Community, Music Magnet and Dual Language School
Community School – Core Instruction and More
Hillcrest Drive Elementary serves the greatest number of students–approximately 500–of the three programs on the campus. And while it is the closest to a traditional neighborhood school, the innovation that characterizes the community school program is far from traditional.
The hallmark of the Community School is rigorous instruction aligned with the California Learning Standards. It's our approach to this instruction that sets Hillcrest apart. Firstly, we are committed to culturally responsive teaching and learning to create greater access to the curriculum for our Latino and African American learners historically underserved by traditional schooling. We validate and affirm our students culturally first, then build and bridge them to academic success.
Next, we adhere to a trauma informed approach to schooling that is guided by a whole child philosophy that addresses the social emotional well-being and mental health of students who have suffered adverse childhood experiences.
Another creative curricular pathway is our one-to-one iPad initiative. Every student at Hillcrest is provided an iPad that remains with them each year as long as they are enrolled. Teachers and students use the technology to enhance teaching and learning. All classrooms at Hillcrest are outfitted with SmartBoards™, and other innovative instructional delivery technologies. To make all of this technology work to advance our scholars' academic achievement, our entire campus is equipped with robust broadband wireless internet access.
We also offer itinerant music and art teachers that work with targeted grade levels to ensure arts education throughout the year.