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PK-8
Private
Los Gatos, CA
Students enrolled: 315
Before care: No
After care: Yes

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300 Marchmont Dr
Los Gatos, CA 95032

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(408) 356-6116
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December 16, 2014
We are very happy with Hillbrook school for our Kindergarten and Second Grade children. The school is warm and inviting, has a fabulous campus and facilities, and amazing teachers and staff. They focus on the whole child and do a great job of giving children a well rounded education. The Kindergarten has a 1:8 teacher student ratio. Teachers implement a co-teaching model to teach and meet the needs of their students in a learning space spanning 3 physical classrooms. The students are not only learning academics but there is a strong emphasis on social emotional learning, which provides a solid foundation for children to succeed in the classroom and beyond. We find the community of parents to be quite diverse and welcoming. There are parents with all different backgrounds, experiences, and careers. This is one of the things that as I parent I love about our school. No school is perfect in every way, but Hillbrook is the right fit for our children and our family and we are so lucky to be a part of its wonderful community.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2014
We have been at Hillbrook for many years and have two children attending. Our children have been thrilled being at Hillbrook - they love to learn and they are taught to think outside the box. They learn different ways to problem solve and are given opportunities to think for themselves every day. The ipad program is well thought out and managed. The teachers love to teach - they are innovative and caring while providing a strong well balanced education. I know that my children will thrive when they move on to high school and college because of the excellent foundation they have received at Hillbrook. I love the fact that they are also given the opportunity to learn about music, language and art at an in-depth level. We love Hillbrook - if you are looking for a strong well balanced independent school that fosters the love of learning, take a tour of Hillbrook.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2014
We are feeling a bit lukewarm about this school at the moment. Of course there are a lot of really great things about Hillbrook.The grounds are lovely, the extra programs engaging, and most importantly our children don't have to deal with overt classroom disruptions all day long, because most of the kids are entitled, but well enough behaved. The teachers are good enough (mostly inexperienced and at the beck and call of the power-parents' demands). My concern is that our real values and background are not represented in this school. We didn't go to a small liberal arts college ,where our every thought was indulged as brilliant, so we don't fit in very well with the parent population at this school. Most of the parents seem to be trust funders themselves, so we often feel like the fish out of water at events. I would welcome a little more diversity in ideas, backgrounds, size, abilities etc at the school. Overall, it is a good enough school, just could work on a few things.

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2014
Do not let your child attend this school. They belittle kinders and do not teach the children social skill or proper behavior on how to handle everyday situations.

- submitted by a community member
October 03, 2014
I had 2 children at Hillbrook, one was there for 5 years and the other for 7 years. We chose the school and stayed for many years because we liked the small class sizes, the great teachers, the beautiful campus, no standardized testing until 4th grade, no grades until 5th grade but it became apparent to us as our children got older that the school was not a good fit for them. Hillbrook thinks they are very different than Harker or Stratford because they offer classes with dedicated teachers in art, music, library, P.E., languages (Spanish and Mandarin) but as it turns out, they are the same as Harker and Stratford. All three are very traditional schools. Hillbrook is NOT a good school for children that have any learning differences or are gifted. I would also say that it is not a great school if your child is quiet and soft spoken. That said, children and parents that love a traditional classroom, traditional teaching, and hours of homework every night will love Hillbrook!

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2014
Hillbrook is the DREAM school for a child of Silicon Valley. Headmaster Mark Silver came in and kept what was working (rock star teachers with warmth and depth) made key changes in curriculum (Singapore Math, a new, excellent literacy program) and most importantly, innovated like crazy. The iPad program is a model for the country, not just because it was first, but because the iPads are used where and how it makes sense to use them. Resident Teachers bring down the teacher:student ratio and infuse the school with fresh ideas and leading-edge teaching techniques. Flexible learning spaces mean more interesting projects and fewer rote learning assignments. My kid retains way more from the Hillbrook way of teaching than our previous school. One other thing that might not sound like a big deal, but it is to me. The school places a value on funny. Kids tell jokes at Flag every week, for instance, and the best teachers have a funny, playful way about them that makes smaller children feel happy and older children stay engaged.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2014
My son is in his fifth year at Hillbrook. He says he learns the most in science and likes to learn the most in art. The art, music, and science programs are excellent. The campus is beautiful. The social experience has been positive, and my son's class is well bonded. The reading and writing programs are strong and differentiated, but don't stand out over a good public school program. Singapore Math provides more depth in the math curriculum than traditional US curriculums, but the differentiation is limited and doesn't challenge the highest performing students. The lower school Spanish program is a waste of time, providing very basic vocabulary in a class with limited classroom management and organization, which stressed my son out. PE is almost every day, so the kids are active and fit. While there are occasional projects, I wouldn't call it project based learning. Technology use is mostly consumption based. Creative use of technology has been a stop motion video in art and a few video or slide presentations in social studies. There isn't any programming. Teacher quality varies from good to excellent, similar to public school. Class size is small. My son loves going to Hillbrook.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2014
At first view, the setting at Hillbrook is breathtaking and it's quite easy to be taken in by the sites. But what we have come to love most about our school goes way beyond the scene; as you peel back the layers of Hillbrook, its the sense and strength of community & core principles which truly advocate living life to it's fullest through the promotion of being your best and taking risks while also encouraging the utmost in kindness & compassion; promoting our youth to critically think, question and DO while also making 'smart' choices. When it comes to making decisions on behalf of our kids, we receive incredible guidance from administrators and have found the overall communication between ourselves and our children's teachers to be outstanding to say the least. We simply love that our kids are learning the principles of science inside of a garden and chicken coup; that mathematics is being taught with an incredibly progressive approach; that instruments are being used in music class and that our children have the opportunity to partake in subjects including Spanish, PE and Art. Hillbrook is an amazing place and we feel blessed to be sending our children there.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2014
We have two children at Hillbrook and we are in our third year at the school. We chose Hillbrook primarily because we share the school's vision for being a "life preparatory school" that is focused on the whole child. We love the small class size and that our children's learning styles are known within the school community. Additionally, it was important to us to find a school that offered art, music, language and science as a core part of the curriculum starting in Junior Kindergarten along with reading, writing and math. Another important component for us was the school's focus on social emotional learning and it's understanding that there is a lot of learning that happens outside of the classroom. We have watched our children thrive as both students and friends at the school and look forward to the years to come.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2014
The campus is beautiful, the teachers are great. The administration is useless. When faced with relatively simple issues from long lunch lines, to traffic jams at drop off and pickup, to loud kids in class and bullying, this administration lacks foresight, pro-activeness and the ability to implement corrective actions in a timely manner. Had this been a non-tuition based school these issues might not be so glaring. But when one pays near college level tuition for pre-k, then one expects a better experience. Save your money, there's a reason why people pay a premium to live in Los Gatos, the public schools are actually quite good!

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2013
We have two very different children at Hillbrook. We truly appreciate that the school treats them as individuals. The administration and teachers have worked hard to get to know our children and placed them with teachers who can help nurture their individual learning styles and interests. As a result they have both grown tremendously as students and people each year. We are looking forward to continued growth as strong and confident learners.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2013
As a current Hillbrook parent, I m thrilled with our choice of school. We came to Hillbrook looking for an innovative school that offers small classes, individualized learning, strong academics, a well-balanced curriculum, joyful atmosphere, and a value for the process of learning. Hillbrook is delivering on this and much more. A warm and friendly parent community is an added bonus! Classes are kept small enabling individualized learning. Passionate and responsive teachers- that clearly love what they do- take an active interest in your child. In conferences, our teachers have been spot on in identifying our children s strengths & opportunities. We feel a true partnership with our teachers. The curriculum is well rounded and innovative, including Singapore math and second languages beginning in 1st grade. The lush, 14-acre campus is peaceful and serene, and offers unique hands-on learning opportunities, including an outdoor creek where students conduct science experiments. The supportive administration does not grow complacent and is constantly looking inward, seeking to make the school even stronger. If you're considering Hillbrook, I strongly recommend you do a school tour.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2013
After 5 years at Hillbook we left in 2012. We were happy to leave and we don't look back at our time at Hillbrook fondly. Two of the four years we had inexperienced (new to teaching) teachers. My sons 3rd grade teacher made it clear all year she really didn't like teaching kids "so young". There is high turn over in teachers and ultimately I don't think it is worth the $$$$'s. The campus is beautiful - so I gave the groundskeeper two stars.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2013
Things have extremely changed. High turnover in teachers. Atmosphere has become very uncomfortable. It was once a great school.

- submitted by a community member
June 18, 2012
Our children have just completed another wonderful school year at Hillbrook. We are consistently impressed with the level of learning - and most importantly - the deep knowledge and understanding of each child's needs and personality. There is a true sense of partnership with the administration and teachers in educating your child and it goes well beyond the excellent academics, encompassing the Social/Emotional needs as well as Service Learning, creativity and out-of-the-box thinking. Hillbrook provides a great sense of community for the whole family.

- submitted by a parent
February 29, 2012
I visited Hillbrook School last year and I am planning on a repeat visit this year. The campus is beautiful. The setting is serene and safe. The school setting is well thought out with class levels bundled together so that same age kids are grouped together. The school is set up so that the students walk themselves all over the beautiful grounds, fostering independence. The buildings are glorious; truly this is the most beautiful elementary school I have ever seen. However, I observed a real problem with some members of the teaching staff. One of the lower grade teachers was outwardly hostile to her students and this teacher was well aware that our group of potential parents was in her classroom. This was the most offensive behavior that I have ever seen by a teacher. I am offended for the parents that are paying $24,000 a year to have their children treated this way. Other teachers seemed lackluster. A few, especially the music teacher, were very good. I am planning a return visit to see if the teaching has improved. Hillbrook has a beautiful school that provides so many extras but until they improve their teaching they will never be worth the $24,000 that they charge.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2011
Our kids went there for several years. Wonderful, broad base program (sports, arts, etc); unfortunately, the academics implementation is inconsistent. It depends on the grade level and the teacher your child has, often, they are unable to differentiate and meet the needs for different type of abilities. The school is working on improving the academics / curriculum so it could be a better school in a few years. Socially it's a small school and finding friends with similar interests might also be an issue, especially if your child is not a jock. They do have good acceptance rate into local Catholic high schools.

- submitted by a community member
February 14, 2011
Hillbrook has been the perfect fit for our family. Our child has not only been well prepared academically, but more importantly has been taught important life skills such as the importance of giving back, being a leader, public speaking, critical thinking and being given many opportunities to discover several passions outside of the core curriculum. The strength of this school is the faculty who are passionate about their teaching and who always go the extra mile to support the kids and they are supported by a strong administration who are constantly seeking innovative ways to deliver the very broad curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2011
When we decided to move to California in 2007 and researched which school would be the best fit for our family, there seemed to be only one choice, Hillbrook. We were drawn to the Hillbrook s mission to foster childrens natural curiousity and teach them to be critical thinkers. During our tour of the school, the administration and faculty that we met along with the beautiful setting made us realize that a Hillbrook education was a gift we should try to give our children. Two and a half years later, I consider us extremely fortunate to have found such a warm, intellectually stimulating environment for our children. They receive individualized attention and are recognized for their unique talents and skills. They absolutely love going to school every day - seriously! It is amazing to see.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2010
I am a parent with kids at Hillbrook and we love it! Our children are thriving here! I can't say enough about how much the teachers care and how they work with the kids individually. The academics are top notch, and I also really like the service learning projects that they do in each grade. I feel like my kids are getting the best education possible and learning to be good citizens and caring people, too. My children love school and love learning and I thank Hillbrook for that.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2010
I've been a Hillbrook parent for several years and have found the school to be exceptional. I believe it is easily the finest school in the South Bay for several reasons: classes are small, students are challenged individually, and children become poised, confident and communicative in addition to being prepared for high school. If you place high value on love of learning in addition to knowledge, Hillbrook is for you. If you want traditional rote or an academic grind, the fit might not be quite right.

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2010
Hillbrook fosters a supportive community creating a unique environment where children are academically challenged while having fun! Students bulid meaningful, lasting friendships across all grade levels. The older children act as natural mentors for the younger students. On campus you'll see rockets being launched with thought provoking questions by students. Students are engaged and take responsibility for their learning at Hillbrook. Teachers and the administration understand your child and how to help your child learn in a way that's meaningful to them. We've been at the school for three years going on our fourth. We've been very happy with the school. Hillbrook not only prepares children academically but also socially and emotionally. Hillbrook students have a very high level of emotional intelligence where they are confident, learn how to resolve issues, and well spoken.

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2010
As you walk on the campus of Hillbrook School you are greeted with the sounds of children laughing, and learning, nature, music and conversation. It is a stimulating environment. Our family has been at the school for eight years. Hillbrook is a school where children matters. Administrators and teachers care and really know and understand each child . The curriculum is rich and integrated. It stretches each child's academic growth with imagination and creativity. Our three children are thriving and look forward to going to school every day.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2010
I shockingly agree with the reviewer below. When I called HB and told them that I would like some info about enrolling my sons in 1st and 3rd, the first thing they asked was "what's wrong with their current school situation." Might as well have asked me "what's wrong with your kids?!" I told them that we were considering moving to Los Gatos, and then they said "Check out our website. If you are still interested, call back to take one of our monthly tours." Wow, nice marketing. Needless to say we were not impressed, so we didn't puruse HB further.

- submitted by a community member
May 14, 2010
Have been disappointed in HB. We are considering the school for our child and the administration acts as if they don't have time for prospective parents/students (won't return calls) and would rather you 'visit the website instead' (direct quote).

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2009
This is my daughter's first year at Hillbrook and I am very impressed. She is performing academically at a higher level, and is demonstrating a new sense of confidence. This is a great school if you have an inquisitive child, who doesn't always follow the crowd. There is room and respect for children who want to smell the flowers once in a while.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2009
Our son is entering 1st grade at HB this year and he really likes it there. He was very shy entering the school and he has really blossomed. I would recommend the school to anyone. The campus is wonderful and the faculty are very nice and helpful.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2009
My daughter has been at HB for 4 years. She absolutely loves school. HB is a fabulous environment to self-expression, critical thinking, making inferences and analyzing the world. The teachers are beyond involved! Calling home to tell kids that they had a great day or noticed something special. The whole child is addressed and all subjects are equally weighted. Love that my daughter has PE, Music, Art, Science and Language by specialists 3 plus days per week. Only drawback is lack of diversity. But that goes with being in Los Gatos.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2009
My older son was well prepared by Hillbrook to attend an all boy's private high school. The beauty was that he enjoyed every minute and learned while doing. Whether it is hands-on science, the fabulous PE program, art classes that inspire a non-artist, history which comes alive . . . the school has been a perfect match for our two children. The teaching staff is top-shelf - inspirational, educational and truly create a fabulous learning environment. For my active learners, a school with desks all lined up in a row would have restricted their learning. It's been a great community for our the entire family - not just the kids.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2009
My children went here for four years. We found the academics to be weak. They don't let you see your child's standardized test scores until the fall when you have already reenrolled for another year. We had several long term substitutes while we were there.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2005
A wonderful opportunity for a student to grow and develop in a supportive environment. Not only are there strong academic programs, but the arts and physical education are also included in the curriculum.Caring supportive teachers and administrators complete the school experience.

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- submitted by a former student
February 14, 2005
I actually attended this school for elementary school long ago. Since then I have been involved in it's fundraising programs. Their motto tells it all: Do your best! Begining in 1st grade, each student is exposed to foreign languages, art, music, theater, and more. The campus is beautiful, the class size is small, and the level of the teaching staff is excellent.

- submitted by a former student
September 28, 2003
This is a wonderful school for my two kids. The setting in Los Gatos is picture perfect. The school environment is one where kids feel safe, secure and are instructed with very well qualified teachers. Kids have music, art, computers, science, woodshop, pottery, and foreign languages. Class sizes are small with 18 kids or less per class. Difficulty of instruction is tailored to your childs ability and they will be challenged. Parent involvement is encouraged and is widely visible. Parents are also able to communicate with teachers via email with almost immediate responses. Overall, a very good choice in private education. The only drawback is that it only goes through eigth grade.

- submitted by a parent
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Hillbrook School
300 Marchmont Dr, Los Gatos, CA  95032
(408) 356-6116
Last modified Hillbrook School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Hillbrook School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 35 reviews. Top