Professional Development


The Half-Day School Model establishes a half-day school, which includes instruction in reading, written language and math. Through duplication of all aspects of The Hill Center’s half-day program, including its philosophy, curriculum and operating standards, systemic change occurs. This model requires teachers to complete certification in Hill Methodology in order to replicate desired achievement results and is appropriate for students with LD and/or ADHD. The research based Hill Methodology curriculum consists of reading, written language and math instruction. The Language Arts program, which is based on the work of Dr. Samuel Orton and Anna Gillingham, consists of a multisensory structured approach to reading and written language. The reading class uses systematic phonics instruction for word attack and emphasizes word recognition through phonological awareness exercises, decoding, vocabulary development, fluency drills, oral and silent reading, as well as reading comprehension. Written language instruction includes spelling, paragraph dictation, copying, handwriting, grammar and mechanics, creative writing and composition. Math classes provide multisensory instruction with emphasis on automatic recall of math facts, developing number concepts, following mathematical procedures, speed and accuracy in computation and increased problem solving skills.


Current Half-Day School Model Replication Sites:


Greenville Learning Center - Greenville, NC

  • Started by parents in August 2001

  • 4:1 ratio, using Methodology, Hill-trained teachers 

  • Half-day Program (morning only) for K-8 students   

HillSprings Academy - Colorado Springs, CO

  • Opened August 2004 

  • K-8 students 

  • Summer program  

  • HillRAP and Tutoring Connection in place

  • Diagnostic evaluations by staff psychologist 

  • HillRAP, HillWrite and HillMath workshops for area teachers by Hill Center certified trainer 

Oak Hill School - Geneva, Switzerland

  • Initially started as tutoring program

  • Half-day program

Trojan Learning Center - San Salvador, El Salvador

  •  Center within Escuela Americana School

  • Half-day program

The Hill School of Wilmington - Wilmington, NC

  •  Half-day program

  • 2010-2011 was inaugural school year

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