Our Summer School Program

Summer School at Hillside is an opportunity to complete a full year course in five weeks, with no compromise in what is learned. We achieve this with an innovative format that has proved both effective and popular. Summer school involves a commitment by both students and parents. Because of the intensive nature of the summer school course, students must be willing to spend considerable out-of-class time on homework, projects and other coursework in order to succeed. For this reason families must not schedule an overlapping vacation or other activities that would result in excessive absences.

Students from surrounding schools have taken Summer School with us, including: La Canada High School, St. Francis, Flintridge Sacred Heart, Maranatha, Providence, Crescenta Valley High School and the list goes on. We helped hundreds of students get into their colleges of choice!

SUMMER SCHOOL : June 17-July 19, 2024

Admission to Summer School is by application, and on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • View the 2024 SUMMER SCHOOL SCHEDULE online here.
  • Tuition per class: $995 (science classes $75 lab fee)
  • Fill out this Registration Form or the link under the Resources tab above. **This will be available January 25th for priority registration and February 1st for regular registration. PRIORITY REGISTRATION IS ONLY FOR CURRENT HILLSIDE STUDENTS AND STUDENTS ENROLLED IN 2023 SUMMER.
  • Payments by check can be dropped off in the locked box on the north side of the building near the staircase or mailed directly to 4331 Oak Grove Drive, La Cañada, CA  91011. 
  • Payments by credit card may be called into the school: 818.790.3044.
  • For more information, please email Christie Wood-Elcik or call the school at 818.790.3044.


The Hillside School’s online classes are formatted with both in-class virtual (Zoom) and online instruction and assessment (eg. Google Classroom, Canvas).  

Students must:

-have an electronic device (tablet, computer, etc.) to access the course.

-have a student email account and reliable access to the internet. (eg. do not use LCHS emails)

-fully participate in virtual meetings with audio and video available for maximum engagement.



  • 3 tardies is equivalent to 1 absence.
  • Missing more than 15 minutes of a class is an absence.
  • Hybrid Science Courses: No in-person meeting absences permitted.
  • In-Person & Online Courses: 2 absences permitted if taking full year course, 1 absence permitted if taking only a semester (ex: US History A)

Additional Summer School Information:

  • A 5-student minimum may be required for a class to run
  • Please note if any class is WAITLISTED, there is a possibility another session will open if there is a demand. So please complete the online registration form to reserve a spot if one becomes available
  • Hillside summer courses are UC approved and are fully accredited. We still recommend families check with their home high school before registering to ensure the school will accept the credits
  • LCHS students – please be sure to complete this Outside Course Credit Approval Form for La Canada High School
  • 1st semester drop dates: “W” after June 21st, “NC” (no credit) after June 28th  
  • 2nd semester drop dates: “W” after July 12th, “NC” (no credit) after July 17th
  • Hillside’s UC approved course list here.
  • Hillside’s NCAA approved course list here. Enter 051307 in High School Code.

Jr High Summer Program - 2024:

3 Week Program: June 24-July 12, 2024, Mon-Fri. 8:30am – 11:30am

Admission to Summer School is by application, and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Reach for Success is a 3 week session for grades 6-8. The goals are to build and maintain skills in:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Math
  • & Study Skills

Tuition: $785 (includes student novel & other resources)

Register here or under the Resources Tab.


Our certified Educational Therapist, Angela Hoenshell, uses a variety of teaching modalities including the Orton-Gillingham approach to help students improve reading, grammar, writing, math and study skills in a small group setting with individual focus. Orton-Gillingham, a program endorsed by the International Dyslexia Association, uses multisensory approaches that improve comprehension and memory in all learners. Students will learn to improve sentences, paragraphs, and essays in writing. Study skills instruction is embedded and will focus on time management, organization, vocabulary development, text annotation and citation. Additionally, they will develop conceptual understanding and an appropriate level of repetition to reinforce math topics.

All activities build skills, which in turn helps students build self-esteem as they experience success each day.