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Principal: Mrs. Michelle Rzepka
Assistant Principal: Mrs. Christine Clavenna   

Welcome to Hillcrest School! Hillcrest opened its doors on February 18, 1952 in response to the growth of Downers Grove after World War II. Over the years, the physical building has been expanded twice, first in 1957 and then in 1993. One thing that hasn't changed over the years is the Hillcrest community. The Hillcrest community consists of dedicated staff, involved parents and enthusiastic students. Please take a look around and come back soon!

We BELIEVE That . . .

Children are our highest priority.

Hillcrest must be a safe and friendly place.

Teamwork is an intrinsic part of a successful  school.

Learning is a shared responsibility of the student,  home, school and community.

“Finding the positive” keeps us moving forward.

Students learn best when actively engaged in a  respectful environment.

High expectations within the school community are essential.

Leading by example is powerful.

We are a part of a community where kindness, trust,  respect and patience create an environment for  optimal learning, teaching and working. 

The Hillcrest School Parent Handbook includes information that can help you become familiar with many of the procedures and practices we follow on a daily basis. Please check out the Parent Handbook for A-Z descriptions, and many of the FAQs you might be thinking about will be answered.  Never hesitate to call the office (630-719-5840) with any questions, or for further clarification.
    Please see the "Registration" tab for enrollment forms and school supply lists.
    Staff and students focus on ALL CHARACTER TRAITS all of the the time while teaching, in classroom meetings, small group sessions, and as they move through their daily routines to build those very important teacher-student relationships. Students are encouraged to participate in discussions, and are given examples of real life situations in order to better learn and understand the importance of good life skills. While referring to all character traits, we do pay special attention to one trait throughout each month.
    Courage - September; Respect - October;  Responsibility - November;   Honesty - Dec/ January;  
    Caring - February; Cooperation - March; Environment - April;    Citizenship - May

    Congratulations to our November Hound Dogs of the Month!  These students are being recognized for their continuous efforts and demonstration of truly PAWSOME character.  Please stop by to read the bulletin board in the main entrance to learn more about each of these spectacular students.


    Anderson- Nate Lauer

    Andrews- Sammy Zuniga

    Barclay - Rebecca Renner

    Braverman- Anthony Hernandez

    Cerny- Avery West

    D'Angelo- Kovas McCann

    Kupsco- Thomas Kostka

    Flannery- Marian Ogan

    Krumwiede- Sofia Ostrowski

    Macdonald- Jaxon Flakus

    Murphy- Greta Serniute

    Peksa- Ava Sebben

    Prosser- Luke DeCostanza

    Redpath- Olivia Guenther

    Roman- Sydney Kavchak

    Rowland- Erik Selby

    Skolimowski- Nathan Moawad

    Smoke- Leah Costello







    Student Council Officers  

    Members of the 2016-17 Hillcrest Student Council: 

    Girl President:  Greta Serniute

    Boy President: Marty Blader  

    Vice President of Committees: Sofia Pieranunzi

    Vice President of Communications: Kristen Kras

    Clerical Secretary: Sophie Hamelka

    Recording Secretary:Elizabeth Reilly


    SC Reps

    4th Grade Class Representatives:  

    Jenny Buehler

    Hannah Renner

    Kiera McLaughlin

    Alyssa Zoerb

    Evan Kuntz

    Adela Kowalski 

    5th Grade Class Representatives:  

    Jack Stanton

    Olivia Gornik

    Philip Hannon

    Gabi Major

    6th Grade Class Representatives:  

    Patrick Neustadt

    Nuria Calderon

    Colin McLaughlin

    Kate Wilson



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Principal: Michelle Rzepka
Assistant Principal: Christine Clavenna
Secretary: Lisa Reinhart
Clerk: Mia Churma
Address: 1435 Jefferson Ave. Downers Grove, IL 60516
Phone: (630) 719-5840
School hours: 8:20 a.m. to 2:55 p.m.