Hillbrook is a junior kindergarten-8th grade school located in Los Gatos, California. Since its founding in 1935, Hillbrook provides an extraordinary educational experience where children develop a true love of learning for life and for a future we cannot yet imagine. Through Hillbrook's engaging and dynamic educational program, students develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence to achieve their highest individual potential in school and in life. As learners, our students begin with asking questions, start investigating the problem for which they are solving, collaborate and iterate, and then share their work and learning with others. At Hillbrook, students are known, respected, and valued as individuals.
Every inch of Hillbrook's 14-acre campus is alive with activity: two bridges that connect the Lower & Middle School, a creek weaves through campus where students can be found exploring in science class, and towering trees provide a refuge for class discussions outdoors.
Junior Kindergarten at Hillbrook
Hillbrook's junior kindergarten is designed to be a bridge between preschool and kindergarten. JK is for children who turn 5 between Sept 2 and December 31st of the academic year. Social-emotional learning and developing routines are core to the junior kindergarten curriculum. Children in this class are emerging as ready for kindergarten learning but do not meet kindergarten age requirements.
Hillbrook School Reviews
Our children are very different but both have been supported and nurtured at Hillbrook and given room to grow. Our first child is academically strong and started out shy and reserved. She has been challenged academically and given lots of opportunities to grow out of her shell. Our second child makes friends easily, is very active but needs more instruction and coaching in academic areas. Hillbrook was the right fit for this child as well. The small class sizes allow each child the opportunity to get the necessary attention to grow academically and socially. Hillbrook provides a truly complete educational experience - Academic rigor is strong, without sacrificing a well-rounded education.
Lastly, we have been extremely impressed with with senior administration. They are nationally recognized and we always feel the advice we are receiving is best in class.
Additionally, the school has demonstrated a strong commitment to being an intentionally diverse school, and continues to implement the mission of being kind, taking risks and being your best self. Children not only get to benefit from a great education by becoming confident lifelong learners, they also learn to be amazing human beings who make a difference in their communities.
There is an emphasis on project-based, interdisciplinary learning, as well as collaboration - all taught in an environment that encourages independent thinking. This type of schooling may look different than traditional models, but the proof that it has had an impact on my children is in their enthusiasm for learning and love they have for their school.
I have no doubt that the lessons they learn at Hillbrook are laying the foundation for success in high school, college and beyond.