Hilltop’s mission is for students to attain responsible independence.

  • Students will come to an awareness of their unique task in and responsibility to the care of self, community, and the Earth.
  • Students will come to realize the
    fullness of their intrinsic academic and creative potential.
  • Students will come to maturity and integrity according to their individual rhythm, pace, and style.


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The Educational Partnership
Honest, open communication forms the basis of the educational partnership among teachers, students and parents. Members of the Hilltop community believe that it is the responsibility of each individual to be respectful and caring of each other and of the world in which we live.

The Montessori Curriculum
The Montessori curriculum fosters inquiry and exploration. Teachers committed to Montessori principles serve as role models and guides in a multi-disciplinary curriculum that requires initiative, problem solving skills and the personal integrity to work to one’s fullest capacity.

The Prepared Environment
Each child is given the freedom and permission to learn directly from a thoughtfully prepared environment. The responsibility to make choices instills in students self-discipline, independence, and joy in the learning process.

The Collaborative Learning Community
In Hilltop’s multi-age classrooms students are encouraged to develop, share, and acknowledge individual strengths and skills. Learning is a collaborative process in which students inspire, motivate, teach and, above all, respect each other.

The Potential of Each Individual
On an intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual level students are guided and supported as they strive toward fulfilling their individual potential. By respecting a child’s unique voice and learning style, teachers foster self-confidence and a willingness to take risks. Student assessments measure the personal growth of each individual in the academic and social context.











“What I’m taking from Hilltop is more than just math or history, it’s humility, it’s optimism, it’s friendship, and it’s kindness. These are lessons that will stay with me for the rest of my life.”
— Jake '08
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