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
2021-2022 Priority Statement:
During the 2021-2022 school year, we will have a renewed focus on programming students for rigor, addressing credit gaps, grad plans, and ensuring students are supported academically and socially emotionally as we move back to in-person learning. Data will be reviewed systematically and cyclically, by a wide range of stakeholders including Counselors, Assistant Principals, Teachers, Student Government and SLC Directors; and data based decisions will be made, along with consideration of each students’ social and emotional well-being, in order to most appropriately program and support each student, thus increasing 4-year graduation rates. This information will be communicated to parents and students throughout the process.
2021-2022 Instructional Focus:
We believe that students learn best when they are able to collaboratively engage with rigorous tasks with their peers. As we move back to in-person learning, Hillcrest educators will develop instructional strategies and discussion protocols that allow students to re-engage socially and emotionally with their peers, while ensuring student safety, to improve the rigor and frequency of student to student discussions, thus increasing equity of voice.
2021-2022 Equity Focus:
In 2021-2022, 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. Communication between our diverse families and staff is valued, sought, and embraced.
2021-2022 SEL Focus:
As we transition back from a remote setting, our goal is to provide strategic and ample support to both our students and staff both socially and emotionally. Following this year’s thematic focus of “rising to resiliency” we will embed this theme throughout all student and staff supports including: PSAL, Clubs, SLC Town Halls, SEL Support Speakers, Wind-Down Wednesdays, as well as embedded SEL instructional supports within subject classes. We will continue our plan to phase in Advisory for all grades by adding 10th grade advisory, along with 9th grade advisory which started last year. In addition, our advisory planning team, consisting of students, teachers and staff, will work together to ensure multiple stakeholders have input into our school wide SEL programs. As such, we will work to systematically build student SEL support into all grades both inside and outside of the classroom.
2021-2022 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 deliver SEL to students, develop new tools and protocols for in-person learning, provide sample lesson plan templates and ensure data based PL is being delivered to teachers. In addition, the team will work to support teachers in their transition back to in-person learning.