Mission & Philosophy
Dear Prospective Families,
Welcome to Hilltop Country Day School! I invite you to learn more about this dynamic community and learning environment that my family and I are fortunate to be a part of. I have witnessed dedicated, committed teachers inspiring their students to explore the wonder of learning inside and outside the classroom. It is my sincere hope that you find the stories and information on this website to be thought provoking and inspiring
What has remained at the core of Hilltop for the last 50 years is the development of strong, lasting relationships between our faculty, students, and parents. Hilltop is filled with the excitement of learning where teachers strike the appropriate balance between academic rigor and a nurturing environment. Our project-based curriculum gives students the opportunity to develop not just academically, but also socially and physically, and to gain the confidence to step outside their comfort zone by taking positive risks.Our small classes allow for teachers to differentiate instruction and for students to realize their true potential
Our faculty design classes that meet and exceed the developmental and cognitive needs of our students, and reflect current best practices and 21st century learning outcomes. With our project-based educational approach, students understand the real world implications of their learning. In addition to pursuing the traditional courses of study in history, math, science, and english, students also learn to collaborate, to think critically, and develop their character. The result is that our students are active participants in their own education and are well prepared to move on to their secondary school as informed, engaged, and ethical leaders.
The energy here is palpable as our entire school is invested in what it means to be a community of learners. Ultimately, I believe the best way to understand just how special Hilltop Country Day School is to come see us in person. Once you step foot on campus, you will both see and feel the difference of a school committed to Each Student, Every Day.
Kevin Folan, Head of School
Hilltop Country Day School is committed to providing a family-oriented, nurturing, creative, highly educational environment in which children:
- Discover the excitement of learning
- Develop good study habits
- Grow in self-esteem and self-confidence
- Develop sensitivity and respect for the rights and abilities of others
- Learn to accept responsibility and meet personal challenges
We believe children learn most effectively in an environment that is academically challenging, emotionally safe, socially warm, developmentally appropriate and one that respects the family as partners in the educational process. Knowledge of the world is best learned if constructed and experienced by the learner in an environment that challenges thinking, encourages experimentation and investigation, models learning, and allows risk taking in safety. School should be a place where children have an opportunity to define themselves as learners, and more importantly as people. We value developing in children fundamental learning skills in the academic, social, emotional, aesthetic, creative, ethical and physical dimensions, as well as developing a strong, confident sense of self, and a true respect for the rights and abilities of others. Hilltop recognizes the need for children to be exposed to the importance and value of community – our own, the wider community and a diverse community, and to respect what it means to be a member of these communities.
Hilltop Values The Child
This is reflected most prominently in the school’s small student to teacher ratio. Small classes allow true relationships between the student and teacher to develop. This close, personal relationship fosters a deeper understanding of the teaching-learning process, and a more active participation in it. Small classes allow teachers to more successfully meet each child at their level and challenge them to achieve the next.
Children Learn in Different ways and at Different Paces
Children’s learning styles and effective modes of learning vary. These differences in children and learning are treasured and we recognize that children learn best when the curriculum is molded to meet them, where they are.
Hilltop Values the Role of the Family
Although the school designs and implements curriculum, it looks to parents for constant support and input regarding their child. Parents also play a vital role in establishing a strong sense of community and shared endeavor. The school values open communication.