Award Year: 2021

Hilltop Elementary School

24524 Hilltop Drive
Beachwood, OH, 44122-1344

(216) 831-7144

Ms. Sherry Gun-Miller, Principal at time of Nomination

Beachwood City School District

School Website


To develop intellectual entrepreneurs with a social conscience.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 18%
  • White: 47%
  • Hispanic: 4%
  • Asian: 22%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 9%
Hilltop Elementary School

Hilltop Elementary School

At Hilltop, our physical space reflects our core values and beliefs. This year, our theme is "We've Planted the Seed and now you can see, THE LEADER IN ME." This theme is accompanied by the tagline, "Better Together." In this spirit, our walls are filled with student-centered displays celebrating who we are as a school community. Hilltop has proudly become a place of diverse cultures, languages, religions, and family structures. Our diverse population provides an opportunity for a global education within the walls of Hilltop. This theme is inherent to the district's focus areas of student achievement, intercultural awareness, and mental health.

Hilltop's classes are organized into dynamic learning environments for each individual student. Content area experts teach core subjects, providing students with more in-depth instruction. Twenty-first century learning comes to life in every classroom through the integration of technology. In addition to the core curriculum, students have a comprehensive unified arts schedule of Physical Education, General Music, Instrumental Music, Art, Guidance, and Media/Technology. Students receive a comprehensive character education program through Guidance classes. Educating the whole child extends beyond the school day at Hilltop with a broad offering of extracurricular activities.

The pandemic has challenged Hilltop to adapt its curriculum, instruction, and assessment to better meet the current operating schedule. This year, we have fully embraced integrating technology. A benefit to instructional design of COVID-19 has been that all teachers and students are fully embracing technology integration. Hilltop School, above all else, prides itself on being a family.