The Hillcrest + Danielsen School partnership has been operating for over 26 years.
Hillcrest Academy has educated students for over 100 years, and has over twenty-six years operating an international focus through the Danielsen School partnership. With this tradition and experience, the staff and faculty of Hillcrest understand the needs and goals of international students. Below you will discover how to apply to Hillcrest, what you can expect in your time at Hillcrest, the impact a year at Hillcrest Academy can have on you as you continue to grow in maturity and knowledge of Jesus Christ.
When you apply to Hillcrest you complete the online application through the link below. In the section of the application where you select the type of application you are completing, select the Danielsen option. This will ensure your application is processed correctly and that you are able to waive the application fee. If you have any questions, please contact Wayne Stender at firstname.lastname@example.org
Students attending Hillcrest experience life-changing friendships. The friends made at Hillcrest over the course of 10 months living in the dormitory forge brotherhoods and sisterhoods with friends from around the world. Going to classes, helping each other overcome obstacles while learning difficult concepts in a rigorous academic setting places students in opportunities to grow together and support each other in a Christ-centered Bible-based environment. Students will have the opportunity to grow in their faith and share in focused spiritual formation events, where many students share how they have grown in Christ during their upbringing and their time at Hillcrest.
Breakfast at Hillcrest is an important part of the day. Students receive nutrition from our catered meal service to energize them for their day of studies.
The breakfast meal involves traditional cereals, fruit, bread, and a main course such as oatmeal, waffles, eggs, or the like.
Hillcrest students go through 8 45-minute class periods in their school day. They will study core subjects in mathematics, language, history, science, and Bible. Elective courses in computer drafting, engineering, art composition, pottery, photography, writing, and choir are available for students to enroll in.
Hillcrest’s focus on mentorship provides many one-to-one teacher to student interactions in the course of the school day. Progress is efficient and students are supported through Hillcrest's student services program.
Hillcrest's Chapel program incorporates worship teams into an organized and focused Chapel program that coordinates a theme to minister to students. In this program students hear messages that will challenge them to grow spiritually, while also providing an opportunity for the school to unite under the banner of Jesus Christ. Daily prayer times are offered to students, while the school organizes a special Prayer Day where the entire student body focuses on prayer and praying for each other during a full school day.
Lunch is a time for students to refuel at Hillcrest. Students receive ample time for a light lunch enroute to further studies in the afternoon.
Hillcrest’s catered lunch program ensures student satisfaction and nutrition as they further their studies at Hillcrest Academy.
After school students participate in athletic practices and spend time connecting with friends in the dormitory. Students will spend time in the Student Union Skyping, Facetiming, and connecting with family back home, while also sipping coffee and making memories with friends from around the world.
Students have the option to participate in clubs that will meet in the evenings and on weekends. These afternoon activities enable a reprieve from studying, providing opportunities for students to build friendships, explore Minnesota, and develop skills that wouldn't normally be included in the classrooms.
Some of the clubs Hillcrest continually operates are the hiking club, book club, evangelism club, drama club, cooking club, knitting club, and chess club. Other clubs are able to form as students express interests.
Dinner is served at 6pm and provides students an evening meal before they continue with their Hillcrest experience. Oftentimes activities at Hillcrest take students away from the newly renovated dining hall. Students are provided a meal box that accompanies them on their athletic and special club trips, ensuring students are nourished as they continue experiencing Hillcrest.
A daily study period organizes a time for students to progress in their academic pursuits while also giving them a structured time in their day to focus on their studies. The Hillcrest experience can be very hectic, so giving students an organized study time helps them live to the fullest in their other activities while also ensuring that the stress of school and academic pursuits has a focused time at Hillcrest. This period is often used for support in concepts, additional help in comprehending assignments, and building on concepts learned throughout the day.
Dinner at Hillcrest is an important meal. During the dinner time students receive connection with adult mentors who encourage them in their academic endeavors.
The Union is the cafeteria at Hillcrest Academy. It provides the dining hall experience and is also a place for students to meet for studying as well as connect with their adult mentors throughout the day.
With a laser tag course, beach volleyball, broomball rink, a full gymnasium, and weight and exercise room, evening and weekend activities are a welcomed way for students to exercise and find enjoyment in building relationships.
The evening activities are an important aspect of the Danielsen + Hillcrest experience. Students learn some of the cultural games played in the United States, while interacting with friends from around the world in athletic, social, and small group events.
The evening time at Hillcrest is an enjoyable experience. Students will use evenings to communicate to parents through Skype, visit with friends, and build relationships with mentors.
As students wind-down for the day, rest is an important practice as we aim to keep students attentive and healthy during their Hillcrest experience. An organized and well-communicated lights out and bedtime routine helps students prepare for rest. Students will turn all technology off during this time, ensuring that they are able to focus on recharging during their sleeping time over night.
All students will have an international or American roommate, which means that you will inevitably share some special conversations with each other as you wind down and recap from the day. These special times are a hallmark of the Hillcrest experience.
Hillcrest Academy is training students with a 100 year history. In the summer of 1912, the founding organization saw the need for a high school, and certain individuals of the Church voiced strong demands for it at the annual national conventions. The public schools educated all students only through the eighth grade in that era, and if a young person desired to get a high school diploma, he or she would have to enroll at a town that was larger and posed greater distractions in education.
In 1915, the church authorized the addition of freshman and sophomore high school classes, and these classes began in the fall of 1916, marking the official beginning of what later became known as Hillcrest Lutheran Academy.
In 1917 Bible School President E.M Broen recommended to the annual church convention that a full four year high school be offered as soon as possible. Further, he recommended that moral young people who might not have come to a conscious conviction in belief of Jesus Christ be accepted into the high school department.
In 1935 the school moved to a building made of red brick and had been built on a hilltop in the southeastern portion of Fergus Falls. Four-and-one-half stories in height, with roof spires reaching even higher in the sky, the brick structure had been an architectural landmark in the area since its construction in 1901. The peak of the pencil-point spire on top of the building’s belfry measured about seventy feet off the ground, soaring far higher than any other building in the city.
Since 1935, the "Castle on the Hill," as it is lovingly referred to, has undergone many renovations to make it a safe and modern learning & living environment. However, preservation of the classic aesthetic of the original architecture has remained a priority.
Since the establishment of Hillcrest in 1916, International students have attended the school. Covering nearly every continent, Hillcrest alumni have walked the halls and called the dormitory home. Hillcrest's comprehensive program, training the mind, body and soul to understand the world, is second to none in the boarding school community.
In the 1980's Hillcrest developed a strategic partnership with the Danielsen School in Bergen, Norway. The partnership has created a unique classroom environment for American and Norwegian students alike. Nearly 600 Norwegian students received training at Hillcrest through the Danielsen + Hillcrest program, creating a small army of students with an American experience to couple with their college preparatory education.
Shortly after the partnership with the Danielsen school, Hillcrest developed relationships with schools and faith-based groups in South Korea, China, Japan, and Vietnam. These partnerships have created a new influx of students and perspectives into the classrooms. With instructors trained in cross-cultural communication and intercultural studies, students feel supported and gain a holistic understanding of material as instructors note differences in interpretation from America, to Europe, to Asia.
Hillcrest's newest education commitment is to students seeking a rigorous college preparatory education through summer preparation. Targeting International students, Hillcrest understands this new program to retain the original vision of the school, providing a holistic education opportunity for students who may not have education options in their area, while providing students with social, emotional, and spiritual training.