The Hilldale School

  • Hilldale School provides a challenging, comprehensive, accelerated K-8 curriculum especially appropriate for bright, motivated, children.
  • Spanish, Music, Art, P.E., and Computer are a part of our balanced curriculum beginning in Kindergarten.
  • We emphasize international knowledge and understanding, environmental awareness and responsibility, positive ethical and social values, and critical thinking.
  • Teacher-student ratio of 1:18 or under allows a high level of personal attention.
  • Optional free AM and PM extended care with specialty workshops and swimming. Great family-oriented parent community!.

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School Overview

School TypeSchool with Special Program Emphasis
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded1948

Student Body

Total Students158 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
52%
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade The Hilldale School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers14 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio11:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
80%
Average Class Size15 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Navy pants, polo shirt, and sweater for boys.)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$17,550
Tuition NotesThis tuition includes before and after school care, 7:30 - 6:00, homework supervision, and most workshops (except for Pre-K--$925 per month 8:40 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. plus additional charge for morning and afternoon care).
% on Financial Aid
10%
Average Financial Aid Grant$5,000
Acceptance Rate
60%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorErik Boice
Admissions AssociateSasha Clayton

Sports

Total Sports Offered1 sports
SportsSwimmingSwimming

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.28 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.and Sounds, Animal Care, Art Club, Basketball, Bricks4Kidz, Chess Club, Circus Arts, Cooking, Drama Club, Drumming/ Cuban Percussian, Enrichment Fridays, Gardening, Gymnastics, Hiking, Hip Hop Dance, Improv, Jr. Science Engineers, Music, Musical Theatre Ensemble, Photography, Robotics, Running, Russian, Soccer, Song, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), Swimming, Yearbook Club

School Notes

  • Hilldale's Pre-Kindergarten emphasizes childhood literacy skills, math, science, social studies, art, music, and movement in order to prepare students for success in their educational life and beyond. Perfect for bright and gifted children who are ready to learn and have fun in a group setting! Our affiliated preschool, Early Learning Academy in Daly City, provides an excellent academic and social start for children ages 2-5.

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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Daly City
    Our Lady Of Mercy School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: NS-8 | 525 students
    1.8 miles
    7 Elmwood Dr
    Daly City, CA 94015
    (650)756-3395
    1.8 NS-8
    525
  • San Francisco
    Sts Peter & Paul School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: NS-8 | 250 students
    8 miles
    660 Filbert St
    San Francisco, CA 94133
    (415)421-5219
    8 NS-8
    250
  • Atherton
    Menlo School
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    Special Program Emphasis
    Grades: 6-12 | 799 students
    22 miles
    50 Valparaiso Ave
    Atherton, CA 94027
    (650)330-2000
    22 6-12
    799
  • Burlingame
     The Nueva School
    Special Program Emphasis
    Grades: PK-12 | 889 students
    9.9 miles
    6565 Skyline Blvd
    Burlingame, CA 94010
    (650)350-4528
    9.9 PK-12
    889
  • Burlingame
    Grades: K-8 | 362 students
    10.1 miles
    1300 Bayswater Avenue
    Burlingame, CA 94010
    (650)344-7176
    10.1 K-8
    362

School Reviews

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We currently send both of our boys to Hilldale and we love the school. Academically, the school is fantastic! The students learn a grade ahead (1st grade Hilldale students actually learn material taught in 2nd grade in public schools, etc). The school also has the ability to move students around to differentiate learning for students who benefit from moving up or down a level. The focus on social and emotional learning is a fantastic compliment to the academic rigor. The students have a friendship assembly every Wednesday where teachers and administration teach the children how to be better people through stories, skits, and exercises. There is also a virtue of the week as well as a kindness challenge each week that allows the students to focus on a specific element of citizenship for that week. I have been able to spend a lot of time around the students through volunteer activities and the older students genuinely treat each other with kindness and respect. They're not "normal" kids who bully or tease each other. It is very refreshing to know our boys could grow up to be kind like them. The school has an excellent community of families. Many of the parents spend time together in the morning at the weekly parent coffee gatherings or as observers to the school assemblies. We also have quite a few opportunities for play dates outside of school. Don't let the old facilities scare you away; there are big plans for renovations over the coming years. Beneath the surface, Hilldale is an amazing place, and the quality of education, both academic and interpersonal is definitely worth the reasonable tuition price.
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