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Hilltop School

The Hilltop School is a K-8 center-based program for students who face a variety of learning challenges. The program offers a predictable, positive learning environment in which students are able to acquire the skills necessary for academic and social success.

Hilltop School Overview (PDF)

Academic Program Features:

  • Intensive academic support aligned with NY State Common Core Standards
  • Differentiated instruction delivered in small classes
  • Tiered literacy program, including System 44, READ 180, Orton-Gillingham and Fundations, based on individual student needs
  • Math program designed to meet the diverse learning styles of students in grades K-8
  • Cross-curricular problem- and project-based learning incorporating computer-based and hands-on experiences, including 3D printing, robotics, computer programming and video/audio production

Social and Emotional Supports:

  • Strong therapeutic component incorporated daily
  • Utilization of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), a multi-tiered approach for improving student behavior and academic outcomes
  • Implementation of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), a comprehensive approach to teach mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness and emotion regulation skills
  • Strengths-based counseling and support plans provided by highly qualified clinicians
  • Emphasis on the development of self-regulation and collaborative solving-problem skills
  • Students can participate in community service and work-based learning projects
  • The Family Resource Center (FRC), located within the school building, fosters positive school-home relationships and offers programs that provide extracurricular enrichment and family supports. The FRC also utilizes community resources and services to address family- and student-specific needs.

Student Profile:

Students in grades K-8 who require intensive support in a small learning environment that focuses on positive behavioral strategies.


Mental Health Association of Westchester and Mental Health Association of Rockland. Psychiatric consultations available.