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9-12
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San Mateo, CA
Students enrolled: 1,318

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3115 Del Monte Street
San Mateo, CA 94403

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(650) 558-2699
(650) 574-4173
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October 02, 2014
The small learning communities can be supportive of your student, but this is not always the case depending on which one your student is enrolled. Experiences among the three vary widely. Unfortunately, a different administrator is in charge of each one, and not all of them are effective and competent in handling issues and problems that arise.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2014
My son is a special education student at HHS. The program for autistic students is heavily focused on teaching living skills, with full kitchens and a laundry room for the students to learn how to use household appliances. There are two rooms for students of high school age, and two rooms for those 19-22. These are in a sort of quad arrangement. The students are assigned to the rooms based upon their desire to socialize. Each room has a "quiet area" where a student can go and shut the door. The teachers and aides are all long-time faculty and staff at HHS, so there is great stability. When the rooms were redone, the teachers were allowed input into the redesign, so this area is specially built with the autistic student in mind. So happy we ended up moving to the SMUHSD area.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2014
My son is a freshman in the HS and we have been so impressed with how the administration, faculty and parents have integrated him into high school. They have made this transition a fabulous experience and he has started his high school experience off with confidence, new friends and great enthusiasm. We are excited for all that is to come at Hillsdale High School.

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2014
We are new in this HS and we are completely impressed about the great atmosphere, the quality of the teachers and also the motivation of all the staff. Since the first day, they know perfectly my son and they personalize the deal with every single student. We can ensure that there is a closely communication between the HS and the parents.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2014
It is a small learning community school which has its drawbacks. You are not aware of those drawbacks until you face the actual problem. The school assigns your child to a random house where he or she spends 2 years. The house has a set of teachers which remain with your child in that interim. If you happened to get a bad English teacher, for example, (which what happened to us) your high school student will not be able to drop this teacher and take another class. Your high school student will loose precious learning time and his or her SAT results will be impacted without any recourse. Or, your student may get a teacher that he or she do not get along with - same thing - will have to suffer for 2 years. They call it "an integrated curriculum", but in reality it is a way to provide below average teachers with secure jobs. There is at least one good teacher in every house, but there always is a below average, problematic individual. The school has to be a magnet school instead of assigning our children to be there just because we live nearby. The school may be good for 1-2.5 GPA students, because the administration is only interested in providing education suitable for CSM.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2013
Hillsdale's wonderful teachers, counselors, and staff are friendly, thoughtful, and kind to students and parents Hillsdale HS's small learning communities helps students bond and makes them feel like a big family. My son liked to stay and mingle with classmates and teachers after school until they go back home for dinner. That's how fantastic this top ranking high school is; it all comes down to real human interaction. Let your son or daughter enjoy Hillsdale's warm and rigorous study environment, which nurtures our precious next generation to be knowledgeable, ambitious, friendly, healthy, and well rounded individuals.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2013
Hillsdale high school is a very good school, for it has good teachers, and good academics. Teachers teach students very well, and they are willing to help in terms of need. Furthermore, teachers do support support as well. The school divide students in group, or known as houses. These are Florence, Marrakech, Kyoto, Cusco, Jakarta, and Timbuktu. Each houses has advisors, which is a main teacher that manages all his or her students. Additionally, Hillsdale teachers does really push students to overcome their limitations.

- submitted by a community member
October 30, 2013
My son is a sophomore at Hillsdale High School this year and we are extremely happy with the school and teachers. The small learning community program made for an easy adjustment from the very small private school my son attended 1st - 8th grade.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2013
Hillsdale High school is a good school for many reasons. When I started freshmen year, I didn't know anyone there because I'd moved there from out of town, but easily within a week I found friends. As a sophomore now, I know people of all grades. The school has a lot of cool electives, along with a variety of sports choices. It has languages you can take and advisors that constantly pay attention to your grades.

- submitted by a student
April 19, 2011
good teachers, mostly from Stanford, this school is run more like a small charter than a public school. My daughter is very happy there.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2011
My son is very very happy at Hillsdale. The teachers know their kids, they know their weakness and strengh and work with them. This school is the best school in the district.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2011
Hillsdale High is a wonderful high school. Among the strongest academically in San Mateo County.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2011
I REALLY love this school!!! Coming from a small private Catholic school, I was worried about the transition. But from the very first day, I made tons of new friends and loved the teachers. The teachers are so wonderful and supportive of their students and work hard to help them learn and succeed. As the top student from my middle school, I was looking for new challenges-which I definitely wanted and are helping me to reach my full potential. HHS has great facilities-many which are being redone. I think the SLC's are very useful in that each student gets more individual attention from teachers. The Houses help students bond with a special group of students and their teachers. (GO MARRAKECH!!) :) Overall I think this school is wonderful and I would recommend it to everyone!

- submitted by a student
May 25, 2010
I graduated last year from Hillsdale. This is a fantastic school. I felt that all of the teachers in my SLCs really knew me and cared about me. No one can "fall through the cracks" here, which is why the drop-out rate is so much lower than other schools. I know a lot of people who transferred here after starting at other district high schools, even Aragon, which people think is so great. But we're better, even though we don't have the $ like they do. Even more people tried to transfer here and couldn't, because it was full. My sister goes here too, and loves it. I did well on the AP exams and got into a great university; Hillsdale was one of the reasons why.

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March 16, 2010
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January 24, 2010
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January 24, 2010
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- submitted by a community member
November 17, 2009
Both my girls go here - they love it!

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2009
Hillsdale is a terrific school. Teachers are caring, know my child's capabilities, and challenge him accordingly. The advance classes are challenging indeed. The Censoria and Hamonia program was a great teaching tool!! Any school can throw homeworks at kids, but not every school can teach and help kids learn. Keep up the good work.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2009
Hillsdale is best school in the district, the SLCs helps teachers get to know their students better . :] Everyone is friendly and the teachers help you with everything, especially the advisory teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
great new small houses to divide the school and better know the kids

- submitted by a community member
September 03, 2009
I think hillsdale is a great school. I have only had one issue with a teacher not being easy to get along with. You know the old...One bad apple...

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 24, 2009
I Just Love this school , my son is on his second year there and we are very Happy about Hillsdale High, I was very proud especially today how they handle the situation , Thank you for keeping our children safe.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 18, 2009
very happy with this school

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2009
It's disappointing to see such a low rating for a great school. The different philosophy of this school obviously isn't taken into account when giving the rating. It has been featured in Newsweek Magazine and has a great partnership with Stanford University. Test scores have made larger climbs than any other school in the area. As a parent I couldn't be happier with the education my children are getting. I feel like my kids are in a private school without having to write the big checks. The rating doesn't come close to reflecting the great education children receive at this school.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2009
Hillsdale is the only school in the district to have a partnership with Stanford University, small learning communities, concurrent enrollment for college credits and an internship program. It is by far the best school in the County.

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February 03, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2008
From my freshman to senior year at Hillsdale, it has been my home. My teachers all four years have been supportive of me. My freshman/sophomore english teacher has inspired me to get a teaching credential and maybe go to Stanford. My freshman/sophomore history teacher was also my mock trial coach for the last three years and he always pushed me to my limits. Smaller learning communities have made families at Hillsdale. In reference to an earlier comment made on how the smaller learning communities create 'clicks;' I would politely disagree. The house system divides students into common english, history, and science teachers. If you're taking special classes like advanced math or any elective, you still meet people outside of your house. Houses in the first place aren't against each other. That's just another thing I love about Hillsdale; we are so u-knited. =]

- submitted by a student
September 10, 2008
Starting high school was intimidating. All of a sudden I had to deal with new teachers, new classmates, and a housing system I was unfamiliar with (Florence? Kyoto? Marrakech?). But after walking into Hillsdale that first day, my worries were swept away. Yes, my classes were different. Of course, houses changed things. But instead of a large group of students I barely knew, the houses turned us into a family. I had an advisor who kept up with not only my academic activities, but knew me as a person and kept up with my outside interests. I had classmates who I grew to know and appreciate in ways I never would have in any other setting, and of course I grew intensely loyal to my house (FLorence forever!) Hillsdale has always felt like a place I belong.

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August 06, 2008
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- submitted by a student
June 09, 2008
I went here for my first two years of high school. Never was i so miserable with how it was run. The smaller learning communites DONT WORK. they break up a whole class and put you into 'clicks' called houses. it breakes you down to if your smart or not. Having the same teahcers for two years was such a waste of time. Most my teachers left after my first year and i never had a steady english teacher my whole sophmore year. They are very quick to say 'oh your never going to graduate, just go to pennisula high'. They told me that, and now im going to a 4 year top University. I hated this school and it was my parents best move getting me out of there.

- submitted by a student
June 04, 2008
What a great school! My son transferred from another school in the district and is now thriving with the extra emphasis on teachers and staff really getting to know the kids. My other two children will definitely be going here when they are old enough to do so.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 24, 2008
My child did not do well at Hillsdale even with the smaller communities. If you are not a child that knows how to apply themselves 100%, they will not always be given the attention that they need. They say smaller communities, but they are still at least (20-25) per teacher!

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2008
The smaller learning communities has helped my daughter have better communication with her teachers. She feels there is always someone to talk with if she needs help.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2007
Our student's second year at HHS has just commenced. HHS is affiliated with Stanford University and has pioneered the Small Learning Community model at the school. The SLCs are standard for freshmen and sophomores and are the best innovation in high school academic programs that I have ever seen. The amount of attention and genuine caring that is demonstrated by the faculty and staff is amazing. Great for high achievers and great for those who might otherwise fall through the cracks. Campus is older but well maintained. Our student is not a big user of extracurricular activities but they are abundant.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2007
I think Hillsdale is a terrific high school. My son has had a wonderful experience there. The Small Learning Communities are a very good concept, and help with a student's transition into high school. The teachers are extremely dedicated and very proactive when they think there is an issue. Again, because of small learning communities, the teachers really know their students, so they can be proactive. The activities are good; my son is involved in several clubs, band and sports. I highly recommend Hillsdale.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2007
Congratulations to Hillsdale on recently hearing that it is one of the few schools to be awarded the status of a California Distinguished School! Such an award, along with the incredible growth in API scores and student achievement, are a testiment to the community of Hillsdale High School and its students.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2007
My daughter is a freshman and loves Hillsdale. The SLC is great. She gets tons of attention from her teachers and is thriving. The teachers in her house are so enthusiastic she never comes home saying school was boring. She is involved in many activites and although she is not an athlete she enjoys supporting them. Hillsdale has tons of spirit. Great school!

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2007
Great school for my son. The SLCs, especially the Advisory program, have made a big difference in my son's success. Teachers truly care. He was always a good student, but since attending Hillsdale he's a 4.0 and involved in tons of extra activities. He's grown academically and socially. Can't wait for my daughter to start next fall!

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2006
the slc system is very helpful for students and benefits them on the way to college

- submitted by a student
June 04, 2006
As a teacher at Hillsdale High School I found that HHS is more concerned with public perception than it is about quality academics. More energy is put into getting media coverage for the school than supporting classroom teachers. I'm a true supporter of small schools and small learning communities but more importantly you need good teachers and quality leadership; two things that HHS lacks. Small learning communities (SLCs) hide mediocre teachers well, which there are many at HHS, and don't give credit to good teachers. As a teacher at HHS, I find the leadership team lacks direction and the ability to inspire teachers. It seems HHS has issues with retaining good, quality teachers and for this reason it will never be a 'great' school.

- submitted by a teacher
May 16, 2006
Seem to have a sound system of small learning communities and a good working relationship with Stanford. Both are pluses!

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2006
This is a Very decent High School but the campus is not too beautiful. You will benefit from being involved in your students life and class options/choices.

- submitted by a former student
no rating January 13, 2006
The music and theatre programs are excellent. Some coaches could use a tip or two on how to use the players to their fullest potential. Swimming and track coaches are good.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2005
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May 09, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2005
This is a great school. My son is in special education classes. He was in a private school for three years. He is really doing wonderful in this school. His teacher/counselor is the best we have ever had. The teachers really seem to understand the children. The coaches for sports are wonderful. The Best Buddies program really works. It is a joy for us to see our son so happy. Thank you Hillsdale.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 03, 2005
The lack of diversity in classes makes this school rather unappealing. However, there are some excellent teachers.

- submitted by a student
January 20, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2004
Excellent Honors and AP program. Students learn to work together to solve problems. Many opportunities for extracurricular activities. Top students are being accepted at top universities around the country(Stanford, Harvard, Columbia, UC system)

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2004
My child loves this school!!! She ttended a different school for the first 2 weeks of her 9th grade year and hated it. As soon as she got to Hillsdale she felt right at home. She joined clubs dance team and dance ensemble and couldn't be happier. This school is safe and is near a mall a bank and other local elementery schools ad a middle school this school is perfect for my child and I highly recomend it!

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2003
Hillsdale has something for everyone. Of special interest are the variety of clubs available to students, such as Mock Trial (County Champions), Improv. Team, Quiz Kids, Robotics and many more. A large percentage of the students are active in multiple performing/acedemic/athletic groups. There is strong administrative, teacher and parent commitment to Hillsdales programs, including bourgeoning booster groups and community attendance at school events. The principal truly has his heart in this campus, a Hillsdale grad. himself and father of 3 graduates, can be seen backing his staff and students at a myriad of events. Also of special interest is Hillsdale's pilot program, Smaller Learning Communities is available to this year's Freshmen and is supported by a Federal Grant and the Stanford Education Dept.

- submitted by a parent
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Hillsdale's Mission commits us to holding all students to high academic standards. Our reform efforts over the past several years have led to added commitments to project-based learning, smaller classes and learning communities, and uniform standards. This emphasis has led to a noteworthy Professional Development School partnership with Stanford's School of Education.

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Hillsdale High School
3115 Del Monte Street, San Mateo, CA  94403
(650) 558-2699
Last modified Hillsdale High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Hillsdale High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 53 reviews. Top