An independent school junior kindergarten-8th grade school in Los Gatos since 1935, Hillbrook`s verdant 14-acre campus features rustic trails, a creek, outdoor gardens, and more.
Beginning in Fall of 2023, Hillbrook will open our new high school in downtown San Jose, where students' learning will expand as a connected part of a growing, thriving downtown community.
A school in and of the innovative spirit of the Silicon Valley, Hillbrook has been at the forefront of the Maker`s Movement for more than 80 years, knowing that design, engineering, risk-taking, and creation should be a core part of every child`s educational experience.
Hillbrook`s dynamic academic programs in math, science, the arts, foreign language, history, and more, highlighted by real-world learning experiences, challenge students to reach beyond, a staple of Hillbrook`s student experience.
One of the first schools in the world to implement a 1:1 iPad program, Hillbrook aims to remain on the leading edge of best practices in elementary education that can further enhance an extraordinary learning experience that keeps students at the center of their learning.
Founded in 2017, the Scott Center for Social Entrepreneurship was born out of Hillbrook School`s vision to inspire children to reach beyond to make a difference in the world. Guided by the six pillars of social entrepreneurship-Systems, Finance, Story, Civics, Design, and Agency-The Scott Center empowers learners to engage deeply in complex challenges locally and globally. The Scott Center ignites the changemaker in all students, nurturing the skills and mindsets to turn ideas into impact.
Discover a place where student choice and engagement are known, valued, and placed at the center of every learning experience. That`s the Hillbrook Way.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Enrollment: 365 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $40,700
  • Acceptance rate: 80%
  • Average class size: 13 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 11 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Hillbrook School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in California for:

Category
Attribute
School History

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded
1935
Summer School Offered
Yes
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
365 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
54%
State avg.: 49%
Students by Grade
Hillbrook School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
50 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
54%
Average Class Size
13 students
List of Courses Offered
Classroom Dress Code
Formal
School uniform, free dress days

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Feb. 11 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
30% of students participate in our Flexible Tuition program.
Summer Program Cost Notes
Our Summer Camp Programs foster week-long experiences for children in 1-8th grades. We also offer JumpStart, a week-long summer camp created just for our incoming JK-2nd Grade students to help them settle into life at Hillbrook.
% on Financial Aid
30%
Acceptance Rate
80%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Melissa Bamberg
Admissions Associate
Jami Johnson
Endowment Size
$2 million

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
10 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Coding, Cooking, H.E.R.O. (Helping Everyone Reach Out), Knitting and sewing, Music, Student Council, Theater Arts

Arts and Music Programs:
Ceramics, Woodworking

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Swimming

School Notes

  • Ask any child on our campus about Hillbrook's Core Values and they will readily share ours: "Be Kind, Be Curious, Take Risks, Be Your Best."
  • Our Vision: To inspire students to reach beyond themselves and make a difference in the world.
  • Our Mission: Hillbrook provides an extraordinary educational experience that fosters a love of learning in our students and helps them develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence to achieve their highest individual potential in school and in life. At Hillbrook, students are known and valued as individuals and every day is a journey of self-discovery, imaginative thinking, creative problem solving, and friendship.
  • Notable Programs:
  • Founded in 2017, the Scott Center for Social Entrepreneurship was born out of Hillbrook School`s vision to inspire children to reach beyond to make a difference in the world. Guided by the six pillars of social entrepreneurship-Systems, Finance, Story, Civics, Design, and Agency-The Scott Center empowers learners to engage deeply in complex challenges locally and globally. The Scott Center ignites the changemaker in all students, nurturing the skills and mindsets to turn ideas into impact.
  • The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) at Hillbrook School is a learning institute dedicated to the continual, intentional growth of educators at Hillbrook and beyond.
  • The Resident Teacher Program highlights HIllbrook's co-teaching model, placing Resident Teachers alongside lead teachers, maintaining a 1:7 teacher-to-student ratio, and enabling teaching teams to meet each child where they are in their learning and development everyday.
  • Our Graduates: There is no better way to see how the Hillbrook experience carries our students throughout their lives than by hearing from our graduates yourself: Click here to hear from recent Hillbrook alumni.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Hillbrook School cost?

Hillbrook School's tuition is approximately $40,700 for private students.

What is the acceptance rate of Hillbrook School?

The acceptance rate of Hillbrook School is 80%, which is lower than the national average of 84%.

Does Hillbrook School offer a summer program?

Yes, Hillbrook School offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.

What sports does Hillbrook School offer?

Hillbrook School offers 6 interscholastic sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Swimming, Track and Field and Volleyball.

What is Hillbrook School's ranking?

Hillbrook School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in California for: Largest student body and Oldest founding date.

When is the application deadline for Hillbrook School?

The application deadline for Hillbrook School is Feb. 11 / rolling (applications are due on Feb. 11 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
5  
The 1:1 iPad program allows for instant access to technology as well as innovative approaches to learning. In a single class period students can take photos or video, upload them to a google doc to collaborate with classmates, comment on a blog post entry, and listen to a peer's podcast. My 5th grader actively uses multiple apps for recording and listening to his Mandarin Chinese homework. In addition to world language, he benefits from a multitude of resources including the iLab, flag football and basketball programs, and a music program that honors diversity. We feel very fortunate that our two children attend Hillbrook.
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5  
My nephew is in 1st grade at Hillbrook, and it has been the absolute best experience for him--educationally, personally, and socially. I work in education myself, so I have seen all different types of learning environments at a variety of schools. Hillbrook does an amazing job of balancing academics with real-world critical thinking skills, allowing their students to be successful in high school and beyond. I am a counselor at a local private high school, and I have the opportunity to work with Hillbrook students when they arrive here. They are some of the most academically prepared, but more importantly (in my opinion) they have the skills that we hope all of our students learn to possess. They are respectful, independent, self-starters, who are looking at the world beyond just the class they are sitting in. When past Hillbrook students are applying to college, they are presented with some of the best colleges in the country to attend. I love the opportunity to work with Hillbrook students in my job and feel grateful that my nephew will receive the same experiences.
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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked CA School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Enrollment: 365 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $40,700
  • Acceptance rate: 80%
  • Average class size: 13 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 11 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Santa Clara County, CA is $22,434 for elementary schools and $28,661 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Santa Clara County, CA is 82% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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