2016-2017 Almost a Wrap!

MicheleHead of School

As we end the school year, I can’t but help thank everyone for their support of our students and faculty. With a beautiful Phase Three looming on the horizon, and lots of happy students that have learned so much, this year is a testament to hard work and a highly engaged and supportive atmosphere. While we are always excited about … Read More

Alumni Updates!

MicheleHead of School

As part of our sincere desire to constantly improve at HMS, we annually seek feedback from our stakeholders. This year’s emphasis is on our alumni and gathering feedback from them as to how they view their Montessori experience, the strengths and weaknesses they encountered leaving the Montessori model and how much they feel that a Montessori education impacted their lives. … Read More

Hilltop Alumni Wins Prestigious Astronaut Scholarship!

MicheleHead of School, Kindergarten, Lower El - Ms. Chelsea, Lower El - Ms. Dama, Lower El - Ms. Stephanie, Middle School, News & Events, Preschool - Ms. Cindi, Preschool - Ms. Mary Jo, Preschool - Ms. Roopa, Preschool - Ms. Shellie, Toddler - Ms. C, Toddler - Ms. Susan, Upper Elementary

AME Senior Christine Greve was recently chosen as a recipient of the Astronaut Foundation Scholarship. This foundation was created by the Mercury 7 Astronauts and their families to provide merit-based scholarships to the best and brightest university students who excel in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The prestigious Astronaut Scholarship is known nationwide for being among the largest monetary … Read More

Pave the Way to Phase Three-Almost There!

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We are just super proud of all the construction and I am happy to report that our ribbon cutting ceremony will be the first week of next school year! This spring, we are having several opportunities to celebrate the last part of our fundraising drive before the capital campaign ends. To begin, we will have a “sneak peek” preview day … Read More

Construction/Fundraising Update!

MicheleHead of School

As everyone can see as they drive by the site, our construction is going beautifully thanks to the warm, dry weather and JohnsonKreis Construction. To date, we are happy to report that we are running ahead of schedule and also have not encountered any significant setbacks. During a construction process, a certain percentage of the project has to be set … Read More

Results from Student Satisfaction Survey

MicheleHead of School

At Hilltop, we regularly conduct surveys of our stakeholders, new families, children that graduate and even our students. Last week, I had the pleasure of taking our 8th grade students to lunch as a “focus group” to learn more about our middle school needs and help drive our strategic plans for the future. In conjunction with this, I’ve also been … Read More

Hilltop is 20 today!

MicheleHead of School

Hilltop Montessori School officially turns 20 today and we are so thrilled to think about how far we’ve come. I’ve been fortunate enough to be a part of Hilltop since 1998 and it’s truly amazing what can be accomplished when your heart is in the right place. I remember so much about our progress but more importantly, I am so … Read More

Construction Update

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  We are so excited about the plans that are coming together on our Phase Three changes! Shelby County has our plans now and we are hoping that permitting will be ready soon! Once construction starts, we will be working closely with JohnsonKreis Construction to keep our little ones safe and keep carpool running smoothly with all the construction. JohnsonKreis … Read More

Faculty Appreciation Week

MicheleHead of School

We are so excited about our faculty appreciation week on Monday. Although our teachers always know that they are appreciated and loved, this is a special time to show them how much they mean to us. One of the biggest benefits of the Montessori philosophy is the very close bond that exists between student, teacher and parent. This triangle of … Read More

Strategic Planning-Important for any Accredited School

MicheleHead of School

Hilltop continues to push forward with our strategic initiatives in conjunction with our two year progress report to The Southern Association of Independent Schools. While much of our goals for the future center around the phase three expansion, we also have many other tasks that are being completed in the background. For example, the faculty education committee has been working … Read More

Growth and Change

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Hilltop will be so fortunate next fall to celebrate its 20th birthday and the completion of our Phase Three Expansion. It’s an exciting time at Hilltop and we are proud to be able to offer an even nicer learning environment for our students. We might be biased but we think we have the best kids in Birmingham and we know … Read More

Montessori and Competition

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Although there is a need in the Montessori classroom to delay competition and focus primarily on encouraging the student to compete within themselves to do their very best, as students grow and mature, they are faced with competition. At Hilltop, we work toward the goal of offering more competitive activities for the students as they are ready. For example, our … Read More

Celebrate the Season in the Montessori classroom

MicheleHead of School

The Montessori classrooms are always especially beautiful during the winter months. The philosophy that we address each child individually permits the practice of honoring various customs and traditions at this time of the year. We have a variety of beliefs at Hilltop among our student body and we embrace them all. Some of our children believe elves come alive at … Read More

Construction and Capital Campaign Update

MicheleHead of School

There always seems to be exciting news on campus and in particular, this month there has been a great deal of good news. Our 14th annual fall fundraiser, “Hilltop on the Green” was a smashing success, raising $117,530.00 before expenses. We also received a written commitment from Alagasco that they would fund the cost of running our gas lines at … Read More