HILLCREST ACADEMY

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29275 SANTIAGO RD
TEMECULA, CA 92592
Phone: 951-676-4754
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 0
  • Educational Climate: Average
  • Technology Measure: Not Reported
  • Type: Private
  • Grades: Kindergarten - 8th Grade
  • District:
  • Students/Teacher: 6:1
  • Students/Grade: 20
  • Number Students: 180
  • Number Teachers: 26
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: N/A
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Mr Christopher Lincoln
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
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  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (82 ratings)
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    School Reviews (128 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-05-13
    "We are thrilled with our 3rd grader's Hillcrest education. We prioritize academics, and this school delivers. The school is becoming IB accredited and that philosophy is evident in an education of depth as well as breadth. (Just one example: the kids write a play, build sets, compose music, and research the era of the setting, incorporating much into one lesson.) Small class sizes plus excellent teachers takes this school to the next level. There's a leadership focus delivered progressively. Younger students begin by leading Monday Morning Assembly or teaching the grade below them a hands-on science project. By middle school there's an organized leadership program with off-site retreats for bonding, team-building, and leadership development. Specialty teachers K-8 include French, Spanish, PE, art, and music. The school makes good use of technology in the classrooms by striking a balance between "3 Rs" and technology such as use of Chromebooks for collaborative work and communication with teachers. Slow Food garden, competitive academics program including spelling bee and speech and debate, before and after school care, and daily hot lunch too:-)"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-05-08
    "Our child attended Hillcrest for 6 years. Hillcrest has always been a school of incredible potential. It has some great teachers, fosters a strong sense of community (for some), and has introduced us to many good friends. Sadly, the school's Board of Trustees disregards recommended best practices for independent schools and has overstepped its authority and has proven itself incapable of addressing the ever growing concerns of many parents. The school we are leaving is not the school we joined 6 years ago. Regrettably, I can no longer recommend this school."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2015-04-30
    "My child currently attends Hillcrest. This has been a great school. Very satisfied and have recommended this school to other parents. Unfortunately, this past Spring 2015, the Board of Trustees overstepped its authority and decided to get rid of the current Head of School and Head of Academics. In place of the two current leaders, they appointed a new Executive Director, who has no degrees in Education or experience. His only experience is sales and marketing. The Board President has replaced a few of the Board members who did not agree with this new vision. Now the Board President, some of the members, and the new Executive Director, who are pals from the Boy Scouts, will lead the school. Many parents have decided not to return next Fall. Some of best teachers are also leaving. Hillcrest was once a fantastic school, but not anymore."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-05-14
    "We have been a Hillcrest family for the past four years and are very happy with our decision to attend Hillcrest. Our two boys love going to school every day because of the small community and family feel. The curriculum is exceptional and well-rounded including art, music, PE and either French or Spanish. In addition the phenomenal education they are receiving, our children are appreciated and valued at Hillcrest. Their day begins with the Head of School and parent volunteers greeting them by name in the morning. As parents we are comfortable knowing that we have placed them in this caring environment to learn and thrive. The teachers are fully invested in each student and the intimate class sizes allow them to help them as individuals. Our children are growing into confident, knowledgeable, curious students who love to learn. Their peers are supportive and kind and I believe that many of the friendships they have made at Hillcrest will last a lifetime. From our experience, we can honestly say that the high quality of education and genuine regard for the student s well-being makes Hillcrest the best choice in the area."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-05-02
    "With my first child setting the precedence for all siblings to follow, it was important that I make the right choice to lay a solid foundation for a successful academic career. After visiting and researching all of the private schools in the surrounding area, I firmly believe wholeheartedly that I made the right choice for my children. The teachers, administrative staff, & fellow parents create a very welcoming environment that really encompasses the true meaning of family & support. The involvement of parents is without question fantastic and makes all of the school events extraordinary. The education is first rate and second to none. The curriculum by far is superior and has pushed my child to excel beyond his grade level. I had reservations of the school being able to keep my child challenged but they've exceeded my expectations with all subjects. Communication w/ teachers is open. They work with each student individually to ensure they continue to grow academically. The school is not only academically driven but they put importance on good character building as well. It's comforting to know the values being taught at home are being reinforced at school as well."
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