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Hillbrook School
300 Marchmont Drive    
Los Gatos, California  95032  
   
Private/Independent School
Coed Day pre-k 8 385 students
 

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Hillbrook School is a junior kindergarten-8th grade independent school located on 14 acres of oak woodland in Los Gatos, CA. Founded in 1935, Hillbrook School remains deeply connected to its historical roots as a school where children are known, learning is authentic and active, and success is measured one child at a time. During the past 85 years, we have grown and evolved from a small boarding school serving wards of the state to one of the leading independent schools in the Bay Area, and yet our vision remains the same—to inspire children to achieve their dreams and reach beyond themselves to make a difference in the world. Our talented faculty delivers a program that provides 375 students of all genders with a unique blend of challenging and engaging academics, diversity, equity, and inclusion practices, visual and performing arts, physical and wellness education, passion-driven projects, and opportunities to serve and partner with members of our community beyond campus. 


Hillbrook School is a recognized leader in innovation, earning designation since 2010 as an Apple Distinguished School. Our 1:1 iPad program, Hub Makerspace, Center for Teaching Excellence, and Scott Center for Social Entrepreneurship all stem from a commitment to implementing best practices in education. Our faculty members present at conferences across the globe each year on topics ranging from ways we have audited our curriculum for greater inclusion to research studies conducted on-campus examining the impacts of classroom design on learning. A community of highly engaged, lifelong learners, Hillbrook is intentional about and deeply committed to collaboration and professional growth in all facets and roles.


As noted in our Statement of Inclusivity, we strive to reflect the diversity of Silicon Valley, and believe that educational excellence and equity depend on the creation of a diverse and inclusive community where all students, families and employees feel a full sense of membership. To live up to our JK-8 DEI Teaching Philosophy Statement, all employees contribute to developing culturally competent students and building an educational institution committed to social justice, social impact, and reaching beyond. We offer a wide range of opportunities for all employees to engage in work that furthers these goals, from personal dialogues that help us understand different perspectives, to pedagogical training designed to support equitable instructional practices and build habits to disrupt bias whenever we see it. Ultimately, we hope that this work helps all of our constituents—employees, students, and families—be more aware, empathetic, globally-minded, and justice-oriented. 


A highly collaborative community, we use the following norms to guide our communication with each other:

  • Assume good will

  • Come from your own experience

  • Be more curious than certain

  • Hold yourself and others capable


Our commitment to these norms makes it possible for us to partner meaningfully, disagree productively, and lean into conversations that are both challenging and generative. 


Hillbrook is located in the heart of Silicon Valley: 35 minutes south of Stanford University, 30 minutes north of Santa Cruz, and 1 hour south of San Francisco. The Bay Area is home to world-class universities, museums and restaurants, farmers markets and wineries, and outstanding outdoor opportunities for biking, hiking, surfing and more.


Salaries are competitive. Benefits include: full medical, dental, and vision coverage; ample retirement planning with TIAA-CREF; a generous holiday schedule; religious & cultural days following each employee’s faith; access to the latest state-of-the-art educational technology; and a strong commitment to engaging and personalized professional development. Hillbrook School is an equal opportunity employer. Opportunities are open to all individuals without regard to race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, or handicap.


 
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Diversity Mission Statement
 

Statement of Inclusivity

We are an intentionally diverse community committed to a unified vision - to inspire students to achieve their dreams and reach beyond themselves to make a difference in the world. We believe that in order to achieve this vision, our community needs to reflect the diversity of Silicon Valley, including but not limited to diversity in socioeconomic status, family structure, race, ethnicity, learning abilities, gender, belief systems, and sexual orientation.

 

At Hillbrook, we see inclusivity as core subject matter and believe students learn best in an inclusive environment where every child has a voice. Every individual - child and adult - comes to Hillbrook with a unique identity and a singular experience. The greater our differences, the greater our opportunity for deep understanding. We want Hillbrook to be a safe, comfortable space for children to learn about obvious and subtle differences in themselves and others.

 

Our community works together to create a climate of mutual respect. We lean into the sometimes complex and challenging conversations about inclusivity because we believe that the growth of a community and learner is continual, and striking a careful balance between individuality and community can be difficult work. We are committed to inclusivity as an ongoing process that ultimately makes Hillbrook stronger, and that prepares our students to develop into responsible citizens.


DEI Teaching Philosophy Statement: Why do we teach, diversity, equity, inclusivity & justice at Hillbrook?


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity education at Hillbrook School, in collaboration with the Scott Center for Social Entrepreneurship, prepares students to see the world as it is, imagine what it might be, and develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence to build a more equitable and just future. Every day, in all domains of the school, we strive to make sure that our students are known, respected, and valued. We teach children that actively addressing inequity and taking action against injustice are the most profound ways to make meaningful differences in our communities. 

Our students will: 

  • Develop positive social identities and express their membership in multiple groups with confidence and healthy self-esteem, while also affirming the value and dignity of others who identify similarly and/or differently. 

  • See their own identities reflected in our school curriculum and culture, which may encompass socioeconomic status, family structure, race, ethnicity, religion, learning abilities, body size/appearance, gender, belief systems, sexual orientation.

  • Look outside themselves to know, respect, and value the identities of others, studying especially the experiences and accomplishments of historically disenfranchised and underrepresented groups.

  • Understand how equality (sameness) and equity (fairness) are related but different and apply learned tools and skills to recognize biases and dismantle injustices through activism in our community, cultures, and systems.

  • Learn the Scott Center’s 6 Pillars of Social Entrepreneurship Education (Story, Finance, Design, Civics, Systems and Agency) to partner with local and global communities to ignite positive change.

At Hillbrook, cultural competency is the willingness to see oneself situated in a complex and diverse world, to seek understanding and appreciation of difference, to develop empathy, and to challenge biases and discrimination. To this end, we commit to iterative examinations of our curriculum, programs, and resources while providing ongoing education for students through anti-bias / anti-racist practice and pedagogy in order to be our best and reach beyond ourselves to make a difference in the world.