Student Life

When students come to Hillcrest Academy, they become a part of a cohesive, supportive community of peers and qualified staff.

Hillcrest Academy embraces a wide spectrum of students with targeted needs, so every student feels like he belongs, and that they can succeed. We offer a normalized high school environment where students walk freely between classrooms and adhere to high school rituals and traditions. They wear school uniforms, take pride in their lettermen’s jackets, and on game days, wear their jerseys. A wide array of student clubs and on-campus activities invite students to foster talents, hobbies and passions.

Hillcrest students have pride in their school and their campus, and through our unique campus design, learn the merit of values, goals and community.

Featured Event:

December 21: Employee Appreciation Ceremony

On December 21st Hillcrest Academy will honor our dedicated staff members at an award ceremony and banquet.

Upcoming Events:

December 27 & 28: Rams Classic Basketball Tournament

Hillcrest Academy’s basketball team will be competing in the annual Rams Classic Basketball Tournament on December 27 and 28, where they will take on last year’s champions – Silver Oak Academy.

January 3: Hillcrest vs. Riverview High School

Hillcrest Academy’s basketball team will take on Riverview High School on January 3.

January 4: I-Validate Ceremony

Formalized ceremony in which students who successfully complete the program “validate” their accomplishments by speaking to the student body, parents, staff and community stakeholders.

Vibrant Campus

Hillcrest Academy impresses visitors with its vast athletic fields, gymnasium, and the academic quad. The campus environment sets a tone that reinforces academic inclusion, student achievement, and family and community involvement.

Our program prepares students who have been expelled to return to a traditional high school, or to continue their education in a vocational school or college, or to become gainfully employed.

When families participate in parent-teacher conferences and attend athletic events or graduations, they celebrate milestones alongside these young men. Our campus is a true community: a place where students live, a place where students study, a place where they meet new friends and learn new skills, and a place where they discover new, bright futures.

Student Orientation

With the aid of a student mentor, the new student is introduced into the program as soon as possible. Varied learning, linguistically appropriate materials, and instructional strategies ensure each student comprehends the orientation process, which includes a tour of the campus, the development of a school schedule, a health examination, and program information as well as resources which include Student Resource Guides and an I-VALIDATE binder.

Orientation recognizes the integral role that parents, families and other approved supportive adults play. Family members are welcome to tour the campus and meet staff, if they were unavailable to visit prior to a student’s admission.  Through Orientation, the family will be involved in the development of the student’s Individualized Treatment Plan which identifies clear education, treatment and life goals for the student.