The Half-Day School Model is the basis for the program offered at The Hill Center in Durham, North Carolina and is the model for The Hill School of Wilmington. Students receive direct instruction in reading, written language, and math at HSW and attend their base school, public or private, for the other half of the day.
Through duplication of all aspects of The Hill Center’s half day program, including its philosophy, curriculum, and operating standards, systemic change occurs in students’ skill sets. This model requires teachers to complete certification in Hill Methodology in order to replicate desired achievement results and is appropriate for students with LD and/or ADHD.
The evidence-based Hill Methodology curriculum consists of reading, written language, and math instruction. The language arts program, which is based on the work of Dr. Samuel Orton and Anna Gillingham, consists of a multisensory structured approach to reading and written language. The reading class uses systematic phonics instruction for word attack and emphasizes word recognition through phonological awareness exercises, decoding, vocabulary development, fluency drills, oral and silent reading, as well as reading comprehension. Written language instruction includes spelling, paragraph dictation, copying, handwriting, grammar and mechanics, creative writing, and composition. Math classes provide multisensory instruction with emphasis on automatic recall of math facts, developing number concepts, following mathematical procedures, speed and accuracy in computation, and increased problem solving skills. The Hill Methodology was developed by the Hill Center in Durham which is approved by the IMSLEC (International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council).