Special Programs

Special Education Services

The Hillsborough Schools provide Special Education services for those children who are found eligible by the Child Study Team. Referrals for assessment can be made by parents or classroom teachers. Small group instruction is provided for learning and/or speech and language handicapped children. Through the San Mateo County Office of Education, other services are available for children who need more intensive or more specialized services. Please call the principal for further information.

English Language Learners (ELL)

A tutorial program is offered to meet the needs of children whose knowledge and use of English is insufficient to allow full participation in classroom learning. Referral to this program is made by teachers or parents.

Giftedness (GATE)

The Hillsborough Schools provide opportunities for children identified as having outstanding leadership, mathematics, general academic, or intellectual ability. The components of the program were developed by the GATE Advisory Committee consisting of parents, teachers, and administrators from each school. Referrals for assessing eligibility can be made by teachers or parents. The extent of the program is limited by the level of state funding. Please call the Director of Educational Services or your school principal for more information.

Fifth Grade Friends

The goal of the Fifth Grade Friends program is to model kindness and leadership skills for the benefit of all South students. Fifth Grade Friends involves all students in the fifth grade.

Fifth graders are chosen by their teachers to participate in book buddies, flag duty, tether ball duty, recycling, Media Center setup and breakdown and Computer Lab helpers.

There are also opportunities for all fifth graders to be Lunch helpers, Kinderwood helpers, Dumpster divers, and Pre-School partners. These jobs are awarded through an application submitted to Mrs. Veal. The Fifth Grade Friends Leadership Program brings positive behaviors that influence the behavior and actions of all the students of South School. Every fifth grade student is a fifth grade friend!

Green Ambassadors

Each year two new Green Ambassadors are elected or appointed in every class. The Green Ambassador will be responsible for recycling in the classroom, energy use in the classroom, making sure lights are turned off when not needed, and the reuse of materials. The Green Ambassadors also provide green tips during Monday morning announcements. The green tips will be tips that our students can use in school and at home to help our earth.

Our South School garden which was planted last spring by the Green Ambassadors has been a real success!

Green Ambassadors will spend time harvesting all the fruits and vegetables that were planted in the spring. The Fall Ambassadors will be planting in late October or early November.

Everyone at South is so excited with our new garden fence built by our wonderful volunteers on Fathers & Friends Day! Many thanks for their hard work!

Tiger Tickets

“Everyone wins when everyone’s in” is the character focus for South School. Students demonstrate daily behaviors that reinforce the character theme. South students work together to include other students in activities and games, to reach out to help others when they are having difficulties as well as to include others in ideas to make South a better school. As these behaviors are sincerely demonstrated, teachers may recognize the efforts with Tiger Tickets, blue tickets recording student actions. Tiger Tickets are proudly brought to the office to the Tiger Ticket box where they are collected over a time span. Tickets are drawn and students are recognized school wide for their positive acts of kindness. Tiger Tickets are great motivators and reinforcers for strong character.


    • 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.
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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!
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