Hillcrest School is located in the San Mateo Youth Services Center, a secure facility providing temporary care for youth who have been detained and are awaiting a hearing or a court-ordered placement. The average stay at Hillcrest is approximately 35 days. The enrollment requires teachers at a 20:1 student to teacher ratio. There is a Directed Studies teacher. The special education program includes a Resource Specialist, special day classes, a Speech-Language Pathologist and School Psychologists. English learners receive specialized services. Multiple classroom aides are assigned to the school. The curriculum is standards-based and individualized so that student progress is maintained. Hillcrest School can serve a maximum capacity of 180 students.