Sussex County's Only Independent School

A coeducational day school for students in preschool through grade eight

You shouldn't have to choose between excellent academics and a nurturing environment. At Hilltop, your child can have it all.


Why Hilltop?

Meet Dr. Amy Covucci '81

Optometrist

Hilltop gave me the sense of inquiry and discovery that led me to want to become a doctor. The school encourages its students to ask questions, take risks and even experience failure on the road to success and growth.


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Meet Nicholas

Grade 6

Hilltop has it all: great academics, nice teachers, and amazing extra curricular opportunities including athletics.


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Meet The Patels

Parents of Aroosh '21 and Kaeya '23

We wanted to instill both curiosity and passion towards education in our children along with leadership skills for tomorrows world.


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Meet Lauren Pugh Getty '03

Power Systems Engineer for US Navy Submarines

I always thrived in a smaller class size where the teachers could make sure that each student was appropriately challenged to excel.


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Meet Mr. Timmermans

Music Teacher

In a day and age when many other schools are cutting from the arts, Hilltop sees the value in arts education. Our school fosters a supportive environment for students to take risks and be creative.


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Meet Chloe

Grade 8

My favorite teacher is Mrs. Katzenbach. In addition to history, she also teaches us independence. Her independent study projects help me figure things out on my own and not always be quick to ask for help.


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Meet The Saccos

Parents of Joseph '26 and James '27

We love how the school is very forward thinking in terms of technology and how to incorporate digital aspects into learning. It's SO important for us to be embracing technology and helping our children understand how to use it in positive ways.


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Meet Sebastian

Grade 5

I say Hilltop is perfect. It is a great place to learn and make friends.


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Meet Mrs. Easter

Grade 2

The small classes allow for constant meaningful differentiated instruction.


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Meet The Turndorfs

Parents of Isabella '16 and Gianluca '16

Our kids are Hilltop lifers and attended from preschool through eighth grade. The years of presentations, the thoughtful discussions they have in class and the focus on ethical behavior has gone a long way toward molding them into good young people.


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Meet Emma D'Amico '12

Freshman at Drew University

Hilltop prepared me for high school and college by developing my confidence in myself and in my knowledge of course material. Being confident with giving presentations, asking questions in class, and not bring afraid to ask for help let me appreciate and excel at every opportunity I had.


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Meet Antonio

Grade 5

The teachers here really care about the students, just like when I was home schooled. But now I can do amazing science experiments, use cutting-edge technology, and socialize with my friends. It's the best of both worlds!


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Experience the Hilltop Difference

When it comes to your child's education, you shouldn't have to settle for excellent academics or a nurturing environment. At Hilltop Country Day School, you can have it all from preschool through eighth grade. Experience the Hilltop difference through this video and then come see for yourself when you visit campus.

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    • 7 Counties
    • 2 States
  • 6 Athletics Offered

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Hilltop To Welcome New Head of School

The Hilltop Country Day School Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Kevin Folan, currently the Assistant Head of School and Executive Director of Enrollment at Hyde School in Maine, will be the next Head of School. “In Kevin, we have found an innovative, dynamic collaborative leader who motivates and inspires,” said Board Chair […]

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11 Tips to Make the Most of Your Kid’s Spring Break

This year your spring break may be more along the lines of the staycation, but that’s OK! Here are 11 great ideas for setting aside intentional time for creating memories for the WHOLE family.: 1. Make some rules: such as, no phones and other electronic devices during activity times 2. As a family make a wish list […]

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Kindergartners Explore World of Dinosaurs

On March 17 the kindergartners transformed into junior paleontologists to host a Knowledge Sharing Exhibition about dinosaurs.  Parents, faculty, and peers were invited to ask the paleontologist questions about dinosaurs they had discovered, explore dinosaur fossils made by the students, and play an interactive game designed by the class to discover which teeth belonged to […]

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First Graders Travel to Australia

The first graders at Hilltop Country Day School hosted a Knowledge Sharing Exhibition on Friday, March 17 to culminate their recent study of all things Australia.  During a Knowledge Sharing Exhibition, parents, faculty and staff and their peers are invited to experience all the students have learned about a topic.  The students sang an Aussie […]

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Hilltop Student Art Chosen for Art Educators of NJ Spring Exhibit at NJPAC

A Hilltop Country Day School student has been chosen for the second consecutive year to display a piece of student artwork in the Art Educators of New Jersey Spring Exhibit at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.  Richard Cort ’18 has been chosen to display his mixed media piece in the exhibit beginning on May 1.  […]

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3 Easy Morning Exercises For Kids

I wanted to share a fun morning exercise that your child can do before starting their day prior to eating a healthy nutritious breakfast. The exercise is called Training for a Triathlon. It can be done in your own home either inside or outside, requires some really great music (maybe your playlist has some Coldplay, […]

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CAPITOL HILLTOP: Monuments, Newseum, and Wizards!

Greetings from Washington, D.C.! I’ve come to appreciate a special characteristic of our eighth graders: patience. It all began with breakfast at 9:30 a.m. which was actually closer to 10. Because of our day early arrival this is the best the hotel could do. Next, delayed opening for the Smithsonian Museums (thank you #stella) and […]

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Antonio Puopolo Named February Student of the Month

Hilltop Country Day School is pleased to announce that Antonio Puopolo ’20 was chosen by the faculty and staff of Hilltop Country Day School to be Student of the Month for February. Nominations are solicited from all faculty and staff for Upper School students, grades 5-8, who have exhibited exceptional academic success in all of their […]

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CAPITOL HILLTOP: Eighth Graders Visit Air and Space Museum

#Stella didn’t stop us! The “adventure bus” trip to Washington D.C. was quiet for the most part – lots of napping and being “plugged in” with favorite music and streaming TV shows. There were a few Pokemon sightings along the way. We took a break to stretch our legs at the Chesapeake House in Maryland.  […]

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Hilltop Welcomes Students from China

Hilltop students were honored to host four Chinese exchange students for a home stay program in January and February.  The school is proud to partner with International Educational Opportunities to offer international students the opportunity to study in the United States for either short-term or yearlong programs.  “Hosting international students complements Hilltop’s global curriculum by […]

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Jessica Wilm Named January Student of the Month

Hilltop Country Day School is pleased to announce that Jessica Wilm ’17 was chosen by the faculty and staff of Hilltop Country Day School to be Student of the Month for January. Nominations are solicited from all faculty and staff for Upper School students, grades 5-8, who have exhibited exceptional academic success in all of […]

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Fifth Grader Wins School Geography Bee

Antonio Puopolo, a fifth grade student at Hilltop Country Day School, won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee on January 30, and a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship. The school-level Bee, at which students answered questions on geography, was the first round in the 29th annual National Geographic Bee. “We are so […]

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Corrine Wilm Selected As November Student of the Month

Hilltop Country Day School Eighth Grader Corrine Wilm was chosen by the faculty and staff as November’s Student of the Month. Nominations are solicited from all faculty and staff for Upper School students who have exhibited exceptional academic success in all of their classes during the month, but who have also modeled the school’s Core […]

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Tips for Successful Toilet Training in 10 Days

Are you counting the days until your toddler is fully potty-trained and can enroll in preschool? Have no fear! Hilltop’s Preschool teacher Mrs. Christine DeStefano is coming to your rescue! With more than 30 years of experience with preschool-aged children, and successful toilet training of her own two children, three grandchildren and hundreds of other 2 ½ […]

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Hilltop Kicks Off 2016-17 School Year With 6.25% Enrollment Increase

Hilltop Country Day School kicked-off the 2016-17 school year on Wednesday, September 7 with a record enrollment increase and a full slate of new programs. While other local schools are cutting programming and experiencing overcrowding, Hilltop is flourishing while maintaining the school’s signature small class sizes and nurturing environment. “Hilltop has been committed to providing […]

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Best Homemade Hummingbird Nectar Recipe

Looking to bring home a piece of Hilltop’s Outdoor Classroom curriculum? It is not too late in the summer to put out a hummingbird feeder. Here in northern New Jersey, the only hummingbird that is native is the Ruby-Throated. These beautiful little birds migrate south to the tropics sometime in late September or early October, […]

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4 Tips for High School Success from Graduation Speaker Emma D’Amico ’12

The graduation address for the Class of 2016 was delivered by Emma D’Amico ’12, a recent graduate of Sparta High School. While at Hilltop, Emma was in the Instrumental Ensemble playing trumpet and violin. In her eighth grade year she was the student council president and was the recipient of the presidents volunteer service award Gold […]

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5 Reasons Private Kindergarten Is Worth The Cost

Experts believe 90% of brain development occurs by age 5 . That’s why choosing the best early childhood education for your child is critical. Our expert educators have put together a guide on the characteristics that quality kindergarten programs should have and why paying for a private kindergarten is worth the cost. Download the free […]

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5 Elements of Cutting-Edge Exhibition Assessments in Schools

It is no secret that the traditional educational model that existed for centuries is no longer effective in today’s 21st Century landscape. At Hilltop we realize that our students will eventually be entering a workforce where the jobs have yet to be imagined. Therefore, it is our responsibility to provide an education and schoolwide experience […]

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The 7 Things Worrying Your Soon-to-Be-Middle Schooler and What We’re Doing About It

If you think back and remember what it was like to be a new student at a new school or a student new to the middle school years, you will recall a variety of feelings and emotions, many good, some not so good. It is never easy entering a new environment, especially one where the […]

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5 Tips for Visiting Museums/Art Galleries With Kids

Spring is in the air and that means new shows are popping up in many area museums and galleries.  It’s a great opportunity for a family day out and seeing art through a child’s eyes.  At Hilltop, we discuss with students how to look at art, what questions to ask, and even etiquette for such […]

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Best Rustic Potato Soup Recipe

At Hilltop Country Day School we take pride in our outdoor classroom and environmental science curriculum. Our fourth graders harvested a wonderful crop of potatoes from our potato patch this fall and from that haul we whipped up a delectable rustic potato soup. From our Hilltop table to yours, enjoy! Ingredients Potatoes, washed well, cut […]

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Cultivating Grit in Our Children [Replay]

Hilltop Country Day School’s Head of School Peter Gordon presented a talk titled, “Cultivating Grit in Our Children,” in which he offered insight as an educator and a parent on why sometime’s it’s OK to let children fail as it develops a key characteristic for success in today’s world: grit. Click on the play button below to begin the video.

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3 Ways to Decrease Separation Anxiety in Nursery School

I’ve often heard it said that the job of being a parent is to spend 18 (or more) years raising a child so they don’t need you anymore. It’s the most selfless job in the world especially when you think about it that way. ­This could not be more evident than during morning drop-off. As […]

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3 Simple Things You Can Do To Help Keep Your Child’s Binder Organized

Your child’s binder looks like a bomb exploded. Papers are crumbled into balls at the bottom of the backpack, the spine on the binder may already be breaking, and your student’s grades may be suffering from this lack of organization. Don’t stress. With just a few minor adjustments and a commitment to a maintenance plan, […]

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6 Book Recommendations for Elementary School Readers

The holidays are over and now you have a ton of gift cards burning a hole in your pocket, right? Why not spend them on something educational for your child instead of just another toy? We’re here to help with 9 of the best books for kids ages 5-10. Read on for some of our […]

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Get Ready For Summer

Camp Apogee Returns!

Register your child today for Camp Apogee, our newly accredited S.T.E.A.M. summer camp blending fun, interactive activities with traditional summer fun at the Lake Mohawk Pool. 

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