Welcome Parents

If you are seeking a positive educational experience for a student who learns differently, please come and visit us at Hill School, a private, co-educational school for students grades 1 – 12. We ensure that each student’s individual areas of strength are fortified and problem areas are identified in a “real school” campus setting with a wide range of academic and extracurricular activities. We have high expectations for all of our students, and we encourage achievement by providing skills and strategies for success.

Please submit an online inquiry and you will receive more information from Hill School!

Learning Differences or Learning Disabilities

Hill School serves students with average or above-average intelligence who learn differently, some of whom have been diagnosed with learning disabilities.

  • Learning differences is the term preferred at Hill School because it encompasses all of us – everyone has a different style of learning, with strengths and weaknesses in various areas of brain functioning that affect information processing.
  • Learning disabilities are very specifically defined neurological disorders that affect a student’s ability to process information effectively, even though the student has average or above average intelligence. The “disability” description is a clinical and legal definition that is often used to determine a student’s eligibility for specific services under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 or the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The National Center for Learning Disabilities and LD Online offer detailed descriptions of a variety of learning disabilities.

Whether disabilities or differences create an impediment to learning, Hill School’s mission is to provide students with skills and strategies for success. Interventions and accommodations at Hill School vary dependent upon an individual student’s strengths and weaknesses.

  • Interventions are developed to try to use a student’s areas of strength to remediate their weaknesses, and could include specialized instruction in an area where the student is deficient, or fluency practice to help the student develop automatic responses to reading or math challenges.
  • Accommodations allow students to use tools and devices to create a “work-around” for their areas of weakness, while encouraging them to use their strengths to the best advantage. For example, a student with dysgraphia might use an Alpha-smart or computer to complete written assignments.

Any of these challenges could indicate your bright child learns differently and could benefit from a Hill School education:

  • Difficulty in reading words or numbers
  • Problems transferring thoughts to paper
  • Trouble with organization and time management
  • Failure to turn in homework
  • Inability to concentrate in class
  • History of falling behind classmates academically

Current students at Hill School have been diagnosed with learning differences/disabilities such as:

  • Dyslexia
  • Dysgraphia
  • Dyscalculia
  • ADD
  • ADHD
  • Asperger’s