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Hilltop Country Day School

Hilltop Country Day School is a coeducational private traditional school for students in grades Pre-K through 8.

Institution Type: Private Setting: Suburban


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At Hilltop Country Day School we believe that everything we do, every decision we make should be in the best interest of your child. We demonstrate that commitment through:

Being Student-Centered

At Hilltop Country Day School our motto is "Each Student, Every Day." What that means to us is that we focus on each and every one of our students and their individual needs every single day. Our small class sizes allow our students to develop close relationships with their teachers. Our faculty and staff care about your child and make decisions about what is in their best interest.

Integrating Technology

We believe that technology is not meant to be taught in isolation but rather integrated into the fabric of our curriculum at every level, whether that means teaching students how to create Excel spreadsheets to do lab reports in science or how to use Adobe Photoshop in art class.

Redefining Rigor

Rigor refers to the breadth and depth of our challenging curriculum and the ability of our students to analyze, synthesize, and connect their studies to real life situations. Hilltop graduates become successful members of the global society and are excellent leaders, innovators, creators, problem solvers, public speakers, and collaborators.

A Commitment to the Arts

While public schools struggle to maintain the funding for extracurricular activities including the arts, the fine and performing arts are a central tenet of the Hilltop program. Our students are creative and opportunities for creative expression are plentiful.


Hilltop offers an engaging, structured and comprehensive program that ensures students have the opportunity to build a strong foundation of skills while exploring their creativity and engaging their curiosity. Students are encouraged to exploring their creativity and engage with their learning. Hilltop teachers develop lasting relationships with students in authentic ways so that students feel connected to their class and the school community. The benefit of 11 years spent in a caring environment with a challenging curriculum that encourages risk taking, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration are students who leave here are well-prepared for the world ahead.

Mission Statement

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

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Academic Calendar: Trimester

Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 110
Student Teacher Ratio 10 : 1
Dress Code Casual
Head of School Peter Gordon
Assistant Head of School Laura McGee
Director of Admissions and Marketing   Heather Burchfield


As a 21st Century school, learning at Hilltop Country Day School extends far beyond the classroom with a wide array of extracurricular offerings before and after school. These activities cultivate a lively environment where learning, ideas, facts and skills are developed and exchanged among students and teachers. The extended day schedule at Hilltop offers a variety of enrichment classes including music and sports throughout the school year and have been designed to provide all our students with opportunities for explorations, peer connections and fun. Hilltop faculty as well as outside instructors, musicians and coaches are motivated and excited to instruct and inspire.

Associations & Memberships

National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)

State or regional independent school association

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