Committed to offering tuition-free, classical education in Grosse Pointe

Our Mission

The mission of The Hill Pointe School is to promote academic excellence grounded in the classics and in our core virtues. We seek to nurture moral citizens and thoughtful leaders.

Our Vision

To inspire young people to pursue what is good, beautiful, and true.

 

Our Virtues

Hill Pointe Virtues

Get to Know Our Board

Image of all five board members

Murray Sales, President
Elizabeth (Biz) Williamson, Vice President
John Polizzi, Treasurer
Kathleen (Kelly) Boll, Secretary
Mary Shafer, Member
Neal Cole, Member

Our Partners

Several collaborating partners are helping lay the foundation for the school. We are currently in the process of securing an authorizer, which allows The Hill Pointe School to be a tuition-free public school. Hillsdale College is the architect of the classical curriculum, and Hillsdale provides enrichment training to the faculty and staff throughout the school year. The school has also teamed up with Choice Schools Associates, which serves as the school’s management partner.

Location

The location will be announced soon!

Grades

The school will start with grades kindergarten through 5th grade, adding a grade each year. 

Open Date

The school plans to open in the   Fall of 2023.

Our Story

Why The Hill Pointe School?

The Hill Pointe School will be a tuition-free public charter school founded on classical education with a significant focus on virtues and values. The inspiration is to create a school open to all students offering education in the humanities, math, sciences, and arts, much like the once-traditional public education previous generations have received. The desire is to establish a school fostering the independent thinkers and moral citizens of the future.

The academic philosophy of The Hill Pointe School is rooted in a firm belief in the potential of the individual, and in the timeless virtues of responsibility, honesty, courage, respect, gratitude, humility, and wonder. These values are integrated into the daily rhythm of the school. It is the expectation that students, teachers, and school leaders live them out. The school looks to instill in all its students the honest pride and self-esteem that derive from true achievement.

 

The teachers will use both lectures and use the Socratic Instruction Method, asking students questions and encouraging them to formulate their own questions. Students will be instructed in study skills, such as organization, time management, and note taking, which are essential for building a foundation for further academic pursuits.

Parent involvement will be embraced and relied upon to coordinate extracurricular activities such as chess club, forensics, the school newspaper, family fun nights, and more.

The school plans to open for students in grades K-5 in September 2023, with planned expansion to K-12 over the course of several years. The board members of The Hill Pointe School are dedicated to the success of the school.

While the school’s location is yet to be determined, there is no zip code requirement for students who attend. The Hill Pointe School is open to all students who desire to attend.

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What is classical education?

Classical education embraces the concept of educating the whole child and the notion that children are more than their standardized test scores.

Classical schools are unique among school choice options for three main reasons – a virtuous education, a content-rich curriculum, and a traditional classroom environment.

Students at Hill Pointe will be immersed in a virtue education community within and beyond the school walls. We believe this transformational educational philosophy promotes a love of lifelong learning.

Moral character does not come from a flippant approach to teaching character as a means of discipline or when it is convenient. Children need an intentional, consistent and constant teaching of virtue that is why at Hill Pointe, high academic achievement, personal discipline, moral character and responsibility are consistently reinforced through the study of subjects in the classical tradition.

A classical education delivers real content. Students learn about historical events, characters, stories, fables, myths, scientific facts, and mathematical proofs. They read whole literary works in great depth, and they learn to approach books both with moderation to learn and courage to question.

A classical classroom prioritizes the authority of the teacher, and in addition to that their expertise and responsibility to deliver it to students. Students are not passive recipients of knowledge, but active participants in the discussion, incorporating the Socratic method of engaging dialogue between the student and the teacher.

Regardless of backgrounds, experiences, economic status, or other variables that create uniqueness among students, all are part of a shared learning community.

View our grade-level curriculum by exploring the K-12 Program Guide. 

Learn more on the Common Sense Classical and Hillsdale Education K-12 websites.

Watch this video created by Hillsdale College explaining more about the classical education model.

 

What is a charter school?

All charter schools are tuition-free public schools—open to all students, regardless of their zip code, and governed by public citizens who make up the board of directors.

Charter schools have the freedom to design classrooms that meet their students’ needs and are given the flexibility to articulate a distinct mission, design a curriculum around that mission and hire faculty who can best deliver it.

All charter schools operate under a contract with a charter school authorizer – usually a nonprofit organization, government agency, or university – that holds them accountable to the high standards outlined in their “charter.”

The reasons that parents choose charter schools for their children are just as unique as the students themselves. They choose charter schools because of the strong, dedicated teachers, because the school’s focus matches their child’s needs, or simply because their child was struggling in their assigned public school and needed to try something new. Charter schools provide families with options in public education, allowing parents to take a more active role in their child’s education.

Every single charter school in the state of Michigan is a tuition-free, public entity with nonprofit status. A charter school is required to adhere to Michigan statutes and rules for special education, as well as the federal requirement. Charter schools are also widely known as Public School Academies.

Source: National Charter School Alliance

Read how charter schools have positive effects on traditional public schools located near them.

Learn about the fiscal effects of school choice programs on public school districts. 

Read more about the effect of charter schools on students in traditional public schools: A review of the evidence.

View our Frequently Asked Questions.

View Michigan’s Charter School Myths and Facts.