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Hillcrest Academy South

Hillcrest Academy South Teacher of the Year Penelope Vlastras, Teacher of English

Hillcrest Academy South Teacher of the Year Penelope Vlastras, Teacher of English

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2024 Hillcrest Academy South Unsung Hero Ximena Silva

2024 Hillcrest Academy South Unsung Hero Silva

About Hillcrest Academy South

1571 Lamberts Mill Road  Westfield, New Jersey 07090


Hillcrest Academy South Campus assists students from the Elizabeth Public School District in reaching their full potential by providing an alternative to the traditional high school setting. We offer smaller class sizes with a rigorous and challenging high school curriculum that is aligned to the New Jersey Student Learning Standards and prepares students for college and career. Our goal is to provide a safe, supportive, and empowering school environment that fosters lifelong learning, mutual respect, creativity, and the joy of learning, with an effective, caring, innovative staff, in partnership with home and the community.

Dr. Jason Balsamello, Principal
Mr. Thomas Van Cleef, Supervisor of Instruction

Principal's Message

Dr. Jason Balsamello

Jason Balsamello, Ed.D., Principal

I would like to welcome you to Hillcrest Academy South Campus.  We trust that the contents of this website will provide information that is informative, helpful, and allow parents, students, and community members to stay connected with our school. The mission of Hillcrest Academy is to guide individuals toward acquiring the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will help them maximize their potential for leading productive lives.  

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District Anti-Bullying Coordinator
Will Graulich, Director
45 Cardinal Drive Westfield, NJ 07090
908-233-9317 x1026


Hillcrest Academy South Anti-Bullying Specialist
Ms. Donna Gilchrist
Social Worker
1571 Lamberts Mill Rd, Westfield, NJ 07090
908-654-8558 x4005