The Hillsboro School provides a rigorous curriculum that allows children to explore and learn in a safe environment that challenges them to grow to their potential. We encourage students’ passions, allowing them the opportunity to delve deeply into their favorite topics at advanced rates while simultaneously being pushed to grow in all areas. Students in high school may take AP exams or early college class options at area colleges as part of their curriculum options as a result.
How Our Curriculum is Different
From pre-K to high school, Hillsboro focuses on the student as the center of all instruction. Students may choose from a wide range of courses according to their interests in addition to the core subjects. Along with core subjects students will be engaged in Art and Spanish lessons as well. They receive a high degree of individual attention so that instruction is uniquely tailored to their strengths and needs. With the faculty’s guidance, supervision, and support, each student moves at his or her own pace. Placing individuals at the helm of their education facilitates optimal development and success in the classroom and world.
Our curriculum continues to develop through research and development that is based on the following premises:
- Curriculum development process is ongoing and forward looking.
- Primary evidence of an effective curriculum will be student-learning evidence.
- Hillsboro seeks opportunities for active learning, service learning, and community engagement.
In line with the Montessori philosophy, we believe strongly in the importance of learning across all STEAM areas and utilize multiple age classrooms, where students develop confidence and mastery together. In addition to the academic subject areas, students at Hillsboro also learn conflict resolution skills and are taught to support their claims with evidence. Learning to evaluate primary and secondary sources is crucial in our technology era. Taking time to learn and then practice healthy communication skills prepares our students for life.
Students receive a top level education in a small classroom setting from faculty who all have either their doctoral or Masters degree or over 10 years of experience in teaching in Montessori schools. Our classes are focused on creating independent learning opportunities with mentorship relationships with faculty. These are precisely the types of experiences top colleges are offering students today.
With guidance in skill applications, Hillsboro’s budding artists are encouraged to explore, use their imaginations, and discover their own unique ways as they journey on their path to becoming the problem-solvers, creators, and innovators of the future. Through the foundation of the Elements of Art and Principles of Designs, our art lessons build through grade levels. We examine thematic works of famous artists, various forms of expression, different cultures, and our natural surroundings as we explore opportunities for direction to each child’s avenue for creative expression.
The Hillsboro School’s Spanish immersion program gives students the unique opportunity to rapidly acquire the Spanish language while building a strong foundation in a broad range of Montessori skills. Children learn language best by experiencing it naturally, by being immersed in it. Thus, through full Spanish language immersion, our program aims to develop bilingualism and achieve correct pronunciation and phonetics.
A rich Montessori environment supports optimal Spanish language learning by tying language to a broad range of everyday activities. A portion of each classroom day will include Spanish to help students acquire the language and terminology needed for everyday life. Hillsboro students will also be exposed to a variety of environments, where they will be able to use the acquired skills and vocabulary in interactions with other students and members of our community. We will take different small trips to gardens, learn how to make Latin American dishes, and participate in local service projects that will develop Spanish language skills in day-to-day activities.