School Profile


Contact information

Hillside Student Community School
5027 159th Place SE
Bellevue, WA 98006
(425) 747-6448 (phone only – no fax)

College Counseling Staff
  • Director: Kael Sherrard –
  • Academic Counselor: Karen Chartier  –
School Information
  • College Board code:  480697
  • Private School, Grades 5 – 12
  • Washington State approved since 1969
  • College Preparatory Program of Science, Math, Humanities and Arts
  • Small classes (3 – 14 students per class)
  • 22% of students’ families receive financial aid to insure socio-economic diversity
  • NCAA approved
  • Member of Washington Federation of Independent Schools
High School Curriculum

For grades 9 – 11, Hillside offers on site:  3 years of English, 3 years of history, 2 years of laboratory science, 4 years of math (Algebra I through Calculus), 3 years of foreign language (French and Spanish), and 3 years of visual and dramatic arts (along with various electives).  Please see Hillside’s website for detailed curriculum outlines.

Hillside oversees students’ coursework in grade 12 as students attend college through Washington State’s Running Start program, in which they take college courses and simultaneously earn high school and college credit for their work. The level of the college coursework open to our students extends throughout the college 200 series, in whatever field interests them.
Honors Recognition

Students receive academic honors in grades 7 – 12 when the level of their work exceeds class expectations for an ‘A’.

Running Start students automatically receive Honors recognition for ‘A’ level work done at the college level.

Hillside’s grade point averages are not weighted; a 4.0 is the highest GPA possible.  Honors recognition for a class is communicated, however, by an ‘H’ next to the grade in the grade column for that class on the student’s transcript. There is no limit to the amount of honors recognitions a student may receive.

Grading and Ranking procedures

Hillside’s grade point averages are not weighted; a 4.0 is the highest GPA possible.

Our students are graded on a 100-point scale, according to the rubric below.

  • 94 – 100 A
  • 90 – 93 A-
  • 87 – 89 B+
  • 84 – 86 B
  • 80 – 83 B-
  • 77 – 79 C+
  • 74 – 76 C
  • 70 – 73 C-
  • 67 – 69 D+
  • 64 – 66 D
  • 60 – 63 D-

Due to our small size, students are NOT RANKED in relation to their class.

SAT Scores and College Board Merit Recipients

100% of our graduates in the past 4 years took the SAT.  The average of those students’ SAT scores, based on the actual scores received (not their projected score range) are:

  • Critical Reading:    680
  • Math:    630
  • Writing:    650

Of those graduates, 4 were named National Merit Commended Scholars, and 1 is was a National Merit Scholarship winner.

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate from Hillside, students must fulfill Washington State credit requirements for high school graduation, and create a ‘Junior Project’ in which they research an interest and respond (in a variety of formats) to what they have learned.   Our college bound students (approximately 90% of our student body) also fulfill rigorous college and university entrance requirements.

College Attendance History

Depending on the year, 90 – 100% of our graduates go on directly to 4-year colleges and universities.

Hillside’s graduates have been accepted into top tier schools including (but not limited to): Stanford, Pomona, Swarthmore, Harvard, Reed, Oberlin, Hampshire, Bowdoin, Bard, University of Washington, Brandeis, Cornell and Whitman.

Extracurricular opportunities

Hillside clubs provide opportunities to explore subjects and activities outside of the classroom.  Many of these clubs are skill based and may be counted as credit towards graduation.

Recent (and current) club offerings include:  Fencing, Writer’s Club, Filmmaking, Music, Arduino Programming, SAT Prep

Hillside’s fencing students compete in regional and national competitions. Fencing is the only competitive sport offered at Hillside.