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Hill is Closed 9/13-9/16 due to Hurricane Florence
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The Hill Center's campus will be closed Thursday, September 13 until Sunday, September 16 due to Hurricane Florence.

The results from our 4th Annual Hill Mile are in!
Thursday, May 03, 2018

Hill Mile 2018  Hill Mile Runners


The Hill Mile is our largest fundraiser each year with 100% of proceeds directly supporting student financial aid for our school-year program. The success of this event directly contributes to our ability to serve students who learn differently and their families, and we are so grateful for the level of participation we witnessed this year! 

This was a record-breaking year for us in ALL categories:


  • Together we raised $80,034 – all for student financial aid!
  • We had 477 registrants – that’s over 100 more than last year! 
  • We had 34 race sponsors who gave $20,000! 
  • We had 94 current students participate in Hill Mile by registering, fundraising, and volunteering!

We are excited to boost our financial aid budget by $80,034 to help our current families and prospective ones come to The Hill Center. Increasing access to the educational services of Hill is a life-changing experience for students and families. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of our students and families.


Save the date for the 5th Annual Hill Mile on April 28, 2019.  



Former Hill Parent to Walk Hill Mile Backwards
Friday, April 20, 2018

On April 22, 2018 Melissa Sellars will walk the 4th Annual Hill Mile backwards


A former Hill Center parent and active member of the Hill Center's Advancement Committee, this is the 3rd year Melissa and her family will be participating in the Hill Mile event.


Why is Melissa walking the mile backwards? She says "I thought it would be a unique way to symbolize how kids with learning differences must work MUCH harder to accomplish goals in school because apparently walking backward 100 steps is the equivalent of walking 1,000 conventional steps. Then I thought backward would be an interesting way to experience the challenges kids with dyslexia experience when letters or words become reversed while reading."


During the event, Melissa will have a team of spotters and cheerleaders ensuring she's safe - much like the network of support students need to be successful. We hope you'll join Melissa and her family at the Hill Mile on Sunday to show your support for students with learning differences and attention challenges!


Click here to learn more about Hill Mile

Click here to learn more about Melissa Sellars' campaign to walk a mile backwards



The workshop Helping Students with Specific Reading Comprehension Difficulties previously scheduled for 3/21 has been rescheduled for 4/13.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The workshop Helping Students with Specific Reading Comprehension Difficulties previously scheduled for 3/21 has been rescheduled for 4/13.

Announcing Hill Discovers
Monday, January 22, 2018


Hill Discovers


In February 2018, The Hill Center will celebrate the connection between creativity and learning differences with a month-long initiative called Hill Discovers. Through Hill Discovers, The Hill Center will celebrate and inspire the creativity of Hill students and alumni, showing how individuals with learning and attention issues can turn their struggles and unique perspectives into inspiration, innovation, and artistic expressions. 


Hill Discovers also celebrates the connection between creativity and learning differences in honor and memory of alumnus Timothy Brower, a member of Hill’s first class of students in 1977 who went on to become a successful artist, wonderful husband, and loving father and son.


Hill Discovers includes: 

  • A day with world-renowned artist Thomas Sayre on Friday, February 2. Thomas will share his powerful story of how his dyslexia has shaped his education and career path during two student/parent assemblies, and a luncheon for friends of Hill.
  • Student and Alumni Art Show that will be on exhibit at The Hill Center and available virtually, for the entire month of February, featuring a video installation of work titled “Frustration Machine” by Timothy Brower.
  • Social Media spotlights of four Hill alumni who are working in creative fields including Beth Littlejohn, executive chef at Players’ Retreat in Raleigh; Stephen Hayes, an expert sculptor and instructor; Julian Phelps, a Durham-based artist whose studio is located at Durham Arts Place; and Bryson Roberts, a goldsmith at Jewelsmith in downtown Durham. 

"We are excited about Hill Discovers,” said Beth Anderson, executive director of The Hill Center. “It’s an engaging way to continue celebrating Hill’s 40th Anniversary, and our amazing students and alumni. We believe this series will bring energy, creativity, and inspiration to our community, and raise awareness and understanding of both The Hill Center and the field of learning differences.” 



School Closing
Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Hill Center will be closed on Friday, January 19th due to inclement weather.

School Closing
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Hill Center will be closed on Thursday, January 18th due to inclement weather.

School Closing
Wednesday, January 17, 2018

The Hill Center will be closed on Wednesday, January 17th due to inclement weather. Stay warm!


School Delay
Thursday, January 04, 2018

We will operate on a delay tomorrow, January 5th. The morning session has been cancelled. The afternoon session will proceed as regularly scheduled. 



School Closing
Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Due to inclement weather, Hill will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, January 4th. 



Remembering Will Raynor '93
Friday, December 08, 2017

May 8, 1974 - December 6, 2017


It is with a heavy heart that I share some sad news.


Will Raynor, alum and current parent, passed away unexpectedly on December 6, 2017. Will attended Hill from 1983-86 and from 1991-93 and was the parent of two incredible twin girls. 


Many current and former faculty/staff had a close connection with the gracious Raynor Family. Will and his wife Millie were actively involved in the Hill community, and felt a strong connection to, and deep gratitude for, Hill.  Will was simply a kind, generous, and loving soul. 


A memorial service is scheduled for Monday, December 11th at 3:00PM at White Memorial Presbyterian Church (1701 Oberlin Rd, Raleigh 27608). In lieu of flowers, the family will be asking friends and family to make a donation to Hill in Will’s honor. A humbling and powerful gesture.


Please join me in mourning this tragic loss for our community, and especially for Will's family.


-Bryan Brander

Head of School


For additional information, click here



Bell Leadership Institute announces Partnership with The Hill Center
Thursday, September 14, 2017


Bell Leadership Institute, a recognized leader in leadership training and executive development with headquarters in Chapel Hill, NC, is pleased to announce a new partnership with The Hill Center of Durham, NC. The Hill Center has been empowering students with learning differences to become confident, independent learners for 40 years.


For nearly a decade, Bell Leadership has supported its local education community by building the personal and professional skills of administrators in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, and looks forward to building a similar partnership with The Hill Center. The leadership team from The Hill Center has already graduated from the cornerstone Achievers TM program. In addition to expanding the location of this popular open-enrollment program outside of the company’s base, Bell Leadership created a blended learning experience for participants through live follow-up sessions. Bell Leadership is responding to the need to provide practical and sustained guidance to its clients as they engage in the lifelong pursuit of building themselves, the leadership culture of their companies, and the success of their communities.


Based on individual goals and feedback from the 360-degree Bell Personality Profile assessment, The Hill Center’s team will take their next steps through Bell Leadership Mastery SeriesTM, a comprehensive suite of proven training solutions grounded in over 50 years of research and experience. Programs include: Great Leaders, Advanced Communication, Advanced Time Management & Personal Productivity, The Leader’s Job, Change Leadership, Selecting Achievers, Advanced Teamwork, and Money, Families & Children. Starting this fall, other staff members and select faculty from The HillCenter will participate in Achievers, giving the team a shared language of professional development that will allow them to create a culture of Achieving Forward for the entire organization.


"One of our 40th Anniversary priorities is investing in our people to ensure we are developing the next generation of expert faculty and dedicated staff," explains Beth Anderson, Executive Director of The Hill Center. "Partnering with the world-renowned Bell Leadership to support organization-wide skills-building will allow Hill to continue developing leaders for decades to come.”



Duke Energy Foundation Awards $15,000 toward Teacher Training
Thursday, May 25, 2017


Duke Energy Foundation awards $15,000 towards teacher training in Durham and Granville regions 


The Duke Energy Foundation has awarded $15,000 to The Hill Center of Durham, N.C. in support of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professional development opportunities for educators in the Durham and Granville regions.


The grant will fund innovative training at The Hill Center, that focuses on techniques and strategies for classroom teachers to address the barriers of struggling learners in mathematics. Funding will benefit 50 public school math teachers in Durham, Orange, Chatham, Wake, Granville, Caswell, Person, Vance, and Warren counties in the 2017-18 academic year.


“Providing high-quality professional development for teachers is a critical component to improving student learning in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math,” said Indira Everett, District Manager, Government and Community Relations at Duke Energy. “We’re proud to partner with The Hill Center and know this investment will extend beyond these teachers to the hundreds of students they impact every day.”


The Duke Energy Foundation and The Hill Center have a Professional Development partnership history dating back to 2009.




Partners in Literacy: Hill and the Boys & Girls Club
Monday, May 01, 2017

The Hill Center and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Durham and Orange Counties (BGC) have been partners in improving literacy since 2014. Hill and BGC staff developed this multi-year project in close partnership to establish a deep, impactful, and long-term relationship between two high-performing organizations to provide intensive, personalized support to struggling readers in the Durham Boys & Girls Club community.


Now in the third year of our partnership, Hill-trained tutors are using the Hill Learning System to deliver HillRAP to 24 students with learning and attention issues, foundational gaps in literacy development, and English Language Learners.


Learn more about this partnership by watching this video produced by the Carolina Hurricanes Kids 'N Community Foundation.

Talent Show




Building Number Sense
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

By Sarah Hudspeth


As a Middle School Math Teacher at The Hill Center, I spend time helping students build a bridge from elementary math to high school math. I see where arithmetic and simple concepts built in the early years transform into more complex numbers and ideas. One big idea that spans all levels is the one that “Numbers make up other numbers” or conversely, “Numbers are made up of other numbers.” There are some simple ways to reinforce this ‘big math idea’ at every level of math. 


At the elementary level, when you are in a car, or at the dinner table, or standing in line at a store, try to come up with all the numbers that add or subtract (or multiple and divide) to another number. Use props if necessary. For example, 2+3 help make 5, and so does 1+4 and 1+1+3. In Common Core, they often call these “number bonds.” If your child can easily think up ways to add, subtract, multiply or divide to a certain number, start on ‘arranging’ or ordering these different numbers into rows and columns, aka arrays, and see what groupings you can come up with! Simple activities like these, using cups or straws or cans of soup, can help build visual reminders of concepts that will be elaborated on in later years. 


At the middle school level, we start to simplify numbers and find hidden patterns within numbers. Sometimes we even ‘break up’ numbers using multiplication or division. It’s called factoring and it plays an important role in finding greatest common factor (GCF), least common multiple (LCM), simplifying fractions and rearranging numbers into products of prime numbers. Knowing what numbers form other numbers is crucial at this level, and knowing math facts and fact families will save a lot of time as students begin more multiple step problem-solving. 


In high school, groupings and arrays become matrices that allows for complex organization of data. As for factoring, instead of factoring numbers, equations are factored to help to solve for roots and other equations. Knowing what is “hidden’ within numbers will help when having to solve for ‘hidden’ equations or complex numbers (yes, there are such things…and they involve imaginary numbers). It gets more complicated in trigonometry when students will have to substitute equations into Pythagorean identities such as sin2θ+ cos2θ = 1. 


At the end of the day, math is adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing (mostly…). Each year the math layers and almost folds into itself in order to aptly describe the real phenomena of what is happening all around us. Helping your child view numbers as flexible and changeable will go a long way into building their number sense. And this big idea carries over into Language Arts. Words are made up of other words, can you find them, too? 



Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament advances education for Carteret County students through Hill Center partnership
Thursday, March 23, 2017


The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament has awarded $50,000 to The Hill Center of Durham, N.C. in support of a reading intervention program for Carteret County Public Schools’ most struggling students. This gift expands a project established in the 2015-16 school year, wherein Carteret County beta-tested The Hill Center’s Hill Learning System (HLS), and allows the program to reach more students and support more teachers through the purchase of 90 iPads.


The HLS is a technology-enabled model for delivering the Hill Reading Achievement Program (HillRAP), a comprehensive solution for teaching struggling learners to read. Comprised of a classroom instructional application, a blended learning teacher professional development platform, and data analysis and reporting, the HLS integrates tablets and the web to support student learning and teacher training, further enhancing the HillRAP experience and improving student outcomes. With the generous gift from Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, 15 Carteret County Public School System teachers will now be equipped with teacher iPads and 75 student iPads that will used by 180 students to access the HillRAP program.


"The support our school system continually receives from the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament is greatly appreciated," Carteret County Board of Education Chair Perry Harker said. "This most recent donation from Big Rock was used to purchase iPads that will further The Hill Center intervention program for struggling readers. Big Rock puts priority on supporting young people and that is commendable."

The Carteret County Public School System and The Hill Center have a partnership history dating back to 2005, when Carteret became one of more than twenty school districts who implement the Hill Reading Achievement Program (HillRAP). Over the last ten years, this partnership has been sustained through the generosity of local donors as well as the Carteret County Public School Foundation. 


“This partnership epitomizes community collaboration. A non-profit organization, a school system, and private donors can work together for the good of their students,” said Bucky Oliver, project supporter and founder of Front Street Village. “We must come together as residents and business leaders to support our public schools. It is imperative for the future of Carteret County and the entire state of North Carolina that every child learns to read.”



Executive Director Beth Anderson visits WCHL
Friday, February 17, 2017

On Thursday, February 16th our executive director Beth Anderson had the privilege of appearing on WCHL on the Aaron Keck show, with news director Blake Hodge who was filling in for Aaron. For ten minutes, Beth and Blake discussed The Hill Center mission, programs and services, and impact in the community.


We invite you to listen to the interview here.


To learn more about WCHL, visit their website here.

Diversity Teacher Job Fair
Friday, January 27, 2017

Join The Hill Center and eight other local private schools for the Diversity Teacher Job Fair hosted by Durham Academy on February 25 from 10 am - 12 pm.


Event Details:

Meet, Greet & Connect with 9 Local Private Schools

  • Positions: Teachers (Grades Pre-K-12, all subjects), Coaches, Staff

  • Experience/certification a plus, but not necessary

  • BA/BS degree minimum (obtained by May 2017)

  • FREE admission

  • Location: 3501 Ridge Road, Durham, NC 27705
  • Participating Schools: Carolina Friends School, Duke School, Durham Academy, Emerson Waldorf School, The Hill Center, The Lerner Schoool, Montessori Children's House of Durham, Triangle Day School, Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill

Register for the Diversity Teacher Job Fair here.

Wednesday, 1/11/17: The morning session is cancelled. The afternoon session will begin at the normal time, 12 pm.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Wednesday, 1/11/17: The morning session is cancelled. The afternoon session will begin at the normal time, 12 pm.


Tuesday, 1/10/17: The Hill Center will be closed due to inclement weather
Monday, January 09, 2017

Tuesday, 1/10/17: The Hill Center will be closed due to inclement weather.



Monday, 1/9/17: The Hill Center will be closed due to inclement weather
Sunday, January 08, 2017

Monday, 1/9/17: The Hill Center will be closed due to inclement weather.

Duke Energy Foundation Invests in STEM Training for NC Teachers
Thursday, September 01, 2016



The Hill Center thanks the Duke Energy Foundation for a $15,000 grant to support science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) professional development opportunities for North Carolina educators.
The grant will expand access to Hill's high-quality math professional development workshops, and will public school teachers in Orange, Chatham, Lee, Durham, Caswell, Person and Granville counties during the 2016-17 school year.
Hill and the Duke Energy Foundation have been partners in this critical initiative for several years, reaching dozens of teachers in the Triangle and Granville regions. Previous participating teachers have commented that the workshops "helped make sense out of how to explain math concepts and have students expand their thinking" and "helped understand how to engage students in solving 'richer' mathematic questions."
Two professional development workshops will be conducted by The Hill Center for K-12 public school teachers seeking to learn new strategies for improving math achievement. Hill is renowned for its professional development workshops that are based on strategies used in Hill programs. Eligible teachers from the targeted counties will be enrolled on a first come, first served basis. Please visit Hill's Professional Development page to learn more and register.



Triangle Independent School Consortium (TISC) Admissions Fair
Wednesday, July 27, 2016


Please join The Hill Center's Director of Admissions, Wendy Speir, at the Triangle Independent School Consortium (TISC) Admissions Fair. This is a chance to learn more about Hill as well as other independent schools in the area.


Sunday, September 25 | 1 to 4pm | Hampton Inn & Suites - Crabtree  (3920 Arrow Dr, Raleigh, NC 27612)


Sunday, October 2 | 1 to 4pm | Hilton Garden Inn - Southpoint (7007 Fayetteville Rd, Durham, NC 27713)





2nd Annual Hill Mile a Great Success for Students and Teachers!
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Thank you to all who joined us on Sunday, April 24, 2015 for the 2nd Annual Hill Mile Race and Kids’ Dash to run, walk, cheer, and volunteer! The event was truly a great day for the entire Hill community – we had over 500 registrants for the race events, and in total raised over $35,000 to support student financial aid and teacher training scholarships at The Hill Center!


This is exciting growth over our inaugural event, which welcomed 300 registrants and raised $17,000. We are so thrilled with the success of the event, and even more thrilled with the impact this will have on students and teachers in our communities. None of this would have been possible without our amazing runners, walkers, donors, sponsors, volunteers, and friends – thank you all!




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2016-2017 School Year Program Calendar Has Been Released
Friday, April 22, 2016
Learning Doesn’t Take a Break
Friday, April 22, 2016

Summer is a time when students may lose skills they have gained over the course of the school year. It is also the perfect opportunity for students to build skills while enjoying learning and feeling more successful. Whether your child needs to catch up, build on existing skills or learn new skills, Hill Tutoring classes offer a variety of options to meet his or her needs. Morning and afternoon classes are available in reading, written language, mathematics, study skills, and keyboarding, as well as a unique mindfulness, science-based program to increase well-balanced thinking and behaviors. To register for a Hill Tutoring Class, click here! Contact Marisa Houser, Tutoring Coordinator, with any questions.


Paul Cuadros, author of A Home on the Field, Speaks to Upper School Students
Friday, April 22, 2016

The upper school students and faculty were privileged to hear Paul Cuadros, author of A Home on the Field, speak at upper school class meeting on Friday, April 15.  Mr. Cuadros related the story of the founding of the soccer program at Jordan-Matthews High school in Siler City, despite considerable opposition from school and Chatham County authorities, who were struggling with the changing demographics of this area of rural North Carolina.  In 2004, Mr. Cuadros’s team, Los Jets, went on to win the state championship at the end of their first season. Twelve years later, Mr. Cuadros is still coaching that team. He answered several questions from the students about his coaching experiences at Jordan-Matthews, as well as questions about the writing process. Mr. Cuadros’s visit to The Hill Center was coordinated by faculty member Katie Mgongolwa, who was a student of his at UNC, and had recently read A Home on the Field with her ninth and tenth grade students.


The Hill Center Executive Director Beth Anderson Selected for Prestigious Pahara-Aspen Education Fellows Program
Thursday, December 17, 2015

DURHAM, NC - The Hill Center’s Executive Director, Beth Anderson, has been selected to be a member of the newest cohort of the highly selective Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship. A joint venture of the Aspen Institute and the Pahara Institute, the fellowship aims to bring together exceptional education leaders from the private, public, and nonprofit education sectors to tackle challenges and begin to break down the silos that exist in order to make real change for students and public education as a whole. The Fellowship provides these leaders with the unusual opportunity to step back from their demanding daily work to reflect with peers on their collective and individual impact as leaders and change agents.


“This new cohort of Pahara-Aspen Fellows inspires us with their exceptional leadership talent and their dedication to reimagining public schools,” said Kim Smith, Pahara Institute Founder and Chief Executive Officer. “We are delighted to support these terrific leaders in their efforts to provide excellence and equity for all of our children and communities, particularly those who have traditionally been underserved.”


Over the course of two years, Anderson will join twenty-four other education leaders in moderated seminars, readings, projects, and events. In addition to these seminars, which feature thought-provoking readings and discussions about leadership, diversity, and important issues in public education and social change, she will complete a leadership project and participate in alumni events. At the conclusion of the Fellowship, she will become part of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, a group of more than 2,000 Fellows from 49 countries who are collectively making tremendous positive change in the world.


"I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to learn from and with this exceptional group of leaders,” said Anderson. “Providing high quality schools and learning experiences for all children requires leadership, insights, collaboration and innovations from all sectors, and the Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship is unique in bringing together these diverse perspectives in ways that foster collaboration, community, reflection and action.”


Read the full press release and access bios of this year’s Pahara-Aspen Fellows on the Pahara Institute website.


About The Hill Center
The Hill Center is a private-public, K-12 model that serves students who are struggling academically – especially those with learning differences and attention challenges – and their teachers. Hill’s programs and proprietary methodology are built upon research, individualized instruction and successful teaching techniques to help students reach their full potential. Hill currently partners with 17 school districts across North Carolina and has directly served 8,000 students and trained 12,000 teachers from NC and beyond.


Contact: Emily Ziberna

Title: The Hill Center, Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Phone: (919) 719-7561

Email: eziberna@hillcenter.org



Duke Energy Foundation Provides Investment in Innovative Math Partnership
Tuesday, June 30, 2015


The Hill Center is pleased to announce it will receive an $18,000 grant from Duke Energy to expand science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professional development opportunities for educators.


The grant will fund an innovative math professional development partnership that will benefit middle and high school public school teachers in Orange, Chatham, Lee, Durham, Caswell, Person and Granville counties during 2015.


“Now more than ever before, we need to ensure our students are equipped with knowledge and background in science, technology, engineering and math. Providing high-quality professional development for teachers in these areas is a critical component to improving student learning,” said Indira Everett, District Manager, Government & Community Relations at Duke Energy. “Duke Energy is proud to support the Hill Center in this effort.”


Two professional development workshops will be conducted by The Hill Center for K-12 public school teachers seeking to learn new strategies for improving math achievement. Hill is renowned for its professional development workshops that are based on strategies used in Hill programs. Eligible teachers from the targeted counties will be enrolled on a first come, first served basis.


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About the Hill Center: The Hill Center provides intensive remediation to students with learning differences and attentional issues through school year, summer, and tutoring programs.  Hill also trains and mentors educators to deliver its proven methodology and better serve all struggling learners.


About the Duke Energy Foundation: The Duke Energy Foundation, along with employee and retiree volunteers, actively works to improve the quality of life in its communities, lending expertise in the form of leadership and financial support through grants to charitable organizations. Duke Energy has long been committed to building and supporting the communities in which its customers and employees live and work.


For more information, contact:
Contact: Emily Ziberna, Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Phone: (919) 719-7561 | Email: eziberna@hillcenter.org 

2015 Road Less Traveled Award - Brad Hutchens
Monday, June 01, 2015

Every year, The Road Less Traveled Award is presented to a Hill Center alumnus who has demonstrated remarkable perseverance and is a shining example of what a confident, independent learner can achieve and whose accomplishments are often a direct result of the challenges he or she has overcome. This year's winner, Brad Hutchens Class of 2000, embodies this exactly. Read Brad's story here.  


The Hill Center Receives Mebane Charitable Foundation Grant
Friday, May 01, 2015


The Mebane Charitable Foundation located in Mocksville, NC recently approved a grant of $1.9 million to support a multi-year literacy partnership between The Hill Center (Hill) and the Mooresville Graded School District (MGSD) for 2015-2018. The grant will fund a district-wide literacy project aimed at improving the reading achievement of elementary grade struggling readers within the MGSD schools. The partnership will demonstrate how districts can leverage high quality professional development and technology to support individualized learning and improve overall reading results, especially for those students who are most difficult to reach.


The grant aims to increase reading achievement and proficiency levels in K-6 students in MGSD by expanding implementation of the Hill Reading Achievement Program (HillRAP) and other intensive Hill professional development training within the MGSD schools, deploying additional iPads to support individualized learning for all early elementary students, and supporting the development and testing of the new Hill Learning System (HLS) iPad app. MGSD and Hill will demonstrate the impact that implementation of Hill’s intensive reading methodology can have within a comprehensive, technology-enabled instructional approach to literacy such that other school districts will be able to adopt HLS and replicate the results in the future.


The Mebane Charitable Foundation supports collaborations and partnerships among educational professionals (public and private), business leaders, elected officials, and the community at large. The Foundation focuses resources to ensure that all children have the opportunity to reach their highest potential in school, career, and in life.


About The Hill Center: The Hill Center, located in Durham, NC provides nationally-recognized programs for students with learning differences and attention issues. Hill also trains and mentors educators to deliver Hill’s proven methodology and better serve struggling learners. The Hill Center has demonstrated the effectiveness of its Hill Reading Achievement Program (HillRAP) in multiple urban and rural school districts in North Carolina over more than a decade. Today, Hill is poised for even greater impact through technology supported innovations.


About MGSD: The Mooresville Graded School District is located in the town of Mooresville in the Southern Piedmont region of North Carolina. A district of approximately 6000 students, MGSD consists of three elementary schools, two intermediate schools, one middle school, and one high school which includes an advanced technology and arts center campus. In recent years, MGSD has leveraged access to technology and digital resources to significantly enhance the level of student interest, motivation, and engagement in learning, such that today it is seen as an international leader in the use of technology to enhance and support student learning.



Thank you to all who supported #hillmile!
Thursday, April 30, 2015


Thank you all again for your support of our inaugural #hillmile One Mile Race and Kids' Dash!  We had over 350 registrants and raised over $15,400 for Hill's programs!


There were so many adorable pictures from Sunday's race that we had to put them all together in a video!   


See you next year for #hillmile 2016!



Summer Study Skills Classes - Register Now!
Friday, March 27, 2015

Looking for a great way for your student to enhance their study skills this summer?  Hill Tutoring is offering afternoon Middle School and High School Study Skills Classes June 22-25 and July 13-16. 


This practical and effective course focuses on organization and time management, listening and following directions, proofreading, notetaking, studying, strategies for taking different kinds of tests, and critical reading skills. Students come away with more self confidence and a solid understanding of what it takes to succeed.  For more details and to register, click here!



Grandfriends Day & Talent Show Video
Monday, February 23, 2015


Check out a video from this year's Grandfriends Day on February 13th!  Thank you to all who attended and made it such an amazing day at Hill!


Talent Show





Take a Virtual Run on the #hillmile Race Course!
Wednesday, February 11, 2015


Take a virtual run on the #hillmile race course here!


Look like fun?  Then please join us for The Hill Center’s Inaugural One Mile Race and Kids' Dash on Sunday, April 26th.  The event will be held at Durham Academy’s Upper School campus (3601 Ridge Rd Durham, NC) across from The Hill Center.  All participants, including kids, receive a free t-shirt if registered by April 7, 2015. 


Three races include:

  • Competitive Mile – Chip timing & awards for overall and age group winners
  • Recreational Mile – Casual runners and walkers welcome
  • Kids' Dash – Children 10 and under 

Register here!




Congratulations to Our Partners at Chocowinity Primary School!
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Congratulations to our friends and partners at Chocowinity Primary School!  We are so proud that they have been named as a National Title I Distinguished School by the North Carolina state department of education!
Chocowinity Primary is part of The Hill Center's Beaufort County Schools Project which receives funding from The Mebane Foundation.  Four teachers at their school have been trained in HillRAP (Hill's Reading Achievement Program) and are implementing the program effectively in their classrooms. 
Wednesday, January 14: Morning session cancelled. Afternoon session on time.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Wednesday, January 14: Due to inclement weather, the morning session is cancelled.  The afternoon session will begin as scheduled at Noon.

Faculty and Staff should report at 10 am.

The Hill Center draws students from a large area and road conditions may vary in periods of inclement weather. Thus parents are urged to use their own best judgment concerning whether to send a student to school or to pick a student up before normal dismissal time when weather conditions are severe.


The Hill Center Receives a Carolina Hurricanes Kids 'N Community Foundation GOAL Grant
Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Hill Center is excited to announce that it is the recipient of a Carolina Hurricanes Kids 'N Community Foundation GOAL Grant. The three year grant will launch a partnership with the John Avery Boys and Girls Club in Durham that will provide intensive reading remediation to identified elementary-age students, provide student enrichment workshops for 140 student members, parent support activities, and professional development for the John Avery staff. Jerome Levisy, Executive Director of the John Avery Boys and Girls Club (pictured below with Hill's Executive Director, Beth Anderson), is excited to partner with Hill, stating, “Education is essential to comprehensive youth development, and improving literacy skills serves as the foundation for success. I’m honored to partner with the Carolina Hurricanes and The Hill Center to deliver quality programs to the kids who need us most.”   Beth Anderson echoed the same sentiment, stating, "We are so excited to be partnering with the John Avery Boys and Girls Club to enhance their education programming over the next three years. Jerome and his team are dedicated to helping Durham youth reach their full potential, and we are lucky to be able to work together to help their students succeed in school, and in life.  We are very grateful to the Hurricanes’ Kids ‘N Community Foundation for this wonderful support.”


Please read all the details here


Hill Begins New Partnership with Edgecombe County Public Schools
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Please read about all the details regarding The Hill Center's new partnership with Edgecombe County Public Schools: http://bit.ly/YwqSvp




Admissions Tour and Information Sessions
Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Join Wendy Speir, Director of Admissions, as she explains the application process for both the Academic Year and for the Summer Program, answers questions, and gives a tour of The Hill Center.  Information sessions are held at The Hill Center Thursdays at 9 a.m October-May.  Prospective parents, teachers, school administrators and professionals are invited to attend.

Tour and Information Session Dates




  • October 9 & 23
  • November 13 & 20
  • December 11



  • January 8 & 22
  • February 12 & 26
  • March 19 & 26
  • April 9 & 23
  • May 7 & 21

To register contact: Hillary Weeks, School Administrative Assistant.  Individual tours can be scheduled by contacting Wendy Speir, Director of Admissions.

The 2014 Charles S. Atwater Star Volunteer Award Winner - Dr. David Riddle
Friday, May 23, 2014


The Charles S. Atwater Star Volunteer Award was established in recognition of Mr. Atwater's ongoing leadership and commitment to The Hill Center.  Unlike some awards, this honor is only given when an individual emerges who merits this distinction - someone who is the embodiment of exceptional volunteer service and leadership within the Hill community.  As a perfect representation of all these qualities, The Hill Center was honored to present Dr. David Riddle, president of Chapel Hill Pediatric Psychology and Vice Chair of The Hill Center Board of Directors, with the Star Volunteer Award at Hill's Annual Appreciation Event on May 19th. 


In addition to being Vice Chair of the Board for over two years, David has also served as Chair of The Hill Center’s Search Committee.  This committee was responsible for establishing a replacement for retiring Hill Executive Director, Dr. Shary Maskel.  This was no small feat and after an extensive search, Beth Anderson was announced as the new Executive Director of Hill this past February. 


Echoing the thoughts of many of her fellow Board members, Susan Moore states, “Of all the years I’ve served on the board, there has never been a clearer recipient of the Star Award.  David put his life on hold to fulfill his duty as the Chair of the Search Committee.  His integrity, dedication, and passion fueled the search for the next Executive Director.  David is a joy to know personally and professionally.”


The Star Award was presented to David by Search Committee member and in-coming Vice Chair of the Board, Nancy Farmer, who shared, “He did a masterful job – steady, thorough, inclusive.  I cannot even imagine the hours he gave to this role.  The selection of Beth Anderson is in part due to David’s great leadership and service.” 


Thank you for your commitment to Hill, David and we look forward to seeing you serve as next year’s Chair of The Hill Center Board of Directors. 




2014 Road Less Traveled Award Winner - Kate Christensen
Friday, May 23, 2014

This year was a first for the “Road Less Traveled” Award.  Our 2014 winner, Kate Christensen, is not only a distinguished Hill alumna but also a current Hill Lower School teacher.  


Read Kate's full story here



The Hill Center Receives New $50,000 STEM Grant from Duke Energy Foundation
Friday, May 16, 2014


The Duke Energy Foundation recently approved a grant of $50,000 for The Hill Center for 2014-2015. The grant will focus on providing middle and high school public school teachers in Durham and the Eastern North Carolina regions with Hill’s best practices professional development in math. The Hill Center will work with Mr. Steve Hill, Executive Director of STEM East, to provide the workshops in three locations over the next year. Workshops are currently slated to be held in Lenoir County, Carteret County, and Durham. Additional grant funds will support attendance at Hill Center workshops for public school teachers in Duke Energy service areas.


The Hill Center offers a unique half-day program to students in grades K-12 with diagnosed learning disabilities or attention deficit disorders. In addition, The Hill Center provides Student Enrichment opportunities, Tutoring, and Summer School programs for the broader community.


The Hill Center is equally committed to helping students with learning differences outside its walls through Outreach Programs which provide professional development for teachers and administrators from around the world.


The Duke Energy Foundation, along with employee and retiree volunteers, actively works to improve the quality of life in its communities, lending expertise in the form of leadership and financial support through grants to charitable organizations. Duke Energy has long been committed to building and supporting the communities in which its customers and employees live and work.





The Hill Center Names New Executive Director
Thursday, February 06, 2014



Beth Battle Anderson, a national leader in education strategy and entrepreneurial programs and administration, has been named Executive Director of The Hill Center, effective July 1, 2014. Since 1977, the Durham, North Carolina-based Hill Center has been a nationwide leader in helping transform thousands of students with learning differences into confident, independent learners.

Anderson's appointment, following a year-long national search, was announced January 31 by Hill Center Board of Directors Chair Allison Haltom McClay. Anderson succeeds Dr. Shary Maskel who announced her decision to step down in February 2013 after thirty years as The Hill Center's Executive Director.

"The Search Committee was captivated by Beth's passion for The Hill Center's impact on the national educational landscape and her impressive vision for the future of the organization," McClay said. "Beth's experience as an accomplished executive at Duke University and Teach For America as well as her intelligence, innovation and zeal for linking The Hill Center's successful methodology and outreach programs to students and educators in North Carolina and across the country, makes us confident we have found the right leader for this institution and the students we serve."

"I could not be more excited about this opportunity. The Hill Center is a treasure that has changed the lives of thousands of students with learning differences over the last 35 years," Anderson said. "Shary Maskel and her team of dedicated educators have built an incredible foundation upon which to expand this impact. My goal is to unleash the knowledge, methods, and resources of The Hill Center to help ensure every student with learning differences in the state of North Carolina and beyond has the tools and support needed to become a confident, independent learner. It's a bold ambition that will take creativity, resourcefulness, collaboration, and sustained commitment, but I can't wait to take on the challenge alongside the many educators, students, and parents doing so every single day." Anderson said.

Anderson is a 1993 graduate of Williams College. She received her M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2000. Along with then-Stanford Professor Greg Dees, one of the academic pioneers of social entrepreneurship, Anderson moved to Duke University's Fuqua School of Business in 2001, where she and Dees co-founded the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE). As Managing Director, she developed courses, conducted research on scaling social impact, and led the strategy and operations for CASE, a research and education center that serves MBA students and alumni, business school faculty, and the emerging field of social entrepreneurship.

Anderson joined Teach For America in 2007 as Vice President, National Foundation Relations. In 2009 she was promoted to Senior Vice President, National Development and currently serves as Senior Strategic Adviser, mentoring senior leaders on the Growth, Development, and Partnerships team through a time of significant organizational transition and change. During her tenure, Anderson was also the chief architect of multi-million dollar grants with several national foundations and the Department of Education's Investing in Innovation Fund (i3) and Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) program.

"Beth has had a tremendous impact on Teach For America's ability to scale our impact," said Teach For America Chair and founder Wendy Kopp. "Her ability to think strategically, communicate effectively, and develop mutually beneficial relationships has been invaluable to our efforts. The Hill Center and the many students and teachers who can benefit from its proven approach to helping struggling learners are incredibly lucky to have her leading the path forward."

McClay said Anderson's selection follows an extensive search that engaged the entire
Hill Center community. "We thank our search firm, Koya Leadership Partners of Boston, for providing outstanding guidance, and the Search Committee, especially Search Committee Chair Dr. David Riddle, for its tireless efforts and dedication to a successful process. The direction that Dr. Maskel provided over the years positioned The Hill Center to attract an outstanding pool of candidates," McClay said.

McClay said that as Anderson transitions into new her role in July, The Hill Center's current Principal and Director of Student Programs, Dr. Bryan Brander, will assume the role of Head of School. "This organizational change will allow Beth to focus more of her time and energy on Hill's Scale Up and Outreach efforts while Dr. Brander leads Hill's Academic and Tutoring Programs," McClay said.


The Hill Center Wins the 2013 Social Impact Exchange National Business Plan Competition
Friday, July 05, 2013


The Hill Center is excited to announce that it has won the Social Impact Exchange National Business Plan Competition for 2013! As the winner, Hill was presented with an award of $100,000 at the Symposium on Scaling Social Impact in New York City on June 17, 2013 before an audience of approximately 350 funders and philanthropists.


The Symposium on Scaling Social Impact was sponsored by Growth Philanthropy Network and the Duke Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship, and focuses on bringing promising social solutions to scale and gathering together grant-makers and philanthropists interested in supporting that work. Attendees included many of the major U.S. foundations, including the Gates Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson, Annie E. Casey, The Duke Endowment, and others. As a finalist, Hill was prominently featured in the conference program that every attendee received.


Shary Maskel, Director, and Michele Sparrow, Associate Director, made an impressive presentation of Hill's plan for scale-up of the Hill Reading Achievement Program into eastern North Carolina. They were allowed 10 minutes to present, followed by 10 minutes of Q&A by three judges. Other finalists were Friends of the Children (FOTC) from Portland, Oregon, and the Princeton Center for Leadership Training based in Princeton, New Jersey.


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