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District Overview

Welcome to Hilldale Public Schools!

On behalf of our board of education and staff, I hope we can provide you a glimpse of our outstanding school!!

There is no greater purpose than teaching. As a district, we believe in a strong partnership between school, home, and community to support the development of our students – our future! We treasure the role we play with our students and the trust families have given us. The school community has great pride in students at Hilldale!

Mission Statement

Hilldale Public Schools’ mission is to provide educational opportunities that promote academic excellence in a safe and orderly environment.

Our History

Hilldale began in 1908 as a small elementary school, then located on a hill near the current Peak and Gulick streets. Over many years, as enrollment grew, new facilities and additional grades were added to the school. As a growing school with limited funds, much of the expansion was accomplished because of the commitment, donations, and physical labor of families with children in the district. In 1982, the first class graduated from Hilldale High School, with 83 graduates. Since that time, Hilldale has become known for strong values and successful students.

School Colors/Mascot

Red and White/Hornets

JUST A FEW FACTS (based on Fall 2017 data)

Community Characteristics
Ethnic Makeup  
  Caucasian  46%
  Black 3%
  Asian   1%
  Hispanic 4%
  Native American 46%
Average Property Valuation per Student $25,525
Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Lunch 54%
Census Data (based on 2012 5-Year Estimate)
Population within the District 7,113
Average Household Income $68,613
Poverty Rate 9%
Unemployment Rate 6%
Single Parent Families 23%
Highest Education Level for Adults Age 25+  
  College Degree 26%
  HS Diploma w/o College Degree 66%
  Less than 12th Grade Education 8%
District Educational Information

Hilldale Public Schools offers grades PK-12 in four sites on two campuses.

  • Grades PK-2 are housed at the Lower Elementary
  • Grades 3-5 are at Upper Elementary
  • Grades 6-8 are at Middle School
  • Grades 9-12 are at High School
Comparison Enrollment
  2000/2001 Enrollment (ADM) 1683
  2012/2013 Enrollment (ADM) as of 10/1/12 1799
  2015/2016 Enrollment (ADM) as of 10/1/15 1872
Special Student Programs
  Students in Gifted/Talented 22.3%
  Students in Special Education 13.5%
  Bilingual/Limited English Students 2.6%
  132 Certified Staff
  10 Administrative Staff
  62 Support Staff
Secondary Programs

Hilldale High School requires 24 credits for graduation. Courses ranging from Advanced Placement (AP) to remediation are offered at the high school. Benchmark and summative assessments are used to determine students’ need for skill-specific intervention, structured throughout the year.


Special courses are also offered for ACT preparation, Career Education, Exceptional Child, Music Appreciation, Drama/Stage, Video Production and Webpage Design.  Commitment to Education & Career, called “Senior Class”, is required enrollment for seniors, with a daily focus on life after high school. Concurrent College enrollment is offered through Connors State University, with some classes offered on the Hilldale campus. A cooperative agreement with Indian Capital Technology Center is available for juniors and seniors to attend Career Technology courses. The High School has many clubs and activities for student involvement.


The Middle School offers traditional courses plus Vocal Music and Band, Pre-Algebra/Algebra I, Computer, Art, Family Consumer Sciences, Leadership Classes, and a Character Education focus for all students. Hilldale Middle School was named a 2014 State School of Character and a 2014 National School of Character. Remediation classes are provided for students who have not passed the state reading or math test. A Robotics program has been started with Middle School students, competing in area and state competitions.


Both Middle School and High School have a FLEX schedule, which allows for students to receive additional help during a 30 minute period each day. For those students with good grades and behavior, they may be “Free Flexed” for a variety of activities, to reinforce their performance. This has proven to be instrumental in improving student skills and dramatically reducing those not passing classes.


Alternative Education (grades 6-12) and JOM services for students (grades 1-12) who are designated “At Risk” or in need of special assistance.

Secondary Extra-Curricular

Academics – Academic Team, National Honor Society



High School: Football, Basketball, Track/Field, Golf, Fast-pitch Softball, Cheerleading and Soccer.


Middle School: Football, Basketball, Track, Fast-pitch Softball, Golf, Baseball, and Cheerleading.


Fine Arts – Plays and All-School Musicals, Music Performances (band and vocal), Band, Choir, Jazz Band, Drama/Stage and Art.


Other Activities

More than thirty clubs and organizations are available for participation by both the high school and middle school.  (Ex: Student Council, Computer Club, Foreign Language Clubs, NIKE Club, etc)

Elementary Programs

Literacy First Reading Program, Literacy Library at Lower Elementary, Gifted/Talented After School Program, J.O.M. Tutoring and After School Culture Lab, Math Hands-On Program, Library Research Projects, Special Education, Character First Character Education Program, Great Expectations Program, Geography and Spelling Bee, Academic Team, Counseling, Music, PE, Art, Computer, and Library Special Classes, Latchkey Program, and After-School Tutorial Programs.


Hilldale Lower and Upper Elementary have Literacy Labs, allowing students to be seen in small groups to focus on reading skills. Students are routinely assessed for areas of weakness and interventions provided through this program.

District Revenues (ALL FUNDS)
  Local and County   30.7%
  State  59.2%
  Federal 10.0%
Outreach Programs
  Elementary PTO
  Elementary Summer School
  Elementary After School Day Care (Latch Key)
  Title VII Indian Education Program
  MS-HS Summer Academy
  Many booster and support groups for a variety of activities

Hilldale Public Schools is located on twenty-seven square miles at two campuses in south Muskogee County. The Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary are in adjoining facilities on Peak Boulevard. The Middle School and High School are in an adjoining building on Smith Ferry Road. The district is currently in preparation for building new and remodeled facilities due to a $15 million bond issue, approved in October, 2017. Facilities include a secured entrance at the elementary, new classrooms and a gymnasium at the elementary, a new All Sports Facility at the MS-HS, remodeled baseball and softball facilities, and artificial turf on the football field. A $7.4 million bond project for facilities in the district has also been completed in 2014. New classrooms and restrooms were added at the Middle School, a new band room for Middle School-High School that meets FEMA guidelines as a safe room, a new kitchen and dining area for Middle School and High School, with the Middle School dining area serving as a safe room, and a new kitchen and dining facility for the Elementary that also provides an area for performances and serves as a safe room. In addition, nearly $1 million was recently spent to upgrade and repair all roofs in the district. Annually, facilities are prioritized for improvement and remodel.


The Hilldale School District continuously strives to increase technology for all students. Most classrooms are equipped with either a Smart Board or a Smart TV. Computer labs are established throughout the district. The district has begun an initiative to provide Lower Elementary with mini-iPads class sets for student use and class sets of Google Chrome Books at Upper Elementary, Middle School and High School. Bring Your Own Device is a growing trend at the High School. A $480,000 grant from the City of Muskogee Foundation, a $96,000 grant from the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, and federal funds have provided the district with over 1,000 iPads or Chrome Books in recent years. Hilldale has a commitment to students having technology experience throughout their school career!



District Office:

Hilldale Administration
Mr. Erik Puckett, Superintendent
313 E Peak Blvd
Muskogee, OK 74403
(918) 683-0273

Hilldale Public Schools313 E Peak Blvd.Muskogee, OK  74403


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