Montessori makes sense!

The Hills Montessori School has been operating in the Adelaide Hills for over forty years, fostering the curiosity of children in their educational programs. Located in a bush setting with two campuses - the primary campus in Aldgate and middle school campus in Stirling. The Hills Montessori School offers an education based on the Montessori philosophy of respect for self, others and the environment by fostering a love of learning and commitment to community.

Of particular interest is The Hills Montessori Preschool, a unique program designed for families looking for a school that will give their child a quality start to their learning, in a nurturing environment. The curriculum has an emphasis on early literacy and numeracy skills, as well as experiences in geography, history, biology, art and physical education. The Preschool’s ‘practical life curriculum’ helps children develop concentration and independence in activities such as food preparation, cleaning and looking after the natural world.

Practical life curriculum

Students have access to a beautifully renovated outdoor bush play area with places to climb and explore, or for quieter time children can enjoy calming nooks and peaceful seating areas, meander through the native gardens, play chefs in the mud kitchen or retreat to the tee pee cubby area.

Extended day program

When students reach the age of 4.5 years, they are invited to join the Extended Day program. This is an extension of the Preschool program and is focused on promoting collaboration between teachers, families and students to facilitate a smooth transition from Preschool to Primary School. The Hills Montessori School offers Reception intakes each term, so transition activities between the Preschool and Cycle 1 Primary (Reception/ Year 1) happen regularly.

Principal Cathy France said the move from Preschool to Primary School can be an exciting time for children, but it can also be a daunting experience with challenges presented not only in the changing physical environment but also in their academic, social and emotional experiences.

 The Extended Day Program is excellent preparation for the child prior to starting the Primary Program which can have lasting effects on their learning and development.

The Yultiwirra campus Open Day is an excellent way to get to know students and parents already involved with the school as well as meet the teachers and heads of school, principal Cathy France and assistant principal Susan Harris Evans. It also offers a unique chance for parents to experience the community’s sense of collaboration and cooperation.

The Hills Montessori School Open Day will be held on August 28 from 2pm-4pm.

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Hills Montessori Open Day

Explore programs:

  • Early Learning Infant Program caters for 0 to-3 years
  • Transition Program is designed for children 2¾ to 3 years of age. This is a four-week program that supports the child as they prepare for Preschool life
  • Preschool Program caters for students aged 3 to 5 years of age
  • Extended Day Program for children aged 4.5 years as they prepare for Primary School
  • Primary Program – Reception to Year 6


Reception classes have continual student enrolment at the beginning of each term throughout the year

Before and After School is available through our OSHC program for all students in the Preschool and Primary school aged 3 to 12 years along with Vacation Care every holiday period

Open Day bookings are essential.

Please register online bookings here: 

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Phone enquires: 8339 6842

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