Hillside provides a rigorous college preparatory program for students grades 5 -12, in a strong, supportive community. In small classes, students build critical thinking, creativity, joyful curiosity, and the courage to take risks.
They discover the value of both process and product and that mistakes are for learning. They learn to write with fluency, power and imagination. From mathematics to Moliere, physics to fencing, and through literature, history, and art, our students round out their lives and excel.
They win awards, achieve high SAT scores, and are accepted into top tier colleges and universities. Since its creation in 1969, Hillside students have followed the call to adventure.
They have become thinkers and citizens, participants in a world that increasingly needs the gifts each of us has to offer.
- Top Ranked WA School
- Grades: 5-12
- Enrollment: 50 students
- Yearly Tuition: $29,980
- Acceptance rate: 80%
- Average class size: 8 students
- Application Deadline: None / Rolling
- Source: Verified school update
School Membership(s)School Assoc.
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 32%
Students by Grade
Academics and Faculty
Total Classroom Teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
List of Courses Offered
Classroom Dress Code
Tuition and Acceptance Rate
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Please visit our website for tuition cost breakdown: hillsidesc.org
% on Financial Aid
National avg.: 85%
Dr. Lizeth Gutierrez
Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Art Program, Drama Club, martial arts, Robotics, Tabletop Games Club
Art Program, Drama Club, martial arts, Robotics, Tabletop Games Club
- Hillside provides a rigorous college preparatory program for students grades 5 -12, in a strong, supportive community. In small classes, students build critical thinking, creativity, joyful curiosity, and the courage to take risks.
- They discover the value of both process and product and that mistakes are for learning. They learn to write with fluency, power and imagination. From mathematics to Moliere, physics to fencing, and through literature, history, and art, our students round out their lives and excel.
- They win awards, achieve high SAT scores, and are accepted into top tier colleges and universities. Since its creation in 1969, Hillside students have followed the call to adventure.
- They have become thinkers and citizens, participants in a world that increasingly needs the gifts each of us has to offer.
Source: Verified school update
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does Hillside Student Community cost?
Hillside Student Community's tuition is approximately $29,980 for private students.
What is the acceptance rate of Hillside Student Community?
The acceptance rate of Hillside Student Community is 80%, which is lower than the national average of 85%. Hillside Student Community's acceptance rate is ranked among the top private schools in Washington with low acceptance rates.
What sports does Hillside Student Community offer?
Hillside Student Community offers 2 interscholastic sports: Fencing and Martial Arts.
What is Hillside Student Community's ranking?
Hillside Student Community ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Washington for: Lowest average acceptance rates.
When is the application deadline for Hillside Student Community?
The application deadline for Hillside Student Community is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).
Finally, anthropology, a class Hillside does not have. Instead of discussing what at Hillside made me fall in love with, and prepare me to succeed in, the subject, I will instead focus on how on Earth I can take three majors. It all stems from the running start program that Hillside is a part of. In senior year, students take classes instead at Bellevue College. To be perfectly frank, I did not enjoy my time in running start, but that's entirely my fault. I didn't really go out of my way to make friends and treated it instead as a place where I show up, sit through classes, and leave. In part, this was because Hillside had set the bar so high that the level of instruction BC provided couldn't keep up; however, I'm still glad I went. The freer schedule meant I could help out at Hillside as a TA for the fifth and sixth grade math class, an incredibly rewarding experience. And, more relevant to my degree, I got a ton of college credits. Since most of my graduation requirements were already filled, I ended the year with a boatload of transferable elective credits, as well as many of my college prerequisites filled as if I had taken the AP exams. For example, every student is required to take two writing courses, 1122 and 1133; Since I took an English class at BC, I only need to take the latter. Since I entered with so many spare credits, I easily have space for a third major. Hillside is a magical place. Its forest campus strengthened my love of the outdoors, and the student teacher community, small though it may be, is incredibly tight. By the time I graduated, I could truly call the teachers my friends, and I'm still in contact with people who graduated four years before me, and who will graduate many years after. By far, Hillside's greatest strength is the relationships that students of all ages can form with one another. Older students truly serve as mentors to their underclassmen, and as someone who was fortunate enough to be on both sides of that dynamic, I wouldn't trade that experience for anything in the world.
Looking for the next step after Seattle Country Day for our two daughters my wife and I knew what we wanted in a school, but not where to find it. It was important that both go to the same school. One was very strong in math but needed help with her writing. The other was the exact opposite. We were looking for a strong foundation in basic skills, not frills or current educational fads. Although I was initially very skeptical based on the size and appearance of the campus by the end of the first year both my wife and I were completely won over. Hillside has a gifted teaching staff that offers a flexible approach and attention to each individual student, meeting them at their current level. While the small size of the student body does limit some opportunities it also promotes a level of cooperation, respect, individual responsibility and tolerance that won't be found in more conventional schools. If looking for a school today we would make the same choice. Involvement with the running Start program is a plus. The results speak for themselves- the older daughter is a mechanical engineering major at Stanford, the younger a biology/anthropology double major at Bowdoin.
I''m a Hillside Alumni. I was there from 4th grade (they no longer have 4th grade) to graduation. As a 3rd grader coming from a terrible public school experience, Hillside was exactly what I needed. The teachers and staff genuinely care about the students. I felt safe and looked out for by not only the staff and teachers, but students as well. These are the kind of people you want your kids around. I was struggling with school confidence and I was able to get the 1:1 help I needed to help with the school subjects I was lacking in at the time and my personal confidence too. If your child goes into the upper school grade levels, they will learn how to write a quality college paper. I graduated from BC (AA degree) and UW (BA degree) and was amazed how a scary portion of my peers didn't know how to write a quality paper. I helped edit a lot... Other graduates from Hillside (who are still my best friends today) also experienced this at their college. There are at least 3 more qualities (block system, art, plays!) I wish I could list that I loved about it but I''m rapidly running out of room. So to sum up, if you''re not sure. Win and doubt check it out!
My daughter has been at this school for just over a year and we don't have one complaint! While the school may not have a bunch of new high-tech gadgets, it has enough fun, compassion, learning, and friendship to far outweigh any deficiencies. My daughter has absolutely thrived at this school - academically and socially. I would recommend it to any parent looking for a balance between high-end learning and real-life lessons.
I am a happy Hillside Student Community graduate who just recently graduated from Seattle University with the highest GPA in his graduating class. Hillside's very personal teaching style was able to give me the individual attention I needed to prepare me for success at institutions of higher learning, and it's non-clicky social environment helped me to have understanding and respect for all kinds of people, as well as developing my own personality and self in a non-oppressive, non-restrictive environment. Years later I am still grateful for my decision to attend Hillside Student Community.
I went to Hillside for five years, from 5th grade to 10th grade. When I first went there in fifth grade, I absolutely loved it. It was such a cool environment and I really enjoyed going to school each day. I am now going to a very large public school and the differences are very much highlighted. Hillside's academics are absolutely fantastic and I had a extremely high GPA for all of my years there. Because I was there so long, I really got to watch Hillside evolve. It's a great school, but you might not enjoy it as much if you are more crowd oriented. It has a small atmosphere, and for me, I loved it for many years, but leaving after 10th grade was the right choice for me; I needed to be in a larger environment. Hillside will always hold a special place in my heart and I''m very grateful for my years there.
I have 2 daughters who attended Hillside for several years before they had to leave due to our moving out of the area. Hillside was a fabulous experience for them, and they were sad to leave the school. Both girls got an excellent education there with tons of individual attention. Some of the classes were practically like having a personal tutor. The teachers care about each student and are responsive to each student's individual needs, strengths and weaknesses. They spend a lot of time on each student. For example, the high school humanities teacher spends hours going over all writing assignments from his students with copious comments and revisions and really teaches them how to write. Best of all, Hillside nurtures each student's individual gifts. They place great importance on everyone in the community treating each other with kindness, respect and appreciation for who each person is, and there is no expectation like in many public schools to conform. Everyone is accepted for who they are. As far as how students treat each other, bullying is absent, as is exclusive behavior. All that plus rigorous, high quality academic instruction. Students form close relationships with each other because the student body is small. While this smallness would not be for every student, many thrive with it, as did my girls. My husband and I heartily recommend Hillside.
I have two boys currently at Hillside Student Community. My oldest started in 9th grade and will graduate in 2016. My youngest started in 5th grade and is now in 8th grade. Hillside has been a great experience for both of them. The environment is caring and encouraging and helps each student to bring out his/her best. The curriculum is rigorous, but because of the small class size, everyone gets personal attention and the help they need. The community is really welcoming and accepting both for students and parents. My 12th grader is at Bellevue College this year for Running Start, as well as taking two classes at Hillside. Running Start has been a really nice way for him to get a taste of college life while still at home. It's been a helpful experience for him this year. My younger son is getting a much better math education than my older son did at his previous school. If a student is so inclined, there are no restrictions to how far or how fast they can move along in math. Another very strong point about Hillside is the student's ability to write papers. They really can write very, very well by the time they graduate. I am very grateful for Hillside Student Community and highly recommend that you check it out : )
I currently have two children at Hillside. My kids could not be more different, introvert and extrovert, gifted and average, loves drama, loves physics, and yet somehow Hillside is exactly the right school for both of them. Amazing staff, warm community, we are so happy to be a part of this wonderful school.
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