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Hilldale School

Private | K-8 | 100 students

We are best known for accelerated academic program.
 
 

 
 

Living in Daly City

Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $402,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,480.

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4 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 7 ratings
2013:
Based on 5 ratings
2012:
Based on 2 ratings
2011:
Based on 2 ratings

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Posted April 7, 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 an administrator


Posted April 5, 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


Posted 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


Posted December 4, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 49% 26%
Hispanic 19% 52%
Black 12% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Music teacher(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • "Best of Bay" award (2009)
Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Acknowledged for community service in Daly City (2010)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Math club
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Improv
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Drama club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Latin
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language and culture club

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Kitchen
  • Swimming pool
Clubs
  • Cooking club
  • Gardening
  • Yoga club

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Ms. Sasha Clayton
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian, Independent
Associations
  • IIE
Fax number
  • (650) 756-3162

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Latin
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Gymnastics
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Gymnastics
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Animal Care
  • Art club
  • Chess club
  • Cooking club
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language and culture club
  • Game club
  • Gardening
  • Hiking
  • Legos
  • Math club
  • Robotics club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga club
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • 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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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$13000 - $14000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Lick-Wilmerding
Mercy High School
International High School
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79 Florence Street
Daly City, CA 94014
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Phone: (650) 756-4737

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