ANNOUNCEMENT: Now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year.

Welcome to Hilltop Early Learning Academy

At Hilltop, your child’s future is important to us. Our teachers are experienced experts and work with each child to inspire and encourage them to reach their potential academically, socially, and spiritually. Every child at Hilltop is loved and cared for in an environment that is invested in helping them become caring, thoughtful learners. They are taught that they are active participants in their learning and are given time and space to construct their understanding.

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School Success Starts Here

As an early learning academy we are academically focused and committed to a balanced approach to early literacy. As part of our approach to educating the whole child, we encourage activities that support oral language, letter knowledge and phonological awareness. These provide the foundation for learning to read and write, and are critical for supporting children’s early literacy skills. At Hilltop, we use literacy rich classrooms and a systematic approach to phonics. When a child understands and can break down and manipulate small sound units verbally, they are ready to transfer this knowledge to printed words and reading begins. Many of our students are early readers, a skill that research has shown leads to future school success.

STEAM Approach

In addition to encouraging early literacy, at Hilltop we are committed to developing a strong STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) foundation in our students. Using a STEAM approach in the classroom encourages development of higher-order thinking skills, which help us reason, think critically, and problem solve. These skills are encouraged in our classrooms through a variety of active, hands-on discovery, investigation and problem solving activities.

STEAM Approach

In addition to encouraging early literacy, at Hilltop we are committed to developing a strong STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) foundation in our students. Using a STEAM approach in the classroom encourages development of higher-order thinking skills, which help us reason, think critically, and problem solve. These skills are encouraged in our classrooms through a variety of active, hands-on discovery, investigation and problem solving activities.

An Extension of Portland Christian Center

As an outreach of Portland Christian Center, we see each child as God’s most precious creation – wonderful and unique. We teach the gospel and Christian principles in each of our classrooms and model it throughout the school.

Parent Comments regarding Hilltop Preschool & Kindergarten

Our family cannot tell you how lucky we feel to be part of the Hilltop community and school.  Both of our children flourished here. Thank you so much for taking such good care of our children.  They grew spiritually and academically under your guidance.

I can’t put into words how special this school has been to our family.  The facility is lovely and well taken care of – but you and your staff here are absolutely incredible!  It’s so lovely to feel that appreciation when you leave your babies in a place.  It’s one thing to educate a child (and you do an incredible job) but it’s another to love the child that you educate!  Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

I am overwhelmed by the love and sense of family that you provide at Hilltop.  My experience was better than I could have ever imagined.  I really can’t put into words how grateful I am for you and all the wonderful people that touched the lives of our children.  They are my everything and I knew every day when I walked through your doors that you would treat them the same way.  That’s priceless!  Thank you and know I am forever grateful.  We love you!

We had the best first year of school at Hilltop, thank you!  What a wonderful staff of teachers and we always felt welcomed and loved!

It is wonderful to feel like your child loves his environment, and hopefully you know Hilltop is dear to our hearts!  I feel so lucky to have all of you on staff there!  It was hard to send him out to the big world, but it really makes the process much easier for a mommy.  Thank you!

Thank you for a wonderful year!  Our little girl sure blossomed and embraced her friends, teachers and school after a rough start.  Thanks for being there for her and for all you do to make Hilltop a remarkable school!

Our little girl goes to bed at night saying “I go to school tomorrow?  I love school!”.  Our hearts rejoice at this gift.  We feel loved and a part of the Hilltop family forever!

More Information

Hilltop Preschool & Kindergarten has so much to offer you and your family! Find out more with the links below.

Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy as to Students:

Hilltop Early Learning Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.