Welcome to Hillcrest Christian Elementary School
With an average class size of 16 students, teachers in our elementary school can minister to the whole child, seeking to enrich him spiritually, intellectually and socially, helping each child establish his unique identity in Christ. Our elementary school is intentionally Christian, academically challenging, fully accredited, and features a creatively enriched learning environment.
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Welcome to Hillcrest Christian School Elementary School
Our elementary school is under the direction of our Head of School Karen Winter, who leads a team of excellent, Christian teachers who are experienced and professionally prepared to support the needs of each student. With an average class size of 16 students, teachers can minister to the whole child, seeking to enrich him spiritually, intellectually and socially, helping each child establish his unique identity in Christ.
Students receive daily Bible instruction, and every opportunity is taken during the course of the day to share and apply Biblical Truth. The elementary curriculum incorporates a well-balanced range of academic subjects, featuring phonics and systematic reading instruction, hands-on math experiences, and a discovery approach to science. Enrichment opportunities include art, music, Spanish, physical education, library science, and computers.
Also featured are musical presentations, student council (Gr, 4-6), awards chapels, spelling bees (Gr. 2-6), speech meets (Gr. 1-6), an annual science fair (Gr. 6), Math Olympics (Gr. 3-6), community speakers, and field trips. Our elementary extracurricular sports program allows 5th and 6th grade students to participate in various sports offerings which include boys’ flag football, girls’ volleyball, boys’ and girls’ basketball, and boys’ and girls’ soccer.
Elementary classes begin at 8:25 A.M. School is dismissed at 3:00 P.M. Before and after school childcare is available.
Hillcrest Christian Elementary School Curriculum
Our elementary school features a team of Christian, ACSI-certified teachers who are experienced and professionally prepared to support the needs of each student.
Phonics and systematic reading instruction are key elements of the academic curriculum, which incorporates rich, literature-based integrated units to develop reading, thinking, and writing skills. Hands-on math experiences enable the student to foster math concept development and advanced computation skills.
A discovery approach to science leads students to experience the complexity of God’s creation. All students receive daily Bible instruction, and every opportunity is taken to share and apply Biblical Truth in all subject areas. Art, music, Spanish, physical education, library science, and computers round out the full academic experience.
Elementary Curriculum & Publishers
- Bible – Association of Christian Schools (ACSI) Grade K; Summit Ministries Building on the Rock Grades 1-6
- Spelling – Abeka Grades 1-2; Purposeful Design (ACSI) Grades 3-6
- Vocabulary- Wordly Wise Grades 4-6
- Reading Abeka – Primary Grades K-3 / Bob Jones – Grades 4-6
- Language – Abeka – grades 1-3; Shurley Grammar Grades 4-6
- Math – Oxford-Sadlier Grades K-6
- Science – Abeka Grade K; ACSI Grades 1-6
- History – Abeka Grade K and 2; Bob Jones Grades1,3,5,6; Our Golden California Gr. 4; Democracy in Action Grade 3
- Writing/Cursive – Abeka – grades K-3
Kindergarten At Hillcrest
At Hillcrest Christian School, our elementary program begins in Kindergarten where your child will be nurtured, encouraged, and instructed in a safe Christ-centered environment with an emphasis on spiritual, social, emotional, and academic growth and learning. Recognizing that every child is uniquely gifted by God and learns in his or her own way, each day is composed of a wide variety of learning experiences. A combination of direct and differentiated instruction and hands-on self-directed learning through centers engage young learners. Core subjects include Bible, phonics-based reading and language, math, science, and social studies. Kindergartners also attend weekly elementary chapel and classes in art, music, computer, Spanish, and P.E.
Your child will also experience chapel/study buddies, family groups, 100th Day of School celebration, Dr. Seuss Day, field trips, and International Day, as well as school-wide fun family events.
Please schedule your free Educational Success Consultation with the principal to discuss your child and your goals for their future in kindergarten and beyond.
Elementary School Events and Activities
Students can explore their gifts and talents through a diverse and enriching range of activities. Student Council, student musical presentations, awards chapels, Spelling Bee, Speech Meet, and Science Fair provide so many alternatives for the children to shine! Other special events include Carnival, Spirit Week, International Day, Open House, and educational field trips into our community.
Each fall, students in grades one through eight participate in the statewide Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) Spelling Bee. The top five spellers from each class bee compete in the annual school bee held each December. The school winners from each class go on to the district bee to compete against the top spellers from schools in the district. A top speller at this bee may have a chance to go to a regional and a state bee. It is an exciting learning experience for all the students involved.
In the spring, Hillcrest elementary students compete in a school wide speech meet. Students may choose to give a patriotic speech, recite poetry or a passage from Scripture, or even deliver an original speech (Gr. 5 & 6). The winner in each speech category within a grade level advances to the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) annual speech meet to compete with other top students within the district. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to develop and practice the skill of public speaking with their peers.
Students in grades 6-8 are required to enter the February school science fair held by the science department at HCS. Each project is a result of a long-term study of the scientific method in the science class curriculum, and the students are challenged to develop their own experimental projects, providing hypothesis, procedures, biblical applications and conclusions. The top blue ribbon winning projects are then sent to the annual Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) science fair competition at Biola University where they are judged against the finest science projects in the ACSI southern school district.
The student council at HCS is a vital part of the elementary school body. The officers are elected at the beginning of each school year through an election process, which involves campaigning, giving speeches, and a voting ballot procedure in grades four through six. Once elected, the student council leaders meet once a week at their lunchtime to plan various programs and activities for the entire elementary school. The student council has hosted such events as the Red Ribbon Drug Awareness week, bake sales, athletic intramurals, and “Operation Christmas Child” activities. Leadership is taken very seriously at HCS, and students are asked to behave as role models in class and on the playground.
Fourth Grade Sacramento Trip
Fourth grade curriculum covers the history of our state. That history, studied in books and videos, comes alive as students and parents walk in the historic footsteps of those who established California as a state of the union. Students will see many of the sights and wonders that have shaped California to be what it is today.
The trip includes a visit to the 125 year-old State Capitol, Sutter’s Fort (built in 1839), and the exact spot where gold was discovered in 1848 at the confluence of the American and Sacramento Rivers. Also included in the tour are Old Town Sacramento, California State Railroad Museum, Jelly Belly Factory, and a brief voyage around Alcatraz Island under the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco Bay.
Fifth Grade History Trip
Fifth grade students will experience life during the time of the Revolutionary War at Riley Farms in Oak Glen, California. This overnight trip includes a Revolutionary Battle reenactment, militia training on the green, playing colonial games and participating in 18th century arts and crafts.
Sixth Grade Outdoor Ed
Outdoor Ed is one of the major highlights in sixth grade. Students travel as a group to the Hume Lake Christian Camp facilities in the mountains of central California. The educational focus of camp is science, and students learn about wilderness survival, insects, and flight, as well as about Native American life and leather crafts. During their free time, students have the use of the camp facilities which includes the roller skating rink, hiking trails, a skate park, and a lake for fishing. What makes this
Outdoor Ed camp special is the opportunity for morning and evening chapels where students can begin their day worshiping their God and end it hearing from His Word. Both students and teachers agree that this wonderful week outside the traditional classroom is a perfect blend of learning academics while growing in faith and learning to live in harmony with classmates.
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