Our History

The Hilltop Platinum School was founded in September 1997 as Hilltop School by Dr. Andrew Akwasi Oteng-Amoako and his wife Cecilia Akosua Agyei Oteng-Amoako. The dream for this ideal school to train children to acquire excellent education in a moral environment was conceived by the couple in the early 1980s. They were both students in the USA and later as expatriates in a Pacific Island country where Andrew worked as a forest product scientist and Cecilia as an international school teacher. After 10 years stay in that country, the couple returned to Ghana in January 1994 and Hilltop School was formally opened on September 29th 1997 with 10 pupils enrolled from Nursery 1 to Class1. The number rose to 20 by the end of the first term and to 50 by the end of the first year. From one headmistress, and at the same time a teacher, secretary and accountant, the Hilltop Platinum School complex with five divisions now employs over 120 teachers and non-teaching staff with about 1100 children and students in all the four Divisions. The name was finally changed to Hilltop Platinum School in 2010 to reflect on the accolade of "Platinum" that was bestowed by Ayekoo Foundation of Ghana following our exceptional BECE results of our poineer Class of 2006. In September 2010, The Hilltop International Science College (HISC) accredited by the Cambridge University External Examination with emphasis on science education was opened to train students to sit for the prestigious International Graduate Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and the Advanced (A) level. The Hilltop Senior High School to train students for West Africa Senior Secondary Certificate of Examination (WASSCE), the Remedial College and Adult Literate Learning Centre were added in September 2015.

Our School Logo

A glowing torch with a black and a white star in a blue sky over a green hill is the school logo.The black and white stars symbolize the multiracial and international nature of the school and the green hill represents our ecological friendly environment.

Our Motto

"Excellence, Knowledge with Integrity". Our students aim to achieve academic excellence, to know and understand the environment and the society and to be morally upright.

Our Mission Statement

We seek to provide sound holistic education for academic excellence in a guided and secured moral environment

Our Vision Statement

Our Vision is to be a leading school in Ghana and the West Africa sub-region which provides competitive and holistic education with distinction and instill ethical values and moral standards in our pupils and students.

Our Board Members

At Hilltop, we have a very hard working group of Board Members who work tirelessly for the benefit of the children in the school. The nine members with the Executive Director as Chairman welcome feedback, ideas and suggestions from pupils, parents and other interested parties.

NAMEDESIGNATION
Dr. Andrew Akwasi Oteng-Amoako Executive Director
Chairman of Board of Directors
Mrs. Cecilia Agyei Oteng-Amoako Proprietress /Headmistress
Secretary of the Board
Dr.Kingsley Kwadwo Oteng-Amoako Member
Dr. Dr. Kofi Amoako Oteng-Boateng Member
Dr. Afua Owusua Oteng-Amoako Member
Dr. Dr. Osei Tutu Safo Member
Dr. David Yeboah- Amankwa Member
Mr. Kwame Fredua-Mensah Member
Mr. James Kwakye-Amoako Member
Rev. Dr. OkonaFrimpong (PTA representative) Member

Our Five Principles of Learning

At Hilltop, we instill a sense of confidence, honesty, responsibility and integrity in our pupils, no matter their racial, social, religious and gender background.We lay a strong academic foundation for our precious pupils and guide them to build a structure of personal ambition and success no matter their racial, social, religious and gender background.

We subscribe to the following five principles of learning, that:

  • All pupils can learn and they are all potential learners

  • Pupils want to learn and they want to be recognized for their achievements

  • Each pupil learns in a different way and at varying rates to achieve his/her full potential

  • Pupils should learn to live and work with others in an environment characterized by interdependence and cultural diversity, and that

  • Pupils want to learn and are entitled to be treated with respect and dignity

Our Ten (10)Core Values

At Hilltop Platinum School, we believe that every child has a talent. We train them to explore it to maximize their potential, to believe and have confidence in themselves and turn out to be valuable citizens in their society.

The staff, pupils, parents, board members and community partners share in the belief that our School should be a place where;

  • Everyone including staff, pupils, families and people of all gender, race, color, religious belief and ability strive for acquisition of individual life skills and where success is celebrated and shared.

  • High quality education is recognized not just as being standard of academic attainment but also in personal, social and life skills.

  • A consistent and positive behavior policy is rewarded and unacceptable behavior is challenged.

  • There are high expectations of standards of behavior and achievement for all members of the school.

  • Every member of the school community has the opportunity to achieve their full potential in a range of talents and abilities.

  • There is a central role that parents and guardians play part in their child's education and where staff members actively seek effective partnerships with them.

  • The curriculum is exciting, interactive, innovative, relevant and accessible to all and a place where everyone wants to come and join.

  • There is an attractive and stimulating environment both inside the building and out and where a safe, caring and supportive environment is provided.

  • There is a learning culture within the school and professional development is provided and encouraged.

  • Fun and enjoyment is integral part of school life and where we represent and listen to the views of parents and guardians whenever necessary.

Hilltop Calendar

TermPeriodVacation
1st term 2nd week of September to 3rd week in December 3 weeks of Christmas holidays
2nd term 2nd week of January -1st week of April 3 weeks of Easter holidays
3rd term 4th week of April to 3rd week of July 5 weeks of summer holidays

A mid-term holiday of two days (Friday and Monday) is observed at the middle of each term. New and transfer students can be enrolled anytime at the beginning of any school term

The following 12 days are also observed by Hilltop as holidays if they do not fall during the school term holidays. New Year Day on 1st January; Day on 6th March; Easter Good Friday in April; Workers day on 1st May; African Union Day on 25th May; Republic Day on1st July; Hilltop Founders Day on2ndMonday September graduation; Farmer's Day on 1st Friday in December; Christmas day on 25th December and Boxing Day on 26th December. In addition two Muslim holidays in September (Idir-fitr) and in October/November (Eidr-Alda) are also observed.

Grading System

RemarksGradesMarksComments
Ecellent A 80 and above Summa Cum Laude
Very Good B 70-79% Magna Cum Laude
Good C 60-69% Cum Laude
Credit D 50-59% Credit
Pass E 40-49% Pass
Fail F Below 40% Fail

Graduation

All pupils who pass their termly exams throughout the years of Junior High School and also pass the 10 series of Hilltop mock exams taken in JSS 3 are awarded "Hilltop Certificate of Merit". The certificates are presented to students during the School's Annual Speech and Prize Giving Day usually held in the third Saturday o September. Certificates awarded to JSS 3 graduates are in nine grades based on pupil's records for all the exams taken before the BECE finals. As is normally been the case, Hilltop students normally graduate with a minimum grade of Credit or D and most of them graduate with a grade of B or C.

Educational Visits

We embark on periodic excursions and we observe International week celebrations which form part of our academics. Students' seminars are also organized. Each class undertakes one major excursion every year.

Reporting and Closing Time

The reporting time of students is 7:50 am. The closing time is normally set at 3:30 pm. On exceptional cases, closing time is extended to 4:30 and parents are informed

Snack and Lunch

A qualified school caterer provides food which is sold to students. However, parents can package their children's snack or lunch from home.

Transportation

The College has a 60-seater bus (courtesy of PTA) which is used for outings and excursions. The management does provide transportation to convey students to school and parents are to find a suitable way of transporting their wards to school.

School Clubs and Societies

We believe in the Greek adage that a sound body makes a sound mind. Consequently, physical education is an integral part of the school curriculum and it is compulsory for all students. In addition, students with the consent of their parents and school authorities are free to join any of the following clubs and societies in the school.

  • The Choir
  • The School Band
  • The Football Team.
  • The Athletic Team.
  • The Basketball Team .
  • The Debating Team.
  • The Cultural Troupe.
  • The French Club.
  • The Art and Craft Club.
  • The Guitar Club.
  • Girl Guides and Boy Scouts
  • Drama Club
  • Swimming Club
  • The Red Cross
  • The Maths and Science Club
  • The Wildlife Society
  • The Scripture Union
  • The Forestry Club

The Hilltop Stars - What's in the Name?

The past and present students are "The Stars". The Stars of Hilltop always shine with academic success and continue to shine wherever they find themselves after graduating from the Hilltop school.This is testified by Stars enrolments in prestigious Senior High Schools and admissions to competitive professional programs like Medicine,Engineering, Pharmacy, Optometry, Law, Architecture and the Sciences in the local and international universities. Some of them have graduated from their universities with honours and are already employed as professionals

Our Milestone of Achievements

The Stars of Hilltop have chalked and continue to win many competitions ever since the school was founded in 1997. The highlights of some our achievements are as follows:

  • In 2004, Master Agyekumhene of Class 5 won a FIRST PRIZE National Drawing Competition for basic school students. He is now a 2nd year medical student in Ukraine.

  • In 2006, our 23 pioneer Class of 2003, sets record for being the Best BECE Graduating Class in the City of Kumasi with a mean aggregate of 6.21. Hilltop received a Platinum Shield for placing 5th Nationwide with four of our graduands making it in the top 100 (one percentile) of the 2003 BECE candidates in Ghana. The accolade of PLATINUM LEAGUE SCHOOL by Ayekoo Foundation was the result of this excellent achievement.

  • In September 2008, Master Aquila Adanuvo won FIRST PRIZE National Spelling B Competition organized in Accra and was followed by Akua Akomea who won the fourth position. Akua Akomea graduated as top of the graduation Class of 2009 and was closely followed by Aquila as the second best student. Both of them went on to graduate with distinction in their respective Senior High schools and in 2012 Acquila entered Ghana Medical School, Legon while Akua enrolled in KNUST Medical School, Kumasi.

  • In November 2010, our BS6 trio of Aaron Dutt, Maame Esi Beduwaa Baidoo and Afriyie Adarkwa Akoto, won FIRST PRIZE National Brain Box Competition in Accra.

  • In May 2014, Ms Abora Sika Owusu in Year 8 was adjudged MOST PROMISING WRITER and won 2nd place in a National Essay Competition.

  • In November 2014, Ms Monica, one of our maiden IGSCE students, set ALL NEW SCHOOL IGSCE record with a grade of 5 A stars (A*) in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, and ICT, 2A in Pure Maths and French and a B in English. Monica is currently our pioneer A level student.

The performance of our students in extra-curricular activities has equally been most impressive with the following achievements:

  • In June 2013, our Star Cadet Corp won FIRST PRIZE Quiz Competition organized for Basic School Cadet Corps in Kumasi. The award winning Star Cadet Corp has consistently been among the top performing finalists in the Ashanti Region Cadet Drill competition.

  • The Star Girl Guides won 3rd PLACE in Independent Parade of 2005 and 2008.

  • Since its formation in 2005, The Star Band has consistently been among the best Top Performers in annual Regional Basic School Band Competition.

  • The Star Culture Troupe is a delight to watch, it has excelled in many local exhibitions.