Our past dates back to 1893. The Seventh-day Adventist Church opened Union College in Rosmead Avenue, Kenilworth. A Primary School was also started later on as part of the Institution. When the College relocated to Spioenkop in Natal (1919), the school moved to Grove Avenue, Claremont (1919), and was later relocated to Rosebank where it was operated by the Cape Town, Claremont and Lansdowne churches as Rosebank Academy. In 1941, the secondary grades (8-10) were added. The name Hillcrest Secondary School was given to the school when it was moved to Bollihope Crescent where it started to operate on 26 January 1941.

The present school building was erected in 1950 and the hall was erected in 1956. For many years it served as a practice school for trainee teachers from Helderberg College.
Many prominent names have been connected with our school, both as students and teachers.

On 11 July 2003 the school was re-registered as an Independent School in terms of section 30(1) of the Western Cape Provincial Education Act, 1997 (Act No. 12 of 1997) under the name Hillcrest Primary School.

Hillcrest Primary School is accredited by UMALUSI, Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training, www.umalusi.org.za. 16 SCH01 00160.

The School is accredited by the Seventh-day Adventist Accrediting Association. (AAA)

Hillcrest School presently educates learners from Grade 1 to Grade 7. The present calls upon us to dedicate learners, staff and ourselves to the task of restoring in man the image of his Creator. To achieve this, attention must be paid to physical, mental and spiritual development. The school follows the objectives set forth by our Department of Education. We join hands with the more than 8500 Seventh-day Adventist educational institutions operating in over 100 countries around the world with over 1.95 million students worldwide in which preparation for lifework, together with a life of unselfish service to our fellow man and the inculcation of principles, which will endure forever, are emphasised.
Our aim for the future is to prepare boys and girls to be worthy citizens of the present world and of the everlasting Kingdom of God. By God’s grace we hope to expand our facilities to provide this Christian education to as many learners as we can accommodate without prejudicing their opportunity for an optimal learning experience.