Overview Of Hillcrest High School
About Hillcrest High School
Hillcrest is a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) school that proudly offers its students a world-class education with a dynamic faculty and challenging curriculum. Our students get the benefits and warmth of a small school setting with our eight Small Learning Communities all within a large comprehensive high school that offers Advanced Placement classes and one of the largest College Now programs in New York City.
Every student enters one of our SLCs which is run by one teacher-leader, one school counselor, and a dozen teachers who use rigorous instruction and data-tracking analysis to ensure credit accumulation and graduation success.
Each SLC is linked to career themes and has connections to the professional world with various partnerships and internships to elite organizations from around New York City. Hillcrest offers its students several award-winning programs such as Virtual Enterprise, Model United Nations, Moot Court, Junior Achievement, HOSA, Journalism, and Theatre.
Advanced Placement Courses
- Art History
Mission & Vision
2022-2023 Priority Statement:
During the 2022-2023 school year, we will focus on increasing differentiation and culturally responsive curriculum for all students, expanding our CTE programs, and ensuring students are supported academically and socially emotionally. This work will be buttressed through collaborative teacher, student and parent teams.
2022-2023 Instructional Focus:
We believe that students learn best when they are able to collaboratively engage with rigorous, authentic, and differentiated tasks with their peers, while being supported through the process. We will focus specifically on the components of Danielson 1E; Designing Coherent Instruction, namely strategic groupings of students and differentiation. Supporting all students will lead to an increase in equity of voice and close the achievement gap.
2022-2023 Equity Focus:
In 2022-2023, Hillcrest Equity Team will work with all stakeholders to promote a school environment that is inclusive of voice. We will encourage courageous conversations that facilitate understanding and respect through collaborative discourse, discussion protocols, data analysis, and SEL lessons. Teachers will engage in planning and implementing CHRSE curriculum, in order to further engage all students and continually improve school culture. A Hillcrest Post-Secondary Leadership Team will be combine academic achievement with postsecondary access to create equitable outcomes for all students and provide a culture of college and career readiness preparing all students toward a path of life-long economic security.
2022-2023 SEL Focus:
Hillcrest High School will continue to focus on the theme of “rising to resiliency” we will embed this theme throughout all student and staff supports including: PSAL, Clubs, SLC Town Halls, SEL Support Speakers, Mindfulness Mondays as well as embedded SEL instructional supports within subject classes. We will continue our plan to phase in Advisory for all grades by adding 11th grade advisory, along with 9th and 10th grade. In addition, our advisory planning team, consisting of students, teachers and staff, will work together to ensure multiple stakeholders have input into our schoolwide SEL programs. As such, we will work to systematically build student SEL support into all grades both inside and outside of the classroom.
2022-2023 Professional Learning Focus:
A professional learning committee, consisting of teachers from a wide range of departments will develop a year long PL calendar that is informed by student data and teacher surveys. The team will ensure teachers have tools to develop and deliver coherent instruction (Danielson 1E) to students, develop new tools and protocols for differentiated learning, provide sample lesson plan templates and ensure data based PL is being delivered to teachers. We will engage stakeholders in the development of instruction that is culturally and historically responsive (CHRSE) and encourage scholars to make connections to the 5 pursuits of literacy; identity, skills, intellect, criticality and joy.