Great school through 3rd grade but after that I would not suggest it both my brother and I spent 8+ years at hilltop I finished the upper elementary and my brother finished through lower elementary my younger brother flourished at his new school where I struggled in math and almost every other class, when arriving at my new school I was told that I was so behind they didn't know if they could catch me up and the sad part was my parents were told by hilltop I was ahead of most of the other kids in my class. Great school through 3rd grade but after that your child will fall behind.
Amazing education for a variety of learning abilities. State of the art education is about to get even better-the school just broke ground on a 3.4 million dollar expansion. Highly trained teachers and being the only school in Alabama with all three accreditations (SACS, SAIS and AMS) make them a cut above.
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!