“The Hillsboro School is so much more than a facility or curriculum.”

Why Hillsboro?

The Hillsboro School is a Montessori School on 30 acres in Helena, Alabama. We offer an inviting environment where students learn based on what they are capable of, rather than being limited by their age. Hillsboro students are given the opportunity to experience and apply “real world” knowledge and skills.

Our Vision

The Hillsboro School offers a decidedly different learning opportunity for our students to help them in the pursuit of excellence in all aspects of their lives. Individual progress, personal relevance, and real-world experiences are at the heart of our Montessori philosophy. We believe,

“education is not what the teacher gives; education is a natural process spontaneously carried out by the individual, and is acquired not by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.”
–Dr. Maria Montessori

Our students learn how to learn, and develop study habits and a curiosity that lasts a lifetime. The low student to teacher ratio ensures that each student receives individual instruction. Students gain the confidence to ask questions to understand what they’re learning, instead of rote memorization. 


What does this mean?

As a member school of the American Montessori Society, our mission is to design an environment that empowers our students to become the people they are meant to become. We prepare our students for fulfilling and purposeful lives.

Because we want them to strive for excellence in everything they do, we emphasize healthy habits academically, emotionally, socially, spiritually, and physically.

The beauty of our Montessori philosophy is the development of the whole child and how we nurture each child’s mind, heart, and intrinsic motivation to contribute creatively to society. Our crest symbolizes these values. In the top right corner are three columns; they represent how we engage our students to:

  • be curious,
  • be compassionate, and
  • be creative.

In the top left, the “H” symbolizes our commitment to being a second “H”ome as Maria Montessori envisioned; a community that shares some of the personal depth and meaningfulness of family life as we actively engage in our home, “H”elena, which was originally named, “H”illsboro.

Lastly, honeybees on their own are simple insects. In a hive of thousands, they are known as a superorganism. They are highly organized, masters of communication, and thrive without damaging their environment or harming other organisms. In fact, their relationship is synergistic. Honeybees pollinate the flowers of thousands of species of plants, boosting their fruit production and ensuring legacy of the species. They take the nectar and pollen gathered from flowers to produce honey and bee bread to sustain the hive over the winter. The honeybee is a master of stewardship that models purposeful life.