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Hillsborough Schools

Hillsborough California has three award-winning public elementary schools and one public middle school. Public High School assigments for Hillsborough residents are designated to schools in neighboring San Mateo and Burlingame.

South Hillsborough School (K-5) 303 El Cerrito Avenue, Hillsborough CA 94010. (650) 344-0303

North Hillsborough School (K-5) 545 Eucalyptus Avenue, Hillsborough CA 94010 (650) 347-4175

West Hillsborough School (K-5) 376 Barbara Way, Hillsborough CA 94010 (650) 344-9870

Crocker Middle School (6-8) 2600 Ralston Avenue, Hillsborough CA 94010 (650) 342-6331


View School Boundaries for Hillsborough School Assignments By Street

View which Public High Schools are Assigned to which street in Hillsborough


Private School Options in Hillsborough, California

The Nueva School is an internationally recognized independent school PK-10 expanding to PK-12 serving gifted and talented students since 1967. The school is a three-time winner of the US Department of Education National Blue Ribbon Award, winner of the American Institute of Architects Award for School Design and Sustainability, recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program, appointed an Ashoka Changemaker School, a co-founder of the Common Ground Speaker Series, sponsor of the Innovative Learning Conference, and was highlighted by the Pulitzer Prize-winning and New York Times best-selling author Thomas Friedman in his recent book That Used to Be Us in the chapter “Average Is Over”.  Nueva is located in the neighboring towns of Hillsborough and San Mateo equidistant between San Francisco and Silicon Valley in the Bay Area of Northern California.


Founded in 1952, Crystal Springs Uplands School is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school located on the San Francisco peninsula. Serving grades 6-12, CSUS provides an intimate, collaborative community that encourages students to pursue their passions, explore new interests, build confidence, develop compassion and thrive in an environment of academic excellence.

With a 26% admit rate, CSUS enrolls 350 students from 70 elementary schools and 53 middle schools. Our student body reflects CSUS’s strong commitment to cultural, social and socioeconomic diversity. Fifty-two percent of the student community identifies as students of color. Our generous financial aid program annually awards over $2M in grants to nearly 20% of the student body.



History of Public Schools in Hillsborough, California

The first Hillsborough school was housed in the George Howard home located near Roehampton and Richmond Roads. In 1911, it was used as a combination City Hall, Fire Department, and community center. A classroom was built, and a teacher-principal was hired for the six students enrolled. 

The first portion of the SOUTH HILLSBOROUGH SCHOOL was completed in 1917. The school consisted of an office, cafeteria, library, and nine classrooms for children attending kindergarten through eighth grade. In 1930, the auditorium was built. During the 1940s, a section of the polo field was acquired for the playground, and in 1948, a field house was constructed. New classrooms and the Koshland Memorial Library were added in 1964. South has been designated a California Distinguished School in 1987, 1993, 1997, 2000, 2004 and 2008. 

NORTH HILLSBOROUGH SCHOOL opened its doors in September, 1950, with an enrollment of 175 children. Additions were completed in 1952 and 1956. In response to declining enrollment and limited stated funding, North School was closed between 1985 and 1990. In the interim, it was used for recreational, educational and civic purposes. North has been designed a California Distinguished School in 1995, 2000, and 2004. 

Land for the WEST HILLSBOROUGH SCHOOL was purchased in 1953, and the third elementary school was opened the following year. Additional facilities were built in 1955. The multi-media center was completed in 1972. West has been designated a California Distinguished School in 1987, 1993, 1997, 2000, 2004 and 2008. 

In 1959, WILLIAM H. CROCKER MIDDLE SCHOOL was opened for seventh and eighth graders. The sixth graders became part of the student body in 1972. That same year, the Gertrude Hinton Learning Center, science facilities, gymnasium, and unified arts center were built. Crocker was designated a California Distinguished School in 1982, 1988, 1992, 1994, 1999, 2003 and 2007. Crocker also received the National Blue Ribbon Secondary School, Excellence in Education Award in 1983, 1989, 1996 and 2005. Crocker is the only middle school in the United States to be recognized four times. In 1993, Crocker achieved world class status by being recognized by the Royal Swedish Academy as one of the top five schools in the world.


Research API Scores for Hillsborough's North, South, and West Elementary Schools, as well as Crocker Middle School


Hillsborough Public Schools rank among the top in the nation. Three Elementary Schools of North, South, and West, respectively create community focal points of each neighborhood. Crocker Middle School is adjacent to North Elementary connecting to Chateau Drive.


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