The Hill School Difference

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Hill School is the leading school in the Triangle for bright students with dyslexia, ADHD, and other learning differences. Why?

  • We understand that the differences in how our brains process information can be our greatest strengths
  • We build strong, enduring relationships with our students and families
  • We develop our teachers and ground our practices in the latest research
  • We empower students to understand, advocate for, and take charge of their own learning
  • We focus on supporting academic, social emotional, and executive function growth in every student
Dr. Bryan Brander, Hill’s dynamic Head of School, motivates and inspires students daily.

What makes Hill School unique?

Most Hill classes have a student:teacher ratio of 4:1; Spanish classes may have 5 students to better support language development and grouping by ability. Extremely small class sizes mean that students can’t hide and are more engaged in learning, teachers can more easily identify issues and form deeper relationships, and students truly know and support each other. Small classes also reduce distractions and help create a tranquil, focused learning environment.

Hill students develop the skills and confidence to learn, plan, and advocate for themselves at Hill, but more importantly, in any context and with any teacher. Each student also attends a “base school” for half a day, where they practice the strategies learned at Hill. Those attending traditional public and private schools can participate in the full range of extracurricular and social activities a larger school affords, while other students take advantage of the flexibility offered by another alternative school model, such as a home school, online school, or micro-school designed to serve their specific interests and needs. Hill Lower School teachers observe their students in their base school classrooms, and faculty and staff support families in navigating the transition, both during and after enrollment at Hill. The morning session is from 8:05 – 11:00 a.m. and the afternoon session is from 12:10 – 3:05 p.m..

Hill’s small classes and highly trained faculty enable each student to receive individualized instruction and support. For K-8 students, Hill has developed copyrighted, research-based methodology in reading, writing, and math that assesses knowledge and skills gaps, incorporates explicit instruction, builds sequentially, and engages multiple senses in teaching and learning, including sight, hearing, and touch. In high school, teachers differentiate coursework and instruction to align with each students’ academic level. Across all grade levels, teachers track specific skills development and students do not progress until they have demonstrated mastery.

Hill’s highly skilled faculty invest countless hours each year in their own learning. They develop powerful, lasting relationships with their students that extend beyond the classroom, and beyond the student’s time at Hill. They bring their own creativity and experience to Hill’s structured approach to learning. They participate in Hill professional development and community education – as both learners and presenters. They observe and mentor each other. They attend and present at regional and national conferences. They make a difference in students’ lives, and the development of each other and other educators, every day.

Hunter's Story

Hunter came to Hill the same way many of our students come. She was struggling and didn't know why, and she needed help.

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