About Hillside Christian Academy

As a ministry of Hillside Church Of God, Hillside Christian Academy has served the San Mateo County Peninsula since 1959! We have a very diverse student population, and our students come from all over the Bay Area, including San Francisco, the Peninsula, and the East Bay.

Hillside Christian admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

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Greetings from our Principal

Hillside Christian Academy provides a quality education while keeping Christ at the center in everything we do. At HCA, we provide a Christian atmosphere where your child can feel safe and confident in a stimulating learning environment. We strive to foster an environment conducive to the healthy learning and developmental process where love and warmth encourage your child to thrive intellectually, emotionally, morally, socially, and spiritually. We believe each child is uniquely created by God with a special set of gifts and talents. Our challenging curriculum in math, language arts, science, and social studies helps each child succeed academically while building a strong faith and good character. We seek to provide experiences for your child which encourage exploration, experimentation, and formulation of individual concepts. At Hillside Christian, we consider spiritual growth essential to the complete development of each child. Our staff is dedicated to praying for your child every day. Also, our curriculum includes daily Bible lessons and weekly Chapel, where your child will learn about God’s love and grace through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Helen Yoo-Lee, Principal/School Administrator

Vision

  • Hillside Christian Academy integrates a thorough knowledge of God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ with a challenging academic environment.
  • Hillside Christian Academy pursues the mastery of academic disciplines within a traditional classroom setting.
  • Hillside Christian Academy provides a Christ centered curriculum that encourages critical thinking and effective skills application.
  • Hillside Christian Academy is an extension of the home and the church, and we seek to partner with parents in providing a quality Christian education.

Mission

The mission of Hillside Christian Academy is to glorify God by pursuing the mastery of academic disciplines within a Christ-centered setting. This is achieved by:

  • Presenting a Christ-centered worldview through proper biblical integration;
  • Guiding students to salvation through faith in Jesus Christ;
  • Discipling students to discover their spiritual gifts and to use them for God's kingdom.

Philosophy of Education

Hillside Christian Academy is a Christ-centered school, meaning:

  • The Triune God is the Ultimate Teacher and Headmaster,
  • Our school teaches to the whole student, spirit, body, and mind,
  • We see our school to be set apart by God for His specific purpose, sealed by the Holy Spirit, full of God’s truth, and an agent of healing for the spirit, body and mind.

Hillside Christian Academy exists to provide a level of academic excellence that is worthy of both the names Christian and Education. Our Philosophy of Education is based on the following axioms:

  • A God-centered view that the purpose for gaining knowledge is to discover truth, and that all truth is God’s truth, and outside of God no truth exists.
  • God’s truth is revealed through:
    1. The Bible, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God that contains this truth;
    2. Jesus Christ, the Son of God who embodied God’s truth;
    3. The Holy Spirit who reveals God’s truth to the world; and
    4. The creation, God’s natural world, which contains all knowledge and truth in existence, therefore, the universe and humanity are dynamically related to God and have the purpose of glorifying Him.
  • The purpose of all subject areas taught in a school is to discover God’s truth in His creation as revealed by the Holy Spirit, and to lead every student to know God and glorify Him by accepting God’s free gift of salvation through His Son, thereby committing his or her life to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

Hillside Christian Academy adheres to the belief that academic excellence cannot be achieved without excellence in the quality of the teaching staff it employs. Our teaching staff approaches the ministry of teaching in the following way:

  • Our teachers believe they have been called into the ministry of teaching. This calling has been confirmed by their pastor and the administration of Hillside Christian Academy;
  • Our teachers have been educated in the academic disciplines and trained in the ministry of teaching;
  • Our teachers know their classroom belongs to God and they submit to His authority and leadership;
  • Our teachers enter their classrooms as humble servants, proclaiming God’s word, interceding on behalf of their students, making the necessary sacrifices for the glory of God and the benefit of their students;
  • Our teachers are Christ-centered teachers, producing lesson plans that teach to the whole student: spirit, body and mind, conveying God’s truth and bringing glory to God.

Hillside Christian Academy enables its students to develop a worldview consistent with Scripture by presenting a Biblically integrated curriculum. Since God’s Word is the source of all truth, true education must take place in the light of this truth. Every subject is taught based on the truth that God is the Creator and sustainer of all things. Therefore, all subjects are taught in the following light:

  • Mathematics: We live in an orderly world, and mathematics is systematic of studying this orderliness. This is a study of numbers and their operations, measurement, space configurations, and relations of quantities, as expressed by numbers or symbols. We cannot study or teach mathematics without recognizing God who created a universe of order which continue to follow systematic patterns.
  • Science: Science is the study of God’s creation. We believe that as we learn about God’s creation, we are able to learn more about God Himself. The physical sciences and the life sciences provide the methods for observation, experimentation and discovery of God’s truth in His creation.
  • Social Science: God has created our world and those who inhabit it. He is sovereign over them. God has ordained specific institutions such as government and family. Social Studies is the study of the history, geography, economics, and social structures of the world God has created.
  • Language Arts: Language is a gift from God that reflects both His creativity and order. The teaching of Language Arts instruction provides a multitude of experiences which deepens students’ literacy and develops biblical truths. God uses language to communicate His truth to us. The Language Arts will enable students to better understand God’s truth through the reading and comprehension of His word.
  • Physical Education: The Bible teaches that our bodies are temples of the Lord. Our students will learn to honor the Lord through fitness, sport, and personal and social conduct. These skills can then be used for a life of service in God’s kingdom.
  • Art and Music: The study of the fine arts and music is basic to a truly Christian education. As Creator, God communicates His love for beauty and detail through His creation. Art and music are key components of all cultures and civilizations, and they are an important part of worship for all Christians. Students will learn to see God’s beauty in art and music, and to create art and music as an expression of their love for God.

Statement of Faith

The Church of God (Anderson, Ind.) holds to the teaching that we have no authority but Christ, and no creed but Scripture. We at Hillside Church of God hold true to this and therefore stand in agreement with the following statements of faith:

  • We believe there is one God, who is infinitely perfect, existing eternally in three separate, but coequal-equal persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:1-2, 26- 27; Deuteronomy 6:4; John 1:1-3, 14 and 4:24; Hebrews 1:1-8)
  • We believe Jesus Christ is both truly God and truly human. He died upon the cross for our sins as a substitutionary sacrifice, and all who believe in Him are justified on the basis of His shed blood. He arose from the dead in fulfillment of the Old Testament Scriptures, is now at the right hand of the Father on high as our great High Priest, and will come again to consummate His kingdom of righteousness and peace. (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18, 20-25; John 1:1; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:15-19; Hebrews 10:19-22)
    We believe the Holy Spirit is the divine Person sent to indwell, guide, teach and empower every believer for ministry. He is also sent to convince the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. (John 14:16,17 & 26; 16:8-15; Acts 1:8 and 4:29-31)
  • We believe that the Old and New Testaments are the true revelation, the word of God. They were inspired by God and are a complete revelation of His will for the salvation of human kind. They constitute the divine and only rule for Christian faith and practice. (Joshua 1:8; John 20:30-31; 2 Timothy 3:16-17)
  • We believe that humans, created in the image of God, fell through disobedience, thereby incurring both physical and spiritual death. All humans are born with a sinful nature and separation from the life of God. Humans can be saved only through the atoning work of the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe in the total depravity of humankind and the enabling grace of God through the preaching of the gospel. (Genesis 1:26, 27 and 3:1-19; Psalm 14:1-3; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 1:18-21)
  • We believe that salvation has been provided through Jesus Christ for all people, and those who repent and believe in Him are born-again of the Holy Spirit. They are made alive in Christ by grace, receive the gift of eternal life, and have the right to be called children of God. (Luke 19:10; John 1:12 and 3:3-7; Ephesians 2:5-8; 2 Peter 3:9)
  • We believe the Holy Spirit has endowed the Church with spiritual gifts for the purpose of building up each other with love in Christ and bringing the Gospel message to a lost world. The gifts of the Holy Spirit are an essential aspect of church life and are a definite part of the spiritual inheritance of all true believers. (Romans 12:5-8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31 and 14:1-40; Ephesians 4:7-16)
  • We believe that it is God’s will that every believer be sanctified completely, which means to be separated from unto God from sin and the world. We are sanctified at our conversion, yet we are in the process of being sanctified. (Romans 12:1,2; 1 Thessalonians 5:23,24)
  • We believe that the Church is an expression of the Kingdom of God and the kingdom is God’s rule in the lives of true believers. The Church universal consists of all true Christians from every age, race and nation, who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and have been redeemed through His blood and born-again of the Holy Spirit. The local church is any body of believers in a specific locality who are joined together by Christ, for the worship of God, edification through the Word of God, prayer, fellowship, the equipping of the saints for the work of service, the proclamation of the Gospel, ministry to one another and others through love and the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and observance of the ordinances of baptism and communion. (Matthew 29:19; Acts 2:42; 1 Corinthians 11:23-30; Ephesians 4:11-16; Hebrews 10: 24-26; Revelation 19:5-9)
  • We believe in the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ where a personal and visible Jesus will return just as He left. There will be a judgment of the just and the unjust. For the former there will be a resurrection to life and for the latter there will be a resurrection to judgment, leading to eternal punishment. (Matthew 24:35-51; John 5:24-29; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Corinthians 15:12-28; Revelation 20:12-15; 22:7, 12, 20)More information is available on
    the Hillside Church of God website