Registration for current families and eligible siblings began on January 6th. Once those students are placed, we will offer
available spots through a lottery system.
The lottery will be held on Monday, February 8th. The deadline for registration forms to be received at Hilltop is Friday, February 5th.
All new families will be notified of the status of their application on
Friday, February 12th.
If all spots fill, we will start a waitlist for programs.
Unfortunately at this time, on-site tours are not available. Please reach out via email or call the office at 978-664-4532 with any questions about our program.
January 19th - Registration Open to New Families
February 5th - Registration Forms Due to Hilltop
February 12th - Notification Sent via Email to New Families
Hilltop has always strived to provide an excellent program at an affordable price. We do offer payment plans and that information will be available in the Spring when enrollment paperwork is available.
4 day (Tues – Fri)
2 Day (T/W or Th/F)
All classes will run for 3 ½ hours per day
There will be staggered drop-off and dismissals. Half of the classes will run from 8:50am – 12:20pm and the other half will run from 9:00am – 12:30pm. We will assign classroom times after the enrollment process is complete.
Options for 2.9 year olds up to the Pre-K year
We will be offering a 2 day option for all 3 year olds. The classes will run on Tuesday & Wednesday or Thursday & Friday. You will be asked during registration to select your first choice. We will do our best to accommodate everyone’s first choice. Children will need to be 2 years, 9 months old by November 1st.
Options for 4 & 5 year olds – Pre-Kindergarten
For children in this age category, you will have one more year at Hilltop before your child is eligible to go to Kindergarten. We would highly recommend that anyone in their last year of Hilltop choose our 4 day program which will meet Tuesday – Friday. Anyone wishing to select the 2 day program for their child’s pre-k year will need to speak with Director prior to securing a spot.
Hilltop Nursery School operates from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday*. Our daily schedule is adaptable for special children’s activities, and school wide enrichment programs which occur throughout the year. Our program is flexible to ensure that children have an opportunity to feel a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction and allows time for transition so that children do not feel rushed. Due to new healthy and safety guidelines issued by the Dept of Early Education and Care, we are operating on revised schedule this year. The schedule described below is under normal operating guidelines.
9:00-9:45 Free Play/Free Choice - Art, blocks, dramatic play, water play, manipulatives, writing and a variety of individual or group activities
9:45-10:00 Meeting/Circle Time - Attendance, weather, calendar, discussion of weekly topic or theme.
10:00-10:30 Centers/Project Time - Hands-on project relating to special weekly topic or theme. Opportunities for exploration, experimentation and discovery.
10:30-10:50 Hand Washing and Healthy Snacks - We teach the importance of washing hands using liquid soap, running water and friction. Snack (peanut free) is provided by Hilltop.
10:50-11:30 Literature, arts, music relating to themes
11:30-12:00 Wrap-up and preparation for dismissal - Depending on the weather, outdoor play using the play structure, triple hoop, sand play area or other equipment/toys will take place before dismissal or as needed throughout the morning.
Noon - Pick Up Time - children are escorted to the walkway and exit doors for dismissal.
*Extended hours are offered on Wednesday and Thursday until 1 p.m. for an additional fee, payable on the desired day.
If you have questions about the opportunities available to you in our programs, feel free to send us a message. We will get back to you as soon as possible.
148 Haverhill Street, North Reading, MA 01864, US
Monday - Friday: 8:15am - 1:30pm
Saturday - Sunday: Closed