As an active member of the greater Brattleboro community for 39 years Hilltop Montessori School is home to 130 students 18 months to grade 8.
Hilltop's mission is for students to practice responsible independance in a caring community of curious, ciritical thinkers and thoughtful citizens.
The Montessori approach to education promotes genuine respect for the potential of every child. Hilltop's multi-age classrooms, caring and experienced teachers, and integrated curriculum enable a sense of self and wonder to flourish.
Hilltop's students and staff are hard at work and play in the spacious, sun-filled classrooms and all about the 43 acres of fields, woodland and trails.
It is the ultimate prepared environment where students of all ages serve as caring stewards of the land and insatiable explorers of boundless opportunity.
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Zoe Proctor, Admissions Director, can be reached at 802-257-0500 ext 101, or
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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked VT School
  • School Type: Montessori School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Enrollment: 130 students
  • Average class size: 25 students
  • Application Deadline: Mar. 1 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Hilltop Montessori School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Vermont for:


School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.
Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-8
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Year Founded
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
130 students
Student Body Type
Students by Grade
Hilltop Montessori School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
25 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size
25 students
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Mar. 1 / rolling
Tuition Notes
Please visit website for current tuition at
Summer Program Cost Notes
please see website for Summer Program details
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Admissions Director
Zoe Proctor


School Notes

Hilltop Montessori School was founded in 1972 thanks to a group of intensely-committed parents who wanted to provide quality pre-school education for their children. The head teacher hired for the job happened to be Montessori-trained and from this humble beginning, a new kind of school was born. Hilltop's mission is for students to attain responsible independence in a caring community of curious, ciritical learners and thoughtful citizens. Students will come to an awareness of their unique task in and responsibility to the care of self, community, and the Earth, Students will come to realize the fullness of their intrinsic academic and creative potential, Students will come to maturity and integrity according to their individual rhythm, pace, and style. Hilltop Montessori School accepts children beginning in our Toddler Program, 18 months through grade 8 in our Middle School program.  Our Elementary programs consist of the Lower Elementary, for ages 6 through 9 and Upper Elementary, for ages 9 through 12. Our Middle School program serves ages 12 through 14. Admission to the toddler and pre-K programs is possible in the fall semester or in beginning in January, elementary and middle school programs are considered on an individual basis with preference given to transferring Montessori students.

HMS Diversity Statement

"We shall walk together on this path of life, for all things are a part of the universe, and are connected with each other to form one whole unity." - Maria Montessori

At Hilltop Montessori School: 
  • We endeavor to honor the qualities that make us similar to each other and those that make us different, co-creating a space that values and respects the race, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status, language, religion, socioeconomic status, gender identity, size, sexual orientation, and dis/ability of all students, families, and employees.
  • We understand that this effort is a work in progress and that the achievement of such principles grows from the work of educating ourselves and each other as we address our biases and revisit program curriculums and school policies. The empowerment of the members of our community will bring confidence and compassion for understanding and communicating with a more inclusive language, challenge discrimination and stereotypes, and provide guidance. 
  • We strive to develop, embrace, and celebrate diversity in order to fulfill our mission, affirm the principles of Montessori education, and carry out a responsible role in our community.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Hilltop Montessori School offer a summer program?

Yes, Hilltop Montessori School offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.

What sports does Hilltop Montessori School offer?

Hilltop Montessori School offers 7 interscholastic sports: Alpine Skiing, Basketball, Figure Skating, Nordic Skiing, Snowboarding, Soccer and Ultimate Frisbee.

What is Hilltop Montessori School's ranking?

Hilltop Montessori School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Vermont for: Largest student body.

When is the application deadline for Hilltop Montessori School?

The application deadline for Hilltop Montessori School is Mar. 1 / rolling (applications are due on Mar. 1 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked VT School
  • School Type: Montessori School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Enrollment: 130 students
  • Average class size: 25 students
  • Application Deadline: Mar. 1 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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