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Seven Hills, The

Private | K-8 | 345 students

 

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Posted Tuesday, August 19, 2014

We have three students at SHS, and have been there for 9 years. In spite of two retirements from administrators, an inevitability at any institution, the school has continued to run smoothly and beautifully. Our children are constantly engaged by incredible teachers, swept up by whatever they're currently learning, have evolved as people and students each year, and impress other parents, and even educators, when they meet new people. It's not unusual to hear, "Where do your kids go to school?! They're so mature!" SHS focuses upon building a love of learning, and that's no mere platitude. They reward children who ask "what happens if...?" They encourage follow up and independent study. And they provide many opportunities for children to stand before their peers and share their knowledge. Every student performs in front of fellow students and parents multiple times per year, and by the time they graduate, they are completely poised in front of audiences. There is always going to be some lemon squeezing amongst parents, but by and large, the complaints I have, and my peers have voiced, are negligible when compared with the exceptional level of education overall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2014

The seven Hills School was a second home to my Children who spent 8 years growing up there. Something started to go wrong when lower school head retired last year. This year whole school head announced his retirement as well. There is a lot of false advertising about this place, and while it looks appealing on the outside, the inner content is lacking and insufficient if not fraudulent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2014

Seven Hills has been a dream for my preschooler! He loves coming to school every day. His teachers are very caring and talented. His confidence, speaking ability, enthusiasm for learning, and kindness to others has all grown noticeably over the past few months.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2014

After 9.5 years as a dedicated parent and volunteer with my two kids dreaming of graduating with their friends from preschool, the middle school head and a teacher in middle school began discriminating against me as a single Mother and bullying my Daughter for not understanding some homework. They suddenly introduced iPads to replace ALL books and expect the students to be responsible and basically figure it out...? For $25,000 a year? No thanks! My child developed anxiety doctor diagnosed due to this schools treatment of her, and so they accused me the parent, of breach of contract, and cancelled both my kids mid year! They do not care for Children! They are not child centered! They do not offer due process or equity & justice! A sad waste and huge loss for our family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2013

Both our children go to Seven Hills. The school did make some changes to favulty(see note below). I can't imagine a place better suited for our kids. They are holding firm at limiting enrollment. My son now in first has 18 in his class with two teachers. My daughter has 20 in her fourth. I do wish the school offered more than Spanish and I'd like to see a stronger sports program, but it hey did just build a new middle school and a beautiful new gym. It's a great place where our kids are learning, building confidence, and growing only in positive directions.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2010

I have only praise for this school. I did not appreciate how special the environment was and how truly blessed I was to have gone there until after I graduated. Academically, I was more than prepared for high school. The 8th grade research paper is still one of the most involved papers I have written, and I attended a competitive private high school. The beautiful thing about a Seven Hills education is that the teachers make class so much fun that the students become absorbed in learning for learning's sake. Perhaps I do have one critique though, and this applies to all schools of this type, not just Seven Hills: I had a difficult time adjusting to the social pressures of high school. Partly, I believe that this was because Seven Hills was small and sheltered. I would not trade my time at Seven Hills for the world though. Highly recommend.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 9, 2009

Our son is a new student at Seven Hills School this year. While we were fairly secure with our decision to move him from his former school, we anxiously worried about him, not knowing how well he would adjust. After 4 days at Seven Hills, my son said, 'Mommy, I know I've only been at my new school a short time, but I love it there. Thank you for bringing me.' My son is fully engaged, adequately challenged and excited for each new day. He was quickly accepted by the student body and loves his new friendships. The administration is well-established and fine-tuned, and the Board seems to know its role, works hard and adheres to best practices. The school community is very diverse. We were readily accepted and warmly welcomed into the school culture. Thank you, Seven Hills School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2009

The Seven Hills School was the best decision we have ever made for our children. K through 5 offers a solid, well-coordinated curriculum that develops well-rounded citizens. Parents/students all get to know each other because there are only two classes in each grade and volunteering is mandatory. Because it is so satisfying to work with the staff and students, many parents volunteer extra hours. The middle school has outstanding instructors who work together to regularly review and upgrade the curriculum. 7th grade civil war week comes to life with re-enactments, games, and even cooking. In the spring, the entire 7th grade travels with teacher chaperones to Washington DC to experience the historic sites. Finally, it can be a financial stretch to send a child here, but financial aid is available for students when it's needed -- including aid for field trips and after school activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2007

A good, solid school for most children, but not for the highly gifted child, who would be better served elsewhere. The library is a warm, inviting place and the campus serene and sheltered. Many teachers are top-notch, but in the years our family was there, we felt some unfortunate hiring decisions were made, particularly in the music, art and physical education departments, and that the faculty in general was weakening. Prospective parents should ask questions about teacher qualifications.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2007

I went to Seven Hills and loved it. I am so happy that now I am able to send my child there for I hope the same wonderful experience I had.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2007

My children (2) have been very happy here. It is a warm and caring community with excellent staff. The facilities are terrific. Teachers bring small problems to your attention immediately so they do not grow into big ones and are very interested in working with parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2006

This is an excellent school if you can afford to go there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2006

Seven Hills is a truly outstanding place to send one's children (3 in my case). Located on a bucolic campus, the true strength of the school is its teachers and the brilliant way they implement the 'integrated curriculum.' Classes are small and students receive ample individulized attention. A 13,000 volume library staffed by two outstanding full-time librarians may be the crown jewel of the school. Art, music, Spanish, and PE round out the 'specialty' classes, but the thing that's really 'special' about this place is the overall excellence, committment of the wonderful teachers, and the loving community spirit.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2005

Our student was in the middle school. For all aspects we have the highest of praise. Warm, challenging, demanding teachers. Very engaged administration. In particular the english program was of the very highest caliber. The 8th grade students are writing essays of upper high school quality. HIstory comes alive and again they are taught with energy and intellectualism expected in a high school class room. The quality of the other students was also very high. My students classmates were very fun and friendly but also disciplined, well mannered and excited by learning. Seven HIlls is a small gem of a school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2005

Top notch education. Wonderful library.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2004

This has been a wonderful place to send our children. Class size is small, teachers know their craft and really know the students and the campus has undergone a major transformation in the last couple of years. Top marks for all involved!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2004

We love the Seven Hills School. Small classes led by wonderful, skilled, loving teachers. An integrated, developmentally appropriate, academically demanding curriculum. A gorgeous campus. A 12,000 volume library with two librarians who love kids and books. Art, music, Spanish. It's a fantastic, friendly community of learning for our whole family.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 71% 26%
Two or more races 15% 3%
Hispanic 4% 52%
Black 2% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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975 North San Carlos Drive
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
Phone: (925) 933-0666

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