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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
good teachers, mostly from Stanford, this school is run more like a small charter than a public school. My daughter is very happy there.
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.
Hillsdale High is a wonderful high school. Among the strongest academically in San Mateo County.
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!
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.
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.
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.
great new small houses to divide the school and better know the kids
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...
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.
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