Category Archive - Head of School


This time of year is always exciting for us as our graduates contact us with updates about their accomplishments and our current students share their hard work. So far this week, we have received two emails from alumni noting silver and bronze medals for the National Spanish Exam and we also received word that one of our graduates is a Presidential Scholar, headed to college in the fall with numerous…

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HMS is Now 18!

With our third accreditation visit under our belt, I continue to marvel at what Hilltop has become over the last 18 years. Established by Cindi Stehr in 1996, our institution has a clear niche in the Birmingham community. With each reaccreditation, the visiting team  comments on our beautiful learning environments, the passion and commitment from our exemplary faculty and the professionalism of our administration. We strive for perfection and offer…

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Independence in Montessori

As our upper elementary and middle school students return from their annual, week long, overnight field trip, I am always grateful for this opportunity for our children. One of the unique components of an independent school education is our ability to offer these unique experiences that build independence in a safe environment. As our students grow and mature, they face these opportunities that allow them to gain confidence in their…

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Our Self Study

In conjunction with each re-accreditation visit, independent schools are asked to complete a self-study, which includes a school profile and strategic initiatives for the future. I am pleased to say that our self study is now complete and we look forward to our April SAIS-SACS-AMS visit, where the team will examine our self-study and make commendations, as well as recommendations, of where we need to focus ourselves for the future.…

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Another Amazing Week

Wow. As we wrap up another exciting week at HMS, I am continually amazed at our accomplishments and the many abilities of our children. This week began with a feature story on the news and ended with “Donuts with Dad”, which always captures our hearts. Seeing our dads so eagerly participating in their child’s education is such a joy and we really embrace the fact that we often have other…

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