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, the school opened an expanded facility on a seven-acre site in Lower Macungie Township in Lehigh County. A technology wing, opened in 1998, houses a state of the art computer lab, a large art/music center with a kiln, and a speech and language classroom.
A Board of Trustees with not less than ten and no more than twenty-two members governs the school. Trustees are elected to three-year terms and are allowed to serve up to three consecutive terms. The Board of Trustees is responsible for establishing policies that support the school’s mission. The Head of School is responsible for the daily operations of the school and reports directly to the Board. The following committees assist the Board and administrators: Executive, Finance, Education, Development, and Marketing.