FREE EBOOK: 5 REASONS PRIVATE KINDERGARTEN IS WORTH THE COST
SPOTLIGHT ON KINDERGARTEN
The Kindergarten program encourages originality and critical thinking through math, reading, creative arts and science. This five full-day schedule provides students with a stimulating educational program with a focus on developing academic skills that facilitate cooperative and group learning. By immersing students in a combination of guided instruction, and both small group and individual activities, the kindergarten student develops a positive self-concept, sense of belonging, and respect for others while taking on more ownership and independence of academic skills and activities. Our program is hands-on and fun while developing problem-solving and critical thinking skills in our students.
ACCESS TO SPECIALS
Students attend art, technology, world language, physical education, and instrumental and vocal music classes throughout the week.
REAL WORLD APPLICATIONS
Our project-based curriculum focuses on 21st Century Skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, communication and character to educate Future Ready students.
SUPER KIDS READING PROGRAM
Through the use of the Zaner-Bloser Superkids Reading Program, kindergarteners learn to read and write letters, associate letters with sounds, blend letter sounds to form words and sentences and to read and write phonetically.
FULL DAY PROGRAM
Our full five-day program begins at 8 a.m. and concludes at 2:50 p.m. Before and Aftercare are available from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Snack is provided. Students may bring a bagged lunch or participate in our hot lunch program.
Our students develop an appreciation for the environment and learn to cultivate the land. Hilltop is a certified Monarch butterfly station and composts our own lunch waste!
FINE ART PORTFOLIOS
Students create portfolios and sketchbooks to showcase their work.
MEET MS. RICHARDI
Ms. Richardi completed both her undergraduate and graduate studies at Montclair State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in early and middle childhood education and a master’s of education in special education. She has been teaching at Hilltop for 6 years. She also oversees the Extended Day program and Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead summer camp.
As a school committed to being Future Ready, Hilltop is creating a 21st Century learning environment by utilizing design labs, Makerbot 3D printers, teaching coding and robotics and abiding by an educational philosophy that celebrates and supports project-based learning. Academic 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.
SMALL CLASS SIZES
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.
These four words are the cornerstone values that guide our community and are threaded throughout the school day. The Core Values give students clear expectations for behavior and help to develop a community of inclusion and acceptance. Hilltop expects to develop well-rounded global citizens who value the learning process, treat others with honesty and respect, practice compassion, honor diversity, celebrate individual potential, and reject prejudice and bullying.
Think you can’t afford an excellent private school education? Think again. Hilltop Country Day School proudly offers Variable Tuition. Tuition at Hilltop is not a one-size-fits all. It’s a range that spans from 40-80 percent of the full cost of a Hilltop education. Variable Tuition adjusts tuition rates to meet your family’s unique financial position. No family at Hilltop pays the full cost of education.
Hilltop is committed to hiring top-notch educators. This year we welcome 7 new faculty and staff members onto a staff of veteran 21st century educators.
Enjoy a sneak peak into the Hilltop difference in this video. You'll get to see our small class sizes, dynamic curriculum, and personalized attention to each student.