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'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.
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.