Breakfast - 7:15-7:45am 

Breakfast is served in the Student Union Cafeteria. Students receive a hot meal option, as well as cereals. Breads and cheeses are also an option as requested by our students from Europe.

Students attend breakfast after preparing for their day. The breakfast meal is a gathering point for students as they build community and begin their day together.

School Day - 8:00-3:15pm

Hillcrest students go through eight 45-minute class periods in their school day. They 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 focuses 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. All students are offered a study period in their class schedule when they might complete school work, connect with a mentor, or receive support from a teacher. Students are surveyed routinely to discover areas they may need support or encouragement.

Hillcrest assesses student academic progress every four weeks. If a student has a C or lower in any class they receive focused students services. Students are mentored by the registrar to visit with their teacher, receive an outline to improve their academic standing, and then create a structured plan for improvement with the registrar. The registrar mentors the student to hold him/her accountable to their plan and academic progress.

Chapel - 9:33-10:03AM

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 - 12:00-12:45pm

Lunch is a time for students to refuel at Hillcrest. Students choose from a hot meal option or a deli sandwich option. There is a salad bar offered, as well.

Hillcrest’s catered lunch program ensures student satisfaction and nutrition as they further their studies at Hillcrest Academy. A routine chef meeting offers opportunities for students to give feedback on menu options.

Hillcrest serves lunch in two class period options to enable students to select classes according to their academic preferences.

After School - 3:15-6:00pm


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.

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Dinner - 6:00-7:00pm

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.

Study Period - 7:30-9:00pm

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.

Evening and weekend Activities

A laser tag course, beach volleyball, broomball rink, and full gymnasium and weight and exercise room provide many activity options for students throughout the year. Evening and weekend activities are a welcomed way for students to exercise and find enjoyment in building relationships.

Hillcrest’s Resident Life program orchestrates the evening and weekend activities. The laser tag and broomball rink are events that are set up on campus in a scheduled program. Students are able to access exercise and gymnasiums throughout the year.

The evening activities are an important aspect of the student life experience at Hillcrest. 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.

Lights Out

The evening time at Hillcrest is an enjoyable experience. Students will use evenings to communicate to parents through Skype or Facetime, visit with friends in the dormitories, 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. Communication devices like cell phones, walkie-talkies, and laptops and Ipads are stored in the dormitory office over night, ensuring students receive rest without distractions during the rest hours of the Hillcrest program.

All students have an international or American roommate, which means they inevitably share some special conversations with each other as they wind down and recap the day. These special times are a hallmark of the Hillcrest experience.