Principal's Message

Welcome to Hillside Elementary School! We are glad you visited our website and we hope you'll come back often.

Hillside is the southernmost school in Chawanakee Unified School District and serves TK-8 students. We are currently accepting applications for enrollment. Please email me, Jared Pierce, at for the enrollment application.

Hillside is being built in the beautiful master-planned community of Tesoro Viejo in Madera County. Together, Hillside and Tesoro Viejo will grow to be the go-to destination for families who seek community, excellence, and an environment designed for healthy living.

Our school's highest value is relationships. We began hiring staff in February of 2018 and will continue to recruit and hire staff in the coming years. We are selecting our staff on the basis of their instructional practice, and equally importantly, their desire for communication and collaboration. Our purpose is to serve our students, their families, and the community in a dynamic learning environment that is based on the premise that people reach their highest potential through collaboration with others. We want to be partners with you in developing each student's individual skills and talents. 

Hillside is a state-of-the art school. Our facilities have been planned for modern learning and will be fully equipped with learning technology and materials for cutting-edge instruction. We are building Hillside to be a fun and engaging environment to meet the challenges of preparing our students for the ever-changing demands of the future. Project-based, hands-on learning will be the hallmark of our school and we will have the structure, materials, and partnerships to lead in this kind of instruction.

Hillside staff are highly-trained and well-rounded in their instructional professionalism. Specifically, our teaching staff utilizes best practices in direct instruction, project-based learning, interventions, enrichment, Rigorous Curriculum Design, writing instruction strategies, blended learning, formative assessment, and technology-based education. We focus equally of academics and the soft skills which prepare students to stand out in their future careers. Professional development is based on Professional Learning Communities, The New Teacher Project research, and Instructional Rounds. Our staff will be highly skilled. In short, we are very purposeful in our approach to instruction and learning for all of our students. 

As Hillside and Tesoro Viejo evolve from dream to reality, please visit us often. Our website will provide technical information about Hillside, such as schedules, registration information, and contact information. Our Facebook page provides regular updates, such as news and photos. We hope you enjoy both of them. If you have any questions, please contact me at 

On behalf of the Hillside staff, we wish you a wonderful 2018-2019 school year!

Jared Pierce, Principal
Hillside Elementary School
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