our school

Hillside Elementary School is family. We serve approximately 640 preschool through fourth grade students in the Closter Borough of Bergen County, New Jersey. We provide a comprehensive education along with many extracurricular programs and services. 

Learn all about who we are, and meet the people who come together to make Hillside Elementary School an excellent place for your child to learn and grow.

Our Mission Statement

Hillside Elementary School's mission is to promote a love of school and lifelong learning for all children. We strive to create an environment where children develop self-discipline, the ability to work cooperatively, as well as decision-making and problem-solving skills. Our school promotes an appreciation of individual differences and respect for the environment. Our community at Hillside Elementary School is dedicated to developing the child by providing authentic hands-on learning experiences. In turn, we challenge and encourage our students to take risks by utilizing technology as a tool to enhance learning. We believe in adapting to different learning styles and in reinforcing democratic values to foster responsible citizens for an ever-changing world.

Our faculty is committed to continuous growth and development. Their active and ongoing participation in staff development opportunities through our Northern Valley Curriculum Center and our affiliation with LitLife and Math Solutions. Our participation in school-based professional learning circles demonstrates our faculty’s willingness to be the best they can be for the children at our school. 

At Hillside we strive to integrate technology with workplace readiness skills. This is evident through the implementation of our school’s multimedia literacies program. The use of our television broadcasting system and mobile computer labs are just two of our initiatives supporting this program. Hillside News Network (HNN) is a daily live newscast run by the students. The HNN studio is located in the school's media center and is equipped with a teleprompter, video cameras, microphones, computers for still graphics and video, DVD players, digital cameras, a sound mixer, professional studio lighting, and an AV mixer. 

We believe in developing and maintaining a meaningful partnership of parents, children, teachers, administrators, and community members. We encourage full and active participation in the learning process. Our faculty presents  outstanding, interactive learning activities with parents/guardians in reading, writing, spelling, mathematics, and science. 

As a school, we are fortunate to work cooperatively with a supportive Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). The dedicated membership of the PTO supports cultural arts as well as academic and after school activities for our students. School-home cooperation is a hallmark of our school community. 

At Hillside Elementary School, teachers, staff, and parents strive to work together to foster learning opportunities for children that are challenging and interesting in a safe, relaxed, and stimulating learning environment.