Bullying is prevalent through the school & is ignored by most teachers & the administration. This seems to go hand-in-hand with the troubled students who attend this school. Students that require aides because their behavior is so out of control.
My children are receiving a first-rate education at a school that feels like home. Hillbrook is that magical combination of challenging and nurturing. My kids are known and valued by every teacher and student. They're also stretched academically and taught to take risks, fail, and learn! Hillbrook is about hands-on learning. Kids are taught to tinker and create at a very young age. Students at Hillbrook get all the traditional skills from algebra to Mandarin and English Lit., but also a unique introduction to design thinking. My 3rd grader recently worked on a project where he turned a chair and a bicycle tire into a musical instrument. He also simultaneously was learning about sound waves in science and sound and color associations in art. The unit culminated with a concert where students "played" their musical chairs with sound compositions they created themselves. Creative, yes! Scientific, definitely! Joyful, you bet! More interesting than studying music, sound and colors in a text book? Definitely! In true Hillbrook fashion, teachers worked together to create learning opportunities that stretched from science, to music, to art class.
The way the 8th grade teachers recently decided to end the reading of To Kill a Mockingbird with their students is a great example of why I value a Hillbrook education. All the elements planned for this wrap up : a conference (where students attend sessions of their choice on a variety of topics including, courage and the 1960 Student Sit-In s, writing the childhood narrative, and black codes), the connections between the past and the current, how the novel's impact on readers changes over time, the student reflective writing, and the writing tutorial videos students will develop to teach 7th graders, are such a rich and interconnected way of studying and understanding that it can only challenge and help students grow. Whenever I have doubts if my son will be ready for high school, I just have to think about the type of education he has received in 7th and 8th grade to alleviate my doubts. My son's teachers have been thoughtful, engaging, provocative, and demanding. I am sure my son is ready for a top high school.
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.