Hillcrest is a Rising Star school. Rising Star is a school improvement program that provides a structure and framework for improving student performance. The program is organized into indicators.
Hillcrest's focus for school year 2014-2015 is ID10 and IVD02:
ID10- The school’s Leadership Team regularly looks at school performance data and aggregated classroom observation data and uses that data to make decisions about school improvement and professional development needs.
IVD02- The "ongoing conversation" between school personnel and primary caregivers is candid, supportive, and flows in both directions.
For more information about the Rising Star Process, check out this presentation, which Washington Elementary School Principal Lori Brandes co-led at the January 7, 2013 Board of Education meeting.