• Rendering of Hillside School upon completion of construction.

Community Schools

Now Open!  Hillside Elementary at Tesoro Viejo.

Education is a key component at Tesoro Viejo. Chawanakee Unified’s Hillside Elementary School at Tesoro Viejo opened August 2018. Serving students in kindergarten through eighth grades, Hillside school is conveniently located in the heart of Hillside Village making it easy for your children to walk or bike to school. And with dedicated teachers and staff, they are committed to creating a safe, caring and successful environment for your children’s education.

Hillside Elementary will be followed by a future K-12 education center with an additional TK-8 elementary campus and the future Rio Mesa 9-12 High School.

Excellence in Education

Chawanakee Unified School District had the highest graduation rate in Madera County on the most recent California School Dashboard, outperforming the state average, and was number one in graduation rate among 71 similar schools.  In addition, Chawanakee Unified outperformed all other schools in Madera County in College Readiness, outperformed the state average, and was number one in College Readiness among 71 similar schools.

Hillside TK-8 School Highlights:

  • Serving students in Transitional Kindergarten (TK) through 8th Grade
  • Strong focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)
  • College & career exploration program gives students the chance to learn about careers in medicine and biotechnology
  • State-of-the-art facilities including a library/media center, music room, athletic areas with gymnasium, and media production
  • "Outdoor classroom" concept for hands-on learning with natural resources of the community’s landscape
  • Dual-platform technology program equipped with iPads, Chromebook and MacBook Air computers
  • A combination of tech-based and app-based instruction, direct instruction for new concepts and skills, and project-based learning
  • Fully-articulated with 9-12 program, preparing students for high school and beyond
  • Recent recipient of a community partnership grant with Wilbur-Ellis for an integrated agriculture, science and project-based learning program
  • Received two design awards, including national recognition by American School & University magazine for its outstanding education design.

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