Thank you for thinking of Hilltop for your child’s educational journey!
Hilltop Montessori School is a small, progressive, authentic Montessori school. Parent/guardian partnership, participation, and understanding of what we do (and why we do it!) is vital to the success of each of our students. We value each member of our community, and want to start off our relationship with each applicant and applicant family in a place of mutual understanding. Our admissions process is designed with this in mind, with the goal of setting up each individual student for success at Hilltop through learning and community.
If you have any questions about the application process, please feel free to contact me at [email protected], and I would be more than happy to answer your questions.
I look forward to partnering with you, and helping to begin your child’s educational journey with Hilltop!
-Zoe Proctor, Director of Admissions & Enrollment
Our mission is to inspire life-long learners, and it is critical that each family who joins Hilltop has a basic understanding of Montessori pedagogy and Hilltop programs. There are three ways families can do this:
Parent/Guardian tours and visits are intended for adults, and we ask that you keep young children at home if possible. If you have an older student interested in the Middle School, they would be welcome to join. Babies in carriers are also welcome.
If none of the options available work for you, or there are specific circumstances you would like to discuss, please reach out and we would be happy to figure something out that works for you. You can reach Zoe at [email protected]. We also invite you to explore our website, and take a look at some past Parent Education workshops.
Once you have completed step one of the Admissions Process, Zoe will reach out with a link to our online application. For students applying for Elementary and Middle School, school records and a current teacher assessment are included (and required) with the application.
Applying for an Index Tuition Level below 100%
If you are interested in applying for our Index Tuition program, please let Zoe know so that she can provide a link and you can do so in tandem with your school application. Information about the Index Tuition program is available here.
Student Visits will be set up for students applying for Children’s House through Middle School after an application has been submitted. I will reach out to you to find a time that works for you. Toddler Program applicants are not required to visit prior to enrollment.
Once your family has completed steps 1-3, your applicant will officially be considered for enrollment. HMS makes first round enrollment decisions by March 15th, after which we operate on rolling admissions, which means that we continue to accept students until classrooms are full. Families will get an email of acceptance that includes instructions on how to create a FACTS Family Portal and complete our online Enrollment Packet. Once enrolled, families will be required to attend a Montessori 101 workshop to deepen your understanding of Montessori pedagogy, and how it plays out here at Hilltop. A couple of times will be offered at the start of the school year for families to choose from. Please see our full Enrollment Policy below.
As an approved independent school Hilltop Montessori School (HMS) follows these enrollment policies: