they still love their students. They don't have a very big AP program like some high schools. That makes it harder for Hillcrest students to compete with other schools because they have more AP courses to offer. They have a lot of great clubs. They have clubs like Photography, Beta Club, Spanish Honor Society, Yearbook, Speech and Debate, Student Council, and many more. Speech and Debate is a club many enjoy. We have another club called Step Team they perform at pep rallies and are very fun to watch. Our sports are really fun to go to especially football. Students have an amazing time cheering on their team. I have enjoyed Hillcrest so far and I hope to continue to.
I enjoyed the willingness of the teachers and other staff, however there could have been more strictly enforced security for students, and more open communication there. For example: bomb threats at the school became an outrageous problem for both the staff and the students. The security officers were often found sleeping on the job. Also, there was a rule that students could not leave the campus for lunch. This rule was not at all enforces, and caused students to leave and return to the school. This became a problem. If students can gain access to the school without the staff knowing, I'm sure others could aswell. Also, there is alot of bullying taking place (as I'm sure there is in any public highschool). It would be great if there were more of a support system there.