We have been a Hillcrest family since 2009 . We chose Hillcrest Academy for the academics, French program and secular education. We LOVE Hillcrest's focus on leadership and personal growth. Students take immense pride in recognition for their actions with weekly awards and acknowledgement from staff.
... Read more They are expected to use these skills daily; the smaller classes allow oversight of this. Middle school students attend Leadership programs daily. Academically, our 6th grader started this year with his teachers already challenging him to higher goals alongside very motivated peers. Our 2nd grader is happily presenting monthly book reports, 7x tables and learning force in science. She has learned so many artists and loves the PE coach's games. Objectively, Hillcrest s sports program is limited; there is no band. Parent involvement is essential to extracurricular programs. With an older child who attended other local public/private schools we have compared. Ultimately, our children are at Hillcrest because they are thriving, learning leadership skills in a secular, unpretentious environment and they are academically challenged by teachers/staff who know them well and really care. Read less
Posted by a parent on 11/21/13
Hillcrest Academy is good alternative to public education and offers the advantage of small classes, foreign language, art, music, and physical education in their curriculum. Their weaknesses are communication, asking for parent input, elementary math, and technology. The math program shows improvement
... Read more in the middle school program but the students arrive unprepared for the middle school curriculum and may require tutoring. Technology is almost ignored at Hillcrest even though they promote it as an area of focus and you are asked to provide computers or tablets in the middle school program they aren't used often. The school has had ongoing administration changes over the last 3 years but seems to have stabilized this year with the head of school returning for a second year. They have also made cuts to some of their curriculum and library program without parent input or notification. In the end I do believe it is a better alternative to public education in this area but the current curriculum needs improvement. Read less
Posted by a parent on 10/17/13
My granddaughter is currently a first grader and began attending during the 2012-2013 school year as a kindergartener. I cannot speak highly enough about this school. As a former teacher in the public school system, I see in Hillcrest Academy the type of education I wish every child in our country
... Read more had access to. Not only are the academics strong, but a great deal of emphasis is put on the arts and language as well. During her kindergarten year, I asked my granddaughter one day what she had learned at school that day. She said she had learned that Kandinsky drew modern art. I then asked her if she knew what modern art was. She said something to the effect,"they draw lines and circles and use colors like red and black and bright yellow." One day we were in Target and as we passed some paintings she said,"Oh, the Mona Lisa". Her enthusiasm for every subject is just as strong as with art. But perhaps the best part of Hillcrest Academy is the character building component. Kindness and caring are emphasized in an integral and daily way that really manifests itself in it's students. The older students are some of the nicest young adults I have ever met. Read less
Posted by a other on 10/08/13
My wife and I started looking for a school for our son when he was three years old. Our requirements were a private, non-religious school that would provide support to his level of learning. In addition, we wanted a school where parental involvement was encouraged without disruption to the learning process.
... Read more Hillcrest Academy was the only school that covered all of our desires. Our son is at the top of his class, but the staff continues to find ways to challenge him in areas of strength. The teacher-parent relationship is personal and demonstrates the teamwork required to make a student successful. The Head of School is continuously visible and available for concerns. Other local private schools discouraged parent involvement and openly said that the parents' part of the education was to pay the tuition. The tuition is as reasonable as it gets. I gave Parent Involvement 4 stars only because I wish more of the parents would become more active with the school. The superior accreditation of Hillcrest is important to note when comparing other schools. Some schools' "accreditation" is simply a paid fee that goes without the scrutiny to ensure the integrity of your child's education. Read less
Posted by a parent on 09/02/13
This is our 4th year at Hillcrest Academy. My daughter started as a kindergartner and has just started 3rd grade. The K-2 education that my daughter has received thus far has been top notch and as such her reading, writing and Math skills are well ahead of that of a regular 3rd grader. She's also learned
... Read more a lot from her Music (2 times a week), Art (twice a week), PE (3 times a week) and daily French classes. The teachers and staff are great! It is also important to note that Hillcrest undergoes accreditation from both CAIS and WASC and this assures us parents that the school provides high quality education by undergoing thorough independent reviews done by leaders in the educational field. The bottom line though is that my daughter LOVES going to school and is getting a high quality education at the same time. Read less
Posted by a parent on 08/28/13
Hillcrest Academy is an amazing school. My son began kindergarten at Hillcrest last fall and had a wonderful first year. He is looking forward to starting first grade next week. The teachers are all dedicated, passionate, and invested in the students. The work is challenging and the small classroom
... Read more sizes allow for more one-on-one attention. Hillcrest offers children the chance to learn a foreign language from the kindergarten age onwards which was very important to us. They also offer art, music, PE, and library classes. The school is a very close-knit community with a lot of parental involvement. The children have a safe and secure environment to develop their personalities, friendships, and interests as well as their academic achievements. Last year, my kindergartener went on field trips that included a fall trip to Bates Nut Farm and a spring trip to SeaWorld. He also regularly attends the after school daycare program and absolutely LOVES it. We couldn t be happier with this school for our child. Read less
Posted by a parent on 08/19/13
We LOVE this school-our daughter is entering her 2nd year at Hillcrest Academy, & will currently be a 1st Grader this Fall. We knew that we wanted a private school for our child, & our criteria included non-profit, non-religious (even though we are religious people ourselves), small classroom size, personalized
... Read more teaching, advance studies, and arts & foreign language was a must. We found all of these things & more at Hillcrest. They have an amazing staff-excellent communication with great teachers, personalized learning for each student in each study; & what school has the Head of School out every day greeting in car line?! All of the administration & office staff know every student by name; and the teachers take time to assess each child regularly & help them to achieve their best. Parents are welcomed & highly encouraged to become involved. Children receive multiple classroom studies (advanced by a grade from the state standards), art, music, PE, foreign language & library/research from Kinder on - & all are fabulous. Field trips & extra cirriculars, as well. Before/After school care is great (& cheap!). Healthy hot lunches. IB Candidates for MS program. Best school in Temecula! Read less
Posted by a parent on 08/17/13
We had all 4 of our children at Hillcrest in 2012-13. My oldest just started high school in August; the 1 year he was at Hillcrest for 8th grade prepped him more than any other year/s of schooling! The teachers are all amazing, top-notch professionals who truly CARE about each and every child. My 3 younger
... Read more children are thriving! When my youngest graduated Kingergarten in June, he was reading at a 2nd grade level and doing Math problems my older 3 kids didn't learn until 2nd/3rd grade at the traditional public school. The school community is welcoming, pro-active and open; honestly the best school community we've ever been part of! We absolutely love Hillcrest...truly the best school (and the best kept secret) in Temecula! Read less
Posted by a parent on 08/17/13
I looked at ALL the local private schools, and Hillcrest comes out on top for several reasons: 1- the academics are not rote or formulaic. Hillcrest consistently reviews its curriculum both internally and with outside accreditors (CAIS), including adding IB. Other private schools have not looked at
... Read more changing their curriculum in years. Check the website of their accreditations to see they can be bought with no oversight. 2-The small school, not just small class size, environment. The teachers and administration know and care about EVERY child individually. My son's teacher gave him extra math instruction during her own free time to make sure he was challenged. The students have the self-confidence to ask questions and be truly engaged in what they are learning because the teachers can creatively teach and have in-depth discussions in these small groups. My oldest is a Hillcrest alumni getting straight A's in High School now because he was taught how to love learning. 3- Non-religious/secular environment. Students receive character lessons, not bible study. 4- Non-profit. All $ raised goes back into the school. Fundraising fees are bundled into tuition, not additional fees. Read less
Posted by a parent on 06/18/13
To me, the tuition increase is like everything else these days- things simply cost more !I certainly don't pay the same at the gas pump as I did a year ago. I am the parent of two students at Hillcrest and I am getting my money's worth. As a public school teacher, I have seen first hand the devastating
... Read more effects of budget cuts. Classrooms are over crowded and programs like art, music and PE have been most significantly impacted and are virtually nonexistent. Hillcrest offers all three! In public schools today, teachers are lucky if they get to take their students on one, local, field trip a year. Conversely,students at Hillcrest participate in experiences that extend and enrich the classroom learning. For example, 4th grade students study California history then visit Sacramento and see first hand where gold was discovered in California. Those types of experiences are offered at all grade levels. I value the fact that my kids attend a school where a variety of programs are offered. Hillcrest has a several solid accreditations, the most well rounded program and a dedicated teaching staff. That is why I will pay more next year to send my kids to Hillcrest. You get what you pay for! Read less
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Temecula schools — Hillcrest Academy is located at 29275 Santiago Rd, Temecula CA 92592. 29275 Santiago Rd is in the 92592 ZIP code in Temecula, CA Hillcrest Academy is a Private school that serves grade levels K - 8.
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