About North School
North Hillsborough School is located in the suburban community of Hillsborough on the San Francisco peninsula. There are 355 students in Kindergarten through fifth grade. The school’s mobility rate is extremely low and class sizes average 19-23 students in all grades. There are 16 general education classes and a Learning Center that serves the entire district.
At the core mission of the school are the District’s Essential Outcomes that challenge students to become people of good character, innovators and problem solvers, effective communicators, global citizens, lifelong learners, and effective users of technology. Students use a variety of technological tools to access the internet and learn how to use it productively and ethically. North School believes in educating the whole child and that the social emotional health of the students is as equally important as their high academic achievement. Students are taught to be “bucket fillers” each and every day. All students are treated with respect and compassion and unique differences are valued. The focus is always on student happiness and success.
Grade-level teams are cohesive and students receive a very strong core instructional program in every classroom. Classroom teachers are given 3 hours per week to collaborate in their grade levels and with specialists about students, instruction, and implementing the California Common Core standards. During this collaboration time, the students are taught by credentialed specialist teachers in music, physical education, and library sciences. In addition, there is a full-time counselor, reading specialist, Innovation Lab teacher, speech pathologist, resource specialist, and a part-time instrumental music teacher, technology specialist, and psychologist to serve students. Teachers are also given opportunities to support each other by continually sharing ideas, information, expertise, and resources with site and district teachers, at least two times per month, on early release days.
Differentiating instruction for all learners academically and socially is a fundamental practice at North. Each student has a Personal Educational Plan (PEP) developed to support students’ needs whether those be remediation or enrichment. The school prides itself on meeting all students’ needs by challenging their strengths and working to remediate their weaknesses.
Parents are fundamental to the success of the Hillsborough schools. At the district level, The Hillsborough Schools Foundation (HSF) raises over 3 million dollars each year to support all four schools. At the site level, The North Parent Group helps make decisions that directly affect students. Parents have high expectations for their children and are partners in their learning both in and out of school. Every day, parents greet students in the morning, serve lunch, supervise the playground, and organize countless community building activities. Last year, parents logged 16,690hours volunteering in the classroom, teaching Art in Action lessons, helping in the library, and running popular school events such as Halloween Bingo, Family Heritage Day, North’s Got Talent Show, and Dad’s Day.
North School is fortunate to have many strong partnerships in the community. The Bridge School, a non-public school for children with severe speech and physical impairments, is located on campus and the Bridge students are integrated into classroom instruction. Through a joint school district and town partnership, Hillsborough Recreation runs a preschool on campus and offers countless recreation classes for students after school. North School has a long-standing relationship with the police and fire departments, and the Hillsborough Beautification Foundation (HBF). These organizations are very generous with their time and resources, and these partnerships make our school a strong and inclusive place for everyone.