Hilltop Montessori School

Tel: (205)437-9343
Grades: NS-8 | 201 students
Hilltop houses 200 students and is currently fundraising for a Phase Three Addition, which will address its need for more enrollment. The addition will also add a gymnasium/community area, teaching kitchen, a science lab and a multi-media center.
Hilltop houses 200 students and is currently fundraising for a Phase Three Addition, which will address its need for more enrollment. The addition will also add a gymnasium/community area, teaching kitchen, a science lab and a multi-media center.
Campus boasts a native plant trail, two playgrounds and is located adjacent to Mt Laurel community playground on over six acres. The school's campus is valued at over 3.5 million and is currently expanding, for a total campus value of 7 million.
Working bee hives on site produce honey for the school and over 15 gardening areas produce healthy snacks.  Each class has an outdoor garden and the campus boasts a greenhouse, composting, native plant trails and numerous outdoor opportunities.
Hilltop Montessori School is accredited with The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (AdvancED, SACS), The Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS) and its early childhood program is accredited with The American Montessori Society (AMS). Hilltop is the only school in Alabama to have all three accreditations.
Students from ages 18 months through 8th grade receive daily Spanish immersion classes, music, art and physical education. The school also has a comprehensive technology plan and curriculum plan in place designed to prepare the students for the 21st century.
The curriculum at Hilltop exceeds state guidelines and offers the opportunity for each learner to progress at his/her own comfort level, while being challenged. Hilltop has graduated 6 National Merit Scholars in the last decade and its alumni have won numerous other awards, including past Intel Science and Engineering Fair winners, honor societies and gold winners in the National Spanish
Hilltop Montessori was established in 1996 and has been accredited since 2004. The school is run by an administrative structure that has been in place since that time and is governed by a board of directors. The school is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation.
Convenient to Highway 280, but still nestled in a quiet area of Mt Laurel, the school offers serene beauty and nature, while still being adjacent to the growing North Shelby County area.
Located in a LEED certified green building, Hilltop Montessori School educates the whole child in the beautiful town of MT Laurel. Daily foreign language is offered for all students, regardless of age.
HMS also begins instruction in technology in first grade and has an innovative technology curriculum which includes i-Pads, smartboards and laptops, as well as hands on instruction in powerpoint, blogging, website design, word processing, excel and newsletters.
Individualized academic curriculum in a nurturing, small environment.
200 students enrolled, ranging in ages from 18 months through 8th grade.

School Overview

School Type Montessori School
School Membership(s)School Assoc. American Montessori Society (AMS)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Southern Association Of Colleges And Schools (SACS)
Grades Offered Grades Nursery/Preschool-8
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported somewhat-call for more information

Student Body

Total Students 201 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 22%
Students by Grade Hilltop Montessori School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 26 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 10 students
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(no uniforms)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Jan. 17 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $6,500
Tuition Notes Cost varies on academic level and is available on the website.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant $1,000
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Michele Scott Wilensky

School Notes:

  • Hilltop Montessori is the only school in Alabama to have all three accreditations: AdvancED, SAIS and AMS. HMS is also the only private school in the South located in a LEED certified building with the U .S. Green Building Council. The nearly 7 acre, 3.5 million dollar facility is about to get another expansion, which will double the value of the property and will add longer hours for working parents, an expanded fine arts area, science lab, multi-media center/library and more classrooms. Outdoor classrooms, working gardens, an apiary and highly trained and certified faculty offer the best education. The school has graduated 6 National Merit Scholars since its inception in 1996 and has an extremely low teacher turnover rate. Administration has been place since 1998 and the school has been accredited for the last 15 years.

Profile last updated: 09/28/2015

Nearby Private Schools:

The nearest high school is Briarwood Christian High School (2.7 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Primrose School At Meadowbrook (3.7 miles away)
The nearest preschool is KinderCare at Meadowbrook (3 miles away)
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School Reviews

The success of Hilltop since 1996 speaks for itself. Accredited under three organizations (AdvancED, SAIS and AMS), the school is located in a 3.5 million dollar campus, with plans this year for a Phase Three expansion. Daily foreign language, technology integration and a strong emphasis on environmental education in a LEED certified building allow for an individualized, Montessori education. Strong academics prepare students for the best secondary schools nationally and the school has already graduated 5 National Merit Scholars; their graduates win numerous awards and scholarship opportunities. It''s a great balance between Montessori and "the real world" as the students excel in leadership and academic opportunities upon completion.
- Posted by Parent, 07/24/14

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