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

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

Why Hillsboro?

The Hillsboro School is a Montessori School on 30 beautiful acres in Helena, Alabama. We offer an inviting environment where students learn based on their capabilities, rather than being limited by age. Our students are given the opportunity to experience and apply “real world” knowledge and skills.  We are the only Montessori school in the Birmingham area that serves preschool through high school.


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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 preschool through high school students for fulfilling and purposeful lives.



Hillsboro students learn how to learn, and develop a curiosity that lasts a lifetime. The low student to teacher ratio ensures that students receive individual instruction. Because of this, students gain the confidence to ask questions to understand what is being taught, instead of rote memorization. They earn independence and gain confidence in solving problems on their own. As a result, our students learn to persist when solutions do not come easily. In our multi-age classrooms, students learn leadership, community and collaboration as well as academics.  On our beautiful campus, they have opportunities for outdoor lessons, take daily hikes, work in our 1 acre garden, and care for chickens and rabbits.


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Our symbol:

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

  • curious,
  • compassionate, and
  • creative.

In the top left, the “H” symbolizes our commitment to being a second Home as Maria Montessori envisioned; a community that shares some of the depth and meaningfulness of family life.  Also, the city of Helena was originally named Hillsboro.

Lastly, honeybees on their own are simple insects. In a hive of thousands, they are a superorganism. Honeybees are highly organized, masters of communication, and thrive without damaging their environment or harming other organisms. The honeybee is a master of stewardship that models purposeful life.



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New to Montessori? Find more about it from the American Montessori Society.