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I recently learned that Hillside was rated one of the top ten private schools in Washington State for 2015 by niche.com, based on SAT test scores, the rigor of the colleges graduates attend and student feedback about Hillside's program. This news is not surprising. This is a rare school where the teachers and administrators teach by example and embody what they value -- kindness, genuine curiosity and passion in their subject area, a strong work ethic and willingness to go the extra mile -- be it on the behalf of a student or a coworker. Students follow suit, and In this atmosphere of trust, they relax, focus, grow and excel. This is a great school and these are lucky kids.
October 05, 2015

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My son is finishing his first year at Hillside. He is in the 5th grade and the growth he experienced this year is simply incredible. He comes out of school smiling. He willingly does his homework without being reminded. He takes pride in his work. He looks forward to learning. Sigrid and the rest of the team are truly special teachers who impart their love of learning to each and every student.



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My son is currently attending his 6th year at Hillside. I've watched him bloom within a community that fosters curiosity, individuality,, academic excellence, empathy, creativity, and enthusiasm. Within this community, he's cultivated healthy, supportive, friendships while he's also learned to embrace the differences of peers unlike himself. He's found his gifts, and learned that he will continue to discover others. He's been challenged and been taught to find his own tools to rise to the expectations he's learned to set for himself. There is not one day he's not been excited to return the next: the most positive learning experience one could dream of.




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Our son is currently attending Hillside for the second year. He is in the high school program. Since the age of 9 years old he has been fascinated with science. We could have "fast-tracked" him into a science heavy program. We felt that this was not the well-rounded education he needed. Hillside has been the well-rounded education we were looking for. He has become quite the programmer, writer, historian, Spanish speaker, artist and fencer. The staff is very gifted and dedicated. They have an enthusiasm for their jobs that is refreshing to see. With the small class sizes, they really get to know each student and can play to their strengths while helping them learn and grow. They see each student individually and are very invested in their education. We have always wanted our children to have a love of learning. At Hillside he is excited to go and learn each day. They have fostered that love of learning that is so important.

Develops character: Strongly agree


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At the beginning of each school year, students and parents sign a contract that addresses behavior including being honest, open and inclusive. Based on interactions with the students and staff at the school, you can see there is a high level of integrity. Because the class sizes are so small, teachers can actually address any interpersonal issues that arise and help students work through them.



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Both of our daughters have attended HSC following homeschooling after public school was a poor match for both of them. HSC encourages and supports them as people with unique gifts and both have flourished academically and gained confidence in many areas of their lives. The drama program is exceptional, and art is really emphasized in addition to a great college-prep curriculum. Can't say enough good about this place!




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Hillside Student Community School is a small school, and with all the benefits you would expect from a small school. The student-teacher ratio is excellent, allowing teachers the freedom and opportunity to work closely with each student. Hillside provides a safe environment that encourages each student to express their individuality. Hillside fosters personal development and teaches students to advocate for themselves. Hillside's drama program is excellent, and all students participate at some level. It's a very positive experience for all students and parents.

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I recently learned that Hillside was rated one of the top ten private schools in Washington State for 2015 by niche.com, based on SAT test scores, the rigor of the colleges graduates attend and student feedback about Hillside's program. This news is not surprising. This is a rare school where the teachers and administrators teach by example and embody what they value -- kindness, genuine curiosity and passion in their subject area, a strong work ethic and willingness to go the extra mile -- be it on the behalf of a student or a coworker. Students follow suit, and In this atmosphere of trust, they relax, focus, grow and excel. This is a great school and these are lucky kids.



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Hillside has been fantastic for both my girls. I can't say enough about how it has changed their lives and completely prepared them for university. Both girls have loved going to school every morning for over five years of attendance. It's a place of acceptance and tons of humor and good cheer. In addition, the academics have been fantastic. My kids can write papers without stressing. My girls have been very supported in math/algebra/calculus with class sizes of 1 to 7 kids. If they fell behind, the teacher immediately jumped on it and helped them catch up. The drama program is unequalled to any other program anywhere. Also, I like the leadership of the school. I have seen so much fun, knowledge, kindness, moral behavior, wisdom, and excellence in their own field by the teachers. My oldest daughter attended Newport High School and I lament that we did not know about Hillside School when we were deciding where to send her because the preparation for university from Hillside far surpasses Newport High School




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Hillside for me was a safe place to explore language, culture and identity (creative writing, Spanish language, history), nature (access to outdoors, biology) and community (friends, teachers, small classes). Safe, however, should not imply that I wasn't pushed or stretched to grow... internal growth was indeed constant! My teachers seemed always aware of the students and our unique challenges and gifts, and drew on those differences in supporting the community's growth. Larger projects like the Medieval and Renaissance Feasts really showed me (and, I believe, our families) how hard work paired with close study of an individual (or narrow subject matter) can result in a beautiful and deep appreciation for history! Singing songs in myriad languages on the short but sweet bus ride up the Hill is one of my fondest memories of my youth. Thank you to my teachers, mentors and classmates! Keir W



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We highly recommend Hillside Student Community for parents and students looking for a more integrated model of learning. Both of our daughters thrived there with small classrooms, caring teachers and engaging lessons. They both also enjoyed the outstanding drama department and grew as critical and creative thinkers in Hillside's supportive, in depth learning environment. Hillside is a wonderful alternative to the big classroom, busy work approach to schooling and offers respect for the different learning styles and personalities of the students.

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