Mission and Essential Outcomes

The mission of the Hillsborough City School District is to work in partnership with students, parents, and other community members to educate the whole child in a nurturing environment and to empower each student to become a contributing and responsible participant in our changing world. We seek to engage all students in rigorous and powerful learning to achieve the following

Essential Outcomes:

With the support of the whole school community, students will work towards becoming…

People of good character who are…

  • ethical, trustworthy, responsible, fair, and respectful
  • empathetic, caring, kind, and positively intentioned
  • invested in making a positive impact on their family, community, and world
  • self-reliant, self-directed, and demonstrate positive self-advocacy

Innovators and problem solvers who are…

  • critical, innovative, and creative contributors
  • collaborative, constructive, and dependable group members and leaders
  • flexible, adaptable, and reflective
  • risk takers who understand that failure is temporary
  • resilient, perseverant, and show grit

Effective communicators who…

  • listen to and think deeply about multiple perspectives
  • are clear, persuasive, and can articulate complex ideas
  • utilize a variety of communication modes, including writing
  • speak with confidence
  • ask questions to enhance their understanding

Global citizens who…

  • embrace other cultures, communities, and people of all abilities
  • have an understanding of other languages, religions, cultures, and lifestyles
  • see themselves as part of an interconnected, interdependent world

Lifelong learners who…

  • pursue and contribute to their passions
  • have strong content knowledge that is broad, deep, and continues to grow
  • demonstrate initiative, are organized, and plan ahead
  • have follow-through, show diligence, and maintain focus
  • are curious and pursue learning for its own sake

Effective users of information, media, and technology who…

  • can access, analyze, and synthesize information
  • distinguish between reliable and unreliable information
  • can use technology to research, create, communicate, and express ideas
  • demonstrate positive and appropriate digital citizenship

(Adopted June 16, 2013)


    • 300 El Cerrito Avenue
    • Hillsborough,
    • CA
    • 94010
  • Phone (650) 342-5193
  • Fax (650) 342-6964

Our schools have received 26 California Distinguished School Awards, 7 National Blue Ribbon Awards, and 29 Kent Awards for Innovative Programs. Our success is due to high quality staff, committed and involved families and community members, a supportive Board, a cohesive vision, and a strong commitment to excellence.
Interested in current district discussions, view Superintendent Reports here.

More than two decades of research findings are unequivocal: the most important aspect of a school in terms of student learning is teacher quality, and our teachers are among the best!

Students in K-2 have access to a reading specialist. 3rd-5th grade students participate in our Innovation Labs where they create and explore. K-5 students participate in music classes, and 4th-8th grade students have access to instrument instruction. Spanish instruction begins in 4th grade, and Mandarin is offered in our middle school. All of our schools have a dedicated counselor, teacher librarian, physical educator, and more!

Through the generosity of donors, the Hillsborough Schools Foundation pledged $3.5 million to our schools for this school year. Last year's Fund-A-Need raised funds for traffic and safety. Thank you!
Interested in current district discussions, view Superintendent Reports here.

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Interested in current district discussions, view Superintendent Reports here.

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