Education

A Hillside education meets the needs of intelligent students who, because of reading-, writing-, or math-related disorders or other difficulties with language organization and memory, require a different approach to learning.

The Hillside difference is evident the minute one observes a classroom in action. Students are smiling, engaged, and focused on learning. While each student and classroom is unique, our faculty commit to a student-centered, mission-focused philosophy. Our educational programming supports the development of the whole child — academically, socially, emotionally, and physically. Current evidence-based research in the field drives programming, and faculty recognize the distinct learning styles that students with language-based learning disabilities possess.

At Hillside, students make progress as quickly as possible and as slowly as necessary. Faculty first focus on meeting the students where they are, filling in any missing or necessary foundational skills and remediating areas of need. They then help them identify and explore their strengths, teach them to self-advocate, and provide an unwavering belief in their potential. Ultimately, our goal is for students to transfer and use the skills, strategies, and tools learned here into wherever they transition to in school and in life.

“We ignite a joy of learning in a supportive, inclusive environment that promotes self-understanding and advocacy, and spurs intellectual, emotional, and social growth in our students.”

– Donna Henry, Head of School