The Hillside School and Learning Center knows that classwork alone does not empower students to reach their highest potential. That’s why we offer ongoing classes in Art and Physical Education, alongside other student activities throughout the year.
The Hillside School and Learning Center offers a personalized fitness program for a healthy lifestyle through selected recreational and post-school activities. The breakdown of these activities build upon what the student already knows about strength training, motor coordination, cardiovascular fitness, and muscle tone.
In team activities, students develop an understanding and an appreciation of each person’s part of the activity as well as their own by taking into account each person’s strengths and weaknesses. In addition, students learn to strategize and predict outcomes for different situations during the recreational and team activities.
It is particularly through the team and recreational activities that a student’s self-image and personal and social development may be enhanced or destroyed therefore, building a strong foundation (strength and conditioning) to achieve some measure of success for the activity is carefully considered.
Sports and Activities Include:
Strength and Cardiovascular Training Hiking
Team Sports Golf
The Art Program
Our Art Program is taught by Torsten Keller, a graduate of the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. We created an Art Program to help each individual student find their personal interests in art and assist in nurturing and growing their knowledge and skills in this area. The Art Program acts as a crucible where each individual can explore aspects of visual art within the confines of the general goals of the class. It’s purpose is to increase knowledge and ability in visual art, by exposing the student to various means of accomplishing an artistic project, as well as art history, artworks and artists.
Basic Art – grades 9-12
Provides a variety of experiences for both the beginning and intermediate student in art concepts and techniques. Includes study in drawing, painting, design, color theory, basic elements and principles of art. Effort is made to provide individual instruction to match student interest and skills.
Advanced Art I – grades 9-12
Provides sequential learning in a variety of drawing techniques and media. Students have the opportunity to work in areas of visual art that they have a strong interest in. Visits to artist’s studios and /or museums is at teacher’s discretion.
Every year, The Hillside School and Learning Center hosts a “Poetry Breakfast” for students and their parents. Students are encouraged to immerse themselves in poetry – either composing a poem of their own or finding a poem that speaks to them – and then recite it at this popular event. The Poetry Breakfast is held at Boston Court Theatre in Pasadena and students work with the Event Coordinator to develop and refine their presentation techniques. A breakfast is served after the readings so that parents, friends and students can discuss and enjoy their accomplishments and performances. This is one of The Hillside School’s most popular events.