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Hilburn Drive Academy
STEM Schools Collaborative Network  Calendar: Traditional

Information for the: 2014 - 2015 school year.

Principal, Grades & Calendar

Principal - Gregory Ford

Grades - k - 8

2014-15 School Schedule - 8:15 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Instructional Calendar

Hilburn Drive Academy runs on the Traditional calendar. Currently, the following Traditional calendars are available for download:

2014 - 2015 Traditional Calendar (PDF)

2014-15 Care Programs

Before School:  Check with school about third party providers

After School:    WCPSS

Contact the Hilburn Drive Academy directly for full information about its before- and after-school care programs. For general information about before- and after-school care programs across WCPSS, go here.


Phone - (919) 571-6800

Fax - (919) 571-6804

Website -


Address - 7100 Hilburn Drive, Raleigh, NC 27613

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Hilburn Academy provides an innovative approach in preparing students for success in the 21st Century. Students' unique learning needs are engaged in a rich environment that celebrates personal growth. Collaboration, communication, cooperation and critical thinking skills are foundational to our learning activities, as we know these skills are transferrable across all disciplines and professions. With STEM ideals in mind, academic subjects are integrated whenever possible and based on real-world applications through project-based learning. All of this occurs in a safe and nurturing environment where students are seen as unique individuals, each with special gifts and talents to develop.

Hilburn Academy is in the process of expanding into Wake County's only K-8 school. Sixth grade was added in 2012, with seventh and eighth grades being added in 2013 and 2014. This format provides a unique opportunity for students and families desiring a small-school feel with a large community presence. Transitions from elementary school to a middle school are eliminated with a K-8 format, so teaching and learning may continue seamlessly from one grade level to the next without disruption. Relationships between students, parents and community partners can span nearly a decade at Hilburn, which further contributes to an already vibrant school community.

The school's program provides students with exceptional opportunities: an integrated arts curriculum; global language electives for all students (Spanish and Mandarin Chinese, K-8 - with an additional option of Arabic for grades 6-8), international teachers, a global-regional VIF Passport program and band for students in the upper grades. Career & Technical Education, only available in traditional middle- and high school settings, is integrated by a specialist in all grades starting in Kindergarten. Hilburn students enjoy SmartBoards in every classroom, 200+ iPads for instruction, a new Mac lab, new media collection, new Science & Engineering building and new personal laptops for every student in the middle grades. Additional staff specialists are on hand to ensure meaningful integration and support. Parents, members of the business community and NC State University are very active in supporting Hilburn Academy's academic programs.

In terms of performance, Hilburn exceeded High Growth status in 2011 (Overall and in Math) and earned High Growth status again in 2012 (Overall, Reading and Math). A School of Distinction, Hilburn has exceeded all AYP expectations for success and leads the district in math performance among multiple subgroups. Most importantly, students' individual and team-based work for STEM Expos and daily instruction reveal increasing mastery of 21st century skills. Please explore our program further by visiting our school website, by contacting any Hilburn parent or staff member or by attending one of our scheduled STEM Expos or Open Houses.

Curriculum: STEM Schools Collaborative Network

Do you want your student to be an inventor, scientist, architect or astronaut? The foundation of learning for these high-tech jobs of tomorrow begins with four letters - S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

The WCPSS STEM Schools Collaborative Network is a group of 17 schools, dedicated to enhanced strategic planning, professional development, programming and community advocacy around advancements in science and technology.

These schools benefit from a regional and statewide network of shared instructional opportunities and connections to local, state and national leaders focused on the STEM curriculum.

Each school will have:

  • Expert Technology Facilitators

  • Interactive lessons that explore STEM concepts

  • Digital-age learning environments

  • iPad carts (30 iPads) for each grade level

Bus route information for this school is currently unavailable.

Academic Highlights

Integration of 21st Century Learning Skills through cooperative, project-based learning

A focus on STEM subjects with real-world applications

Global-regional content integration through the VIF Passport Program

Infusion of technology as essential learning tools of modern education: SmartBoards in all learning spaces, iPads in all classrooms, new Mac Lab, multimedia opportunities in all subjects, personal laptop computers for all students in grades 6, 7 and 8

New band program, currently offered to Grades 4 and up

Two world language options, offered K-8: Spanish and Mandarin Chinese (Arabic is also available to students in Grades 6-8)

State-of-the-art Science & Engineering Building to be completed in January 2013

An innovative Interdisciplinary Arts program, including technological and visual arts

Opportunities for students in grades 7 and 8 to participate in athletics at nearby Leesville Middle School

Extra-Curricular Highlights

VIsual Arts club

Student Council

Student Ambassadors

Hawk News Crew

Arts productions, such as musicals and talent shows

Odyssey of the Mind

Science Olympiad