Hillbrook School

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The recently-launched Scott Center for Social Entrepreneurship, the only JK-8th grade center of its type in the world, partners with the local community, allowing our students to be at the center of transforming their curiosities, questions, and ideas into projects that reach beyond Hillbrook.
  • 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.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded1935
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students379 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade Hillbrook School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers53 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size18 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineFeb. 7
Yearly Tuition Cost$35,500
Tuition Notes25% of students participate in our Flexible Tuition program.
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorRakiya Brown
Admissions AssociateJami Johnson
Endowment Size$2 million


Total Sports Offered5 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Flag Football, Track and Field, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
Flag FootballTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.20 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Chess Class, Coding, Cooking, Dance, G.L.I. (Girls Learn International), H.E.R.O. (Helping Everyone Reach Out), Knitting and sewing, LEGO Engineering, Music, Student Council, Tech Squad, Theater Arts

Arts and Music Programs:
Ceramics, Glee Glub, Woodworking

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming, Yoga

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:
  • The recently-launched Scott Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Hillbrook, the only junior kindergarten-8th grade center of its type in the world, partners with the local community, allowing our students to be at the center of transforming their curiosities, questions, and ideas into projects that reach beyond Hillbrook. Discover a place where student choice and engagement are known, valued, and placed at the center of every learning experience.
  • 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.

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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Los Gatos
    Grades: NS-8 | 144 students
    1.9 miles
    220 Belgatos Rd
    Los Gatos, CA 95032
    1.9 NS-8
  • Los Gatos
    Grades: K-8 | 169 students
    1.8 miles
    14855 Oka Rd Ste 100
    Los Gatos, CA 95032
    1.8 K-8
  • Campbell
    Grades: PK-8 | 163 students
    4.4 miles
    90 E Latimer Avenue
    Campbell, CA 95008
    4.4 PK-8
  • Campbell
    Grades: K-8 | 108 students
    4.2 miles
    One West Campbell Avenue, Building A
    Campbell, CA 95008
    4.2 K-8
  • Campbell
    Grades: PK-8 | 161 students
    4.1 miles
    400 W Campbell Ave
    Campbell, CA 95008
    4.1 PK-8

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
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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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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