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: 13:1
  • Students/Grade: 28.8
  • Number Students: 259
  • Number Teachers: 19
  • 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
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • 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 (80 ratings)
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    School Reviews (126 Reviews)
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    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."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-02-21
    "After visiting a few private schools in the Temecula area, it was Hillcrest that stood out immediately. The genuine enthusiasm and dedication among the administration and faculty are infectious that spreads to the students and parents. My son who started in kindergarten is now finishing up First grade. He has achieved remarkable strides in reading and writing, surpassing his peers in public schools. Aside from the academic achievements, he has developed into a confident and caring individual. And yes, he enjoys the benefits of having art, music, and a foreign language. Hillcrest is more than just a private school. It is a small community of faculty, staff, students, and parents dedicated in providing an environment where a child can thrive and achieve excellence in academics, moral character, and leadership skills. More importantly, my son is part of an extended family who care about his development as a well-rounded individual. As the paying parent, the overall value of Hillcrest is the best. The cost (including tuition, donations, field trips, etc.) is still less than half of what it would cost at a private school in San Diego. Trust me, you re getting your money s worth!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-11-21
    "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. 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."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-10-17
    "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 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."
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