Adapting the Eagle Hill Program Online
The onset of COVID-19 and the resulting worldwide health crisis has created a unique situation for schools across the country, and Eagle Hill has been no exception. With the health and safety of the Eagle Hill community in mind, and following CDC guidelines and best practices, Eagle Hill School came back from spring break 2020 … virtually!
The hallmark of the Eagle Hill School program is its individualized nature. Class sizes are small and students are grouped by their academic strengths and weaknesses, rather than by age. But Eagle Hill’s program is not only academic. Students at Eagle Hill also grow socially and emotionally. Members of our Psychological Services Team and our Speech and Language Department collaborate with classes and their support is seamlessly integrated into the academic day. Lunchtime conversation is facilitated by teachers. Students participate in art, music, and physical education. Parents are a huge part of our community, often on campus for support groups and seminars. Our goal in creating our distance learning program was to incorporate all of these aspects of our program, even without the ability to be together.
Our faculty and staff worked diligently to create a program that would continue to provide the Eagle Hill experience to our families online, and we’re so proud of our students who have truly embraced distance learning. We continue to offer our full curriculum to students. Students take part in three live academic classes a day; teachers host live homerooms, study halls, and lunch groups; the Psychological Services Team continues to work one-on-one and in groups with students and has established weekly parent sessions; our art, music, and PE teachers offer videoed activities and live classes; and our Speech and Language Department continues their one-and-one and in-class work with our students. Even our Residential Program has moved online – with morning and evening check-ins and fun afternoon activities with staff.
We continue to improve and adapt our program to meet the varying needs of our students. Read more below to see how each division created and continues to modify their distance learning program.