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HMS at a Glance

Founded: Incorporated not-for-profit in 1972; coeducational, nonsectarian
Enrollment: 130 students
Grades: Toddler through grade 8 - NEW Fall of 2014 a Toddler Program 18 - 36 months
Student Population: Vermont: Brattleboro, Putney, Newfane, Saxtons River, Townsend, Vernon, Dummerston, Guilford, Williamsville, Bellows Falls, Wilmington, Westminster, East Dover, Stratton, Quechee, North Hartland
Massachusetts: Amherst, Bernardston, Colrain, Greenfield, Northfield
New Hampshire: Keene, Spofford, Walpole, West Chesterfield
The Campus:

Hilltop is currently located on a 43-acre campus at 99 Stafford Farm Hill just off Summit Circle in Brattleboro, Vermont. The campus sits high atop a hill, surrounded by fields, forests, a pond and sweeping views. The setting and design of Hilltop’s new ‘green’ campus, completed in the summer of 2009, is an apt reflection of this independent school’s name and its mission.

Hilltop’s new campus includes the toddler, pre-school and lower and upper elementary schools, which, along with its administrative offices, are housed in a new 20,000 square foot main building. The middle school is located in a separate, newly-renovated and expanded building, with space specifically designed to serve the unique intellectual needs of the adolescent.

Accreditation: The school is an independent school as defined by Vermont statute pursuant to Title 16, Section 166(b)
Affiliations: NAMTA, North American Montessori Teachers Association and AMS, American Montessori Society, Montessori Schools of Massachusetts
Avg. Student/Teacher Ratio and Hours:
Toddler Program / 18 - 36 months:
8 students per day: 1:4 teacher ratio / 5 or 3 options with full or half day schedules
Children's House: Pre-K/ K:  Ages 3-5: (2 classrooms): 20 students each /1 teacher and 1 assistant in each class
Ages 3-4: Hours: 8:30-12:00, with 7:40 early arrival and extended dismissal available to 2:45, 4:00, or 5:00pm. Children will be considered for mid-year entry who have reached 3 prior to January 1.
Kindergarten: Hours: 8:30-2:45, with 7:40 early arrival and extended dismissal available to 4:00 or 5:00 pm. To be eligible for kindergarten a child must be 5 before September 1.
Lower Elementary: Grades 1-3: 25 – 30 students/2 teachers
Hours: 8:30-3:00
Upper Elementary: Grades 4-6: 25 – 30 students/2 teachers
Hours: 8:30-3:00
Middle School: Grades 7-8: 25 – 30 students/3 teachers
Hours: 8:30-3:00
Hilltop’s Before & After Care Program:

Hours: 7:40 – 8:30 am and 3:00 - 5:00 pm.
Programs are offered for the Children's House and Lower Elementary. The programs are available based on enrollment.

Faculty: 22 full- and part-time teachers
Head of School: Tamara Mount
Admissions Director: Lauren Campbell
Development Director: Amelia Farnum
Business Manager: Colleen Frankiewicz
Administrative Coordinator: Jennifer Griffith
Trustees: Up to 10
Extracurricular Features: Art, Drama, Music, Outdoor Education, Winter Sports, Physical Education, Soccer, Basketball, Cross Country, Skating, Snowshoeing
Operating Budget: Approximately $1.5 million
Endowment: Approximately $250,000
Governance: Hilltop Montessori School is led by a self-perpetuating Board of Trustees. The Board is comprised of up to 10 members, including parents, parents of former students, and an alumna student trustee.

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