Type of School:
A co-educational, independent, college-preparatory elementary day school with 150 boys and girls in grades K through 8.
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Founded in 1948, Hilldale’s three-acre campus sits on a ridge at the edge of the San Bruno Mountains, overlooking Daly City. There are three home-like buildings including 10 Classrooms, an Art/Music/Spanish Room, and a Computer Lab.
Very ethnically diverse. Approximately 85% of our student population has at least one parent from another country, and a number of our students speak a second language at home. At Hilldale, there is a deep respect for every individual, regardless of cultural, racial, ethnic, physical, or religious differences.
Hilldale School dedicates itself to the full development of the individual student in preparation for the challenges of higher education and life. The school promotes enduring habits of intellectual curiosity, appreciation for the arts, physical fitness, and respect for self and others. Habits of inquiry, independent thinking, and imagination are fostered through a rich and rigorous curriculum which challenges students to maximize their abilities. The goal is for students to leave Hilldale strong in character, well prepared for further education, determined to fully develop their own gifts, and ready to share those gifts generously with the wider community.
For the 2020-2021 school year, tuition for each grade is $18,510.00 The tuition for younger siblings is $17,025.00. There is a one-time registration fee of $150.00 per student. Field trips, textbook fees, and extended care are included in tuition. Lunches and special activities may sometimes have small additional charges. Hot lunch is available through SchoolFoodies.com.
Several tuition reduction grants are awarded each year on the basis of family need.
We are accredited through the National Independent Private Schools Association (NIPSA).
Hilldale School considers each candidate individually and fairly. There are no specific test scores or grades that automatically assure or deny entrance. Among the most important criteria for acceptance into Kindergarten through Grade 1 are sociability and an indication of high academic ability as shown on the Detroit Test of Learning Aptitude, the Expressive One-Word Picture Test, and our own testing materials. Among the criteria for acceptance into Grades 2-8 are sociability, prior academic records, a mathematics test, a writing sample, a vocabulary and reading comprehension test, and recommendations from our teachers after the child shadows for a day. In all cases, it is extremely important that the candidate genuinely desires to attend Hilldale School and that both the child and the parents are willing to support the curriculum expectations and participate fully in the opportunities available.
After testing and receipt of the school’s verbal acceptance, parents must submit Registration forms, signed by both parents, a non-refundable $150 registration fee, and a $500 deposit on the year’s tuition, which locks in your child’s space beyond that date, and acknowledges that you are accepting complete responsibility for the full-year tuition. There is a 30-day money back guarantee for new students.