South School Overview

South Hillsborough School is one of three elementary schools serving the children of Hillsborough, CA. We are the smallest elementary school in our district with an average of ten to twelve general education classes and one special day class with an average population of 220 students, grades K-5, each year.

Set by a creek in a lovely wooded area, our school has an open plan design that allows us to offer a balanced curriculum in an innovative way. Three clusters of open classrooms surround the library media center, which is literally and figuratively the heart of the school. Large and small group instruction areas K-3 permit flexible groupings to meet individual student needs. The “flow” of the building generates a feeling of warmth and communication among students and faculty. Our teachers enjoy the flexibility this collaborative environment lends itself to and work together to ensure that it is utilized as effectively as possible for their instruction. Although a majority of our 4th and 5th grade classrooms are separate from the K-3 open design configuration, the priority of collaboration and team teaching extends to those grade levels as well.

We view South School as a sharing, caring family that is ever nurturing and every growing. We strive to help students be academically successful, to learn to work together cooperatively, to develop a love of learning, and to be prepared to become productive citizens in the 21st century. Along with high expectations for student achievement in academic subjects and the arts, our program at all grade levels is geared to building self-esteem and problem solving abilities.


    • 300 El Cerrito Avenue
    • Hillsborough,
    • CA
    • 94010
  • Phone (650) 342-5193
  • Fax (650) 342-6964

Our schools have received 26 California Distinguished School Awards, 7 National Blue Ribbon Awards, and 29 Kent Awards for Innovative Programs. Our success is due to high quality staff, committed and involved families and community members, a supportive Board, a cohesive vision, and a strong commitment to excellence.
Interested in current district discussions, view Superintendent Reports here.

More than two decades of research findings are unequivocal: the most important aspect of a school in terms of student learning is teacher quality, and our teachers are among the best!

Students in K-2 have access to a reading specialist. 3rd-5th grade students participate in our Innovation Labs where they create and explore. K-5 students participate in music classes, and 4th-8th grade students have access to instrument instruction. Spanish instruction begins in 4th grade, and Mandarin is offered in our middle school. All of our schools have a dedicated counselor, teacher librarian, physical educator, and more!

Through the generosity of donors, the Hillsborough Schools Foundation pledged $3.5 million to our schools for this school year. Last year's Fund-A-Need raised funds for traffic and safety. Thank you!
Interested in current district discussions, view Superintendent Reports here.

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Interested in current district discussions, view Superintendent Reports here.

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