The Hill Center

3200 Pickett Road,
Durham, NC, 27705-0277
     Tel: (919)489-7464
Grades: K - 12 | 155 students
 For nearly three decades, The Hill Center has enabled students with learning differences to succeed, not just in the classroom, but throughout their lives.
We serve students and teachers through pioneering Academic and Outreach Programs based on our evidence-based Hill Methodology.

School Overview

School Type Special Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc. Council for Exceptional Children
Other associations(s) for exceptional children
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
State or regional independent school association
Grades Offered Grades Kindergarten - 12
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported LD, ADHD, Dyslexia, etc...
Year Founded 1977

Student Body

Total Students 155 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 17%
State avg.: 19%
Students by Grade The Hill Center Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 39 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 4:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size 4 students
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $16,960
% on Financial Aid 23%
Average Financial Aid Grant $6,000
Admissions Director Wendy Speir

School Notes:


The Hill Center Academic Program, a K-12 school approved by NCDPI and accredited by SACS and SAIS. We are a nationally-recognized model program for students with learning differences and attention deficit disorders. With the Orton-Gillingham approach as its foundation, and precision teaching as the format for charting and graphing student progress, the Hill Methodology is a comprehensive system of individualized multisensory instruction. At The Hill Center, K-12 students receive instruction in reading, written language, math and foreign language in half-day classes with a 4:1 student/teacher ratio. Hill Center students spend the other half of their school day at their public or private school, to which they typically return full-time after two to three years.


We are equally committed to helping students with learning differences outside the walls of The Hill Center through our Outreach Programs, which provide professional development for teachers and administrators from around the world. We also consult with others interested in replicating The Hill Center experience in public and private schools. Through our internationally accredited PREP Program, we offer four levels of teacher certification in Hill Methodology that meet the competency standards of the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC). Teachers may also pursue a Certificate in Teaching Diverse Learners that helps general educators better serve the needs of students with learning differences in the regular classroom and enhances their ability to offer differentiated instruction.


In addition, The Hill Center provides Student Enrichment opportunities, Tutoring, and Summer School programs for the broader community.

Profile last updated: 05/15/2013

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