Hilltop Montessori School at a Glance

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coeducational / nonsectarian / AMS Accredited

Incorporated not-for-profit in 1972

30 full and part-time teachers

The Toddler Program

18 – 36 months

10 students/3 teachers
5 day program/6 full day and 4 half day spots available 
Hours: 8:45-11:30 or 8:45-2:30
With 7:40 early arrival and extended dismissal available to 4:00 or 5:00 pm

Children’s House

Ages 3-6: Pre-K & Kindergarten 

(2 classrooms): 20 students each/2 teachers and 1-2 afternoon assistants in each class
Hours: 8:30-2:45, with half days available for 3-4 year olds
With 7:40 early arrival and extended dismissal available to 4:00 or 5:00 pm

To be eligible for kindergarten a child must be 5 before September 1

Lower Elementary

Ages 6-9: Grades 1-3

25 – 30 students/3 teachers*
Hours: 8:30-3:00
With 7:40 early arrival and extended dismissal available to 4:00 or 5:00 pm

Upper Elementary

Ages 9-12, Grades 4-6

25 – 30 students/3 teachers*
Hours: 8:30-3:00
With 7:40 early arrival and extended dismissal available to 4:00 or 5:00 pm

Middle School

Ages 12-14: Grades 7-8

25 – 30 students/4 teachers
Hours: 8:30-3:00

Before & AfterCare Program


Hours: 7:40-8:30
Available for Toddlers through Upper Elementary


Hours: 3:00-4:00 or 3:00-5:00
Available for Toddlers through Upper Elementary

ASEP and Sports

After School Enrichment Programs and after school Sports are offered on a rotational/seasonal basis
Available for Kindergarten through Middle School

* the Elementary programs are also supported by a Learning Specialist Team, a Music teacher, an Art teacher, and a Fitness teacher.

Extracurricular Features

Extracurricular Features: Art, Drama, Music, Outdoor Education, Fitness, Soccer, Basketball, Ultimate Frisbee, Winter Sports: Cross Country Skiing, Downhill Skiing, Snowboarding, Skating, Snowshoeing

The Campus

Hilltop is currently located on a 43-acre campus at 99 Stafford Farm Rd, off of Guilford Road in Brattleboro, Vermont. The campus sits high atop a hill, surrounded by fields, forests, a pond and sweeping views. The setting and design of Hilltop’s new ‘green’ campus, completed in the summer of 2009, is an apt reflection of this independent school’s name and its mission.

Hilltop’s campus includes the toddler, pre-school and lower and upper elementary schools, which, along with its administrative offices, are housed in a new 20,000 square foot main building. The middle school is located in a separate, newly-renovated and expanded building, with space specifically designed to serve the unique intellectual needs of the adolescent. There is also a new Arts Barn including a black-box theater, gymnasium and music room.


Hilltop is an independent school as defined by Vermont statute pursuant to Title 16, Section 166(b), and is an accredited AMS Montessori school.


Hilltop is affiliated with the NAMTA (North American Montessori Teachers Association) and the Montessori Schools of Massachusetts.


STARS is Vermont’s quality recognition system for child care, prekindergarten and afterschool programs. Hilltop is an accredited five-star program, recognized for our outstanding standards for education, staff training, facilities, environment, and curriculum. Being a five-star program allows our families of 3-5 year olds to be eligible for Vermont’s Universal Prekindergarten Funding. Learn more about Pre-K Funding here

Student Population


Bernardston, Townsend


Brattleboro, Dover, Dummerston, Guilford, Marlboro, Newfane, Putney, Rockingham, Saxtons River, Searsburg, Townsend, Westminster West, Williamsville, Wilmington

 New Hampshire

Chesterfield, Hinsdale, Keene, Walpole


Head of School: Tamara Mount

Administrative Coordinator: Desi Plumley

Admissions Director: Zoe Proctor

Development Director: Erin Wessel

Equity, Justice, and Inclusion Director: Marco Yunga Tacuri

Business Manager: Barb Beckwith

Facility Director: Travis Thiele

Montessori Curriculum Coordinator: Ashlyn Stephens

Social Emotional Learning Coordinator: Malindi Chestnut-Tangerman

Early Education Program Partnership Director: Laura Gypson

Trustees: Marta Bernbaum, Juliette Carr, Louisa Conrad, Nancy Dickson, Todd Fahey, Andrea Lemon, Shelley Lockyear, Geneva Morse, Asher Pucciarello, Dora Urujeni


Operating Budget: Approximately $2 million

Endowment: Approximately $4 million

Governance: Hilltop Montessori School is led by a self-perpetuating Board of Trustees. The Board is comprised of up to 12 members, including parents, parents of former students, alum, and interested members of the community.

“We teach each other, we laugh, we study, we learn, we grow together. School becomes a place where you feel important and where you want to learn.”
— a Middle School Student