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 are due by the last day of January of the intended year of enrollment.


1. Orientation

Orientations for those applying for the 2024-2025 school year have concluded. We’ll resume tours and orientations in October 2024 for the 2025-2026 school year.

Parents must attend an orientation. Please email to sign up. 

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.  Orientations last approximately 1 hour.  

2. Application

If, after the orientation, you feel like Hilltop is a good fit for your family, you can request an application and return it to us. A $50 application fee is required in order to confirm your family’s name on the waiting list. Applications are due by the last day of January of the intended year of enrollment.

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 a limited number of children to the program, due to our 30 max enrollment. For those spots, we look to balance age and gender. 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.