Celebrating 10 Years of The Hill School of Wilmington

Next spring, the Hill School of Wilmington is celebrating a decade of educating and empowering students with LD and/or ADHD, by holding an “Oyster Roast and Ten Year Toast” anniversary event at the Watson College of Education at UNC Wilmington.

The Hill School has much to celebrate! When the school's doors first opened at St. James Parish on August 19, 2010, only six students were enrolled in the academic program. Since then the school has grown substantially, with current enrollment at 52 students and growing. This number is in addition to students enrolled in the summer and two tutoring programs. Furthermore, the Hill School serves as a beacon to the community through its outreach program by offering workshops to parents, teachers, and administrators who need more information and resources on learning differences.

While the school itself has grown, the heart of the mission remains to educate and empower students with learning differences so they can thrive not only academically, but emotionally and socially. When students first come to the Hill School of Wilmington, they often have experienced many challenges in their previous classroom settings, impacting their self-esteem and confidence. Through research-based, multisensory structured language methodology based on the Orton-Gillingham approach, students learn reading, written language, and math with a 4:1 student/faculty ratio which allows close student-teacher interaction. In this intimate academic setting, students are able to learn the strategies they need to succeed while growing in confidence.

That being said, many Hill School of Wilmington’s students are gifted artists, athletes, and performers, contributing to an enriching and engaging school environment. A Hill School of Wilmington alumna, with her all-girl rock band from Revolver Music Productions, will be performing in one of two bands providing live music and entertainment at the 10-year celebration.

Hill School Executive Director, Susan Mixon Harrell, is excited to commemorate the many ways the school has impacted the lives of students these past ten years. She also looks forward to possibly expanding the school so more students can be reached, “We know that the direct, multisensory, explicit instruction and the encouraging ‘growth mindset’ atmosphere here changes our students into more confident learners. We are delighted to have experienced successes both for individual students as well as institutionally in the last decade.”

The public is welcome to attend the Hill School of Wilmington’s 10-year anniversary celebration on March 12, 2021, from 6:30-10 PM. For more information on the event, as well as ticket sales, please visit the event page on our website. Individuals or businesses who are interested in sponsoring the celebration may contact Susan Mixon Harrell at director@hillschoolofwilmington.org.

To read more on the history of The Hill School of Wilmington, it's mission, and methodology, visit our History page at www.hillschoolofwilmington.org/history.