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Annual Fund

The Annual Fund is the backbone of our fundraising efforts. It’s what helps us sustain our high standards and offer an exceptional education to our students. It also allows us to keep tuition affordable for families bridging the gap between the actual cost of running our school and tuition. The Annual Fund helps to:

  • Offer competitive salaries and professional development opportunities to retain and attract the highest caliber teachers
  • Update and expand our academic curriculum and offer a wide array of extracurricular activities
  • Maintain reasonable and competitive tuition levels
  • Support tuition assistance for our families
  • Upgrade technology, purchase educational materials, and maintain facilities
  • And sustain the vitality of our school on a daily basis

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You can donate securely online with a one-time or monthly gift. Donate Here.

The Wheeler Fund

Created by founder and long time Head of School, Tonia Wheeler, The Wheeler Fund ensures Hilltop will continue to attract and retain the best and brightest Montessori faculty for its students. Gifts to the Wheeler Fund directly support faculty training, professional development and benefits.

Capital Gifts

Throughout our history, Hilltop has raised funds for major capital initiatives that require large sums of money above and beyond our yearly operating budget. Generous giving to the Capital Campaign enabled us to build our brand new school and renovate our old ‘barn’ into a state of the art performance, music and athletic facility. Additionally we will launch a Capital Campaign to build an endowment to further secure the future of our school and to offer additional financial aid. For more information about Development initiatives, please contact Erin Wessel at 802.257.0500 ext. 107 or [email protected].

Spring Party and Auction

Just as raising funds for Hilltop is critical to the health of our school, so is promoting and fostering community. Our spring party accomplishes both of these goals. Each year, we look forward to celebrating our school by inviting guests from the greater community to our campus, sharing good company, food and festivities while raising funds.


Our volunteers are one of our greatest assets. Gardening, baking muffins, chaperoning field trips, soliciting items for the spring auction, writing notes on fundraising letters, spreading woodchips in the playground: these are just a few of the ways parents donate their time to Hilltop.

When families flex their philanthropic muscle by donating financially and/or volunteering, they not only model that behavior to their children – spurring the cycle of giving to all kinds of causes for generations; they also demonstrate their commitment to and appreciation for Hilltop.

Contact Erin Wessel, our Development Director, at 802.257.0500 ext. 107 or [email protected]