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Welcome to Hillcrest Christian  High School, Thousand Oaks, Ventura County, California

Our Christian high school, located in Ventura County, is dedicated to offering the highest level of academic curriculum in order to prepare each student for the challenges of college, and ultimately to fulfill God’s plan for his or her life. AP courses, enriching electives, CIF sports programs and more characterize this full-featured high school program.

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Welcome to Hillcrest Christian High School

Hillcrest Christian High School is committed to offering a rigorous academic program taught by dedicated Christian teachers intent on preparing students for the academic and spiritual challenges of college life. In addition to a strong academic foundation, HIllcrest strives to teach students to be independent thinkers who make decisions based on the truth of God’s word versus cultural norms, to lead by example, and ultimately to fulfill God’s plan for his or her life.

Spiritually, Hillcrest strives to give students varied experiences and opportunities to grow in their faith. A broad range of Bible classes, weekly chapel services with outstanding speakers, an annual high school retreat, regular small group discussions led by a teacher/mentor, a spiritual life director available to meet with students, and summer mission trips help students grow and mature in their relationship with God. All subjects are taught from a Biblical worldview, helping students to understand the breadth of God’s influence on our world and to view all of life through the lens of Biblical truth.

Hillcrest has courses at both the college preparatory and Honors/Advanced Placement levels to meet the individual academic needs of the student. Our CP program meets minimum entrance requirements at most colleges and universities; the honors and AP classes offer an additional challenge to students who have demonstrated exceptional academic promise. All core academic courses are listed on the UC A-G and NCAA approved course lists. The academic success of our graduates is evident in the wide variety of college acceptances and scholarship offerings received by our seniors every year. Guiding students in their evaluation of colleges that are the right fit for them academically and environmentally is equally important. HCS alumni frequently report back that they were well prepared for the rigors of college and have chosen well. Click the “Graduation Success” tab for a list of colleges where Hillcrest graduates have been accepted.

Our course offerings include a complete range of core academic subjects plus four years of Bible and electives such as art, drama, film, computer, robotics, worship band, and yearbook. Our average student: teacher ratio in the high school classes is 14:1. The National Honor Society, California Scholarship Federation, and Associated Student Body provide additional opportunities for students to grow in leadership, serve others, and make a difference.  In addition, we offer an accredited Independent Study Program that gives home-school students an opportunity to participate in higher-level academic classes, electives, and/or extracurricular programs.

Hillcrest Christian High School Curriculum

The Christian high school curriculum prepares students for admission to the UC system. Although students must earn 240 credits to receive a Hillcrest diploma, most seniors graduate with 260 credits. Courses include Bible, English, Spanish, social science, lab science, mathematics, fine arts, and physical education. Students may take honors level courses in American history, American government, and Spanish language. Advanced courses include physics, pre calculus, calculus, anatomy and physiology, marine biology, and AP Spanish.

Typically ninth grade students who are preparing to matriculate to a four-year university take Bible, English, which includes vocabulary and systematic grammar instructions but focuses on literature and literary analysis, and composition skills, biology, Spanish I or II, Algebra I or geometry, physical education, health, and an elective.

  • Bible:
    • Positive Action For Christ Behold Your God
  • Science
    • Prentice-Hall Biology
  • English
    • Glencoe Literature The Reader’s Choice Course 4,
    • Abeka Grammar and Composition III,
    • Assorted novels
  • Math
    • Holt McDougal Algebra I
    • Glencoe Geometry
  • Foreign Language
    • Vista Higher Learning, Descubre 1 (Spanish I and II)
    • Espaces (French I and II)
  • Health
    • ACSI Purposeful Design Total Health

Sophomores take Bible, world literature, which includes vocabulary, literary analysis, and composition, biology or chemistry,, geometry or Algebra II, Spanish II or Spanish III, AP/honors European history or world history, and physical education.

  • Bible:
    • Positive Action for Christ The Life of Christ,
  • Science:
    • Prentice-Hall, Biology
    • Prentice-Hall Chemistry Connections to Our Changing World
  • English
    • Glencoe Literature The Reader’s Choice Course 5,
    • Glencoe (Honors)
    • Bob Jones Univ. Press, Elements in Literature (CP)
    • Abeka Grammar and Composition IV (CP)
    • Assorted novels
  • Math
    • Glencoe, Geometry,
    • Prentice-Hall, Algebra II
  • Spanish
    • Vista Higher Learning, Descubre 1 (Spanish II ) or Descubre 3 (Spanish III)
  • History
    • McKay, Hill, et.al A History of Western Society Ninth Edition (Honors)
    • Bob Jones University Press World History

Junior course include Bible, American literature, Algebra II or pre calculus, Spanish II or IV, AP/honors or CP American history, chemistry, and an elective.

  • Bible:
    • Zondervan Press, Systematic Theology
  • Science:
    • Prentice-Hall Chemistry, Connections to Our Changing World
    • Apologia, Marine Biology
  • English:
    • Glencoe Literature The Reader’s Choice Course 6 (Honors),
    • Bob Jones University Press, American Literature (CP)
    • Assorted Novels
  • Math:
    • Prentice-Hall, Algebra II
    • Houghton-Mifflin, PreCalculus w/Limits,
  • Spanish:
    • Vista Higher Learning, Descubre 3 (Spanish III and IV
  • History
    • Prentice-Hall. Out of Many (Honors)
    • Bob Jones University Press, U. S. History (CP)

Seniors at Hillcrest are required to take five classes rather than seven. Students who are four year college bound usually take Bible, British literature, AP/honors or CP American government and Economics, physics, pre calculus or calculus. Some may take Spanish IV.

  • Bible:
    • Grasping God’s Word, Zondervan
  • Science:
    • Prentice-Hall Human Anatomy and Physiology.
    • Glencoe Physics Principles and Problems
  • English
    • Glencoe English Literature w/ World Masterpiece,
    • Assorted novels
  • Math
    • Prentice-Hall, Calculus, Graphical, Numerical Algebraic (AP)
    • W.H. Freeman and Co, The Practice of Statistics (AP)
  • Spanish
    • Wayside Publishing, Triangulo, (AP)
  • Gov’t/Econ
    • Thompson Higher Education American Government and Politics Today,(AP) Prentice-Hall, Magruder’s American Government (CP)
    • Prentice-Hall, Economics, Principles in Action

Over 90% of our graduates consistently are accepted to the college of their choice.

Below is a partial list of colleges our recent graduateshave attended:

  • Abilene Christian University
  • Academy of Art University
  • Arizona State University
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Azusa Pacific University
  • Baylor University
  • Belmont University
  • Bethel University
  • Biola University
  • Boise State University
  • Boston College
  • California Baptist University
  • California Lutheran University
  • California Polytechnic University SLO
  • California State Maritime Academy
  • California State University Channel Islands
  • California State University Fullerton
  • California State University Long Beach
  • California State University Northridge
  • California State University San Diego
  • Calvin College
  • Cedarville University
  • Chapman University
  • Colorado Christian University
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • Colorado State University
  • Concordia University, Chicago
  • Concordia University, Irvine
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth University
  • DePaul University
  • Dominican University of California
  • Drexel University
  • Duke University
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Fashion Institute of Merchandising & Design
  • George Fox University
  • Gordon College
  • Graceland University
  • Grand Canyon University
  • Greenville College
  • Harding Simons University
  • Hope College
  • Humboldt State University
  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Indiana State University
  • Lawrence Tech University
  • Lehigh University
  • Liberty University
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Manchester University
  • Masters College
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
  • Minnesota State University
  • New York University
  • Northeastern University
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Northwest  Christian College
  • Northwestern University
  • Oregon State University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Pepperdine University
  • Point Loma Nazarene University
  • Pratt Institute
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • St. John’s University
  • Samford University
  • San Francisco State University
  • San Diego Christian College
  • San Diego State University
  • Santa Clara University
  • Seattle Pacific University
  • Seton Hall
  • Simpson University
  • Texas Christian University
  • Trinity University
  • University of Arizona
  • University of California Berkeley
  • University of California Irvine
  • University of California Los AngelesUniversity of California Riverside
  • University of California San Diego
  • University of California Santa Barbara
  • University of California Santa Cruz
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • University of Denver
  • University of Hawaii
  • University of Montana
  • University of Nevada
  • University of Northwestern, St. Paul
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Oregon
  • University of San Diego
  • University of San Francisco
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Utah
  • University of Washington Seattle
  • University of West Virginia
  • Vanguard University
  • Washington  State University
  • Waynesburg University
  • Westmont College
  • William Jessup University

Life in Community

High School Retreat

The spiritual foundation for the year is established early in September when students and teachers have the opportunity to spend three nights and four days at Thousand Pines Christian Conference Center located in the beautiful San Bernardino mountains. Times of worship, focused teaching, team-building activities, and small group discussion establish the spiritual tone and focus for the year, unify students and staff, and challenge students to grow in their faith commitment.

Chapel Program

Chapel, featuring student-led praise and worship, as well as speakers from our chapel team and from the local Christian community is held every week. The program includes small group discussions led by faculty which allow students to discuss and process what they are learning and how it applies to their lives.

Mission Trip

Every summer middle school and high school students have the opportunity to participate in a school mission trip led by a faculty member. Hillcrest partners with Christian organizations such as Next Step Ministries and Buyamba to minister to communities in need, both locally and abroad.

Associated Student Body (ASB):

Associated Student Body (ASB) is made up of 9th-12th grade students who are elected by each of the high school grades. Members must be in good academic standing and must be willing to sacrifice time and effort in order to lead the school in a positive direction.Each spring a convention is held where the student body votes on a unified platform that the newly elected ASB will work to implement. Also taking place at this convention, candidates for president, vice-president, treasurer, secretary, and chaplain give campaign speeches, and positions for the following year are chosen by the electorate.

National Honor Society (NHS):

The National Honor Society is one of the most prestigious and high-ranking scholastic and service based organizations amongst the nation’s high schools, colleges, and universities. Membership in the NHS is reflected on student transcripts and weighs heavily in the college admission process. Acceptance is based on demonstrated excellence in four areas: scholarship (min 3.5 GPA), leadership, service, and character. As members, students (10th-12th grade) are encouraged to demonstrate these ideals through individual and group service projects in the community along with maintaining their GPA. This is truly an awesome opportunity to serve as an example and to share God’s love and message with others.

California Scholarship Federation:

Hillcrest has a chapter of the California Scholarship Federation. This organization founded in 1921 emphasizes the importance of scholarship and service. Students qualify for membership on the basis of their semester grades in academic subjects, their reputation for good citizenship, and their community service activities.

Homecoming and Spirit Week:

Each year, the homecoming festivities begin with a week-long demonstration of Hillcrest pride! Students show their school spirit by dressing in school colors, participating in pep rallies, and class competitions. The highlight of the week is the football game, the homecoming dance, and the crowning of the court.

Senior Retreat and Senior Trip:

It’s fun to be a senior at Hillcrest! Our small size makes it easy to foster a sense of family, and the senior retreat is designed to accomplish that purpose. Senior retreat has in recent years been scheduled in the early spring. The seniors have just finished sending off their applications to college, and some may have already received their acceptance notices if they have chosen to apply for early action or early decision. Almost all are beginning to realize that their time in high school is rapidly coming to an end. The senior retreat, which can be a camping trip at the beach, a weekend at the lake, or in the mountains, is a time to solidify old friendships and perhaps take the opportunity to get to know someone outside one’s circle of friends. The senior trip held in May after senior final exams, provides another opportunity for students to enjoy each other’s company. It is a time of fun, fellowship, and affirmation as seniors look toward graduation and life as college students

Ten Things to Look for in a College Prep High School

  1. Honors and Advanced Placement courses that provide rigorous academic training
  2. Differentiated and project-based learning
  3. Small teacher/student ratio
  4. Technology integration in the classroom
  5. Sports, elective offerings, and extracurricular
  6. School policies that hold students accountable and encourage independence
  7. Personalized college counseling
  8. SAT/ACT preparation
  9. High percentage of graduates accepted to a four-year university
  10. High percentage of students who graduate from the college where they begin

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