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State School Board District 1 Schools of Distinction

Hillcrest High School

Character Education

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Principal, Mr. Jeff Hinton

Superintendent, Dr. Keri Johnson

In the summer of 2015, a group of dedicated students, parents, teachers, and administrators created the Hillcrest High School Code of Academic Honor and Integrity which laid the cornerstone of Hillcrest’s Character Education Program. When students became the leaders of the program during the 2019-2020 school year, the program experienced a shift resulting in positive school culture worthy of recognition. The Character Education program was largely responsible for improvement in school behavior, school culture, and academic excellence. Two areas of improvement which showed remarkable declines were disruptive behavior and peer conflict. During 2019-2020, teacher referrals for disruptive behavior decreased by 27% from the previous school year, with a decline of 58% in referrals for peer conflict. Hillcrest Report Card data reflected the connection between behavior and academics with gains experienced in the past three years from 74, to 81, to 86 in the fall of 2019. The students’ authorship of the lessons was unique, daring, and frequently personal. The authors trusted the lessons were presented by their peers with a spirit and belief that character can be developed. Within a 25-minute time period every Wednesday, all 1300+ students received the same presentation created by students for students.

State School Board District 2 Schools of Distinction

Hillcrest High School

by Anita Reid | Jul 07, 2021

Character Education

Banner School Award LogoTuscaloosa County Schools

Principal, Mr. Jeff Hinton

Superintendent, Dr. Keri Johnson

In the summer of 2015, a group of dedicated students, parents, teachers, and administrators created the Hillcrest High School Code of Academic Honor and Integrity which laid the cornerstone of Hillcrest’s Character Education Program. When students became the leaders of the program during the 2019-2020 school year, the program experienced a shift resulting in positive school culture worthy of recognition. The Character Education program was largely responsible for improvement in school behavior, school culture, and academic excellence. Two areas of improvement which showed remarkable declines were disruptive behavior and peer conflict. During 2019-2020, teacher referrals for disruptive behavior decreased by 27% from the previous school year, with a decline of 58% in referrals for peer conflict. Hillcrest Report Card data reflected the connection between behavior and academics with gains experienced in the past three years from 74, to 81, to 86 in the fall of 2019. The students’ authorship of the lessons was unique, daring, and frequently personal. The authors trusted the lessons were presented by their peers with a spirit and belief that character can be developed. Within a 25-minute time period every Wednesday, all 1300+ students received the same presentation created by students for students.

State School Board District 3 Schools of Distinction

Hillcrest High School

by Anita Reid | Jul 07, 2021

Character Education

Banner School Award LogoTuscaloosa County Schools

Principal, Mr. Jeff Hinton

Superintendent, Dr. Keri Johnson

In the summer of 2015, a group of dedicated students, parents, teachers, and administrators created the Hillcrest High School Code of Academic Honor and Integrity which laid the cornerstone of Hillcrest’s Character Education Program. When students became the leaders of the program during the 2019-2020 school year, the program experienced a shift resulting in positive school culture worthy of recognition. The Character Education program was largely responsible for improvement in school behavior, school culture, and academic excellence. Two areas of improvement which showed remarkable declines were disruptive behavior and peer conflict. During 2019-2020, teacher referrals for disruptive behavior decreased by 27% from the previous school year, with a decline of 58% in referrals for peer conflict. Hillcrest Report Card data reflected the connection between behavior and academics with gains experienced in the past three years from 74, to 81, to 86 in the fall of 2019. The students’ authorship of the lessons was unique, daring, and frequently personal. The authors trusted the lessons were presented by their peers with a spirit and belief that character can be developed. Within a 25-minute time period every Wednesday, all 1300+ students received the same presentation created by students for students.

State School Board District 4 Schools of Distinction

Hillcrest High School

by Anita Reid | Jul 07, 2021

Character Education

Banner School Award LogoTuscaloosa County Schools

Principal, Mr. Jeff Hinton

Superintendent, Dr. Keri Johnson

In the summer of 2015, a group of dedicated students, parents, teachers, and administrators created the Hillcrest High School Code of Academic Honor and Integrity which laid the cornerstone of Hillcrest’s Character Education Program. When students became the leaders of the program during the 2019-2020 school year, the program experienced a shift resulting in positive school culture worthy of recognition. The Character Education program was largely responsible for improvement in school behavior, school culture, and academic excellence. Two areas of improvement which showed remarkable declines were disruptive behavior and peer conflict. During 2019-2020, teacher referrals for disruptive behavior decreased by 27% from the previous school year, with a decline of 58% in referrals for peer conflict. Hillcrest Report Card data reflected the connection between behavior and academics with gains experienced in the past three years from 74, to 81, to 86 in the fall of 2019. The students’ authorship of the lessons was unique, daring, and frequently personal. The authors trusted the lessons were presented by their peers with a spirit and belief that character can be developed. Within a 25-minute time period every Wednesday, all 1300+ students received the same presentation created by students for students.

State School Board District 5 Schools of Distinction

Hillcrest High School

by Anita Reid | Jul 07, 2021

Character Education

Banner School Award LogoTuscaloosa County Schools

Principal, Mr. Jeff Hinton

Superintendent, Dr. Keri Johnson

In the summer of 2015, a group of dedicated students, parents, teachers, and administrators created the Hillcrest High School Code of Academic Honor and Integrity which laid the cornerstone of Hillcrest’s Character Education Program. When students became the leaders of the program during the 2019-2020 school year, the program experienced a shift resulting in positive school culture worthy of recognition. The Character Education program was largely responsible for improvement in school behavior, school culture, and academic excellence. Two areas of improvement which showed remarkable declines were disruptive behavior and peer conflict. During 2019-2020, teacher referrals for disruptive behavior decreased by 27% from the previous school year, with a decline of 58% in referrals for peer conflict. Hillcrest Report Card data reflected the connection between behavior and academics with gains experienced in the past three years from 74, to 81, to 86 in the fall of 2019. The students’ authorship of the lessons was unique, daring, and frequently personal. The authors trusted the lessons were presented by their peers with a spirit and belief that character can be developed. Within a 25-minute time period every Wednesday, all 1300+ students received the same presentation created by students for students.

State School Board District 6 Schools of Distinction

Hillcrest High School

by Anita Reid | Jul 07, 2021

Character Education

Banner School Award LogoTuscaloosa County Schools

Principal, Mr. Jeff Hinton

Superintendent, Dr. Keri Johnson

In the summer of 2015, a group of dedicated students, parents, teachers, and administrators created the Hillcrest High School Code of Academic Honor and Integrity which laid the cornerstone of Hillcrest’s Character Education Program. When students became the leaders of the program during the 2019-2020 school year, the program experienced a shift resulting in positive school culture worthy of recognition. The Character Education program was largely responsible for improvement in school behavior, school culture, and academic excellence. Two areas of improvement which showed remarkable declines were disruptive behavior and peer conflict. During 2019-2020, teacher referrals for disruptive behavior decreased by 27% from the previous school year, with a decline of 58% in referrals for peer conflict. Hillcrest Report Card data reflected the connection between behavior and academics with gains experienced in the past three years from 74, to 81, to 86 in the fall of 2019. The students’ authorship of the lessons was unique, daring, and frequently personal. The authors trusted the lessons were presented by their peers with a spirit and belief that character can be developed. Within a 25-minute time period every Wednesday, all 1300+ students received the same presentation created by students for students.

State School Board District 7 Schools of Distinction

Hillcrest High School

by Anita Reid | Jul 07, 2021

Character Education

Banner School Award LogoTuscaloosa County Schools

Principal, Mr. Jeff Hinton

Superintendent, Dr. Keri Johnson

In the summer of 2015, a group of dedicated students, parents, teachers, and administrators created the Hillcrest High School Code of Academic Honor and Integrity which laid the cornerstone of Hillcrest’s Character Education Program. When students became the leaders of the program during the 2019-2020 school year, the program experienced a shift resulting in positive school culture worthy of recognition. The Character Education program was largely responsible for improvement in school behavior, school culture, and academic excellence. Two areas of improvement which showed remarkable declines were disruptive behavior and peer conflict. During 2019-2020, teacher referrals for disruptive behavior decreased by 27% from the previous school year, with a decline of 58% in referrals for peer conflict. Hillcrest Report Card data reflected the connection between behavior and academics with gains experienced in the past three years from 74, to 81, to 86 in the fall of 2019. The students’ authorship of the lessons was unique, daring, and frequently personal. The authors trusted the lessons were presented by their peers with a spirit and belief that character can be developed. Within a 25-minute time period every Wednesday, all 1300+ students received the same presentation created by students for students.

State School Board District 8 Schools of Distinction

Hillcrest High School

by Anita Reid | Jul 07, 2021

Character Education

Banner School Award LogoTuscaloosa County Schools

Principal, Mr. Jeff Hinton

Superintendent, Dr. Keri Johnson

In the summer of 2015, a group of dedicated students, parents, teachers, and administrators created the Hillcrest High School Code of Academic Honor and Integrity which laid the cornerstone of Hillcrest’s Character Education Program. When students became the leaders of the program during the 2019-2020 school year, the program experienced a shift resulting in positive school culture worthy of recognition. The Character Education program was largely responsible for improvement in school behavior, school culture, and academic excellence. Two areas of improvement which showed remarkable declines were disruptive behavior and peer conflict. During 2019-2020, teacher referrals for disruptive behavior decreased by 27% from the previous school year, with a decline of 58% in referrals for peer conflict. Hillcrest Report Card data reflected the connection between behavior and academics with gains experienced in the past three years from 74, to 81, to 86 in the fall of 2019. The students’ authorship of the lessons was unique, daring, and frequently personal. The authors trusted the lessons were presented by their peers with a spirit and belief that character can be developed. Within a 25-minute time period every Wednesday, all 1300+ students received the same presentation created by students for students.

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