At Hillbrook, tradition and innovation are intertwined. From our founding in 1935 to today, Hillbrook is a school that puts student choice and engagement at its center. At Hillbrook, we foster a culture of intentional innovation, where we embrace taking risks while also cherishing and valuing familiar traditions.
At Hillbrook, tradition and innovation are intertwined. From our founding in 1935 to today, Hillbrook is a school that puts student choice and engagement at its center. At Hillbrook, we foster a culture of intentional innovation, where we embrace taking risks while also cherishing and valuing familiar traditions.

Our traditions at Hillbrook are varied and beloved for the way in which they celebrate childhood and bring out the best in each us. Some are as old as the school, others were created more recently, but whether old or new, silly or serious, they unite us as a community.  


Perhaps our most beloved tradition is that we tell jokes. Every Monday, we start the week with an all-school Flag-raising assembly, during which we invite students from JK to 8th grade to come up and tell a joke. This tradition of joke telling is an early introduction to public speaking, and it says a lot about our culture - we aim to live out our mission statement,  that “every day is a journey of self-discovery… laughter and friendship.”
 
The school year is full of meaningful traditions from the Greek Play in 3rd grade, to the Maker’s Faire in 5th grade, to Reflection Speeches and Capstone projects in 8th grade. We hang on to these milestones not because we’ve done them in the past, but because they are meaningful, intentional expressions of the Hillbrook experience. Other traditions celebrate who we are as a broader community, including Grandparents and Special Friends Day, the Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten Family Celebration, the Alumni Celebration and Basketball Game, the Spring and Winter Concerts, the Halloween Parade, and the 8th grade Recognition Ceremony.

At Hillbrook, there’s a feeling that comes from traditions, from having songs, shared values, and experiences that continue across generations. It is the feeling of childhood joy and memories. It’s the feeling that draws alumni of all ages back to campus and makes Hillbrook a second home for students from 1935 to today.