HMS at a Glance

Our School

Founded: Incorporated not-for-profit in 1972; coeducational, nonsectarian

Enrollment: 130 – 140 students

Grades: Toddler 18 – 36 months, Children’s House age 3-6, Lower Elementary,
age 6-9, Upper Elementary, age 9-12 and Middle School, age 12-14

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

Diversity: We celebrate and value diversity at Hilltop. We welcome families of all races, ethnicities, cultural, socio-economic status and family compositions. Our student body includes 15% of our students being multiracial, African-American, Hispanic, Asian and other, exceeding the 10% diversity of our town population.

The Campus:            

Hilltop is currently located on a 43-acre campus at 99 Stafford Farm Rd, off of Guilford Road 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 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. There is also a new Arts Barn including a black-box theater, gymnasium and music room.

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)

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 day options with full or half day schedules

Hours: 8:45-11:30, with extended dismissal available to 2:30, 4:00, or 5:00pm

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 entries 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: Ages 6-9: Grades 1-3:
25 – 30 students/2 teachers*, Hours: 8:30-3:00 with 7:40 early arrival and extended dismissal available to 4:00 or 5:00 pm.

Upper Elementary: Ages 9-12: Grades 4-6:
25 – 30 students/2 teachers*, Hours: 8:30-3:00 with 7:40 early arrival and extended dismissal available to 4:00 or 5:00 pm.

* the Elementary programs are also supported by a Learning Specialist, the Director of Elementary (Montessori certified for Upper and Lower Elementary), a Music teacher and Physical Education teacher.

Middle School: Ages 12-14: 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.

After School Enrichment and Sports programs are offered.

Faculty: 20 full- and part-time teachers

Head of School: Tamara Mount

Admissions Director: Lauren Campbell

Development Director: Amelia Farnum

Business Manager: Colleen Frankiewicz

Administrative Coordinator: Rebecca Fontaine

Trustees: Up to 10

Extracurricular Features: Art, Drama, Music, Outdoor Education, Physical Education, Soccer, Basketball, Ultimate Frisbee, Winter Sports: Cross Country Skiing, Downhill Skiing, Snowboarding, Skating, Snowshoeing

Operating Budget: Approximately $1.5 million

Endowment: Approximately $750,000

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, alum and interested members of the community.

“We teach each other, we laugh, we study, we learn, we grow together. School becomes a place where you feel important and where you want to learn.”
— a Middle School Student
The Toddler Program
Ages 18–36 months
Children’s House
Ages 3–6
Lower Elementary
Ages 6–9
Upper Elementary
Ages 9–12
Middle School
Ages 12 –14