A homebuyer often creates a comprehensive list of must-haves when searching for a new home. One of the most common requirements for homebuyers with children is to find a property within a specific school district to ensure their children receive the best education possible.

On the Peninsula, we are very fortunate to have access to fantastic schools. Both the public and private educational opportunities in Hillsborough and the surrounding area have provided generations of children with the academic and social tools to succeed in college and beyond.

The high caliber of schools in Hillsborough is evidenced by state and national recognition for consistently meeting educational standards and producing college-ready young adults. This is a testament to the local community and its belief that children determine our future. If you are considering a move to Hillsborough, you can be confident your kids will grow up in a community which values superior education and provides a solid foundation for academic and personal growth. 


Hillsborough Public Schools – The North, South, and West Hillsborough Elementary Schools are public schools associated with the Hillsborough School District. With a 10 out of 10 school rating on greatschools.org, these options are fantastic for both families moving to the area or for families looking to establish a long-term commitment to a district. The Hillsborough School District ethic is to challenge students and develop lifelong learners, but in addition, to produce thoughtful young adults of good character. Academic success is evident in the schools’ test scores, as all three elementary schools rank in the 80-90th percentile in both math and language arts proficiency. Each of these schools has a caring and child-centered environment based on the whole child. Visit the greatschools.org webpage to read parent and community reviews for each Hillsborough school. For additional resources access the school district’s website. The annual Kindergarten Roundup is scheduled for May 19th. Be sure to register or call the schools for more information.

Middle School

Crocker Middle – Another one of the area’s top schools is also part of the Hillsborough School District. Serving the entire Hillsborough community, this dynamic 6th – 8th grade institution is most notable for its comprehensive learning environment. Crocker Middle excels in both math and English proficiencies, according to greatschools.org. In addition to traditional and accelerated math, language arts, foreign language, and science classes, the school is well known for enrichment programs like band, HTV student-run news, and community service programs. Crocker Middle School encourages children to strive to be their best and prepare for success. The graduating students consistently place in advanced high school classes, whether public or private high schools. 

Private Schools within Hillsborough

Crystal Springs Uplands School –  This accomplished private school was established more than 60 years ago and has continued to thrive here on the Peninsula. Crystal Springs Uplands School (CSUS) offers children in grades 6-12 small class sizes and an incredible 6:1 student-teacher ratio. CSUS boasts impressive academics and a plethora of extracurricular activities for your children. CSUS has 12 sports teams, theater programs, international trips, and 40 student-led clubs for your child to pursue any interest. One of the strongest attributes to CSUS is the staff’s commitment to offering a premier education that consistently challenges and develops your child’s curiosity.

The Nueva School – For a unique education beginning pre-kindergarten, The Nueva School is an exceptional choice for you child. There are 3 levels at this private academy, the Lower, Middle, and Upper School, and Nueva provides hands-on learning environments for your child from kindergarten through high school. Nueva strives to educate and facilitate learning in all aspects of your child’s life. Beyond traditional academics, Nueva focuses on social-emotional learning, design engineering, and inquiry-based programs. The school also prides itself on their amazing language offerings, travel opportunities, performing arts programs, and sports. Nueva is a fantastic educational opportunity for children on the Peninsula.

One of the testaments to a thriving community is the proven excellence of its educational system. Families who currently reside in Hillsborough and the surrounding area can attest incoming parents and children that our community offers outstanding educational and enrichment programs for its youth.

The advantage of choosing Hillsborough for your family is knowing you are making a decision that will offer your child developmental, environmental, academic, and enrichment opportunities that are unparalleled in other communities.

Do these academic and enrichment opportunities sound like a good fit for your family?

Give me a call (650) 207-5192, to learn more about or great schools and finding the right home for your family.