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Hilltop Country Day School5
Posted September 05, 2013
- a parent
My children have been attending Hilltop for 5 years. The new leadership has influenced academics in such a positive direction incorporating state of the art technology that really prepares children for the future. The element that is most important for me as a parent, is the absolute respect that a child finds here. Teacher contracts and politics do not come before sound instruction or focus on a child's psycho-social development. Parents are included in the entire process of the school's experience. Parental feedback is wanted, even welcomed. Many of the teachers have been at Hilltop for 15 years plus because they too believe that children come first. It is not a purgatory waiting for a public education position that would pay them much higher salaries and better benefits. There is no perfect system but Hilltop comes close, putting children first everyday. There is tution assistance available. If you are looking for a school, i recommend taking a tour at Hilltop.
Laura McGee lacks of leadership, team player and self esteem. I am baffled why she was given responsibility of headmaster. My guess the board decided price over quality of our children s education. It s is difficult to have a serious conversation with her on an important school issue without her bringing her personal misery into the conversation which I find very unprofessional. She has jeopardized Hilltop s future. The school board needs to do a reassessment on Ms. McGee for the sake of our students, school s reputation and future. Overall, there are some outstanding teachers in the school but without leadership from the headmaster this school is spiraling downhill.
I have never seen 'unhappiness' or 'angry staff raising their voices at children.' Anyone who would say a thing like this obviously has an axe to grind against someone. Small classes is a wonderful thing. Social interaction is not a problem. Older children always help and interact with the younger children. the children in the classes are very close and courteous to one another. It is a wonderful place. People bring their children from as far away as Pennsylvania. This is an outstanding educational institute
My son started out from PK. Outstanding curriculum, caring teachers, good parent involvement, great principal. Although not afiliated with any religion, character building is an actual 'class'. A bit pricey, there are extra charges, and pressure to donate an extra 1K. Leading one to question financial stability. Something other private schools seem to have in spades
Been at Hilltop the last two years and I can't imagine how it has 'lost its identity' it strikes me as spot on. Wonderful teachers, knowledgeable, caring professionals. Accessible administration, eager to listen. We moved up here from Morris County and it's pretty clear that you can 'steal' a private school education at HIlltop.
Small class size is helpful, but borders on stifling. There has been a lot of change in teaching staff, which feels like Hilltop is going through some major growing pains. School has lost its identity a bit under the guidance of the current headmaster. Hilltop offers a nice variety of after school programs, and makes help available to students who need extra attention.