July 2024

Hi Hilltop Drive Families,

Welcome to Hilltop Drive Elementary! I am Dr. Grisier, the principal at Hilltop Drive Elementary and I’m excited to start my second year at Hilltop Drive and my 30th year in education!! In addition to Chula Vista Elementary School District, I have been a school principal in San Diego Unified School District and Scottsdale Unified School District. The staff and I are excited to start the new year. Last year we reduced student Chronic Absenteeism and increased family involvement with events like Family Read on the first Friday of every month.

Hilltop Dr. Knights are P.R.O.U.D.; Polite, Respectful, Orderly, United and Dependable. These characteristics are addressed in all our areas of the school. We address what it looks like to be a PROUD Knight on the playground, in the classroom and in the hallways, etc. Safety is a top priority at Hilltop Drive. We will continue to practice our safety drills, address any safety issue that arises and train staff. In addition, to the safety of the physical campus, we will address student personal safety and wanting students to feel and be safe at school.

At Hilltop Drive Elementary, we build and establish a welcoming environment for all students and parents. We believe each child is an individual of great worth entitled to develop to their full potential.

  • For our families of color, to know that your life matters, know that we will continue to learn how to value what you bring to our school.
  • For our families with a family member identifying as LGBTQ+, we will provide a safe space for you at Hilltop Drive.
  • For our families whose primary language is not English, know that we will do our best to support the communication between home and school.
  • For our families of higher needs, know that we will work with you to ensure your child(en) get the services they deserve and need to be as successful as possible.
  • For our families with difficult schedules, know that we will work with you to ensure you have what you need to assure students are in their classrooms learning.

We continue to learn. If you believe there is something that the staff should be aware, please bring it to my attention.

Our parent group, the Hilltop Drive PTA, will be a strong partner with the school community and staff to support all Hilltop Drive students.

Please, if you ever have a question, concern or just need to clarify something, do not hesitate to reach out to any Hilltop Drive staff member or to me directly at [email protected] or 619-422-8323 ext, 330190. You can also find me on campus in my orange safety vest!


Dr. Charles Grisier

Hilltop Drive Elementary Principal