Hilltop's success since 1996 speaks for itself. Their campus is comprised of a 3.5 million dollar facility and they are currently planning a Phase Three expansion to complete their campus. Accredited with three different organizations (AdvancED, SAIS and AMS) and established, they offer daily foreign language, technology integration, robotics for upper elementary, art and a thriving music program, that also includes private piano and violin. Beautiful, LEED certified building also fosters a strong environmental education curriculum while at the same time, strong academics have allowed them to graduate 5 National Merit Scholars.
Hilltop Montessori offers a wonderful early childhood and elementary education. Smaller community of just 190 students allows for individuality and all aspects of the child are addressed, not just the academic. The building is beautiful and we love the emphasis on fine arts, academics, daily foreign language and technology.
We have two children at this school and there is no better school in Birmingham. The teachers here truly love the children. My kids come home happy and proud of their accomplishments every day.
We've had children at Hilltop for eight years, and it's been a really great experience all the way. The kids have felt very close to their teachers, both primary and specialty -- Spanish, art, music, p.e. Parents are encouraged and welcomed to get involved with the PTO or individual classrooms. I especially like that while working their way through each three-year cycle, they gain independence and take on more responsibility. We intend to stay through at least the upper elementary level.
I love going to Hilltop! The administrator and staff are very nice and love to be there.
Hilltop has much to be desired in the way of a true Montessori experience. Beautiful building and lots of promises but if you are not already in the establised circle, it is hard to find your place.
We're thrilled to be a part of the Hilltop family. Our daughter has attended Hilltop from age 18 months (now 4) and our younger daughter will follow the same track. I was involved with the school as a vendor for 4 years prior to enrolling my daughter so I've seen the school from business, administrative and academic perspectives. The positive social and intellectual growth we've seen are affirmations of a good choice. Tip for prospective parents: start on the enrollment process as early as possible.
I disagree with the postings on this website regarding the administration and board. The board is comprised of 1/3 parents, 1/3 teachers and 1/3 community members. It is hard to find a school where the parents are provided representation. As parents, we receive weekly (and sometimes bi-weekly) communication from the school. We plan on attending through the fifth grade or sixth grade!
Adminstratively, this school leaves much to be desired. I have addressed many issues ( from a parental standpoint ) and they have been left hanging in the balance unattended by the administrator and the board.
Hilltop is an excellent environment and the epitome of the Montessori method of teaching. My two sons are excited about school every day and truly enjoy spending time with their classmates and teachers. In addition to academics, they are learning how to respect their classmates, take care of themselves and respect the environment. The wonderful new green school is amazing as well - a beautiful and bright place to learn.
Hilltop is great for young children not when they are in 7th or 8th grade. Kids that attend Hilltop after 6th grade will be at a dissavantage when they reach high school because Hilltop is so sheltered and doesn't let kids see the real working world in which we live in.
I have a child in Pre-K at Hilltop Montessori whom is doing remarkable well with the Montessori-styled teaching. She looks forward to attending classes and enjoys her teachers and classmates. I really appreciate the leadership at the school; the Headmaster is very professional and regards every concern as important. I have nothing but positive thoughts about Hilltop Montessori. I plan to enroll my child every year for the next nine years. I love it!
I truly found that my child's unique abilities in math and reading were addressed and I loved the diversity in terms of children with different needs, both academic and social. The school also addresses special needs children on a caring but loving individual basis. I found that the Montessori classroom and Hilltop truly embraced all of my child-his academic, social and emotional needs.
I found Hilltop to be a great school for my children. My son was able to take part in musical ensembles which enhanced his musical abilities. My daughter enjoyed art and computer classes. Both children loved the Spanish classes. Teachers were warm and friendly. I often recommend Hilltop to those who ask.
My family loves Hilltop Montessori, my pre-schooler is learning reading, math, geography, astronomy, and more, all in a loving, safe, and controlled environment.
I am a grandparent of a student at this school, and I am constantly surprised and delighted at the way the teachers guide the students in learning. I wish the Montessori system had been available to me as a young parent. This school provides a great environment for learning at a child's own pace.
I am the father of two children that attend Hilltop. My 9-year-old brings home math homework laced with algebra and trigonometry subjects I did not tackle in public school until 9th or 10th grade! My 4-year-old is reading simple books to me at night. Overall, I am very please with the level of education my children are receiving at Hilltop. It is simple: Hilltop works - Montessori works. Be a good steward of your children s education, and look at Hilltop.
Hilltop provided an excellent learning environment for our bright, quiet daughter to flourish academically, socially and physically. The staff is dedicated and warmly welcomed our involvement in the classroom and school overall. We originally intended to have our daughter attend for preschool only and stayed on for another couple of years. We were impressed with Hilltop's efforts to make our transition from Montessori to our local public school go as smoothly as possible and feel they truly care about our daughter's well-being. We still return for summer camps!
Hilltop is a wonderful school. We have been at Hilltop for 3 years and love the teachers. The teachers at this school are very caring. They are willing to go the extra mile with your child.
Exceptional! The Hilltop Montessori School is absolutely the best investment I could make for my children. Their curriculum is diverse and the staff is friendly and always very helpful.
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