Award Year: 2016

Hillcrest Elementary School

30 Marguerite Drive
Oakland, CA, 94618-2230

(510) 654-6590

Ms. Lissa Hines, Principal at time of Nomination

Sherry Segura, Current Principal

Oakland Unified School District

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At Hillcrest School, we seek to develop our students both as individuals and as members of a global society. We encourage our children to take an interest in others as well as in the world around them; thereby promoting curiosity and a passion for learning.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 8%
  • White: 59%
  • Hispanic: 8%
  • Asian: 11%
  • Two or more races: 14%
  • ELL: 13%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
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Nestled in the Oakland hills by the San Francisco Bay, Hillcrest School serves more than 400 students from kindergarten to eighth grade. Hillcrest School is one of a handful of K-8 public school models in the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) with an emphasis on departmentalized and blended learning. The mission of Hillcrest School is to provide an enriched learning environment that challenges the potential of all students. Hillcrest School fosters an environment of acceptance, inclusion, and appreciation of diversity, where all individuals and individual needs are respected. Historically, Hillcrest has been synonymous with academic excellence, earning California Distinguished School designations in 1993 and 2008. This is in large part due to its strong community partnerships forged through the PTA, commitment by staff, and focus on our students.

In 2015, Hillcrest piloted OUSD's 1-1 device program starting in fourth grade. Classrooms embrace 21st Century, real-world problems through the use of new technologies. Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) projects accompany traditional textbooks. Experts in the field provide demonstrations and presentations to students in order to bring studies to life.

Hillcrest School offers many electives, including Spanish, music, art, library, and I.T. Additionally, there are multiple PTA funded after-school enrichment activities available for all students that include French, Mandarin, robotics, theatre, Karate, and ceramics. Hillcrest is a community united with strong parental, student, and staff support, demonstrating what public schools can do when a community is united!