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K-8
Private
Temecula, CA
Students enrolled: 159
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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29275 Santiago Road
Temecula, CA 92592

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(951) 676-4754
(951) 676-5316
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May 14, 2014
We have been a Hillcrest family for the past four years and are very happy with our decision to attend Hillcrest. Our two boys love going to school every day because of the small community and family feel. The curriculum is exceptional and well-rounded including art, music, PE and either French or Spanish. In addition the phenomenal education they are receiving, our children are appreciated and valued at Hillcrest. Their day begins with the Head of School and parent volunteers greeting them by name in the morning. As parents we are comfortable knowing that we have placed them in this caring environment to learn and thrive. The teachers are fully invested in each student and the intimate class sizes allow them to help them as individuals. Our children are growing into confident, knowledgeable, curious students who love to learn. Their peers are supportive and kind and I believe that many of the friendships they have made at Hillcrest will last a lifetime. From our experience, we can honestly say that the high quality of education and genuine regard for the student s well-being makes Hillcrest the best choice in the area.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2014
With my first child setting the precedence for all siblings to follow, it was important that I make the right choice to lay a solid foundation for a successful academic career. After visiting and researching all of the private schools in the surrounding area, I firmly believe wholeheartedly that I made the right choice for my children. The teachers, administrative staff, & fellow parents create a very welcoming environment that really encompasses the true meaning of family & support. The involvement of parents is without question fantastic and makes all of the school events extraordinary. The education is first rate and second to none. The curriculum by far is superior and has pushed my child to excel beyond his grade level. I had reservations of the school being able to keep my child challenged but they've exceeded my expectations with all subjects. Communication w/ teachers is open. They work with each student individually to ensure they continue to grow academically. The school is not only academically driven but they put importance on good character building as well. It's comforting to know the values being taught at home are being reinforced at school as well.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2014
After visiting a few private schools in the Temecula area, it was Hillcrest that stood out immediately. The genuine enthusiasm and dedication among the administration and faculty are infectious that spreads to the students and parents. My son who started in kindergarten is now finishing up First grade. He has achieved remarkable strides in reading and writing, surpassing his peers in public schools. Aside from the academic achievements, he has developed into a confident and caring individual. And yes, he enjoys the benefits of having art, music, and a foreign language. Hillcrest is more than just a private school. It is a small community of faculty, staff, students, and parents dedicated in providing an environment where a child can thrive and achieve excellence in academics, moral character, and leadership skills. More importantly, my son is part of an extended family who care about his development as a well-rounded individual. As the paying parent, the overall value of Hillcrest is the best. The cost (including tuition, donations, field trips, etc.) is still less than half of what it would cost at a private school in San Diego. Trust me, you re getting your money s worth!

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2013
We have been a Hillcrest family since 2009 . We chose Hillcrest Academy for the academics, French program and secular education. We LOVE Hillcrest's focus on leadership and personal growth. Students take immense pride in recognition for their actions with weekly awards and acknowledgement from staff. They are expected to use these skills daily; the smaller classes allow oversight of this. Middle school students attend Leadership programs daily. Academically, our 6th grader started this year with his teachers already challenging him to higher goals alongside very motivated peers. Our 2nd grader is happily presenting monthly book reports, 7x tables and learning force in science. She has learned so many artists and loves the PE coach's games. Objectively, Hillcrest s sports program is limited; there is no band. Parent involvement is essential to extracurricular programs. With an older child who attended other local public/private schools we have compared. Ultimately, our children are at Hillcrest because they are thriving, learning leadership skills in a secular, unpretentious environment and they are academically challenged by teachers/staff who know them well and really care.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2013
Hillcrest Academy is good alternative to public education and offers the advantage of small classes, foreign language, art, music, and physical education in their curriculum. Their weaknesses are communication, asking for parent input, elementary math, and technology. The math program shows improvement in the middle school program but the students arrive unprepared for the middle school curriculum and may require tutoring. Technology is almost ignored at Hillcrest even though they promote it as an area of focus and you are asked to provide computers or tablets in the middle school program they aren't used often. The school has had ongoing administration changes over the last 3 years but seems to have stabilized this year with the head of school returning for a second year. They have also made cuts to some of their curriculum and library program without parent input or notification. In the end I do believe it is a better alternative to public education in this area but the current curriculum needs improvement.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2013
My granddaughter is currently a first grader and began attending during the 2012-2013 school year as a kindergartener. I cannot speak highly enough about this school. As a former teacher in the public school system, I see in Hillcrest Academy the type of education I wish every child in our country had access to. Not only are the academics strong, but a great deal of emphasis is put on the arts and language as well. During her kindergarten year, I asked my granddaughter one day what she had learned at school that day. She said she had learned that Kandinsky drew modern art. I then asked her if she knew what modern art was. She said something to the effect,"they draw lines and circles and use colors like red and black and bright yellow." One day we were in Target and as we passed some paintings she said,"Oh, the Mona Lisa". Her enthusiasm for every subject is just as strong as with art. But perhaps the best part of Hillcrest Academy is the character building component. Kindness and caring are emphasized in an integral and daily way that really manifests itself in it's students. The older students are some of the nicest young adults I have ever met.

- submitted by a community member
September 02, 2013
My wife and I started looking for a school for our son when he was three years old. Our requirements were a private, non-religious school that would provide support to his level of learning. In addition, we wanted a school where parental involvement was encouraged without disruption to the learning process. Hillcrest Academy was the only school that covered all of our desires. Our son is at the top of his class, but the staff continues to find ways to challenge him in areas of strength. The teacher-parent relationship is personal and demonstrates the teamwork required to make a student successful. The Head of School is continuously visible and available for concerns. Other local private schools discouraged parent involvement and openly said that the parents' part of the education was to pay the tuition. The tuition is as reasonable as it gets. I gave Parent Involvement 4 stars only because I wish more of the parents would become more active with the school. The superior accreditation of Hillcrest is important to note when comparing other schools. Some schools' "accreditation" is simply a paid fee that goes without the scrutiny to ensure the integrity of your child's education.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2013
This is our 4th year at Hillcrest Academy. My daughter started as a kindergartner and has just started 3rd grade. The K-2 education that my daughter has received thus far has been top notch and as such her reading, writing and Math skills are well ahead of that of a regular 3rd grader. She's also learned a lot from her Music (2 times a week), Art (twice a week), PE (3 times a week) and daily French classes. The teachers and staff are great! It is also important to note that Hillcrest undergoes accreditation from both CAIS and WASC and this assures us parents that the school provides high quality education by undergoing thorough independent reviews done by leaders in the educational field. The bottom line though is that my daughter LOVES going to school and is getting a high quality education at the same time.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2013
Hillcrest Academy is an amazing school. My son began kindergarten at Hillcrest last fall and had a wonderful first year. He is looking forward to starting first grade next week. The teachers are all dedicated, passionate, and invested in the students. The work is challenging and the small classroom sizes allow for more one-on-one attention. Hillcrest offers children the chance to learn a foreign language from the kindergarten age onwards which was very important to us. They also offer art, music, PE, and library classes. The school is a very close-knit community with a lot of parental involvement. The children have a safe and secure environment to develop their personalities, friendships, and interests as well as their academic achievements. Last year, my kindergartener went on field trips that included a fall trip to Bates Nut Farm and a spring trip to SeaWorld. He also regularly attends the after school daycare program and absolutely LOVES it. We couldn t be happier with this school for our child.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2013
We LOVE this school-our daughter is entering her 2nd year at Hillcrest Academy, & will currently be a 1st Grader this Fall. We knew that we wanted a private school for our child, & our criteria included non-profit, non-religious (even though we are religious people ourselves), small classroom size, personalized teaching, advance studies, and arts & foreign language was a must. We found all of these things & more at Hillcrest. They have an amazing staff-excellent communication with great teachers, personalized learning for each student in each study; & what school has the Head of School out every day greeting in car line?! All of the administration & office staff know every student by name; and the teachers take time to assess each child regularly & help them to achieve their best. Parents are welcomed & highly encouraged to become involved. Children receive multiple classroom studies (advanced by a grade from the state standards), art, music, PE, foreign language & library/research from Kinder on - & all are fabulous. Field trips & extra cirriculars, as well. Before/After school care is great (& cheap!). Healthy hot lunches. IB Candidates for MS program. Best school in Temecula!

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2013
We had all 4 of our children at Hillcrest in 2012-13. My oldest just started high school in August; the 1 year he was at Hillcrest for 8th grade prepped him more than any other year/s of schooling! The teachers are all amazing, top-notch professionals who truly CARE about each and every child. My 3 younger children are thriving! When my youngest graduated Kingergarten in June, he was reading at a 2nd grade level and doing Math problems my older 3 kids didn't learn until 2nd/3rd grade at the traditional public school. The school community is welcoming, pro-active and open; honestly the best school community we've ever been part of! We absolutely love Hillcrest...truly the best school (and the best kept secret) in Temecula!

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2013
I looked at ALL the local private schools, and Hillcrest comes out on top for several reasons: 1- the academics are not rote or formulaic. Hillcrest consistently reviews its curriculum both internally and with outside accreditors (CAIS), including adding IB. Other private schools have not looked at changing their curriculum in years. Check the website of their accreditations to see they can be bought with no oversight. 2-The small school, not just small class size, environment. The teachers and administration know and care about EVERY child individually. My son's teacher gave him extra math instruction during her own free time to make sure he was challenged. The students have the self-confidence to ask questions and be truly engaged in what they are learning because the teachers can creatively teach and have in-depth discussions in these small groups. My oldest is a Hillcrest alumni getting straight A's in High School now because he was taught how to love learning. 3- Non-religious/secular environment. Students receive character lessons, not bible study. 4- Non-profit. All $ raised goes back into the school. Fundraising fees are bundled into tuition, not additional fees.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2012
To me, the tuition increase is like everything else these days- things simply cost more !I certainly don't pay the same at the gas pump as I did a year ago. I am the parent of two students at Hillcrest and I am getting my money's worth. As a public school teacher, I have seen first hand the devastating effects of budget cuts. Classrooms are over crowded and programs like art, music and PE have been most significantly impacted and are virtually nonexistent. Hillcrest offers all three! In public schools today, teachers are lucky if they get to take their students on one, local, field trip a year. Conversely,students at Hillcrest participate in experiences that extend and enrich the classroom learning. For example, 4th grade students study California history then visit Sacramento and see first hand where gold was discovered in California. Those types of experiences are offered at all grade levels. I value the fact that my kids attend a school where a variety of programs are offered. Hillcrest has a several solid accreditations, the most well rounded program and a dedicated teaching staff. That is why I will pay more next year to send my kids to Hillcrest. You get what you pay for!

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2012
Apparently "great schools" removes comments that are negative, hence I wonder what what point of "school reviews" is?? Unless the only review posted, is the the positive ones. You are playing with the numbers at Hillcrest. Tuition did NOT go up 900, it went up 2000. It went from 7,000 to 9,000, math tells me that is 2000 dollars. What you did is instead of allowing parents to pay for those "extraneous fees" throughout the year, you rolled them up into the tuition, and THEN raised it 900 dollars. So please, dont play people for idiots, you raised the tuition 2000 dollars. Spin it any way you want. The education at that schools isnt worth that much more, considering all the other options have not raised their tuition to those extreme levels. This would also explain why your having to continuously run openhouses, becuase the staggering amount of the increase is taking people aback.

- submitted by a parent
February 29, 2012
I am employed by Hillcrest and just want to comment on the "beware people of Hillcrest comment". The fact is that the tuition is being raised by $900 (about $5 a day) after no increase last year. As a non-profit school tuition goes directly into programs and salaries to enhance the education of the students.

- submitted by a teacher
November 17, 2011
I agree, this school is phenomenal! My daughter has just entered middle school, the most informative years, and I cannot imagine her anywhere else. The leadership program is preparing her with confidence to speak publicly, work with her peers respectfully and connect with the community and world with purpose. She is presenting Power Point presentations on the One-to-One laptop program and never complains about having to go to school or do her homework... she loves it! She has a wealth of knowledge not only in her core subjects, but in the liberal arts programs provided. Most exciting is the integrated field trips such as Catalina, Pali Mountain, and later Europe. Additionally, my son graduated last year and has a 4.0 as a freshman. He is hard-wired from the 7 year education he received at Hillcrest to be driven in his studies and future and migrating towards like-minded kids. Of all the things I have invested in, I couldn't be happier that I put their education at Hillcrest as #1! For anyone looking into a better education and supportive community environment, I highly recommend you tour Hillcrest and do your homework... nowadays, kids need extraordinary opportunities!

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2011
Phenomenal School! This is the best school in the Murrieta and Temecula Valley! I spent a great deal of time searching for a school and cannot be more pleased. I have found the rigorous, dynamic academic curriculum with its family atmosphere exceptional. My daughter comes home everyday with new French words to describe things. In this day of budget cuts, Hillcrest continues to maintain low teacher-student ratios along with a great all around curriculum which includes English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Art, Music, and French. The school also maintains a close knit family atmosphere that makes everyday enjoyable for the kids and their families.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2011
A+++++ - go see for yourself., Best academics in the area. Many alumni are at ivy league schools and credit the hillcrest academy foundation they had, as giving them the best academic schooling start

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2011
I toured this school as a prospective parent. I have to say this was by far the best school I have visited. I love that they start teaching foreign language (French) starting in Kindergarten. They seemed to have an excellent educational program.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2011
Hillcrest is an incredible environment to grow a child into a balanced adult. With all the cuts to public education, children are the victims and will pay the ultimate price. At Hillcrest children receive a balance of art, music, physical education, foreign language and character building. They are rewarded for helping and thinking about others. The teachers and staff know all the kids by name and provide a safe and happy environment.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2011
I am so impressed with my granddaughters' education, I cannot believe how much she is learning at such a young age.

- submitted by a community member
April 19, 2011
Great school, great environment, awesome teachers and staff. They are very involved with students successes and looking for balancing academics with character.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2011
My experience at Hillcrest is in sharp contrast to the negative reviews. Parents should be wary and decide for themselves. My child has done incredibly well at the aschool as have dozens of other kids I know. As for teachers and administrators, I have found both groups to be compassionate, caring and willing to listen. I have always received straight answers to my questions of administrators. They always take the time to listen and address my concerns. and they always provide an explanation for their decisions. Although it may not always be what I hope to hear, it is always well considered and clearly explained. As for the money, you get what you pay for and I am completely satisfied.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2011
It has been heartbreaking to watch Hillcrest implode over the last two years. Most of the teachers are exceptionally committed and highly capable, but the principal is self-serving and complacent. The new board appears to be making strides in addressing parental concerns, but so many families have already left (even mid-year) that I am wondering how the school will survive. If your child attends this school, be prepared to open your wallet, since the school will continue to ask for additional financial support from the parents who are sticking it out. Read the fine print in the contract you will be asked to sign, so you know exactly how much, in addition to the tuition, you will be paying for your child's education. There is definitely amazing potential at Hillcrest and, if it could return to its previous glory, there would be no better place to educate your child in Temecula. It just desperately needs some new leadership.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2011
My children have been going to this school for several years. Overall, I am very happy with my decision to send them here and think the teachers care about my kids education and strive to give them the best one possible. The only weak link in the school seems to be the administration's attitude to parental concerns. If you can deal with being dismissed and made to feel insignificant by the principal, this school is an excellent school. I would send my kids here again.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2011
We have been a Hillcrest family for eight years now, and I have watched my son mature a little more each year, gaining confidence from the things he learned and the encouragement of his teachers. When he was diagnosed with ADD in second grade, he was never seen as a "problem child;" instead, the entire staff made great efforts to work with him on focus and time management skills. As he is about to graduate, I see that he has become a prolific writer (he hated writing before), a pretty good singer and a definite stage ham (we couldn't get him to sing or act when he was younger), and an overall well-rounded 8th grader, who loves science and math, and yes, even language arts! He will be attending public school next year, and I feel confident that he has been given the tools necessary not just to succeed, but to excel. I wouldn't change the last eight years for anything, and we will truly miss Hillcrest as we prepare to move into my son's next life phase.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2010
Teaching staff and curriculum are fantastic. The students are challenged, but also develop a love for learning. They are well prepared for High School and beyond, excelling in everything they do.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 21, 2010
This school not only focuses on academics but also on character building and leadership skills.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2010
Hillcrest Academy is great!! Great community with fantastic and dedicated teachers!!

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2010
I love Hillcrest because the field trips and teacher are awesome!

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 01, 2010
Kids love to learn, participate and enjoy going to school. Teachers are compromise and everybody does their part to make this school simply the best!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 30, 2010
I love the teachers and the study programs. Parent envolvement is especially important and something that keeps your child and you invested in the education process

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 30, 2010
The teachers are amazing and everyone genuinely wants to help you.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
The school's acedemic and cultural programs are obviously very high based on the knowledge and talents demonstrated by my niece. Hillcrest's high standards should be adopted by more schools both private and public.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2010
Staff, education, diversity, opportunity for a child's emotional, mental and physical growth, opportunity to see and experience the world around the child. This school has been an incredible experience for my child.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
Great experience for kids, as a parent I am able to participate in school, Teachers are GREAT easy to communicate with, and principal is amazing, always cheerful and reachable when needed. My High School child now, states how grateful she is to have attended Hillcrest Academy for nine years. And My third grader is happy to go to school everyday.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
In addition to maintaining a terrific balance of curriculum, social, political, and environmental awareness, Hillcrest Academy's most significant assets are the wonderful faculty members, families, and - most of all - students! From this truly dynamic chemistry, the school generates positive, responsible, and fantastic energy!! People Power makes the Difference!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2010
Hillcrest Academy provides an incredible curriculum and dynamic 'hands on' experiences for children they won't forget. My child has gained confidence, responsibility, and improved his studies through the disciplined yet positive energy the school provides.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2010
My three children attend Hillcrest and we have been so pleased with the level of academic achievment. The teachers and staff are all wonderful. It is worth every cent.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
Hillcrest has a strong academic tradition which challenges the students on daily basis. It's a full grade level above the public schools.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
My niece attends Hillcrest Academy and is acquiring an excellent education!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
The school is staffed by personnel that is determined to ensure each child strives to excel in all aspects of thier educational growth. Hillcrest is a family orientated school that takes away /blocks the distractions of society 's turmoil and allows the students to concentrate on their education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
Our child loves the school and is getting a well rounded education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
My daughter feels like it's her second home there with her teachers, classmates and school community. I love the programs they provide i.e. music and specialty language classes to the orgranic community garden. Not to mention the fantastic field trips!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Who you leave your children with is very important. I trust Hillcrest with my son and his education. The office staff (Stephanie and Katrina) is also second to none!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
The teachers care. This is more than a school it's a community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
we love Hillcrest Academy for there academics. Our son has learned so much in the little time he has been there that his father and I are amazed everyday. I believe that he is learning things now that I was never taught at his age. Our son loves the school as well. He thinks the staff and his teacher is the best.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2010
The school provides our children with a well rounded education encompassing both academics and liberal arts. The students learn leadership skills which will assist them in future scholastic endeavors and real life situations. We love Hillcrest and the faculty!

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2010
The teachers really care about the children, and they go above and beyond to help them succeed.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
I love Hillcrest for a million reasons, but especially for the amazing staff, the extensive course offering, and family atmosphere. Ms. Manion is an amazing leader, who offers teachers support and autonomy in the classroom. As a result, teachers are encouraged to think outside the box, pull from a variety of sources for curriculum and really make the academic subjects come alive. I love that there is a strong focus on character education, teaching kids to be good human beings as well as thoughtful students. I can't say enough about Hillcrest Academy! Kim Larson - Fifth Grade Teacher

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
I love the teachers and the directiomn of the administration

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
The school community - teacher, parents, caregivers, students - work so well together.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
its an excellent commuinty feel. The teachers are very personal and truly care about their students

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Excellent school. Great opportunities for students who attend there. You will not find a better school in Southwest Riverside County.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Hillcrest is a small school with academic and community values..the way a school should be. There is also a sense of pride knowing that you are part of this school. It is instilled in the school spirit that we are part of something special.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
The education is solid and good character emphasis as well.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Great teachers, great staff, great programs!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Excellent school, nurturing environment, we love it, our child loves it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
The staff are very nurturing. My daughter has grown academically and in her confidence in leaps and bounds!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Great teachers, extra programs (foreign language, art, music, PE starting from kindergarden), wonderful school trips connected with the curriculum ( history, art, science) give Hillrest students a rare opportunity to get a good education. All the knowledge they 'soak in' will stay with them for the rest of their lives and it is worth every dollar.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Hillcrest has a fantastic culture. You can tell within minutes of arriving that the chemistry is really great. Our son has been there for two and a half years, and the reality lives up to our high expectations. One of the many impressive programs is Leadership, which uses the best of team building practices to get the kids to open up and work together cooperatively, and to cause them to grow. Most adults never get to participate in courses this good. I know I wish I had.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Wonderful teachers and a great curriculum. The PE program is terrific and it's great to find a school that teaches French.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
The teachers care for their students.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2010
I think so many have mentioned the teachers and staff, who are all incredible. The well rounded education is amazing, including Foreign Language, Art, Music and PE. The foundational values of leadership and community help to round out any childs education. More then we ever thought we could find in a school for our kidz.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
Great atmosphere, kids are happy, they love learning perfect fit for our children.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2010
Hillcrest has a great curriculum. The teachers and administration work with each student to help them reach their full potential.

- submitted by a community member
April 20, 2010
Hillcrest has one of the best curriculums of schools in the valley. The atmosphere for the kids is fantastic. The teachers and staff all know the kids personally. Incredible field trips are a huge plus, a great music program and my daughter is learning French.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2010
Great administrators + Great teachers = A Really Great School!

- submitted by a community member
April 19, 2010
The academics are exceptional and the faculty is wonderful.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 19, 2010
The teachers are great and the academics are even better!

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2010
It's a great caring school community with emphasis on academics, fine and performing art, leadership with a global view.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating April 18, 2010
I love this school because it has given my son the beginning foundation that he needs to be successful in the each upcoming grade level. He is developing great study habits and the building blocks he needs for a successful college education and outstanding achievements along the way. Hillcrest Academy has also given me peace of mind when I am not there with him to watch over him.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 18, 2010
I love Hillcrest for many reasons, but mostly because of the wonderful dedicated & loving teachers and staff who not only provide my daughter with an outstanding curriculum and educational experience but who are also helping her to grow as a person and member of community and society. I feel she will be a more well rounded, giving and responsible person for her experience at Hillcrest.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 17, 2010
I love going to work every day knowing that everyone within the Hillcrest community is committed to working together towards the goal of creating the best possible environment for all children to not only succeed, but to ensure that they enjoy the journey.

- submitted by a teacher
April 17, 2010
My nieces love their school.Hillcrest Academy has a very well rounded academic program which I believe that all children deserve to have.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 17, 2010
I had been looking for a school for my children for a whole year prior to arriving to Hillcrest Academy. After meeting the school principal, the administrative staff and some of the teachers, I knew right away that Hillcrest Academy was the best place for my children. I have a child in 7th grade and one in 2nd grade and am impressed with the high standards of education to which both of them are held. I was looking for nothing less than excellence in all areas of education and that is exactly what I found at Hillcrest Academy.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 16, 2010
Hillcreast Academy makes education fun. Hunter loves going to school eash day!

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 16, 2010
I love this school because of the relationships that my children make during each year. They are secure in the school and know that most of their friends they will see the following year. This makes it easier for them to feel comfortable to learn and ask for help if needed. It is like a big family and we have enjoyed every year there. My children are learning to acheive more and more with each year that passes. They want to make their teachers happy so they try hard. The teachers are very supportive and knowlegdeable not only in schooling but in making sure all understand what is being taught. Thanks Hillcrest and Staff for all that you do to make sure our kids grow up to succeed in this world.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 16, 2010
Because the produce top notch kids, very bright students come out of Hillcrest!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 16, 2010
great school, great curriculum, great teachers and great kids.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 16, 2010
This school has provided my nieces w/ a fantastic educational environment for them to grow and learn.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 16, 2010
The Head of School, Maureen Manion, has created a unique environment where the kids view Hillcrest as their second home. When my granddaughter came to Hillcrest in 6th grade, she was shy, insecure, indifferent to studies, uncertain of any future goals or College plans, and at that time had very few friends. We were blessed to find Hillcrest, and in doing so we found teachers who love what they do and interact in a very positive way with the kids, we found students who care for one another,and who learn and show the importance of respect for one another, we found a staff that is always available and willing to help, and most importantly we found a haven of learning and doing, where the kids actually enjoy going to School every day. The leadership camp and activities, the travel, the trips to the Theaters,etc. are all additional benefits over and above the usual, and are key in the formation and growth of our kids. I truly believe that Hillcrest played a very significant role in the process of turning my granddaughter's life in a positive and joyful direction. I also believe that Hillcrest will be the most significant base upon which she will build, and she will always look back fondly to her years at Hillcrest. Thanks teachers, staff and administration for all that you do!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 16, 2010
My neice goes to this school and it is absolutely awesome. She is the smartest kid I know and this school has helped her excell beyond anything I thought kids her age could do. She if very happy to go to school every day.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 16, 2010
This school is a really great school. The staff is great. Our daughter is so happy here.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2010
school has great academic program, enriching field trips and a wonderful language arts program!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2010
3rd year and still can't believe the value of this school. Top notch teachers, foreign language everyday, an art studio and PE. This is a well rounded curriculum my kids don't even know how lucky they are, they just love their school!

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2010
I have nothing but wondeful things to say about Hillcrest Academy. My son is finishing Kindergarten and actually misses school during breaks. The staff is very supportive of each student. They are very good about communicating with parents which is what I appreciate the most. My son learning a foreign language is also bonus.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2010
Because it's the best school ever! we have a slow food chapter earth day celebrationsmany school sports dance drama music art plays and tons of fun stuff!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2010
A very small community-feeling school with a fabulous focus on both the academic and fine arts side of each child's educational development.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2010
Hillcrest have a great academic program. They have 2 foreign language, arts and music. Parents are very involved in the school and community and the staff are very caring dedicated to each and every student.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2010
Fine academic environment and a caring and dedicated faculty.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2010
wonderful sense of community, kindness, challenge and intellectual spirit. could not be happier with the progressive, committed education my daughter is receiving. a truly 'well-rounded' kindergarten experience! we look forward to years ahead at hillcrest.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2010
Great Administrators, top notch teacher, Slow Foods Program, & they really know my kids!

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2010
Because Ang Sillin is the most wonderful teacher in the whole wide world.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 15, 2010
The superior educational, leadership, and character-building experiences taught at Hillcrest remain long after graduation. The staff is highly professional and dedicated to each and every student.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2010
They have great teachers who really care. Also, they have wonderful programs for the kids.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2010
Everything! Great academics, great teachers, great programs, languages (spanish and french), arts, PE, etc. etc. The staff is so friendly and helpful. My daughter loves her school. Hillcrest Academy is also a fully accredited school!

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2010
They care about every child and treat them as individuals. Curriculum is challenging, emphasis on character and leadership. Our once-shy young daughter is thriving there, and our son will be there in the Fall.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2010
Talk about a success story...my son would not be where he is at if it weren't for the teachers at this school! Kudos to the faculty who truly inspire students to believe in themselves to succeed!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2010
The school has great academics for all 3 of my children. Most of all they feel important and safe and I feel it is safe envor. for them to grow with their knowledge. I feel blessed to be able to afford them this opputunity.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2010
Hillcrest Acedmy makes learning a wholesome experience for the children and gives us, parents the sense of pride for knowing that our children are nurtured in the best method of education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
They provide a warm, welcoming, diverse culture for all students.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 06, 2010
I appreciate this school offering foreign language and art, but in the few years my kids have been here, it seems that only some teachers are wonderful, experienced and will work with your child at their level (high or low), while others just load them with busy work in the hopes that they'll get something more out of the assignments than writer's cramp. I also find the administration's methods for soliciting donations a bit severe. I will definitely be looking into my neighborhood schools.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2010
My son started Kindergarten at Hillcrest in 2009. The first thing I noticed at Hillcrest was that everyone seemed happy and optimistic. After six months I realize that it's because the staff, teachers, students, and parents are all working together to achieve a common goal. They want to prepare every single student intellectually and socially for the next step in their life. The curriculum is diverse and challenging and they move through the subject matter at a pace that keeps the students engaged. If one happens to fall behind, there is always help available to keep them caught up with the rest of the class. The students change class rooms several times a day and there is plenty of outdoor play time and exercise. The daycare before and after school is exceptional. Our son always looks forward to going to school and I feel that I am leaving him in a safe environment. The staff and teachers are highly educated and organized. Communication between the parents, staff and teachers is encouraged. They utilize Sycamore Education, a web based school management system that allows parents, teachers, staff, and students to communicate by 'passing notes.' It is similar to email, but it is limited to the students, teachers, staff, and parents at Hillcrest. You can send a note to anyone, whenever you want to. This system is also used by the staff to keep everyone informed about school news and events. This level of communication and information flow makes the entire experience more satisfying because you are always aware of what is happening at the school and any questions can be asked and answered in an expedient way. Choosing Hillcrest was a great decision. My second son will be in the Class of 2011.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2009
This school is absolutely outstanding. Academically it stresses both mathematics and the languages- something most schools strive to do but just can't achieve. Character is emphasized from the moment a child walks through the door. Teachers are true professionals who clearly love what they do. Children are taught hard work and the philosophy of earning privileges rather than simply being entitled. Uncertain of where we were going to live, we evaluated 10's of schools across the US. I sincerely don't think you can find a better value for the education provided ANYWHERE.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2009
My child loves going to Hillcrest Academy. My child has attended Public School for most of her educational career, and after a disappointing 6th grade at our local Middle School, we decided to look into seek out an alternative education source. My child has always been eager to learn but now she is being challanged to learn at a higher standard. She is focused, and driven to succeed. My Child is thrilled to participate in all of the wonderful classes, events, parties, trips, and programs that Hillcrest offers. I feel very fortunate to watch her enjoy this experience, I just wish that I had found this school earlier. Thank you Hillcrest Academy.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2009
I am very happy with the well rounded and challenging education that Hillcrest provides my daughters. My daughters love going to school every day. Hillcrest provides so much more than the public school can offer. Having the opportunity to have French class every day starting in Kindergarten is awesome. The environment at Hillcrest is very warm and nurturing. This is our second year and we look forward to many more years with Hillcrest.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2009
This school has provided an unbelivable educational envionrment for my elementary child and my middle schooler. The challenging cirruculm has provided many opportunities for my middle schooler to compete academically outside the walls of the school. From the County Science Fair to participating with the John Hopkins tallented youth program. The school also provides forieign language, art & music which are not offered or have been taken away from the public school environment. These are provided as young as Kindergarten.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 15, 2009
The school lacks luster and the environment is not suitable for kids with dreams. It hinders creative thoughts, and the teachers are more interested in vacations for them, not the students. ie NYC instead of an educational based trip to Washington DC, especially in today's world and the economic times we are facing. This is a la la school.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2009
My son loves the school and the curriculum. He is thriving and being challenged by the curriculum which is what we wanted.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2009
My daughter loves Hillcrest. She's in 5th grade now and started Hillcrest in kindergarten. Hillcrest Academy is a school I recommend to any parent looking for not only a great education for their child but also a school environment that is family like. Hillcrest has a superior staff, an excellent curriculum, and truly wonderful students. Hillcrest isn't just an excellent school, it's a family and I'm proud to be a part of it.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2009
We love Hillcrest Academy. We appreciate the excellent scholastic programs, the small classroom setting, the diversity, and overall 'family' feeling we get on campus. I feel that my children are safe, well cared for, and educated when under the charge of the faculty of Hillcrest Academy.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2009
My son is in kindergarden program and it has been a very positive experience for him. The school administration have always been very helpful. My son has learned alot while attending there. Going to this school has made him eager to learn and experience new subject matters.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2009
This school has a great music teacher, a truly inspiring PE teacher, a wonderful art program, and an educational, adventurous series of field trips. The 4th and 5th grade teachers are hard-working and responsive, and they create an atmosphere of high expectation. It's also a place where many cultures come together, and I like that.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating February 22, 2009
We feel very strongly that Hillcrest is the superior K-8 educational choice in Temecula. Not only are academics strong and thorough, the students benefit from classes in music, art, a choice of languages, and daily PE class. Hillcrest is the only accredited and non-profit, non-denominational private school in the valley, with a focus on integrity, character and leadership skills. The teachers are wonderful, and the PTSL is strong, well organized and effective. Family participation is welcomed. It's a great place for our children!

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2009
We thought Hillcrest would be a fine school for our daughter, but we are surprisingly THRILLED! She is thriving in this environment - doing better both academically and socially than we ever expected. The other students - and all of the families here - have been tremendously supportive and welcoming. Our daughter is challenged and rewarded, and she is excited every day to go to school. We love that she has the opportunity to explore French, Music, Art, and PE - in addition to the already strong basic curriculum. I can't imagine her attending any other school - and we are anxiously looking forward to our youngest beginning there in two years.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2009
My son loves his school. The kids are being challenged above grade level and are excelling.With all the programs and the wonderful staff at Hillcrest I know we chose the best school for our sons education.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2009
They have a great cirriculum of the liberal arts, art class, foreign language & PE! What more could you want!

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 19, 2009
Hillcrest has given me piece of mind. Their unique approach to teaching is amazing! They go above and beyond academics. The children have their own garden. A recycling program. The teachers are credentialed, professional people that love what they do!

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2009
Excellent leadership, excellent teachers and staff. Parent participation is very high. The PTSL involvement is great. Your child will get many things that other schools in the area simply don't offer. Hillcrest is the only accredited private school in the Temecula Valley. This really matters.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2006
Hillcrest Academy is a wonderful school that tailors to the academic needs of each child. I have two children in the school and both of them love their teachers, and are surrounded by great, kind friends. The school environment is strong on academics and our children are thriving at Hillcrest Academy. We looked at many schools in the Temecula area, and Hillcrest was far and away the clear choice. The school is fully accreditated and is a non-profit. All funds go toward the students' needs,not someone's personal bank account. Hillcrest Academy is simply an amazing school and the best choice in the Temecula Valley. You won't be disappointed if you choose this school!

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2006
The students at Hillcrest are fortunate to have music, art, French, Spanish, and sports. I am amazed by the quality of the academic programs that this school offers. This is a small school where everyone knows each other and it really feels like a big, happy family!

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2006
Quality of academic programs are sound and there are excellent staff. Availability of music, art, sports and other extracurricullar activities is there and the have a high level of parents involvement in their classes and studies.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2005
This school is where my son should have been from first grade on. Starting in the first grade we heard nothing but 'Riley this and Riley that.' Then when he was in second grade and was tested for the Gate program the teachers figured out what my husband and I already knew. Riley was gifted. He tested in the 99.9th percentile. He qualified not only for Gate, but Gate Seminar. His first grade teacher did not know what to say. We ended up moving to another city where we decided to put him in private school. Hillcrest Academy is what he needed. He is challenged and kept motivated and his teachers there realize that not everyone learns the same. The principal is great and knows all the children by name. We are extremely happy with this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2005
We have had a great experience at Hillcrest. Because of the size of the school it's like a family with the kids and staff knowing almost everyone. The teachers are very friendly and ready to work with the kids. The principal is very hands on. The middle school does some awesome performances (dance and drama) with everyone participating. They even have a great sports program that all the kids can participate in. I would highly recommend this school, it is well worth the money.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 31, 2003
I am new to Temecula and new to hillcrest. We feel that academics are emphasized, with a particularly cool foreign language program and that art and music do not fall by the wayside either. We are excited by the prospect of a well rounded, personalized school experience for our son.

- submitted by a parent
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Hillcrest Academy
29275 Santiago Road, Temecula, CA  92592
(951) 676-4754
Last modified Hillcrest Academy is a Private school that serves grades K-8
Hillcrest Academy Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 137 reviews. Top