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Hillcrest Elementary School

School code number: 614
Grade level: K-5
Hours: 7:50 a.m. - 1:50 p.m.

810 Silver Avenue, San Francisco, CA, 94134
Neighborhood: Excelsior
Phone: 415-469-4722
Fax: 415-469-4067
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Principal: Katerina Palomares

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Discover This School

A look at Hillcrest ES

At Hillcrest Elementary, we expect all students to achieve. Hillcrest provides four different standards-based instructional programs to meet the needs of its very diverse student population (Spanish bilingual, Cantonese bilingual, English Language Development, Speech and Language, and Resource Specialist Programs). Integrating students between classrooms allows our children to benefit from our rich linguistic, cultural and ethnic diversity. As part of our assessment system, students create portfolios by reflecting on their accomplishments and highlighting a variety of their work. Students in the 3rd, 4th & 5th grades present what they have learned during the year to a panel of staff, parents, and peers. We believe that by fostering healthy relationships between home and school we can create a learning environment where every student can reach their potential and where every family can play a role in their success.

At Hillcrest, every classroom features learning activities that are rigorous, relevant, and relational. In practical terms, it is our hope that students are given meaningful learning activities that are connected to their experiences, interests, inclinations, culture and collaborative spirit. Students are to engage in learning that develops their academic, intellectual and social growth.

This school feeds into:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School

School Tours

Wednesday mornings at 9 a.m., hosted by family liaisons.  Please call to schedule.  Spanish and Cantonese interpretation available.


Optional - any white-collared shirt and navy blue bottom.

Afterschool programs

  • After-school program for 250 K-5th graders from 1:50 – 6:00 PM
  • Transportation to offsite after-school programs available
  • Six-week, full-day summer program for 165 students
  • Assistance in finding off-site programs

Special Education Programs

  • Designated instructional services
  • Resource specialist program
  • Mild/moderate separate classes

Language Programs

  • Cantonese
  • Spanish
English Plus Pathway K-5, Spanish Bilingual and Cantonese Bilingual K-3.  In 4th and 5th grade all strands are integrated, and English Language Learners continue to receive additional support.

Student Support Programs

Hillcrest identifies as a "community school," which is a strategy for organizing community resources around student success. Hillcrest subscribes to a holistic view of its students and offers socio-emotional supports, a well-integrated after-school and summer program, outdoor education through our garden, as well as on-site literacy tutoring. In addition there are a large number parent engagement opportunities at Hillcrest.

Arts and Enrichment

Dance and visual arts

School Day Academic Enrichment

Dance and visual arts, Acrosports for Kindergarten, computer lab K-5, end-of-year portfolio presentations for 5th graders, Columbia University teacher’s college readers and writers workshop in all grades, quarterly reading benchmark assessments for all grades.