I would highly recommend Hillside Academy to anyone! The love, care and exceptional education is above and beyond. The small class sizes and individualized lessons have been so effective that my children who were testing “below average” on Washington State Assessment tests are now in the “highly competent” range. I have children in elementary to middle school, so our family has been able to see the high educational standards at ever age. The middle school teachers Mrs. Susan, Ms. Stephanie and the elementary school teachers Mrs. Suzanne and Mrs. Debra are incredibly patient, loving and make sure that all children use kindness with one another. The anti-bullying policy at Hillside Academy positively affected my kids. They feel so safe that they’re able to better learn and make friends. Please consider your child going to this incredible school if a positive and superior education is important to your family.
We were discouraged from our experience at our local public school. Although it was a good school, my daughter’s learning style didn’t fit into the bell curve of how the classes were taught. What broke my heart was the fact she knew it as a second greater and started to shut down.
It took another year untill I found Hillside. The promotion for groups, interaction and project based learning did not disappoint. The incredible skills of project planning, critical thinking and presentation giving are invaluable for her future.
Because of the size of the school, they were able to live to the ethos of individualized education. Her confidence grew. Her skill development shot through the roof and now she is ready to tackle high school.
She built life friendships in her little band of middle schoolers. We were thrilled to replace the typical girl drama with enriched relationships and character development. The teachers and staff move and invest in these kids.
We are forever fans of Hillside Academy!
As a kindergarten teacher, I can clearly see how better prepared the students from Hillside’s preK are compared to students from other preschools. Hillside’s preschool programs offer a balance of play and age-appropriate curriculum that encourages students to use their natural curiosity and imagination to develop confidence in their physical, social, and academic abilities, as well as to cultivate a love of learning. This whole-child approach gives Hillside’s preschool students the foundation needed to be successful in not just their kindergarten year, but for their entire life-long educational journey.
My youngest daughter started at Hillside this year. The experience has been fantastic. From the in-depth instruction and expectation around design and modeling that mimic real world product teams to the multitude of choices around projects themes to illustrate what one has learned. We are proud to be a part of this school.
My experience at Hillside prepared me for high school. The STEAM curriculum can be catered to students with all learning styles. Within the project based learning, I learned to advocate for myself and have confidence. One of the things that has helped me the most is public speaking. I am able to present projects and ideas confidently because of the teaching Hillside provided. Throughout the 10 years I attended Hillside my favorite part was always the family feel of the classes. By the second day of school each year everyone in the class was like one big family. I felt welcomed and appreciated in my contribution to each and every class.
Hillside means family. Hillside is a community of people who love and support me. Who have grown with me and helped me grow. From my time at Hillside, I have so many memories and relationships that mean a lot to me. Hillside has taught me so much and I’m grateful for my time there.
Thank you so much for an amazing kindergarten and preschool experience. She truly looked forward to each day and loved going to school at Hillside. We originally went into this year thinking it would be a bridge to public school, but we had no idea we would fall in love with the school! The individualized attention she receives here is far superior to other schools. The great care you all take for the students is noticed and appreciated.
My youngest daughter started at Hillside this year. The experience has been fantastic. From the in-depth instruction and expectation around design and modeling that mimic real world product teams. To the multitude of choices around project themes to illustrate what one has learned. We are proud to be a part of this school.