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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our daughter has been at Hilldale for over 4 years and when we look back over the years, we see a thriving, compassionate, competitive, well spoken little girl who won't be little forever. Hilldale's environment encourages parents, teachers, students and all staff alike to "rise to the challenge" and to lead by example as a responsible citizens. We are full time working parents and we were very lucky to find such a gem of a school with all of it's different workshops in one place. Come take a tour, you will love it!
Great student to teacher. Awesome teachers. Overall development of students (not just academics).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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