Hill Learning Center

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Hill Learning Center Photo #1 - Hill Learning Center's campus is located at 3200 Pickett Road in Durham.
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Hill Learning Center Photo #1 - Hill Learning Center's campus is located at 3200 Pickett Road in Durham.
Hill Learning Center Photo #2 - Students at Hill enjoy the playground and basketball court during recess.
Hill Learning Center Photo #3 - Hill's reading intervention (Hill Reading Achievement Program or HillRAP) helps struggling learners achieve success in reading.
Hill Learning Center Photo #4 - Hill's half-day K-12 school boasts a 4:1 student-to-teacher ratio.
Hill Learning Center Photo #5 - Using a systematic, multisensory approach, Hill's methodology strengthens foundational skills through direct instruction and high engagement.
Hill Learning Center Photo #6 - Students benefit from hands-on classroom manipulatives, positive peer interactions, and thoughtfully integrated technology.
Hill Learning Center Photo #7 - Students in grades 9 -12 receive instruction in English, academic writing, Spanish, and math (general math through AP Calculus), and may attend for one, two, or three classes per day.
Hill Learning Center Photo #8 - Peer advisories, college and post-secondary planning, community service projects, and Student Council enhance the Upper School experience at Hill School.
Hill Learning Center Photo #9 - Students attend Hill for a morning or afternoon session, and spend the remainder of their day in local public, private, or home schools. This dual enrollment affords students the opportunity to receive remediation at Hill while applying learned skills in other educational settings.
Hill Learning Center Photo #10 - The Community Education Series engages and educates parents and the broader community about learning differences and attention challenges. This series is free and open to the public.
Hill Learning Center offers a half-day program to students in grades 1-12 that is designed to provide highly differentiated instruction to students who have specific learning differences or attention deficit disorders. On average, 175 students from 70 different public, independent, and home schools, spend a portion of their day at Hill. This dual enrollment affords students the opportunity to receive necessary remediation in a smaller school setting, and apply the skills learned at Hill in other educational settings.
Hill strives to assist each individual in realizing his or her potential by developing strengths, remediating weaknesses, and experiencing success.
With a student-teacher ratio of 4:1, the relationship between the teacher and student encourages participation and a willingness to attempt difficult skills. The positive, success-oriented nature of the program facilitates learning, as well as improvement of self-concept and motivation.
There is an explicit focus on building age-appropriate executive function skills, and a peer advisory program strengthens peer relationships and the platform for practicing self-advocacy skills.
An experienced school counselor spends time with each student and provides emotional, behavioral, and social support.

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Hill Learning Center ranks among the top 20% of private schools in North Carolina for:

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 1-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Learning Difference Programs
Yes
Learning Programs Supported
LD, ADHD, Dyslexia, etc...
Year Founded
1977
Summer School Offered
Yes
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
166 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
18%
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade
Hill Learning Center Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
28 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
93%
Average Class Size
4 students
List of Courses Offered
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
2023-24 Tuition: $10,420 – 23,690
Summer Program Cost
$3,225
% on Financial Aid
36%
Average Financial Aid Grant
$6,000
Admissions Director
Sara Miller
Admissions Associate
Holly McKenna

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
9 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Animation, Basketball, Board Games, Creative Writing, Disc Golf, Robotics, Sewing, Student Council, Yearbook

School Notes

  • Founded in 1977, Hill Learning Center's mission is to transform students with learning differences into confident, independent learners. Named in honor of our founder George Watts Hill, Hill Learning Center began as a program of Durham Academy, becoming an independent nonprofit in 1998. We pursue our mission through a range of K-12 student and educator programs, providing equitable and differentiated, research-based practices for supporting students with learning differences and/or attention challenges.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Hill Learning Center cost?
Hill Learning Center's tuition is approximately $23,690 for private students and $3,225 for summer students.
Does Hill Learning Center offer a summer program?
Yes, Hill Learning Center offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.
What is Hill Learning Center's ranking?
Hill Learning Center ranks among the top 20% of private schools in North Carolina for: Highest percentage of faculty with advanced degrees.
When is the application deadline for Hill Learning Center?
The application deadline for Hill Learning Center is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
5  
I cannot say enough positive things about the Hill Center. The teachers are incredible, highly knowledgeable, and responsive. The admins are the same, many former teachers themselves. It`s a well-run school with a clear focus on the students. My child is finally learning how to learn thanks to Hill and is close to being caught up to grade level after being behind for years.
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5  
I cannot say enough about Hill Center's effectiveness for remediating my child's learning difference, dyslexia. The faculty is incredibly professional, personable, warm and caring. A community is fostered here even though it's a half-day program and children don't attend like a full day school. The children become friends across ages and grade levels on the playground. They add special touches like Halloween celebrations to give it a school feel. Everywhere we'd go in the building, all teachers knew my child and would say "hello." It is truly a place where children are known and loved. Some teachers are warmer and more nurturing than others but overall there is a nurturing approach to the class work. My child entered Hill at a 1st grade reading level and in one school year achieved a beginning fourth grade reading level. Talk about closing the gap! This child's confidence has soared.
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The average private school tuition in Durham, NC is $11,759 for elementary schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Durham, NC is 71% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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