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Hillside School

Private | 1-9 | 48 students

Hillside is exceptionally successful teaching students with learning differences

 

Living in Boulder

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $334,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $905.

Source: Sperling's Best Places
 
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5 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted May 30, 2014

Hillside school, is truly exceptional with leadership and teaching experts you can trust. After a terrible experience with BVSD, my child came in with anxiety, mistrust, and traumatized by horrible classroom experiences. Now he truly loves school, and asked why he couldn't of had the opportunity to attend sooner. Our kid is succeeding and is learning. I am just grateful Hillside exists in Boulder County.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2013

Hillside School in Boulder is an excellent learning environment for students with learning and attention issues. The small class sizes (4 students per class) allow teachers to give each student the individualized attention he or she needs and deserves. Students thrive at Hillside knowing they're surrounded by peers that face similar challenges.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2011

HILLSIDE WORKS! I have to post this update. Over the past 10 years, I have sent 3 of my children to Hillside. The director, Kathy Sherman is incredibly talented She has developed and refined a program that works! HS focuses on an individual childs strengths. They bolster the kids ability to learn which has a direct positive effect on their self esteem and lives. Public schools teach to weakness by remedial learning thus creating a trap for students who learn differently. Several years later, the effects of HS are profound. My oldest is in college pursuing a BS degree in nutrition. One has made the honor roll at his new school for 2 years running. He wants to study Physics and is looking at MIT, Harvard or Stanford. WOW, my wildest dream! The third is also doing well in middle school. He is also interested in science and will be entering the science fair with an aerospace project. After many years, I now see that these kids are very intelligent but process information in a manner different than the norm. They can see outside the box in ways most cannot. I believe this is an asset to their future, a difference not a disability.
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Posted August 15, 2007

Theis school is exceptional. We have finally found a school that teaches in the way my son learns. He grades have improved in one year more than we thought possible. As a result he has gained confidence in so many ways beyond academics. I encourage anyone who has a child with dyslexia to look at this alternative. You will be rewarded beyond your dreams!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2007

Hillside has had a tremendous impact on my son's education. He is in ninth grade. Classes have 4 students to one teacher and focus on reading writing and math. The program is expertly organized to benefit each students needs. He improved 3 grade levels in reading in one year. His self esteem went from the lowest of low to the sky! His grades in all other classes have also climbed from D's to A's and B's! He now has confidence in himself and wants to go to college! He actually does homework by himself with little struggle! We couldn't be happier!
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 83% 56%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 3%
Hispanic 8% 32%
Black 3% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Reading specialist(s)
Special education coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by a school official.

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Language learning

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
School Leader's name
  • Kathy Sherman
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Part-time study
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (303) 494-7558

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Direct instruction
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Multi-aged
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Special education
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Special education coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Remediation
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Car pooling encouraged
School facilities
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • None
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Hillside School is profoundly successful teaching students who learn differently.
School leaders can update this information here.

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8 out of 10students were accepted for the 2014-2015 school year.


Students accepted for the 2014-2015 school year
48
Applications received for the 2014-2015 school year
60

What does it cost?

Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
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6717 South Boulder Road
Boulder, CO 80303
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Phone: (303) 494-1468

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