Hilltop Country Day School

  • As Sussex County`s only independent school, Hilltop embraces a "pioneering" spirit, which guides us as we work to develop a model school program that is committed to providing a highly educational environment for all children.
  • Hilltop is first and foremost a community dedicated to the development of the whole child.
  • Who our students are becoming, as people, is just as important to us as what and how they are learning.
  • Our program is designed to attend to the academic, social, emotional and physical needs of students from the preschool years through early adolescence with an emphasis on creativity and a love of learning. We value our community and especially the important ways in which it embraces the role of parents.
  • Although the school, through its professional faculty, designs and implements curriculum, we look to parents for support and input.
  • Communication between home and school is open and maintained regularly throughout the school year.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
New Jersey Association of Independent Schools
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-8
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded1967
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Studentsn/a
Student Body TypeCo-ed

Academics and Faculty

Average Class Size10 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(no blue denim, collared shirts for boys)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 15 / Feb. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$20,785
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorKevin Folan


Total Sports Offered5 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Martial Arts, Track and FieldBasketballCross Country,
FencingMartial Arts,
Track and Field
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Oak Ridge
    Grades: PK-K | 108 students
    6.9 miles
    5676 Berkshire Valley Rd
    Oak Ridge, NJ 07438
    (973) 697-4564
    6.9 PK-K
  • Franklin
    Grades: PK-7 | 179 students
    6 miles
    65 Church St
    Franklin, NJ 07416
    (973) 827-3777
    6 PK-7
  • Newton
    Camp Auxilium Learning Center
    Daycare / Preschool (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: NS-PK | 135 students
    7.6 miles
    14 Old Swartswood Road
    Newton, NJ 07860
    (973) 383-2621
    7.6 NS-PK
  • Sussex
    Grades: PK-8 | 68 students
    12.3 miles
    51 Unionville Avenue
    Sussex, NJ 07461
    (973) 875-5595
    12.3 PK-8
  • Vernon
    Grades: K-8 | 71 students
    13.4 miles
    58 Sand Hill Rd
    Vernon, NJ 07462
    (973) 823-0804
    13.4 K-8

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (6 reviews)
My daughter started at Hilltop this year and absolutely loves the school. The quality of education is excellent! My husband and I could not be happier!
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We have three kids at Hilltop and they absolutely love it. Previously they all attended a public school and, while they did well, we were concerned they were not being challenged. This instantly changed once they enrolled at Hilltop. Our kids, including our preschooler, come home everyday passionate about the various projects they worked on at school. How many six year olds come home and talk about surface tension in bubbles and how to properly code a color sorting robot? We love Hilltop!
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Our son has been at hilltop this is his third year, unfortunately he has some medical issues but the school has worked with us immensely. He feels totally comfortable and the students missed him so much and smothered him with letters, cards, so when he returned it felt like he never missed months of school. I certainly don't feel like it would be the same feeling at a public school. This year he is excelling beyond belief in Kindergarten eager to learn, almost reading. We are definitely very happy with this school.We love the fact he is learning a different language, and is taking piano lessons and the S.T.E.A.M. program after school is his favorite.
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I can't say enough positive attributes that would express adequately how wonderful Hilltop is. The rigor of academics is incrediby well balanced with the creative process. The staff is without exception committed to the students, from the custodian to the Head of Schools. Just a lovely School.
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I will highly recommend Hilltop. Each of my children have been give the type of individual attention which has allowed them to excel. The open communication with the teachers, who know their students so well, is extremely helpful as a parent.
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The Upper School Science program is extremely comprehensive. My child was well prepared for high school science.
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