K-12 ADMISSIONS: 805-497-7501 Ext. 204 | PRESCHOOL ADMISSIONS: 805-495-5513

Hillcrest Christian School Application Process

Welcome to the HCS Admissions information page. We are excited to explore your family’s educational opportunities with you.  Your application process begins with a campus tour and a FREE Educational Success Consultation (ESC) with Head of School, Karen Winter.

The purpose of an ESC is to discuss how we can best partner with you in the education of our most precious resources, our children.  During your consultation, Mrs. Winter will get to know your family, understand your goals for your children, answer questions, review school policies, and discuss the school’s role in partnering with Christian parents. Our entire professional staff is committed to both the educational and spiritual success of your children.

To schedule an ESC and a tour, you can contact our Admissions Director, Nancie Blumenthal directly at nblumenthal@hillcrestcs.org or by phone at (805) 497-7501, Ex 204. You can also use a convenient web form to schedule your consultation: SCHEDULE NOW

After your tour and Educational Success Consultation, you will have the opportunity to schedule a “shadow” day for your child in their grade level classroom.  An HCS “Ambassador” from their grade will spend the morning with your child as he/she gets hands-on experience with our school.

Hillcrest exists as a ministry to Christian families. In order to apply, at least one parent must be a Christian who is committed to a local Christian church with a comparable statement of faith and attends regularly with his/her children.

NEW STUDENTS: Prior to admission, kindergarteners will take a readiness test with the teacher.  Elementary and middle school students will take a skills test focusing on mathematics and reading comprehension. High school students will provide the school with their latest transcript and will be interviewed by one of our amazing teachers.

All families are required to submit a Church Reference form from their pastor.  For families that are new to the area we will be happy to help you plug in to a church. 

Upon acceptance you will receive a formal letter of acceptance from the Admissions Director and an email with a link that will allow you to complete the registration process online. The final step is to meet with the registrar to make payment arrangements and request records and transcripts.  Any questions pertaining to registration should be directed to Cathey Stueber, cstueber@hillcrestcs.org or by phone at (805) 497-7501, Ext 205.

Use this CHECKLIST to be certain that you have completed and returned all required documents. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

CURRENT FAMILIES: Contact our office if you need copies of report cards or transcripts.

GRADUATES and TRANSFER: Download the TRANSCRIPT REQUEST FORM and mail it to us. Please provide all requested information to Mrs. Stueber so that your transcript can be sent on time and to the right place.


Nondiscrimination Policy

Hillcrest Christian School admits students of any race, color, nationality, or ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. Hillcrest Christian School does not discriminate on the basis of race in administration of its educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs


At Hillcrest School, we strongly believe that Christian education is not a commodity. It’s a ministry. It’s a commitment. It’s a connection – a connection between your child’s needs and your family philosophy and ours. That’s why at HCS, the first and most important consideration is what is best educationally and spiritually for your child. All other considerations are secondary.

Financial Aid

As a ministry to Christian families, it is our desire that no family who is seeking a Christ-centered education be denied due to a lack of financial resources. Money IS important, and tuition is an investment in the life of your child. That’s why Hillcrest has one of the most robust needs-based financial aid programs in our area to assist families who qualify through our FACTS Tuition Management Program.

For current tuition rates or questions about FACTS, please contact Nancie Blumenthal at nblumenthal@hillcrestcs.org or by phone at (805) 497-7501, ext. 204.

Once you have completed your tour, ESC and submitted your application, you can set up your FACTS account to apply for financial aid, set up a payment plan and monitor your account.

To create an account:

Click here to create your FACTS account: CREATE YOUR ACCOUNT

Download FACTS Brochure (PDF)

Download FACTS FAQ (PDF)

Please contact registrar, Cathey Stueber at cstueber@hillcrestcs.org or  at (805)497-7501, ext 205 with questions pertaining to FACTS.

If you would like more information about the company, feel free to visit their Website, www.factsmgt.com *800-624-7092* info@factsmgt.com

Tuition Policy

HCS charges an annual tuition, due in full by June 30 or at the time of registration for those enrolling later in the year. Monthly payment plans are available with our school year being defined as a 12-month year, payments begin June through May.. For late entrants, tuition will be calculated based upon the month of entry. All deferred payments must be completed by May.  For withdrawing students, fees and tuition are not refundable or prorated for any reason.

Hillcrest Christian School Transfer Students

One of the most gut-wrenching decisions you may have to make as a parent is to move your child from one school to another during the course of a school year. 

Whether across town, or across the country, this event can be life-changing for your child.  At Hillcrest Christian School, we’re here to help make it a positive change  for your family. All our teachers are ministry-minded. We provide carefully differentiated instruction with smaller class size. Students and teachers alike describe Hillcrest as caring, safe, peaceful, and nurturing. At Hillcrest Christian, new students are welcomed into our community in a variety of ways.  Each new student is matched with an ambassador in their class to help them navigate their new environment. Students are encouraged to fully participate in activities such as sports, clubs, music, theatre and a variety of other activities to ease the transition. Teachers across grade levels strive to connect with their students and provide individualized education to ensure all students are successful. 

Hillcrest Christian school accepts transfer students at all grade levels at any point during the school year. We work with each family to identify the transition timing and classroom environment that is best for the student.

To schedule a tour and Free Educational Success Consultation with our Head of School, Karen Winter, to discuss the education and spiritual goals of your family, contact Admissions Director, Nancie Blumenthal at nblumenthal@hillcrestcs.org or by phone at (805)497-7502, ex 204.

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805-497-7501 Ext 204

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What Our Families Are Saying About Us

Testimonials from our current parents, alumni parents, and community friends.

Amazing Christian-based love and support for the kids. Skilled teachers and staff who keep the kids engaged and make learning fun. I'm not sure how any other school could match the commitment and call of the Hillcrest team!

Cord McQueen

Not only do our students revive a quality education to get them into any college, it is all taught from a Biblical perspective.

Tricia Berg

HCS offers a Christ-centered education, where God's hand is taught through all subjects.  The teachers are caring and child focused.  There are age appropriate activities and sports offered.  Your child's spiritual well being and safety is of utmost importance.  The administration is loving and consistent and directly involved with every aspect of the school.

Andrea Davis

Hillcrest is ministry focused on providing a quality education alternative for Christian families.

Mario Schweizer