Spring Hill School provides and individualized learning environment in which each child`s unique gifts are recognized and nurtured, enabling them to reach their highest potential.
Located in Santa Cruz, California, Spring Hill is an independent private school serving preschool through sixth grade students and sending graduates to top national and local public and private schools. Spring Hill School is the only independent design thinking elementary school of its kind on the Central Coast of California. Santa Cruz County residents voted Spring Hill School as the Best Private School in Santa Cruz County in the 2016 Santa Cruz Sentinel Reader`s Choice Awards.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • School Type: School with Special Program Emphasis
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-6
  • Students: 85 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $14,200
  • Average class size: 16 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-6
Year Founded
1977
Summer School Offered
Yes
Summer Program Details
Awards
 Blue Ribbon School - Selected in 2004

Student Body

Total Students
85 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
16%
State avg.: 48%
Students by Grade
Spring Hill-advanced Elementary School Of Santa Cr Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
8 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
11:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
70%
Average Class Size
16 students
List of Courses Offered
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
% on Financial Aid
15%
Average Financial Aid Grant
$4,700
Admissions Director
Cindy Jaconette
Admissions Associate
Lenise Orejuela

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
11 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Hip Hop Dance, Kids Art, Lego Robotics, Music, Photography, Rock Band, Student Council, Tech Club, Tumbling

Club or Organization:
French Classes

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Children's Yoga

School Notes

  • Two full time teachers in Kindergarten class ratio 8:1
  • Class size limit of 16 students
  • Strong emphasis on hands on learning & individualized programs in reading and math - children work at their own pace
  • Exceptional language arts, math, algebra, science & life lab programs
  • Spanish classes begin in Kindergarten
  • Fine arts: music, drama and studio art
  • Before and after school care
  • After school optional enrichment programs: Lego Robotics, Fine Art, Tumbling/Gymnastics, Music lessons- Guitar and Piano, and  sports programs: volleyball, basketball, tennis, various field sports

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (10 reviews)
5  
My son has attended Spring Hill for 3 years now and we could not be more pleased with this school. The teachers and staff are so invested in every single child, often greeting every child by name when they arrive. We stuck with them through isolation and distance learning and I`m so glad we did. My son continued to advance his academics during a time when most children were regressing. They have a real community feel and want everyone to be involved with their children`s education. Issues have arisen between children (as they always do) and Marielle and the staff have been amazing. They sat down and put together a plan to help support my son. He`s thriving. I could go on, but know that if you choose this school you will not be disappointed.
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5  
We enrolled our child in kindergarten at Spring Hill after meeting the head of school and the teacher, and after investigating almost every independent school in the county. It was clear to us that not only would the individualized education philosophy be ideal for our children academically, but the positive social-emotional environment would also be essential for them to thrive in school - especially since we had had very little social interaction during the previous 1.5 years in the pandemic. The teachers and staff are passionate, truly caring, and are skilled in positive discipline as classroom management. Our child loves to go to school here - eagerly gets ready every day with no reluctance. We feel absolutely confident that every child at Spring Hill is seen and appreciated as an individual by caring and supportive teachers and staff!
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5  
My kids are happy to come to school every day. They love the school offerings. The confidence they have is a valuable skill to have learned at such a young age. Our family is grateful to the staff for treating our students as individuals and meeting them where they need to be met.
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5  
As a grandparent and retired Teacher I am so impressed how Spring Hill educates the whole child with not only a strong academic program, but many experiences in presentation skills, art, music, dance, drama, tech, problem solving and design thinking to name a few. I have volunteered in many classes and have observed how skilled teachers and small classes offer students the chance to soar knowing they are part of a caring community of students, staff and families. My grandson has transformed from a very shy 1st grader to a confident, we'll prepared 6th grader. Bravo!
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5  
Spring Hill has brought out the best in both of my children. My chief request of the school is that they "know" my kids and understand their unique needs as each of my children have very different academic and emotional needs. Unlike so many schools that claim to "individualize" their curriculum, Spring Hill actually delivers on this promise. This applies to the academic curriculum where children can receive extra support where needed and be accelerated where possible. But it also applies to the "whole child" aspects that we expect from a private school education. Amazing experience. If your child needs more than you can get from public school, you should definitely check out Spring Hill. Undoubtedly the best in Santa Cruz... I've looked at them all.
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5  
I am so thankful for Spring Hill. It is an amazing school. My daughter is the first one ready in the morning because she loves it so much. The academics are the best in the county (with individualized learning), but they also have social-emotional curriculum and really focus on the whole child. The community is blended and warm and friendly, and the before/aftercare - as well as the after school enrichment programs - make logistics easy on families with 2 working parents, like us. Spring Hill is really a precious school; every family should be so lucky to come here, and I love that the financial aid can help that happen for many.
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5  
Spring Hill is really an amazing school. Starting with their ability to recognize the strengths and weaknesses of each child and working closely to help them advance at their own pace. This is the best education approach today and it has proven true to our child since Kindergarten. The advantages of a curriculum designed to help our son reach his true potential along with great teachers and staff has made the School experience a fun and rewarding one for our family. Our son adores Spring Hill and loves going back. I encourage everyone to consider Spring Hill for their kids.
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5  
Spring Hill offers such a dynamic curriculum including art, life lab, music, spanish, electives, history, science, drama, design lab, dance and so much more for ALL students. My kids exuberantly look forward to school every single day. After switching our kids from public to private school to seek a more individualized, challenging education, Spring Hill has far surpassed our expectations in reading, writing, and math as well as the subjects listed above. Our children have formed life-long friendships and have gained amazing compassion and confidence in themselves because of the amazing community of teachers and students at Spring Hill!
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5  
We love the reduced instructional hours and many fun field trips. The school culture is a charming blend of privileged and provincial. The school screens out sub-advanced students in order to control the quality of our child's peer group. This school has it all!
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5  
Spring Hill has exceeded our expectations of what a school could be! Excellent motivated and creative teachers who meet the students individual needs to help each child reach their full potential. Our child is being challenged and learning above the grade level, but most importantly our child loves to come to school and never wants to miss a day!
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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • School Type: School with Special Program Emphasis
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-6
  • Students: 85 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $14,200
  • Average class size: 16 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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