Hilltop Montessori School

Tel: (205)437-9343
Grades: NS - 8 | 201 students
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 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)
Southern Association Of Colleges And Schools (SACS)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Religious Affiliation Nonsectarian
Grades Offered Grades Nursery/Preschool - 8
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported somewhat-call for more information
Year Founded 1996

Student Body

Total Students 201 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 25%
State avg.: 19%
Students by Grade Hilltop Montessori School Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 26 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 95%
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 3%
Average Financial Aid Grant $1,000
Acceptance Rate 75%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Michele Scott Wilensky

School Notes:

  • Hilltop Montessori recently expanded with their Phase Two addition, which includes more preschool and toddler programs. Additionally, environmental education is interwoven through the curriculum. Each classroom has an outdoor learning environment, there is a working bee hive on site and the children are encouraged to eat healthy recipes from their classroom gardens through the school's "deep roots gardening program."

  • Profile last updated: 02/03/2014

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Briarwood Christian High School (3.7 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Corporate Drive KinderCare (3.3 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Our Lady Of The Valley School (7.3 miles away)
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School Reviews

  • Recommended July 24, 2014 - 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

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