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Hillcrest Christian

Private | K-12 | 263 students


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Posted August 6, 2014

I've been a teacher at Hillcrest for six years now and I truly believe God placed me just needed to be. The staff, parents, and students are amazing. I felt loved and supported since day one. The relationships between teachers and students go beyond the norm! We're also their counselors, friends, and sometimes their parents at school. I've seen teachers taking their students out to lunch in the high school, or giving them money for lunch when they forgot to bring it from home. I've seen others sacrifice their lunch, or stay after school to help a child that is struggling. I've also seen kids that leave our school and later come back because they couldn't find what Hillcrest offered them somewhere else. I feel very blessed and privileged to work at Hillcrest!
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted May 30, 2014

Hillcrest Christian Preschool is the absolute most amazing, loving, nurturing place I could have ever dreamed of sending my children. The director of the preschool is so energetic and filled with love and compassion for the children. The teaching staff is amazing, with clearly one goal in mind, to help raise the whole child. This staff has the most remarkable love for each other, as thought they are sisters and that really illuminates on to the children. What a highly academic, developmental, social, spiritual happy place!!! 5 stars!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 27, 2013

Hillcrest Christian School has been a blessing to our family for 10 years. Our kids started there as 3 year olds, and continued throughout their elementary years. It teaches the kids the biblical principals, kids get a excellent Christian education, and it has been our second family. Our Chapel's our filled with amazing worship and awesome teachings. I love walking the halls at school and seeing students of all ages. The secondary students are great examples to our pre-school and elementary students.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 27, 2013

We left a local public school and this is our third year at Hillcrest. We love the small class size and the teachers are great. They really take the time to get to know each student. We feel our child is getting a great education here.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 2, 2013

I wish I could write 2 reviews for this school. One for the teachers and one for the Admin. The teachers have the students best intrest in mind. However their ideas, and general spirit are often squelched by the "people in charge". The teachers do not get a say in what happens in the school, even though they are the ones who work day-to-day with the students. The Board and Admin call all the shots while teachers are not even allowed to attend board meetings. The students are wonderful, parents are great (but as we all know, the ones with the most $$ pull the most weight). Check the number of staff members that have last in the last 5 years, you will be shocked at how high that number is. If there were a few changes made in who was in charge, this school would be outstanding, until then, my rating is low.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted April 6, 2012

I would think twice about placing my child in this school or at least speak with the parents at Bethany who have fled Hillcrest. The academic talent is adequate, but the administration staff is arrogant & unprofessional. They do not always seem to have the best interest of the children at heart but just interested in exercising their power & intimidation Enrollment is dwindling because of the unfriendly staff who admittedly do no relate well to children & show open hostility to parents, regarding them as enterlopers.

Posted January 23, 2012

I absolutely love Hillcrest Christian school. My kids have been blessed with the best teachers. Mrs. Davis is an outstanding teacher who is helping to shape and mold my son to be the leader that God intends him to be. Mrs. Hawisher understands the different learning styles and teaches in a way that the children can learn according to the way they learn. My children have been here since preschool and will continue to go through high school it is God's will. Great Christian teachers!!!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 23, 2012

Two years ago, after a last minute decision to relocate to Westlake Village, I was frantically searching for the right preschool for my son. I had two weeks to tour, interview, and register before moving up to Westlake Village and before school started. My preschooler and I made an all day trip up and we visited five schools. My friend had recommended Hillcrest, but I was sure that no school would really compare to the great preschool environment he was attending. The first school I toured was HIllcrest, and the moment I walked in the doors and met the current director, I had great peace with putting my son in this God-loving, nurturing environment and with this director who was energetic and filled with God's love. I visited the other four schools, but they all paled in comparison to the truly Christian environment at Hillcrest. My child prays for the family at the dinner table, sings praises to the Lord, has memorized numerous bible verses, and has a voracious appetite to learn about the Lord. He is excelling in his academics and made some amazing friends in all grades. My younger son now attends the preschool program and I could not be happier with my decision.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 23, 2012

Hillcrest Christian School Preschool has been amazing for our daughters. Leaving your children for the first time can be a traumatic experience for both parents and children. From the first day we went to visit the school we were blown away by the caring and nurturing teachers and staff. The pre-school director is energetic and fun and our girls have loved their teachers over the last two years. At first we were just looking for a preschool with the thought of sending them to public school once kindergarten begins (as we have great public schools in our area). After watching them grow spiritually, socially, and academically, we are hooked on keeping them in a Christian education at Hillcrest Christian School. I can't say enough about the nurturing and safe environment they are in each day and they really enjoy going to school. They have great friends at school and every day they talk about God and Jesus when they come home. It really hit me when one day my daughter pulled me outside to look at a beautiful sunset. Her comment was..."Dad...look what god made for us." That moment was priceless for me and we are so thankful to have our children attending this preschool.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 16, 2012

This school does not compare to what they actually show on the outside when you go for a tour Teachers in preschool have changed greatly because of lifestyle of Director alot of people have left. we were there for several years thought for sure that iis where our kids would have gone all the way through 12th grade. When you say your a Christian school and you pay $$$$ for it you want to make sure the life styles of all teachers line up with Godly Principles most staff are 2 faced and Honor God with theier lips but some hearts are wicked.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 8, 2011

I'm saddened to see how this school had dealt with heavy issues. The bullying at this school has been constant and not dealt directly with children involved. The school lives in a bubble and it stems from the leadership of the school. When there are issues they are not put in the student's file and aren't followed according to their school policy manual.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 25, 2011

My children have been at Hillcrest for the past 5 years. My family has been so blessed here. The teachers are excellent, the academics are top notch, but above all these things, the Lord reigns here. This is a special place and if its the Lord's will my children will attend here til the day they graduate high school. I really can not say enough. If you are considering this school may I encourage you to take a tour. I believe that you willl be well pleased.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 25, 2011

Hillcrest is an excellent school. The staff and education are exceptional. The Truth is taught here, so yes,if you do support abortion as certain political parties do, and additionally think that human life began in some other way other than what the Bible states, then this is definately not the place for you. However, if you are a bible believing christian then you will appreciate Hillcrest in so many ways.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 16, 2011

The preschool program is outstanding! The teachers have Christ like characteristics and truly love my children. The director is amazing. She just so full of joy! The environment is loving and nurturing and safe. My children recieved a well rounded experience. The preschool is Spiritual, developmental,, highly academic, and so so loving. I love Hillcrest Christian Preschool!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 16, 2011

My children have grown and blossomed at Hillcrest. My children have been going to Hillcrest for 5 years. They teach Bible in every subject! Surely they have peer issues but not as bad as I have seen in the public schools that my children had been in. All my childrens teachers have been loving, supportive, and they have great communication. You will be blessed to come to this school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 21, 2010

A certain type of family will absolutely love this school. We were not one of them. Our daughter attended 7th and 8th grade a few years ago. We are Christian and very active in our protestant-denomination church. However, our child was accused by the other students of not being a true Christian because we are Democrats. An administrator told me that I can't be Christian and believe in evolution. At the parent open house, the science teacher proudly informed us that a thrust of his class was "teaching the students how to respond to an evolutionist". Our child got very little true science. The 8th grade trip was an indoctrination on how this country was formed by people making a stand for Jesus. Seems that money and power didn't really play a role. It was all about standing up for Jesus. You get the drift. I will say that the teachers are very kind and loving, and the students are nice. The academics other than science were acceptable. We will not consider sending our other children there.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 16, 2009

Hillcrest Christian has been a great blessing to our family. It has a small home-like atmosphere for students who need more 1 on 1 teacher time and less distraction among their peers. My daughter just completed the 8th grade. This was our 1st experience in a private school and WOW, what a difference in her academic, social, emotional and spiritual outlook from a year ago. Having teachers who believe in and support students as well as peers whose families share our core values has made all the difference in the world. Thank you Hillcrest!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 9, 2008

This is the most amazing school. My daughter has attended for the last 7 yrs and I couldnt be happier about the love, structure and education she has been receiving. The staff is awesome and the administration great!! My child has benefited in ways I cant express by being raised in this school. We have been beyond blessed!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 29, 2007

We have had three children attend Hillcrest. Two from K-12 and one from K-8. All three received excellent educational and spiritual foundations. HCS offers a challenging environment where students can excel, and become part of the community. Our kids went on to USC, Notre Dame and TCU. The small school experience is very valuable in many ways and I encourage you to look carefully at this great resource. Don't be fooled by facilities; $30 mllion in buildings won't buy you a great experience or admission to top notch schools.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 31, 2006

School is a very nurturing environment for children with a very strong Christian emphasis. It is a small school that I believe would be better served to function as a pre-k through 6th grade school as it just doesn't have the facilies and space needed for middle school and high school.
—Submitted by a parent

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 79% 26%
Hispanic 8% 52%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Black 2% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
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384 Erbes Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
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