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Our Vision: Empowering people. Dedicated to learning. Committed to growth.

Our Mission: A welcoming community dedicated to empowering and challenging students in a safe, caring, and inclusive environment.

Hillendale Elementary School is located in the rolling hills of Chadds Ford, Chester County, Pennsylvania. The Chadds Ford area is rich in history and culture. While maintaining many aspects of a rural farming community, much of the open spaces are becoming residential developments and corporate centers. Hillendale Elementary School is one of four elementary schools in the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District. Hillendale Elementary School was originally a museum, which was converted to a school for fourth and fifth graders from 1989 to 2002. Beginning with the 2002 - 2003 school year Hillendale underwent a transition to a kindergarten through fifth grade school.

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Hillendale Elementary School
1850 Hillendale Road
Chadds Ford, PA 19317
Phone: 610-388-1439
Fax: 610-388-2266

Joan Amstutz

Titles: Office Manager
Phone Numbers:
School: 610-388-1439 ext. 3624

Michael Audevard

Titles: Principal
Phone Numbers:
School: 610-388-1439 ext. 3634

Dana Ely

Titles: Main Office Secretary
Phone Numbers:
School: 610-388-1439 ext. 3623

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Principal's Greeting

Hillendale Elementary is a Kindergarten through 5th grade school located in scenic Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania in southern Chester County. Located just north of Craigs Mill Run, Hillendale Elementary has been servicing the community as part of the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District since 1989.

Hillendale is a fantastic learning environment focused on learning, growing, and doing what is best for kids. The high quality curriculum couples with strong instructional practices and a supportive spirit in order to meet the needs of all students. Learning extends beyond the classroom at Hillendale as we take advantage of our outdoor space to provide authentic and innovative learning experiences for our kids.

“Happy Hillendale” is a fantastic place thanks to all the terrific people who fill our hallways each day. Our teachers work tirelessly to provide strong instruction in all academic areas from language arts and math to physical education, music, and art. Our paraprofessionals, PCAs, bus drivers, food service workers, maintenance department, and office staff do an excellent job supporting our students and maintaining an environment that is conducive to learning. In addition, our active Parent-Teacher Organization facilitates a strong home-school connection and provides support and resources to further improve our school community. Most importantly we have a wonderful group of curious, thoughtful, creative students who give Hillendale its energy and heart.

As is stated in the UCFSD mission, we strive to “empower each student to succeed in life and contribute to society” and we look forward to working together to bring this idea to life each day at Hillendale.


Michael T. Audevard


Hillendale husky

The "Tail" of Hillendale's Husky

After an adventurous and highly educational cross-country trek, our beloved Husky arrived at Hillendale Elementary in February of 2006! The Husky felt his destiny was to be the mascot of a very special school, so the Husky left his home in Alaska to make our elementary school his permanent address!

It took two weeks for the Husky to travel across our beautiful country. He made many stops along the way, all the while reporting in to our Principal, sharing details about the people he had met, the beautiful landscapes he had traveled and the things that he had learned about each state. We all learned some interesting facts about our country! Lucky for us, the Husky's final steps of his cross-country journey brought him into the Hillendale gym where he received a very spirited welcome from the entire student population. It was LOVE at first sight!

Now, the Husky permanently resides at Hillendale in a special part of the school. Over the course of the school year, the Husky can be seen at various school events sniffing out fun and fetching for spirit. The Husky is dedicated to keeping spirits high and ensuring the love of learning. Make no bones about it, the Husky LOVES the kids AND staff at Hillendale Elementary!

We're so lucky to have such a faithful friend. If you're interested in learning a little more about our beloved Husky, read on!


  • Birthplace: Juneau, Alaska
  • Parents: Retired sled dogs from Alaska
  • Height: Ranges from 5' 6" to 6' 4"
  • Weight: Varies tremendously
  • Eye Color: Bright Blue
  • Favorite Song: "Who Let the Dogs Out!"
  • Favorite Food: Hotdogs
  • Favorite Color: Red AND Yellow
  • Hobbies: Learning new things, Reading, Taking long walks and Practicing new tricks
  • Pet Peeves: Snow Days! (odd, considering he's from Alaska)
  • Favorite Activity: Being side-by-side with the happy students of Hillendale Elementary!
  • Favorite Book: Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman

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Hillendale Museum

Our School was once a museum that offered a unique look at America between the years of 1490 to 1890. A visitor could stroll through the Passage of Time, listening as a cassette recorded narrative brought Verrazano, Cortez, Cabot and other explorers to life in a way no book could. In concert with the narrative, a series of colorful dioramas lit up the darkened Passage, and recreated the gradual but ultimately revolutionary discovery of North America as the explorers themselves experienced it. Lounges furnished in Spanish, French, English and Victorian styles maintained the illusion of a world centered in Europe, moving West.

Note: Information and pictures were taken from a Hillendale Museum brochure.
Hillendale Museum was located off Route 52 about 10 miles northwest of Wilmington, Delaware, it was a hidden treasure just over the horizon. A two-hour tour through the Museum would transport you from today's world of supersonic transcontinental flight to a world where the horizon marked the boundary between the known, and the unknown, unperceived and unimagined... a world where dense fog hid the San Francisco Bay from explorers for two hundred years and the Appalachian chain kept the English tied to the sea as the French outflanked them via the central waterways. At Hillendale Museum you experienced how the diverse North American geography directed the course of history from 1490 to 1890.

Interesting Fact: The Hillendale Museum, which is now Hillendale Elementary School, has approximately 360 kindergarten through fifth grade students. When Hillendale was a museum no student below seventh grade was admitted.

Spirit Song

We are the Huskies of Hillendale,
When we work together, we cannot fail!
Sharing, learning, caring too--
We are a part of a REALLY COOL SCHOOL!

One for all and all for one,
Doing our part to make learning fun--
Hillendale O Hillendale,
We're proud to call you our school!


Thanks to Mrs. Chern and others for developing such a great song.

Stormwater Project

Hillendale Elementary School