Hillcrest School Jos
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Hillcrest is a K-12th grade International Christian School with an American curriculum. The school was founded in 1942 as a boarding school for missionary children. Today a significant number of children come from Nigeria, but a good number come from other countries. The school is owned and operated by eight missions/church organizations.
Hillcrest is divided into three schools, each with a principal. Elementary School is kindergarten to 5th grade. Middle School is 6th to 8th grade and High School is 9th to12th grade. In their junior and senior years students may elect to take a number of AP classes. Annually almost all graduates are admitted into North American universities.
Hillcrest is situated in the city of Jos on a 4,300 foot high plateau. Jos is located in the central part of Nigeria. Temperatures are mild all year around; somewhat similar to that of Southern California except that it rains more in Jos.
Hillcrest’s primary purpose is to provide a Christian perspective in the context of education, whilst encouraging students towards a genuine, personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The school seeks to train individuals to become active, vital parts of their communities, and to encourage an appreciation of their place in and obligation to the world around them.
We at Hillcrest are committed to developing complete and mature persons, accountable to God and responsible for their own actions, in keeping with our tradition of high academic and spiritual standards.
Hillcrest School will provide high quality Christian education primarily for children of our Cooperating Bodies thereby supporting the advancement of the Gospel in West Africa and the world. Hillcrest School will continue to maintain high academic and spiritual standards by providing the best possible staff, facilities and resources.
Hillcrest School will seek to be an institution where students will be
- Equipped to acquire and nurture knowledge.
- Encouraged to have a Biblical perspective on the world and their stewardship role in it.
- Encouraged to practice discipleship and service
- Encouraged to have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
STATEMENT OF FAITH
The Teaching and Senior Administrative Staff of Hillcrest School are required to indicate their personal commitment to Christ, their church membership, and their willingness to affirm, and not to teach anything contrary to, the Hillcrest doctrinal basis (given below), That these requirements can be met should be indicated in writing at the initial state of application to work at Hillcrest, and thereafter annually,
A. The Apostles Creed
I believe in God the Father Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth,
And in Jesus Christ, his only Son our Lord
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary;
Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified dead and buried
He descended into hell:
The third day he rose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty
From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead,
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
The holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints
The forgiveness of sins;
The resurrection of the body;
And the life everlasting. Amen.
B. The following specific beliefs:
- The Unity of the Godhead and the Trinity of persons therein;
- The incarnation of the Son of God, His atoning blood, His bodily resurrection, His mediatorial intercession and reign and personal return;
- The total depravity of human nature in consequence of the fall;
- The justification of the sinner by faith in Christ alone;
- The work of the Holy Spirit in the conversion and sanctification of the sinner;
- The immortality of the soul, the resurrection of the body, the judgment of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ with eternal bliss of the righteous and the eternal punishment of the wicked;
- The divine inspiration, authority, and sufficiency of the Holy Scriptures;
- The divine institution of the Christian ministry, and the obligation and perpetuity of the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
- Hillcrest History
"EXCEPT THE LORD BUILDS THE HOUSE, THOSE WHO BUILD IT LABOR IN VAIN." PSALM 127:1
||In 1942, Hillcrest School was founded to provide a Christian education for missionary children by the Church of the Brethren Mission. Anticipation was keen. Clarence and Lucile Heckman had been remodeling and getting ready the storeroom and house on the CBM compound for this hoped for day of July 22, 1942. The teacher, Mary Dadison, welcomed 12 pupils to begin Hillcrest School, a new venture of the Church of the Brethren Mission. The school room, which also served as a house, had few pupils, with only two who were missionary children of CBM. Miss Dadison, both a nurse and teacher, had left the Garkida hospital to be the first teacher of the school.
There was a school room, a teacher, pupils, foster parents, food and even a bed, but no text books. The order had been placed early, but the books were lost at sea because of the war. A second order was placed. When it didn't arrive, a tracer brought a report: ship sunk. Then in May 1943, 80 different packages arrived. School was dismissed and all the children went with the staff to the post office to bring the first text books to Hillcrest. Books had never been more welcomed by either pupils or teachers.
In 1946, the school moved to the current location. In 1952 the enrollment was above 70. A special recognition service was held at St. Piran's church and 8th grade certificates were presented there to the 6 graduates
From the beginning, Hillcrest accepted pupils without regard to race or color. On March 29, 1947, "The Nigerian Daily Times", Lagos, carried an article "No Color Bar in Brethren Mission School." Other missions quickly developed an interest in Hillcrest. So, in 1955 the Sudan United Mission, Assemblies of God Mission and the United Missionary Society joined CBM's efforts. These original four grew to include the Missouri Synod Lutheran Mission (1963), the American Lutheran Mission (1964), the Nigerian Baptist Mission (1967), Mambilla Baptist Mission (1967), Sudan Interior Mission (1968), the Great Commission Movement (1982), and later both the United Methodist and the Wycliffe Bible Translators.
By November 1955 all arrangements for capital contributions and organization had been worked out and the first meeting of the Board of Governors of Hillcrest School was held. A constitution had been written, home boards had been contacted over and over and when the Board met for the first meeting there were present people from the 4 cooperating branches of S.U.M., Assemblies of God, U.M.S. and C.B.M. The cooperating mission shared in providing teachers and funds for capital improvements.
Hillcrest began as an elementary school, and high school classes were taken by correspondence until 1964. 1965 saw the first high school graduating class made up of eight students.
Hillcrest has continued to expand by adding classes, varsity sports and a variety of extracurricular activities. Student body populations have included students from many corners of the world, sometimes with as many as 34 different nations being represented on the campus at one time.
Hillcrest School’s vision is that it will seek to be an instrument where students are: equipped to acquire and nurture knowledge; encouraged to have a Biblical perspective on the world and their stewardship role in it; encouraged to practice discipleship and service; and encouraged to have a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Hillcrest Hostels operate with the purpose of providing a safe and nurturing environment for students who cannot live with their immediate family because of distance to the school. Hostels serve as a home away from home, with the Hostel Parents serving as the students’ parents in the absence of the students' natural or legal parents. Hostels also nurture the spiritual growth of students staying at the hostel.There are two types of Hostels: Hostels run and managed by Hillcrest(Pineview and Heckman) and hostel operated by an independent organization (Divine View ).
Student Conduct: Students are expected to abide by the rules of the school. There are also additional rules in each hostel regarding conduct, curfew, activities and so on. All students entering the hostel must sign a “Hostel Covenant Agreement.” This agreement spells out the relationship which will be expected between the hostel parents and the students, clearly indicating that hostel parents are acting in the place of parents for students under their care and will command the respect and obedience due to parents. This document will serve as a reference point for any discipline issue that may arise.
Application Process: Students who have been accepted to attend Hillcrest School may apply to Hillcrest Hostels. Admission to the school does not guarantee admission to the hostels. A separate application form must be filled out and mailed or sent by email to the school. The Hostel Administrator shall also arrange an interview with the parents and applying student.
Costs: Each Hostel has its own fee schedule. This information is available if you contact the school administration email@example.com.
In recent years Jos has had to deal with local ethnic, economic, political and religious tensions. From time to time these tensions build up into crises situations. Hillcrest has never been part of these tensions and while at times one must be careful about entering certain sections of the city, the campus and the surrounding mission compounds have remained safe places to work and live.
Hillcrest is a secure campus
Regular security drills take place to help children know where to go in case of an emergency.
The international media, as well as foreign embassies, might discourage one from traveling to, or living in Jos. Consulting with local mission and church agencies might provide one with better information and assurance. Please feel free to call or text or write Hillcrest School about any security concerns you might have.
The Hillcrest School curriculum is based on an American curriculum and follows the California Standards. It is accredited with the Middle States Association in the United States and the Association of Christian Schools International.
Awards for academic effort and achievement are given to help develop a positive attitude toward academic achievement and excellence, to encourage serious effort, and to honor those who have done exceptionally well. These awards are given at the awards assembly at the end of the school year.
- Class academic award - The member of each of the 4 high school classes who has the highest grade point average over the first 3 nine weeks of the school year is selected by the high school staff.
- Subject awards - Teachers of various subject areas (math, science, language arts, French, commercial, social studies, art, P.E., Music) may nominate a graduating senior student for a subject award. The nominee should be a person who has taken several courses in that field, has displayed excellence in that area, and has developed an interest in that subject that is evident outside the class.
- Elementary School - Grade 5 teachers select the top 6 students academically, based on the entire year's grades and work. Teachers must maintain an on-going record based on grades so as to make this selection prior to the final report card being marked.
- Valedictorian/Hillcrest scholars - Valedictorian honors are awarded to the senior with the highest cumulative GPA provided he/she has attended Hillcrest for the entire senior year and at least three semesters prior to that, and they are in good standing in the school. Those seniors whose Hillcrest GPA is 3.6 or higher will be named as Hillcrest Scholars.
B. Service, Citizenship and Attendance
Each staff member is encouraged to nominate candidates. The student is selected by the staff in a regular staff meeting by the process of discussion and secret ballot.
In the Elementary School each teacher will select one girl and one boy from their class, “individual classroom” for Citizenship/Character awards. Qualities upon which the selections are made are honesty, fairness, loyalty, effort, perseverance and dependability.
- Service - Students who volunteer their service in areas such as teaching Sunday School, Piano lessons, Physical Education classes, language laboratory, library assistance, etc., on a regular basis for the year are awarded certificates.
- Citizenship - The Citizenship award is given by the high school staff to the senior who best exemplifies the following characteristics:
- personally shows and encourages good behavior,
- willingly takes on extra tasks when asked,
- willingly does and encourages activities which help other students and staff members,
- shows a positive Christian attitude.
- Perfect attendance - This award is given to any elementary student who has perfect attendance in a term.
Students learn the basics for further learning in reading, writing and mathematics. The school follows the Saxon Math curriculum. In the upper elementary grades the students also learn “how to learn.” In all subjects teachers show how God is ruler over all and His Word has implications for every subject as they begin to understand how to follow God and walk in His Spirit.Students celebrate birthdays as a class. Students also participate in projects to serve members of the community who need help, such as schools for the hearing impaired and a local wheelchair project.
Elementary School Activities
Nigeria Independence Day: This special day is celebrated along with the other schools. Students dress up in Nigerian attire and some classes have Nigerian food for lunch.
Multi-cultural Day: During Multi-cultural Day students dress up in the clothes of their own country or culture. There is a program with a multi-cultural emphasis in the chapel service. Students also bring food from their own culture for lunch.
Science Fair: All students in the elementary school are encouraged to make a project for the Science Fair. Each student then presents his or her project to their classmates, other students, teachers and visitors.
Field Day: The elementary school students are divided into teams called Spirit Teams at the beginning of the year. The last activity in the year for the Spirit Teams is a Field Day of fun activities and events for all the children.
Assemblies: Every Friday the elementary students have an assembly. Each class is responsible for doing an assembly once a semester.
There are approximately 100 students and 15 teachers in the High School. The High School is in a separate building with the school Library and is supervised by the High School Principal.The High School curriculum is based on a two semester year with two quarters per semester. Each semester, students are required to take six solids including Bible. The school day is divided into eight 45 minute periods with a lunch break.Most students are involved in the extra-curricular sports, drama and music activities.
High School Activities
There are a variety of activities that specific classes organize. They include:
Carnival: The sophomore class organizes a two-event carnival. The Carnival Dinner is held in October and the Carnival itself, held in February or March. Games, movies, and other activities are provided in order to entertain the public and raise money for the class. The class sponsors are responsible for the necessary arrangements and must approve the planned activities.
Craft Sale: In late November or early December, the junior class hosts a fundraising event which is open to the public. Student sell hand-made crafts and community craftspeople may rent tables to sell their own handmade crafts. The class sponsors and other interested staff members are responsible for overseeing the event.
Senior Class Play: The senior class presents a drama in November. All seniors are encouraged to participate in whatever way best uses their abilities and talents, whether it is backstage assistance, acting, assistant directing, make-up, or costumes.
Spring Musical: In April the high school usually presents a musical with participation from all the classes.
Junior-Senior Banquet: This banquet is usually held late in April or in May. The seniors are guests of the juniors, who make the arrangements, decorate, and provide the entertainment. The junior class sponsors are responsible for arrangements. The junior and senior class sponsors and the administration are invited as guests. Juniors are usually expected to pay their own way, but other costs are paid from their class funds.
Senior Trip: The senior class has a weekend get-away in the spring semester. The trip and all arrangements are planned by the class members under the guidance of the class sponsors, subject to the approval of the administration. The class sponsors must accompany the seniors and are responsible for all activities. Others may be invited to accompany the class as chaperones, subject to approval from the administration.
The Kindergarten year is the bridge between natural and formal learning. Kindergarten at Hillcrest is a balance between highly structured academics and free explorative play time. There are plenty of songs and stories to enrich young minds, and time to draw, dramatize and create in order to foster self-expression. Each child’s unique, God-given gifts are cherished and it is our aim that each one will see and know Jesus Christ in His Word, in His creation, and in each other.
Kindergartners participate in most Elementary School activities, including concerts, Christmas Pageant, Field Day, and class Chapel presentations.
Mathematics, Language Arts, Phonics, Bible, Social Studies, Science, Physical Education, Music, Art, and Computer—and of course, Recess.
There are approximately 70 students and 4 teachers in the Middle School. The Middle School is in a separate two story building with the school Art Room, an Audiovisual Room, Counselor’s office and a large meeting room. It is supervised by the Middle School Principal.
The Middle School curriculum is based on a two semester year with two quarters per semester. Each semester, students are required to take five solids plus Bible. The school day is divided into eight 40 minute periods with a lunch break.
The Junior class operates the Canteen near the High School to provide snacks and food for the Middle School and High School students. There are also Nigerian vendors who sell local foods like suya (roasted meat), puff puff (like large donut holes) and fried potato chips with all the pepper you want.
Due to the small class sizes, not only is there a good teacher/student ratio in the classroom but most students are involved in the extra-curricular activities including discipleship classes.
Middle School Courses
Grade Six Classes
Sixth graders study a variety of subjects: Bible, social studies, science/health, math and English. These classes are taught for the whole session. Students also study some classes for a quarter, semester, or a few days per week; these include music, art, physical education, computer and band.
Grade Seven Classes
eventh graders study a variety of subjects: Bible, social studies, life science, math and English. These classes are taught for the whole session. Students also study some classes for a quarter, semester, or a few days per week; these include music, art, physical education, industrial arts and computer.
Grade Eight Classes
Eighth graders study a variety of subjects: Bible, social studies, science, math (pre-algebra or algebra I), and English. These classes are taught for the whole session. Students also study some classes for a quarter, semester, or a few days per week; these include Music, Art, Home Economics, Physical Education, Industrial Arts and Computer.
Middle School Activities
- 6th Grade Party: The 6th graders enjoy a special class party at some point during their 6th grade year.
- 7th Grade Event: Seventh graders have a special overnight event once in the session usually second semester.
- Grade Fundraiser: Grade eight holds a number of activities during the year, such as bake sales and a Pancake Breakfast with parents helping out. These events are open to the public as fundraisers for the class. The Pancake Breakfast is a popular community event. The 8th graders and their class advisor are responsible for the arrangements.
- 8th Grade Banquet: This event is the final end-of-year class event as a “graduation party” from Middle School. It is usually held at a local restaurant in May. The 8th grade class and its advisors are responsible for all arrangements, and the class uses funds mainly raised during the year.
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