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Hillside Elementary School
Closter Public Schools

Welcome to Hillside Elementary School

Welcome to the home of Hillside Elementary School. Together, the Closter schools that comprise our district provide a safe, empowering learning environment for preschool through fourth grade students in Closter, New Jersey.

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website. We are happy to provide you with information about our district, our school, and the excellent programs and services we offer our students. Go, Cougar Cubs!

A Message from Our Principal

Welcome to Hillside Elementary School!   I am proud to be the Principal of one of the finest elementary schools in the State of New Jersey.  I hope our new website will provide an adequate glimpse into what allows me to make such a bold claim.  We deliver a rigorous curriculum in a nurturing environment.   Beyond the strong foundation of math, reading, and writing instruction, which is provided by a highly competent teaching staff, we feature hands-on learning experiences in science, technology, and STEM labs, as well as art and television broadcast studios.   Our music program has been recognized as among the best in the country by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM).  And the elements of our character education program (I-CARE) are carefully inculcated within all of the activities that make up the school day.

Take a virtual “walk” through our school to see the outstanding work that is accomplished in our learning community.  The cooperative efforts of teachers, parents, and students are evident throughout the corridors and classrooms.  At Hillside, you will surely recognize “A Concern for Each Child and a Commitment to Excellence.”

Yours truly,

Alfred F. Baffa

Alfred F. Baffa