Hilltop Montessori School

Hilltop Montessori School Photo #1 - Serving students from ages eighteen months through 8th grade, students academic, social and emotional needs are addressed in a beautiful, state of the art facility. The campus houses a gym, musical theater area, art studio, science laboratory, a teaching community kitchen, library and outdoor classrooms.
Hilltop Montessori School Photo #2 - 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. The campus is certified with the National Wildlife Federation.
Hilltop Montessori School Photo #3 - Hilltop Montessori School is accredited with The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (AdvancED, SACS), The Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS), The National Council of Private School Accreditation and The American Montessori Society (AMS). Hilltop is the only school in Alabama to have all four accreditations.
Hilltop Montessori School Photo #4 - 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 School Photo #5 - 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.
Hilltop Montessori School Photo #6 - 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. An authentic, accredited Montessori setting also ensures a solid preparation for any college preparatory high school.
Hilltop Montessori School Photo #7 - Montessori outcomes include: intrinsic motivation, internalized ground rules and ability to work with external authority, creativity and originality of thought, social responsibility, confidence and competence, spiritual awareness, academic preparation and a love of learning that lasts forever.
Hilltop Montessori School Photo #8 - Students at Hilltop Montessori School successfully transition to college preparatory programs in the Birmingham area and beyond, including Indian Springs School, The Alabama School of Fine Arts, The Altamont School, St. James Boarding School and other programs. Graduates attended prestigious colleges including Tulane University, New York University, The University of Alabama Honors College, UAB Honors Program, University of North Carolina
Hilltop Montessori School Photo #9 - Sitting on over 7 acres, in the Town of MT Laurel, Hilltop Montessori School is accredited by AdvancED, SAIS, AMS and NPSCA.
Hilltop Montessori School Photo #10 - HMS is the first private school in a LEED certified building in Alabama and the only preschool/elementary school. HMS serves students from 18 months through 8th grade.
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.  230 students enrolled, ranging in ages from 18 months through 8th grade.

Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked AL School
  • School Type: Montessori School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Students: 237 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $6,500
  • Acceptance rate: 75%
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 17 / rolling

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School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-8
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
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Year Founded
Summer School Offered

Student Body

Total Students
237 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 25%
Students by Grade
Hilltop Montessori School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

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

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline
Jan. 17 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Cost varies on academic level and is available on the website.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
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. Outdoor classrooms, working gardens, an apiary and highly trained and certified faculty offer the best education. A recent expansion houses a gym, theater, music performance areas, an art studio and a science lab. 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.

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 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.
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Hilltop Montessori School's mission is to provide a quality Montessori education in an environment which fosters a child's love of learning and a respect for self, others, community and the world. Serving students of various backgrounds and abilities from 18 months through 8th grade since 1996.
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Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked AL School
  • School Type: Montessori School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Students: 237 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $6,500
  • Acceptance rate: 75%
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 17 / rolling

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The average private school tuition in Birmingham, AL is $8,792 for elementary schools and $9,897 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Birmingham, AL is 84% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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