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Hillcrest Christian School Spiritual Life

Hillcrest Christian School exists to demonstrate that “the fear of God is the beginning of all wisdom”. The word of God is the foundation of our educational process.   A Christian Worldview is integrated into every grade, every course, every activity that we offer.  

To begin the admissions process and learn more about Hillcrest Christian School, schedule your free Educational Success Consultation. Call 805-497-7501 Ext. 204.

 

Spiritual Emphasis at Hillcrest

Hillcrest Christian School exists to demonstrate that “the fear of God is the beginning of all wisdom”. Daily biblical instruction is featured at all grade levels. In addition, chapel services are conducted weekly, featuring guest speakers, small group interactions and praise music led by the student Worship Band. During our annual “Spiritual Emphasis Week” we feature special speakers, and extended times of prayer, praise and personal ministry to encourage spiritual growth for students and faculty alike. In the classroom the Christian worldview dominates each subject, from history to biology. Small class size and a staff of dedicated Christian teachers allow one-on-one attention to serving the building of Christian character for the students at Hillcrest Christian School. Hillcrest is dedicated to providing a place where those who are dedicated to Christ may thrive academically, physically, socially and spiritually. Therefore, each enrolled student is required to have at least one parent sign our Statement of Christian Commitment. Exceptions to this standard are rare and must be approved by our principal.

Hillcrest Christian School Statement of Faith

  • We believe the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments of Holy Scripture (the Bible) to be inspired by the Holy Spirit, the only infallible, authoritative, inerrant Word of God. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation. (2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 4:12; 1 Peter 1:23-25; 2 Peter 1:21; Acts 4:18-19; Romans 13:1-5).
  • We believe there is one and only one true and living God existing in three Persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – each a distinct Person, but all of one essence and all having the same nature, perfections, and attributes, and each is worthy of precisely the same worship, confidence, and obedience (Genesis 1:26; Jeremiah 10:10; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19).
  • We believe there is one and only one true and living God existing in three Persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – each a distinct Person, but all of one essence and all having the same nature, perfections, and attributes, and each is worthy of precisely the same worship, confidence, and obedience (Genesis 1:26; Jeremiah 10:10; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19).
  • We believe there is one and only one true and living God existing in three Persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – each a distinct Person, but all of one essence and all having the same nature, perfections, and attributes, and each is worthy of precisely the same worship, confidence, and obedience (Genesis 1:26; Jeremiah 10:10; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19).
  • We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ Who is the Son of God, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, His sinless life, His miracles, His shed blood on Calvary as a vicarious substitute and atoning death, He was buried, He rose again bodily and ascended to God the Father according to the Scriptures and in His personal and visible return in power and glory. (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; John 2:11; Isaiah 53:4-6; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Mark 16:19; Hebrews 4:15, 7:25; Acts 1:11; Revelation 19:11).
  • We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ Who is the Son of God, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary, His sinless life, His miracles, His shed blood on Calvary as a vicarious substitute and atoning death, He was buried, He rose again bodily and ascended to God the Father according to the Scriptures and in His personal and visible return in power and glory. (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-25; John 2:11; Isaiah 53:4-6; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Mark 16:19; Hebrews 4:15, 7:25; Acts 1:11; Revelation 19:11).
  • We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity, very God coexistent with the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit is the chief agent in regeneration for salvation because of the exceeding sinfulness of human nature, the chief convictor of sin, and the chief comforter of the believer; who indwells Christians uniting them as one in Christ, enabling them to live a Godly life and empowers them to serve in the church and community in the name of Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:19; John 16:7-11; Acts 5:3-4; Romans 8:9, 13-14; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19-20; 12:12-14, Ephesians 4:1-7,30; 5-18) .
  • We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity, very God coexistent with the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit is the chief agent in regeneration for salvation because of the exceeding sinfulness of human nature, the chief convictor of sin, and the chief comforter of the believer; who indwells Christians uniting them as one in Christ, enabling them to live a Godly life and empowers them to serve in the church and community in the name of Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:19; John 16:7-11; Acts 5:3-4; Romans 8:9, 13-14; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19-20; 12:12-14, Ephesians 4:1-7,30; 5-18) .
  • We believe that the Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity, very God coexistent with the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit is the chief agent in regeneration for salvation because of the exceeding sinfulness of human nature, the chief convictor of sin, and the chief comforter of the believer; who indwells Christians uniting them as one in Christ, enabling them to live a Godly life and empowers them to serve in the church and community in the name of Jesus Christ. (Matthew 28:19; John 16:7-11; Acts 5:3-4; Romans 8:9, 13-14; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19-20; 12:12-14, Ephesians 4:1-7,30; 5-18) .We believe the
  • We believe the triune God created the universe apart from pre-existing materials and without any evolutionary process as set forth in the first eleven chapters of Genesis.
  • We believe that man is the direct creation of God – body, soul, and spirit – and is made in the image of God. (Genesis 1:26; Genesis 1:1; Matthew 19:4; John 1:1-3; Romans 1:20; Colossians 1:16-17; Hebrews 11:3).
  • We believe that Adam, the first man, sinned by disobedience. This act resulted in the fall of mankind and incurred both physical and spiritual death for all.
  • We believe that everyone will one day stand before the judgment seat of Christ, and there receive eternal life or death. We believe eternal salvation for the lost comes through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone, by His sacrifice on the cross alone, is a gift and not as a result of works. Salvation is found in no one else but Christ, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we are saved. (Romans 3:10, 23; 5:12; 14:10; 2 Corinthians 5:10; John 1:12; 3:3, 17:17; Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:5; James 1:17; Acts 4:12)
  • We believe that heaven is the glorious eternal home for those who are saved by accepting Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and that hell is the place of eternal separation from God for all who reject Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior (2 Corinthians 5:10; Revelation 20:10,15; John 14:1-3; Revelation 7:15-17).
  • We believe that there is one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all and that this unity of Spirit in the body of believers through the bond of peace overcomes any denominational differences (Ephesians 4:3-4).
  • We believe that the local church observes two ordinances – baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Communion).
  • We believe that all who have received Christ as Savior and Lord should be baptized in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; and that the Lord’s Supper should be observed in remembrance of Jesus Christ’s death for our sins until He comes again (Matthew 26:26-30; 28:19-20; Romans 6:3-6; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).
  • We believe that marriage has been established by God. We define “marriage” as the exclusive covenantal union of one man and one woman in which such union is a lifetime commitment. (Genesis 2:21-24; Mark 10:6-9

Biblical World View

At Hillcrest, we believe that God is the source of all truth; therefore truth does not change. We strive to help our students understand and develop a Biblical worldview grounded in the truth of God’s Word. Beyond Bible and Chapel, every subject from math to art is taught from a Biblical worldview. Our desire is to teach children to view the world they live in, understand their role in life as a child of God, and make choices and decisions, both big and small based on God’s Word.

Christian Character Development

Hillcrest strives to teach students what it means to be Christ followers, building character that is based on the truth of God’s Word rather than social norms. Teaching the moral values clearly defined in Scripture and focusing on the example Jesus set of loving and serving others will equip our students to grow and mature in their faith.

Based on our Biblical foundation, we have adopted an Honor Code that will provide an environment that is conducive to Christian growth and academic achievement.

  • To seek a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and accept the Bible as God’s word and the final authority on all matters of truth.
  • To respect, honor, and obey the authorities of this school in attitude and actions.
  • To respect the rights, privileges, property, and person of others.
  • To be a person of integrity.
  • To live a morally pure life.
  • To submit to the general disciplines of scripture.
  • To take the basic steps necessary to succeed as a student.
  • To fulfill my responsibilities and obligations as a student.

Chapels

Each week students in preschool through high school attend chapel. Whether on our preschool campus, in an elementary chapel, or in a secondary chapel, students are taught God’s Word and have a time of worship and prayer. In elementary chapels, older students have the opportunity to mentor younger students through our Bible Buddy program. In the secondary chapel, students meet regularly in small groups to discuss and respond to what they are learning. Worship in elementary and secondary chapels is led by our high school worship band.

Hillcrest Family Groups

The Spirit of Community As part of the HCS chapel program, “Family Groups” gives students a unique opportunity to meet several times each year in groups that include students from various grade levels in kindergarten through grade twelve accompanied by two staff members. The groups, each named after a different animal, meet periodically for a special chapel where they sit together with their group as Bears, Dogs, or Butterflies, etc., dress alike, and bond as a school family.

After a brief chapel presentation, the groups disperse each to a specific location where they meet and discuss the chapel topic and get to know each other better. Throughout the school year, the groups also plan a year-end service project that reaches out to assist those in our local community at rest homes and food banks as well as to send care packages to troops and orphans around the world.

Benefits of the program include serving others and building relationships between younger and older students. Students remain in the same group from year to year, with new students added to the existing groups each year.

One year after its inception, HCS received an Exemplary Program Award from ACSI for its Family Groups chapel program. Family Groups allow students to experience and practice community and help them reach beyond their peer group to connect with others within the Hillcrest family.

Schedule Your Free Educational Success Consultation

Your application process begins with a FREE Educational Success Consultation with Principal, Kathy Horan.

Call our admissions director, LuAnn Malcolm, to schedule your visit.

805-497-7501 Ext 204

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!

Mary McQueen

Wonderful school!  Good, caring staff.

Joe Brandt

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

What do I value about Hillcrest? The Christian education that still maintains the core Biblical teachings and values.  The teaching staff.  I believe the school does a good job of pruning staff that doesn't meet the vision, values, and mission of the school. Smaller class sizes.

Jeff Hawkins

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UPCOMING HCS EVENTS

  1. Finals

    January 17 - January 19
  2. 1st Semester Ends

    January 19
  3. Semester Break

    January 22
  4. Drama Production: Bye Bye Birdie

    January 26 @ 7:00 pm - January 27 @ 2:00 pm
  5. Science Fair

    February 5 - February 7
  6. Happy Valentine’s Day

    February 14
  7. President’s Day

    February 19
  8. Senior Retreat

    February 22 - February 25
  9. International Day

    February 23
  10. 8th Grade Washington DC

    February 26 - March 9