The mission of The Hillside School is to maximize the potential of the child with learning disabilities through excellence in education.
Our mission defines who we are and supports our dedication to professional training, research based materials, and updated technologies.
The Hillside School offers the opportunity for the elementary aged child to have a successful learning experience building skills that will last a lifetime. Each day promises the excitement that comes with real learning and growth of the “whole” child. Each year brings changes to our student body as we return approximately a third of our students to mainstream classrooms. Children come to The Hillside School to find a better way to learn. They receive instruction that works for them. Every year we take great pride in hearing from our graduated students who are entering high schools, colleges, graduate schools, becoming parents, finding meaningful work and becoming productive adults. Their success is our success.
Eight students in each classroom are instructed using multi-sensory learning strategies in a stimulating academic environment. An on-going program of diagnosis and evaluation allows students to make continuous progress and prepares them to return to a mainstream private or public school setting. The students’ individualized programs are designed for each area of the curriculum and particular needs, whether accelerated, developmental, or remedial in nature. The educational program provides opportunities for our students to develop:
- Solid academic skills
- Strategies and skills necessary to function in a conventional classroom
- Organized, realistic approaches to life
- Abilities to relate cause and effect, and to generalize to social, emotional, and academic experiences
- Improved self-esteem and self-advocacy skills
- Independence as a learner
The philosophy of the school forms the foundation for the school’s curriculum. The philosophy incorporates beliefs that each child is capable of learning through positive approaches, successful experiences, and individualized evaluation. When the child’s ability matches the educational program, learning becomes intrinsically motivating. A valuable by-product of our program is the positive self-concept and self-understanding that serves as a catalyst for more learning.
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The mission of The Hillside School is to maximize the potential of the child with learning disabilities through excellence in education. Founded in 1983, The Hillside School has become recognized as a benchmark institution for the support of children with learning disabilities. read more...
Student Profile Ages 5 to 13 – Kindergarten through Grade 8 Average to superior intelligence Children with language-based learning differences such as a specific reading, writing, spelling, and/or math disability read more...
Founded in 1983,The Hillside School opened its door to ten students in the Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit in Emmaus, PA. After just a few short years, the increased demand for educational services required a move to provide for growing enrollment. In 1989, with support from interested individuals, corporations and foundations, read more...
The Hillside School employs full-time certified classroom teachers, a guidance counselor, a speech and language therapist, a technology/media specialist, an arts teacher and a physical education teacher. read more...