History

Hill View Montessori Charter Public School, located in Haverhill Massachusetts, is a public charter school that provides urban students in grades K-8 with a tuition-free, public, Montessori education.  Hill View Montessori was awarded its charter in 2003 and opened the following year with 120 students in grades K-3.  Each subsequent year an additional grade has been added so that full enrollment of 296 students with a K-8 grade span was reached in 2010.

The school was founded by a volunteer group of educators, parents and city activists who had met through their children’s pre-school.  The founding group believed in the value of Montessori education and worked earnestly to make public Montessori education available to all children in Haverhill regardless of socioeconomic status or educational background.

As a Montessori school, Hill View Montessori offers its students differentiated curriculum and instruction in multi-age classrooms. Learning is maximized by teaching to student’s individual academic level and by leveraging each child’s unique learning style. Classrooms are stocked with a complete complement of scientifically-designed Montessori manipulatives and resource materials to facilitate inquiry and provide a concrete understanding of abstract concepts.  Hill View is also committed to character education and integrates this into the Montessori classroom with ongoing lessons in grace, courtesy, respect and responsibility.

The final charter school application is available for review under the attachments section of this page.

Communities Served

As a charter school, HVM gets its students through public lottery for which any Haverhill resident may apply.  Students from other communities may apply as well but are only offered admission after Haverhill residents.   More information about enrollment.

School Founders

Paul Accardi

Margaret Albanese

Janet Begin

Alison Caruso

Susan Henry

Erik Ingersoll

Nancy London

Kelly Martin

Suzanne Rogers

Sarah Titus-Smith