Come and see what Hilltop has to offer your child! We will be hosting tours through January so you can see what makes our program special. Please click below to sign up for a session that is convenient for you. Tours take about 45 minutes and are designed for adults only.
We will be holding a lottery for Registration for 2024 - 2025 school year in early February.
We offer classes for children ages 2.9 through the year before kindergarten. We operate on a traditional school year calendar and are closed for the summer. We offer a half-day program (8:45am - 12:15pm) and a full-day program (8:45am - 3:15pm) Classes meet on Tuesday through Friday. We are closed on Mondays.
Hilltop has always strived to provide an excellent program at an affordable price.
Rates for 2023 - 2024
4 day (Tues – Fri)
2 Day (T/W or Th/F)
We are offering a 4 day program (Tuesday - Friday) &
2 day program (Tues & Wed or Thurs & Fri)
All classes will run for 3 ½ hours per day.
All classes will run from 8:45am – 12:15pm.
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.
Classes will run on Tuesday & Wednesday or Thursday & Friday.
We are also offering a 4 day program for 3 year olds. This class will run Tuesday through Friday.
Options for 4 & 5 year olds – Pre-Kindergarten
We highly recommend that anyone in this age group choose our 4 day program which will meet Tuesday – Friday. The consistency of this class – with the same group of children meeting four days in a row provides an excellent pre-k experience. Selecting the 2 day program in the pre-k year requires a consult with Director.
We are excited to announce that we will be offering extended hours until 3:15pm Tuesday - Friday. Enrollment is available for 1, 2, 3 or 4 days.
Giraffe Club will provide your child with a play-based curriculum focused on social and emotional growth. Giraffe Club is staffed by current Hilltop teachers. Children will most likely switch classrooms and teachers for the afternoon session. A child must be enrolled in our morning program to be eligible for Giraffe Club.
Giraffe Club Tuition (in addition to regular tuition)
1 Day - $1100
2 Day - $2200
3 Day - $3300
4 Day - $4400
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 - 11:20 Outdoor Classroom - A grassy area designed to bring learning and fun outside. We utilize a variety of materials including a custom-made set of wooden roads and signs and a ramp/tunnel system to encourage STEM thinking.
11:20 -12:00 Literature, arts, music relating to themes
12:00 - 12:30 Outdoor Playground - We focus more on gross motor play with a beautiful climbing structure featuring slides and a climbing wall. Children can play in a huge sandbox or create in our outdoor kitchen.
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 - 2:00pm
Saturday - Sunday: Closed