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K-8
Private
Daly City, CA
Students enrolled: 100
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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79 Florence Street
Daly City, CA 94014

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(650) 756-4737
(650) 756-3162
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August 27, 2014
I have enjoyed teaching Spanish at Hilldale for the last ten years. Students at Hilldale School study Spanish from Kindergarten through 8th Grade. In the early years, students are able to develop clear and authentic pronunciation, build a wealth of vocabulary, and familiarize themselves with the phonetic structure of the language. As students advance, they develop a more complex understanding of verb conjugations and Spanish grammar. As a latent function of learning the language, students gain a better understanding of English grammar and are often able to identify Latin roots of English words. Students continue to develop fluency skills and increase their vocabulary base in the older grades. Middle-school students at Hilldale also participate in the National Spanish Exam, which is an online exam administered nationwide to nearly 200,000 students in the 6th-12th Grades. In 2014, six Hilldale School students earned awards for their performance on the exam. Two of those students even earned a Bronze Medal for scoring above the 75th percentile of middle-school students nationwide.

- submitted by a teacher
April 17, 2014
My child is the most veteran student at Hilldale. Now everyone knows who I am. :) I have to say that as a working parent, I can go to work knowing I don't have to worry about my child. Not only is my child in a safe envirionment but she is learning from some of the most amazing teachers and faculty members who challenges her to her maximum potential. Academically and personally. The real benefit for me is knowing that my child is in good hands for long hours doing what Hilldale does best and having the peace of mind at work doing what I do best without worries. That is priceless. Love this school with passion!

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2014
Our principal enrolled her daughter at Hilldale School in Daly City, evidencing its excellence in education. The small class sizes, accelerated curriculum for gifted and talented students, well-educated, intelligent, dedicated, loving, supportive administration, faculty, and staff provide a wealth of knowledge and a challenging and nurturing environment in which students can develop their many gifts and talents. Several of our students were award winners at the San Mateo County Fair. Yearly, students write Young Authors' Projects, some of which are published for the extended school community's enjoyment. Spanish, Latin, ethics, international studies, music, drama, art, and swimming are among the enriching classes students are offered. The many acred campus allows for hiking, environmental studies, and exploration of the natural world. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), reading buddies, Mandarin, instrumental music, student council, photography, cooking, and social justice opportunities are offered during and/or after school. From pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, students are expected to rise to the challenge of bettering themselves and their community.

- submitted by a teacher
April 10, 2014
Hilldale school is an exciting and innovative program, which provides a stimulating and supportive curriculum for children to blossom!!

- submitted by a teacher
April 09, 2014
The small class size makes this school a close knit community, which is the number 1 reason we adore Hilldale. Almost everyone knows everyone, the principal certainly does. My son is currently in the Pre-K program and judging by how much he looks forward to going to school every morning, I know Hilldale is the right choice. I can also see my son's confidence growing, interacting with his classmates socially and intellectually, and building his language skills.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2014
As a parent I'm impressed of how Hilldale School and the level of attention and engagement that the director and the teacher team brings to the students and to the parents. Over communication to the parents ensures we are part of the day-to-day school activity and have insight into what is going on. On the students side I see that the high values put in place both in the quality of learning but also the engagement with the student body and the community drives high student engagement. I'm glad our son is at Hilldale.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2013
When I first came to visit the school I was skeptical. Its "campus" is scattered among three old single-family houses, one of which is not even adjacent to the other two. My doubts were quickly swept away when I met the principal. I had not met an educator more enthusiastic about teaching and helping students. I was amazed when I walked into the kindergarten classroom and witnessed the students reading stories on their own and answering written questions in their workbooks. Hilldale's curriculum is at least one year ahead of most schools. When my son was in kindergarten, they were expected to solve two-digit-subtracting-one-digit arithmetic problems. Upon entering kindergarten, students were expected to read the book "Cat in the Hat" on their own. Hilldale's core culture is academics. If you share the belief that schools are for learning things that matter to "kid's life chances", then you will realize that how the school looks physically does not matter, and you will come to appreciate and like Hilldale. Hilldale is a great choice for families that have high expectations of their children in academics. It is among the most affordable private schools in the area.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2013
Both my kids attend Hilldale School and absolutely love it! From the day they had their assessment tests with Ms. Clayton, they were pampered with loving teachers who pay individual attentions and kind classmates who never tease or bully. The class size is small. The school's slogan is "rising to the challenge." And indeed, my kids constantly amazed me with how much they can learn and achieve at such a young age. The accelerated curriculum sounded daunting, but the kids can do it with ease with the proper level of encouragement and individual attention. After school activities are plentiful, ranging from drama, musical performance, chess, swimming, cooking to lego and dance. Most after-schools are included in the tuition. The tuition is the lowest I can find in the Bay Area of all secular private schools. The school encourages public speaking and performance and hosts at least 3 drama and musical performances annually. It was a delight to see my very shy child reciting long poems and singing beautiful songs in front of a big crowd! If you are looking for an affordable school with solid education and loving environment, you should check out Hilldale.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
My school is Hilldale School in Daly City, Ca. The teacher ratio is great because there are only 16 students in his class. The education is first class. The entire staff is dedicated to making the learning process challenging for the students. The staff is caring and prides themselves on knowing all of the students by name. This school is a great way for your child to start the learning process.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2013
The best way I can prepare my kid for a successful life is by providing a great foundation, and that is where Hilldale School comes into play. Not only do they provide an accelerated curriculum, but it is delivered with the utmost care. My child has attended Hilldale School for 6 years and I could not be prouder of the results. Hilldale has created a well rounded individual with a sense of community. I have 2 kids 7 years apart, and based on how well they prepared my older child to become a leader and a thinker, I revel at the opportunity to enroll my younger kid in this wonderful environment. Small classes with individualized attention. They've fostered the love for reading to each and every child in the school. My oldest child reads for fun, outside of school two or more books a week now. Drama, Music, Art, Spanish are offered as part of the curricula. Homework isn well planned to allow for work/life balance. After school activities like, cooking, lego, chess, soccer, swimming, dance, photography... Fields trips that are fun but have education on the forefront. Parents are very involved with the school and have built an incredible community.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2013
I found this school for my Pre-K daughter through greatschools.com. She is quiet by nature and has spent only one year in this country before admission. Her English skill was not sufficient that was why I chose Hilldale which seemed very caring and has small class organization. As a result, my daughter overcame the language barrier, forged friendships and now ready to learn. Pre-K director/ teacher Ms. Clotile is amazing. We have complete confidence in her.

- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2012
The Hilldale School in Daly City is definitely a hidden gem. Its small size keeps the students and their families very close knit. Our family has been part of the Hilldale Community for seven years, and it just seems to get better as each year passes. The quality of education is amazing, as is the quality of teachers who dedicate their time and effort. The principal of Hilldale and the staff manage to keep the students academically challenged, indiviulaized if necessary, and yet allow their creativity to show through in many different ways. The Hilldale Community thrives from the diversity of its students and celebrates the uniqueness of their culture whenever possible. This school offers the strong, solid academic foundation parents are looking for, as well the warmth and care children require to achieve their potential.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2012
Don't be put off by the modest appearance of this school. The Principal and owner set the tone by providing a sound educational philosophy and an expectation of high standards, both intellectually and personally. If you want a demanding and intellectually challenging curriculum concentrating on the basics, without time consuming and wasteful frills this is the right place. Hilldale truly has the feeling of a large family and everyone knows everyone else. I have never seen an unruly child there or a word spoken in anger. Our daughter was accepted by the finest high schools in the Bay Area including Lowell, Lick Wilmerding, Woodside Priory, Crystal Springs Uplands and Convent of the Sacred Heart.

- submitted by a parent
December 30, 2011
Excellent school. Academically solid curriculum. Richness of Music, Art, and Spanish. Extended year allows better coverage of topics. Very enthusiastic and well-prepared teachers make learning exciting. Culturally diverse, co-ed, non-sectarian. Warm community of families. Great price tag includes extended hours,

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2011
This is a really great school. Its a great place to learn, a small community, and the teachers care about each student. The only thing I have to say is that this statement is not true: "Graduates typically go to: Lowell High School; University High School and Lick-Wilmerding University." After speaking with the graduates of 2011, I found out that this year is the first year anyone will be attending University High School or Lick Wilmerding (one student to each school), and the school has had one previous student that has gone to Lowell High School. Other than that, the most students have gone to Mercy (SF or B) and there have been years where there were no eighth graders. In 2010, there were no graduates. In 2009, they had one graduate who is attending Mercy SF. None in 2008. In 2007, there were four graduates (who are attending International High School, Lowell, Westmoore, and the fourth one is unknown). The only graduate before that (since the new owners) went to Terra Nova. So students typically go to various schools--not the best.

- submitted by a community member
December 15, 2010
Our decision to enter our son into kindergarten here forced as to truly look at what is important for child developement. If a brand new facility is the important goal then there are other choices. If structure based, intimate learning, where you as a Parent are involved, then look here. Many afterschool activities are included. Heated pool is now partially Solar heated. New projects are constantly being added. I like being involved where I can make a real difference and my kids see it also.

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2010
If education is a top priority for your family then this is the school for you. Hilldale is a small, warm environment for kids to learn. My son has been thriving there for 2 years now and we couldn't be more pleased with his progress. The staff is incredibly dedicated and smart which they share with the kids. And for working parents, I don't believe there is a better deal for the price of tuition. Tuition includes the amazing before and afterschool program which saves us a lot of money and makes our life easier. Definitely check this school out.

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2010
My son has been attending the preschool program and we all love it! The before and after school programs are a big benefit for working parents and the academic curriculum is way above what you find in other schools. There is a lot of parent involvement which leads to a great school community.

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2010
When we went School Shopping, we stumbled upon Hilldale, it was had the teacher to pupil ratio was about 14 students per class. Anytime you have that the kids are getting a lot of individual attention they need to succeed . The challenging curriculum that the kids were mastering was a breath a fresh air compared to the public schools we visited, they are having the kids "rise to the challenge" by setting the bar high and working with children to reach the bar. We are very, very happy at the development of our First grader. I encourage you to go and visit, have your child spend a couple of hours in a class room and go visit a class and just watch the methods of teaching.

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2010
We love Hilldale not only because of their excellent academic program, but also the philosophy such as world citizen awareness and social responsibility. If the children do well at Hilldale both academically and socially, he/she will grow up as responsible citizen. The school is culturally diverse, yet all the students get along with one another makes me feel like it s a small version of how the world should be. So what if the school building is old. We all are working together to improve our campus as a community and family.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2010
Great student to teacher. Awesome teachers. Overall development of students (not just academics).

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2009
Hilldale has been our childs educational home for 3 years now and she is ghetting a great education. She loves the accelerated learning atmophere. Hilldale is affordable also. Several large extra curricular events that benefit the students take place each year. Just another of many reasons to send your child to Hilldale.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2009
My son attended Hilldale and absolutely loved the school and still gets sentimental when he thinks about it. He was challenged and learned a great deal in a small and nurturing environment. I was very pleased with the education my son received and loved the benefit of the before and after school care as well as the extra curricular program. My son is now thriving in high school. My family and I will always have fond memories of Hilldale.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2008
This is a wonderful school with great education, amazing teachers, and incredible atmosphere. Kids get a high-quality education in a warm and supportive environment. This is one of the best schools in the Bay Area.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2008
Hildale was the first school in which I had my own classroom. It was the best place I could have started my career. I had a fantastic staff to support me through my first year and a terrific, tight-knit parent base who made me feel like a welcomed professional.

- submitted by a teacher
February 12, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2008
The buildings are old, but they are safe, and every concern that comes up is addressed asap. Much more important than our outsides, are the cohesive and talented staff, new principal, and thriving spirit of the school! Moreover, all concerns can be addressed to our principal, who is working hands-on with students, teachers, and parents at all times; any financial concerns can be addressed through her or directly to our business office toll-free. Our tuition is lower than every private independent school in the Bay area. Best of all, our academics are outstanding, and physical improvements continue. We hope you ll make up your own mind and come see for yourself!

- submitted by a community member
February 11, 2008
As a parent of an upper school student who has been at Hilldale for several years, I am the first to point out the school has had a somewhat difficult transition of ownership. However, that was years ago and the school has since come along marvelously with a dedicated staff and a well-developed and challenging academic curriculum that engages the entire student effectively. Hilldale will always be a small school and that can provide challenges. However, those challenges are met vigorously. The school also tries to be affordable and additionally will work with parents on a needs basis. Most importantly, though, the learning that takes place at Hilldale is phenomenal. But don't take my word: See it for yourself!

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2008
This school is a very big disappointment. Even after speaking with a few former parents at Hilldale, I still decided to put my son there for Kindergarten. Considering how much parents are charged for tuition, it's unbelievable how much fundraising occurs. I've talked to other parents and they are not happy with the new owners as well. The buildings are very old, and I have seen the same exposed rusted nails every morning. The staff is not as cohesive as they like to believe and attendance in the upper grades (or lack of) shows the instability of the institution. The only great thing that has come from my regretful decision is the material my son has learned in his class. Other than that, I beleive there is nothing positive about Hilldale.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2007
Our children (Kindergarten, Preschool) love to attend school, indicating that Hilldale is a challenging and fun place. The school provides outstanding academic programs and emphasizes tolerance for other individuals and different cultural backgrounds. Children learn about their responsibilities toward themselves (e.g., healthy eating), the environment and the community. I frequently observe that older children at Hilldale treat the younger children with respect and help whenever they can. Hilldale s Principle is determined and full of positive energy. Small class sizes give the teachers an opportunity to build meaningful relationships with the children. The afternoon care involves homework, reading, drawing, outdoor play and workshops. My daughter chose Swimming and Instrument Making and comes home with some pretty cool stuff. The school s buildings could be cared for better, but playgrounds are in good shape. A friendly parent community provides a comfortable forum for discussions and a headquarter for fun activities (e.g., Halloween Carnival).

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2007
My child has been attending Hilldale since 1st grade. It's been five years, and we still firmly believe that choosing Hilldale was the best decision we could have made in terms of our child's education. This school has a great academics program, that is both extensive, stimulating, and challenging. It also has a great, family-friendly environment. It's truly a hidden treasure.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2007
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- submitted by a teacher
January 15, 2007
Wow. This school has so much to offer! Art, Music, Spanish, PE, Ethics, plus all the academics one year ahead of other schools. This school also values the importance of recess and care for our children before and after school. The staff is very committed to the success of the school and the children.

- submitted by a teacher
December 15, 2006
As a new parent to this school, I was amazed on how involved the staff and parents were. It made our transition as a new family very easy. The teachers are just so caring to the students that we felt, like this was the top choice for our daughter. If you're looking for an advanced educational experience then this is the place!

- submitted by a student
December 07, 2006
I'm proud to say I've been Hilldale's upper school math and science teacher for five years. I've stayed here because I love the warm and close-knit community and the school's commitment to excellence. Small class sizes allow teachers to get to know each student and design a curriculum plan that works. I've enjoyed terrific success here over the years and my former students are all doing well in high school.

- submitted by a teacher
December 07, 2006
The teachers are above awesome, they care about the children here and have a lot to put on the table. Our children are learning about community service, ethics and taking responsibility for being a citizen of this world.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2006
This is a school you want to avoid. My experience with this owner has been negative. I did not experience caring for my child by the administrators or the teachers. The extra curricular activities they charge extra for are not done very well. The children are 'clickish' and in our experience unkind to new students. I did not see any actual teaching on character education and that was the main reason I enrolled my child.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2006
From this parent's perspective money matters more than the child.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2006
This school s overall stability should be a major concern to any interested parent. A strong family community is cancelled out by poor ownership at this for profit school. If you tour, ask about the school s financial stability, average teacher tenure, lack of janitorial and office staff, and student turnover rates.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2006
My son is currently in 7th grade and has been attending Hilldale since Kindergarten. Beyond the fact that it is a close-knit community that values the input of all constituencies (students, families, teachers and staff) what most compels us to remain at this school is the strong academic focus that still allows the children to be children. The children truly love and prosper in this environment. To the surprise of any new family that joins the school, the children simply do not want to leave before it closes at 6pm. This school is a rare find.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2006
The long-term stability of this school is in question. Also, their highly touted accelerated curriculum is not developmentally appropriate.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2006
Hilldale has a wonderful small community feel with a strong focus on academic advancement. The parents and teachers are close knit and the children watch over one another.

- submitted by a administrator
April 05, 2006
Hilldale is an oasis in the world of too-busy teachers and parents on the go. We as a family have found a diverse community of friendship, family, and mentors at Hilldale. What school offers that? My son, Jakob, who is a third grader, says Hilldale is a fun, nice place where you meet good friends and get a good education! Know any 3rd graders saying that? I challenge any school out there to offer the skills, talent, sense of community and duty that Hilldale offers my children. My daughter (4yrs) recently enrolled into the Pre-K program. Daily she is excited about going to school where she has learned about science, reading and increased her artistic abilities. She is definitely ready for kindergarten. After school workshops, swimming, great education all in a beautiful country setting.

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2005
We can't say enough good things about the Hilldale School. Our son is a first-grader at Hilldale and attended kindergarten at Hilldale, as well as the summer camp. When we go to school, it feels like coming home. We truly feel that the Hilldale community is a second family. The Hilldale School challenges the students with a rigorous academic curriculum and our son is learning so much - far beyond the traditional first-grade skills. The first-grade curriculum involves lots of reading and writing, spelling and math, as well as social studies and science. The students in his class truly enjoy working hard and we know that whenschool is in session he is working -- and not being 'babysat,' as is the case in many other schools.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2005
A gem of a school. Small, but very challenging and enriching. Superb teachers and very committed Principal. Excellent after school program which is included in the tuition. Fantastic value form money. A real hidden treasure.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2005
Hilldale School is one if not the best schools in the area. The number of students vs. teachers is more like a homeschooling with the benefit of social interaction with other students of different ages. My child excels in all parts of academic needs due to the small class; teachers spending time to met her needs, constantly challeging her, testing her ability to succeed. We have been a part of the school for a number of years, and we have seen the changes that the new owner made to upgrade, meeting the demands, educational expectations and students rises to the challenge. Critical thinking and information technology have been incorporated with the curriculum which will help the students in their future academic and real life experiences.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2005
Both my children have gone to Hilldale School since they were Kindergarten. Hilldale is a small school located near the city where it provides a conducive natural setting for learning. Currently, the curriculum is well rounded and is carefully balanced to challenge our 8th grader child and meet the requirements needed before her high school years. The staff cohesively work together and shows great interest and are skillful in providing attention as needed. Currently, our child feels comfortable and encouraged to learn and there is no better way to describe the school than that.

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We now have a 195-day extended school year! Our Pre-Kindergarten emphasizes early childhood literacy, math, science, social studies, music, art, and movement activities in order to prepare our students for success in their educational life and beyond. Perfect for bright and gifted children who are more than ready to learn and have fun in a group setting!

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Hilldale School
79 Florence Street, Daly City, CA  94014
(650) 756-4737
Last modified Hilldale School is a Private school that serves grades K-8
Hilldale School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 49 reviews. Top