How to Apply

Hilltop is a year round program with breaks during the weeks of Thanksgiving, Christmas-New Years, Spring break, Summer break, and Fall break. Generally, we are fully enrolled during this period. If a spot becomes available during the course of the school-year, we will go to our list of applicants in order to replace them. Applications for the 2017-2018 year are due February 28th.


1. Orientation

Parents must attend an orientation. Orientations are held the first Wednesday of each month at 9:30 AM, from November through February. (Note:  the January Orientation will take place on January 10th, however we return to the first Wednesday for February 7th, 2018.)  The orientation is a parent and administration-led tour of the school where you will learn all about the history and philosophy of the school and what a typical day is like here at Hilltop. We will also cover the enrollment process and the responsibilities of being part of our cooperative.  We kindly ask that you do not bring children.  The tour takes approximately 45 minutes.  There is no need to sign up, just come.

2. Application

If, after the orientation, you feel like Hilltop is a good fit for your family, you can pick up an application after the tour and return it to us via US Postal Service or drop it off in person. A $50 application fee is required in order to confirm your family’s name on the waiting list. Applications for the 2017-2018 year are due February 28th.

3. Enrollment Period

The enrollment period generally takes place between the months of February – April. Those families selected for enrollment in the next school year are contacted via telephone and the family can verbally accept or deny the offer within 24 hours. We do not call families on the waiting list if they are not selected for enrollment.

4. How do we choose the families?

Each new school year, Hilltop enrolls an average of 15 new children to the program. For those spots, we look to balance age, gender and the specific program that you choose (Part Time, Full Time, Extended). Additionally, as a small community-based non-profit, we are also committed to representing families from a variety of cultural, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. Siblings of currently enrolled children do receive priority consideration.

5. Scholarships

Financial aid is available to qualified families through Hilltop’s own Scholarship Fund. The amount of each scholarship is determined based on the amount of funds procured during the previous year’s fundraising efforts, the school’s budget, and the individual family’s need.