The application process for prospective families is as follows:
Sign up for a tour of the school facility, during which you will receive an informational packet telling about our program.
Fill out the application and submit a $75 application fee. Download a copy of the application below. Or, you can click on the Kid Admit button on this page which will direct you to a website where you can apply online. Here you will have an option to pay the application fee by credit card. In order to apply and pay online, there is a $10 surcharge for Kid Admit's services. Either option is completely acceptable.
Download a copy of the teacher recommendation form which applies to the incoming grade of your child. Sign it and submit to your child's current teacher with a stamped envelope addressed to "Hilldale School." The teacher should mail it directly to the school. The application is not complete without a teacher recommendation.
Once your application, fee, and recommendation form are received in the school office, the office will contact you to schedule a student assessment and observation should we be able to offer an assessment to your child. If we cannot provide an assessment for your child, the fee will be returned to you.
Entering Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students visit the school for a morning classroom experience and an assessment of academic aptitude and readiness.
Entering 1st - 8th grade students visit the school for a full class day, a student interview, as well as reading, writing, and math assessments to determine placement. Students entering 1st-8th grades must show that they are able to handle a grade-ahead curriculum or should expect to be placed in the grade from which they are transferring.
- Applications of the siblings of current students are due on December 15, 2015.
- All other applications are due on January 15, 2016.
- Applications for the current school year are still being accepted for those classes which are not full with a waiting list. Call the office for details: 650-756-4737.
Students transferring from another school will need to submit the following official documents at the time of the assessment:
- Results of standardized testing (Scores from SAT, CAT, IOWA, STAR, etc.)
- Behavior reports (if applicable)
- Results of any special testing
Students in our Pre-Kindergarten and siblings will have first priority for placement in our Kindergarten program for the following fall term.
Kindergarten assessments begin in January for the following fall term, and Pre-Kindergarten assessments begin in early February for the following fall term.
Registration Materials are due on March 18, 2016 (or one week after the child's acceptance if this occurs outside of the regular time frame).