Hillcrest Middle School

Summary:

Hillcrest Middle School is a high-performing public middle school in Trumbull, Connecticut, serving 767 students in grades 6-8. The school is part of the Trumbull School District, which is ranked 15th out of 151 districts in the state and has a 5-star rating.

Hillcrest Middle School consistently excels academically, with a large percentage of students proficient or better in English Language Arts (70.7% to 77.8%) and Mathematics (63.4% to 71.6%) - significantly higher than the state averages of around 48% and 39%, respectively. The school has been ranked among the top 25 middle schools in Connecticut for several years, reaching as high as 5th in 2017-2018. Hillcrest also performs exceptionally well in supporting the academic achievement of various student subgroups, often placing in the top 10 or 20 middle schools in the state for Hispanic, Special Education, and Low Socioeconomic Status students.

Hillcrest Middle School's diverse student population, with a racial makeup of 60.63% White, 6.65% African American, 17.99% Hispanic, and 11.34% Asian, is noteworthy. The school's strong academic performance across different racial subgroups contrasts with some nearby schools, such as West Shore Middle School and the Stratford middle schools, which have larger achievement gaps between racial subgroups. Additionally, Hillcrest's relatively low student-teacher ratio and spending per student that is comparable to or slightly higher than nearby schools suggest the district is investing resources into the school's success.


Detail:

Public 6-8

 530 Daniels Farm Rd.
       Trumbull, CT  06611-5547


(203) 452-4466

District: Trumbull School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
23rd of 252 Connecticut Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $16,506 Help


Students who attend Hillcrest Middle School usually attend:

High:    Trumbull High School

Feeder schools for Hillcrest Middle School:

Elementary:    Booth Hill School
    Daniels Farm School

Student/teacher ratio:  13.1 Help
Number of students:  767

Racial breakdown:

White:
60.6%
Hispanic:
18.0%
Asian:
11.3%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  21.4% Help


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Compare Details Hillcrest Middle School ranks better than 90.9% of middle schools in Connecticut. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 88.61. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (60.6%), Hispanic (18%), Asian (11.3%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 21.4% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Hillcrest Middle School is 13.1. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Hillcrest Middle School is $16,506.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Hillcrest Middle School:

SchoolDigger ranks Hillcrest Middle School 23rd of 252 Connecticut public middle schools. (See Hillcrest Middle School in the ranking list.)

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Trumbull School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Trumbull School District 15th of 151 Connecticut school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Hillcrest Middle School

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Rank History for all students at Hillcrest Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 82.73 19th 248 92.3%
2007 81.93 23rd 250 90.8%
2008 81.34 27th 252 89.3%
2009 81.23 24th 255 90.6%
2010 81.91 22nd 268 91.8%
2011 81.14 24th 269 91.1%
2012 81.20 20th 272 92.6%
2013 79.97 36th 278 87.1%
2015 76.73 73rd 280 73.9%
2016 92.14 3rd 246 98.8%
2017 92.80 6th 250 97.6%
2018 94.27 5th 249 98.0%
2019 93.64 7th 259 97.3%
2021 89.97 23rd 275 91.6%
2022 90.49 16th 250 93.6%
2023 88.61 23rd 249 90.8%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Hillcrest Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 87.91 14th 244 94.3%
2022 89.70 2nd 36 94.4%
2023 80.41 5th 20 75.0%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Hillcrest Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 97.92 1st 104 99.0%
2021 91.71 10th 218 95.4%
2022 97.40 1st 106 99.1%
2023 96.41 2nd 109 98.2%
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Rank History for Female students at Hillcrest Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 92.44 4th 160 97.5%
2019 92.40 2nd 169 98.8%
2021 88.22 17th 235 92.8%
2022 91.36 6th 166 96.4%
2023 86.13 20th 160 87.5%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Hillcrest Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 76.01 17th 104 83.7%
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Rank History for Male students at Hillcrest Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 91.35 6th 164 96.3%
2019 89.20 11th 167 93.4%
2021 87.37 25th 224 88.8%
2022 84.61 23rd 169 86.4%
2023 83.82 22nd 158 86.1%
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Rank History for Asian students at Hillcrest Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 70.90 7th 27 74.1%
2022 40.30 8th 11 27.3%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Hillcrest Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 97.57 3rd 97 96.9%
2021 92.58 10th 146 93.2%
2022 95.07 2nd 97 97.9%
2023 95.59 6th 99 93.9%
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Rank History for White students at Hillcrest Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 92.20 2nd 168 98.8%
2019 90.77 3rd 166 98.2%
2021 83.08 20th 175 88.6%
2022 86.43 10th 151 93.4%
2023 79.08 24th 158 84.8%
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Data source: test scores: Connecticut Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Enrollment information for Hillcrest Middle School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 451 18 20 9 0 n/a n/a 0 498
1989 473 0 18 9 18 n/a n/a 0 518
1990 478 14 12 9 n/a n/a n/a 0 513
1991 495 10 9 10 1 n/a n/a 0 525
1992 522 11 16 8 2 n/a n/a 0 559
1993 526 17 16 4 4 n/a n/a 0 567
1994 533 15 19 10 3 n/a n/a 0 580
1995 541 15 20 10 2 n/a n/a 0 588
1996 541 15 20 10 2 n/a n/a 0 588
1997 529 21 23 12 1 n/a n/a 0 586
1998 534 21 21 14 2 n/a n/a 0 592
1999 567 26 26 15 4 n/a n/a 0 638
2000 631 27 29 15 5 n/a n/a 0 707
2001 663 33 20 22 4 n/a n/a 0 742
2002 690 34 28 30 3 n/a n/a 0 785
2003 690 34 28 30 3 n/a n/a 0 785
2004 683 34 38 29 1 n/a n/a 0 785
2005 637 30 27 28 1 n/a n/a 0 723
2006 608 33 29 33 1 n/a n/a 0 704
2007 618 21 30 24 1 n/a n/a 0 694
2008 653 28 30 31 1 n/a n/a 0 743
2009 661 26 31 36 1 n/a n/a 0 755
2010 596 30 56 36 1 n/a n/a 0 719
2011 618 29 54 45 1 0 0 0 747
2012 621 27 51 48 1 0 0 0 748
2013 648 35 44 47 3 0 0 0 777
2014 624 30 55 49 6 0 1 0 765
2015 627 28 48 49 6 0 2 0 760
2016 613 35 51 63 5 0 2 0 769
2017 614 32 62 58 3 0 3 0 772
2018 562 27 66 63 1 1 9 0 729
2019 532 32 67 78 1 2 13 0 725
2020 532 49 63 97 1 2 14 0 758
2021 507 54 72 106 2 2 13 0 756
2022 481 51 74 117 2 1 17 0 743
2023 465 51 87 138 1 0 23 2 767

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Hillcrest Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 498 41.0 12.1 n/a
1989 518 36.6 14.1 n/a
1990 513 39.0 13.1 n/a
1991 525 39.4 13.3 n/a
1992 559 37.6 14.8 1.3
1993 567 36.3 15.6 0.2
1994 580 37.0 15.7 3.3
1995 588 35.7 16.5 3.6
1996 588 35.7 16.5 3.6
1997 586 40.0 14.7 2.4
1998 592 42.1 14.1 2.5
1999 638 45.3 14.1 3.1
2000 707 49.9 14.2 3.4
2001 742 52.8 14.1 n/a
2002 785 55.0 14.3 5.4
2003 785 55.0 14.3 5.4
2004 785 55.3 14.2 3.9
2005 723 42.6 17.0 n/a
2006 704 42.8 16.4 4.1
2007 694 42.8 16.2 4.2
2008 743 54.0 13.8 3.9
2009 755 59.5 13.5 3.6
2010 719 53.8 13.3 5.1
2011 747 53.7 13.8 5.8
2012 748 56.1 13.3 8.2
2013 777 59.7 13.0 11.6
2014 765 60.0 12.7 9.8
2015 760 57.0 13.3 10.8
2016 769 62.0 12.4 10.7
2017 772 64.8 11.9 10.4
2018 729 67.3 10.8 7.8
2019 725 57.2 12.6 15.9
2020 758 58.4 12.9 17.5
2021 756 61.1 12.3 17.9
2022 743 59.4 12.5 18.6
2023 767 58.2 13.1 21.4

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Hillcrest Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 498 41.0 12.1 n/a
1989 518 36.6 14.1 n/a
1990 513 39.0 13.1 n/a
1991 525 39.4 13.3 n/a
1992 559 37.6 14.8 1.3
1993 567 36.3 15.6 0.2
1994 580 37.0 15.7 3.3
1995 588 35.7 16.5 3.6
1996 588 35.7 16.5 3.6
1997 586 40.0 14.7 2.4
1998 592 42.1 14.1 2.5
1999 638 45.3 14.1 3.1
2000 707 49.9 14.2 3.4
2001 742 52.8 14.1 n/a
2002 785 55.0 14.3 5.4
2003 785 55.0 14.3 5.4
2004 785 55.3 14.2 3.9
2005 723 42.6 17.0 n/a
2006 704 42.8 16.4 4.1
2007 694 42.8 16.2 4.2
2008 743 54.0 13.8 3.9
2009 755 59.5 13.5 3.6
2010 719 53.8 13.3 5.1
2011 747 53.7 13.8 5.8
2012 748 56.1 13.3 8.2
2013 777 59.7 13.0 11.6
2014 765 60.0 12.7 9.8
2015 760 57.0 13.3 10.8
2016 769 62.0 12.4 10.7
2017 772 64.8 11.9 10.4
2018 729 67.3 10.8 7.8
2019 725 57.2 12.6 15.9
2020 758 58.4 12.9 17.5
2021 756 61.1 12.3 17.9
2022 743 59.4 12.5 18.6
2023 767 58.2 13.1 21.4

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Hillcrest Middle School

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $16,023
2019 $16,462
2020 $16,178
2021 $16,506

Data source: Connecticut Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Hillcrest Middle School

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 7th of 259 Middle schoolsRanks 23rd of 249 Middle schools
 6.5%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade English Language Arts (Hillcrest Middle School)86.270.7
 15.5%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Trumbull School District)81.773.9
 7.8%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Connecticut)55.348
 7.3%
6th Grade Mathematics (Hillcrest Middle School)79.963.4
 16.5%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Trumbull School District)79.368
 11.3%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Connecticut)45.439.6
 5.8%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Hillcrest Middle School)86.672.3
 14.3%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Trumbull School District)81.169.7
 11.4%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Connecticut)56.148.8
 7.3%
7th Grade Mathematics (Hillcrest Middle School)77.770.5
 7.2%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Trumbull School District)74.666.1
 8.5%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Connecticut)46.139.9
 6.2%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Hillcrest Middle School)8477.8
 6.2%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Trumbull School District)76.876.2
 0.6%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Connecticut)55.848.5
 7.3%
8th Grade Mathematics (Hillcrest Middle School)77.571.6
 5.9%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Trumbull School District)68.267.2
 1%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Connecticut)43.536.2
 7.3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students725767
 5.8%
African American3251
 59.4%
American Indian11
Asian6787
 29.9%
Hispanic78138
 76.9%
Pacific Islander20
 100%
White532465
 12.6%
Two or More Races1323
 76.9%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients15.9%21.4%
 5.5%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Hillcrest Middle School

Yes. Hillcrest Middle School ranks in the top 9.1% of Connecticut middle schools.

In the 2022-23 school year, 767 students attended Hillcrest Middle School.

Students at Hillcrest Middle School are 61% White, 18% Hispanic, 11% Asian, 7% African American, 3% Two or more races.

Students who attend Hillcrest Middle School usually go on to attend Trumbull High School


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