Welcome from Head of School
It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to Eagle Hill School. I am very proud to work with the dedicated administrators, faculty, and staff of Eagle Hill School, and to support our special students and their families. We hope you will take time to explore our website, or schedule a visit to our campus – the very best way to gain a complete understanding of the Eagle Hill experience.
For more than four decades, Eagle Hill has had an incredible record of helping children with language-based learning disabilities become successful learners.
We are a child- centered school that addresses each child’s specific educational needs by developing an individualized academic program, delivered by a staff of highly trained, dedicated, and experienced special educators and literacy specialists.
At Eagle Hill, our children, faculty, and parents form a strong partnership in and out of the classroom.
Our mutual goal is to support our students as they develop the skills needed to be successful learners and return to more traditional educational settings. We believe that this can be accomplished by building upon children’s abilities, not their disabilities, enabling them to transition from academic struggle to academic strength using proven, research-based strategies, materials, and programs. Children become active learners who are aware of their own learning styles and able to advocate for themselves.
Both inside and outside the classroom, we actively work to realize Eagle Hill’s mission for developing the whole child:
“Eagle Hill helps children gain the self-esteem necessary to initiate, nurture, and maintain friendships. Inherent in the Eagle Hill philosophy is the development of children with strong moral and ethical character.”
At Eagle Hill, we are very aware of the complex world in which our students will live, learn, and contribute. We want them to feel confident in their academic abilities and their worth as human beings who will contribute to the world in which they live. It is our job to prepare them for the future challenges they will meet.
Excellent schools are ones in which everyone is a learner – children, teachers, administrators, and parents. We look forward to learning with you!
Marjorie E. Castro, Ed.D. Head of School
Dr. Marjorie E. Castro, Head of School
(203) 622-9240 x. 614
THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN THE 2015 PRIVATE SCHOOLS EDITION OF THE JOURNAL NEWS (WESTCHESTER)
Q&A with the head of Eagle Hill School
Barbara Moroch, writer
Eagle Hill School in Greenwich, Conn., provides a nurturing and supportive environment for children with language-based learning disabilities.
For six years, Head of School for Eagle Hill School in Greenwich, Connecticut, Marjorie Castro has been upholding the special mission upon which Eagle Hill School is based: to provide a nurturing and supportive environment for children with language-based learning disabilities.
A longtime educator, Castro takes pride in her charges, watching them grow into capable, confident and resourceful young people, fully equipped to face the next chapter in their academic journey. Castro holds a B.S. degree from Bucknell University; an M.A. degree from Teachers College, Columbia University; and an Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Prior to her role at Eagle Hill, she was superintendent of schools in the Croton-Harmon School District in Westchester for 13 years.
Q: What drew you to Eagle Hill School?
A. Being head of school at Eagle Hill seemed like an exciting next challenge in my career as an educator. I felt my leadership experience as well as my teaching experience and years as a reading specialist would provide Eagle Hill with an administrator who understood all aspects of this unique school. The opportunity to work with a highly skilled faculty and administrative team and to make a difference in the lives of children with complex learning challenges was extremely appealing.
Q. Can you explain about the Eagle Hill program? How does it coincide with your own educational philosophy?
A. Eagle Hill, which is a transitional school, seeks to meet the needs of children who have significant language-based learning disabilities. Their disabilities may impact their ability to read, write, do mathematics, communicate or maintain attention during the process of learning. It is a highly individualized program in which children are grouped by their skill level in each area. Classes include reading, writing, mathematics, literature, communication skills, study skills and content classes (history and science). Our classes are small (1-10 students), and children who require additional services such as language/speech therapy, psychological support and motor training, receive these services during school hours, thus eliminating the need for parents to seek these services outside the school setting.
Q. What are some of the unique challenges your student population faces and how do you help them succeed?
A. The children who come to Eagle Hill have usually experienced failure in some academic areas. It is often our first goal to help them regain their confidence as learners and to trust that the adults teaching them have the expertise to facilitate their growth as successful learners.
Q. Why is the "team approach" important to your students' success – namely, that students, administrators, teachers and parents work together?
A. Since each child works with a number of teachers and specialists each day, it is important that we work together as a team. The faculty and staff hold regular meetings before school to discuss student progress, establish goals, and agree on the best approaches and strategies to use with each child. Each child has an adviser who ensures that communication between his/her teachers and the families is consistent and well coordinated. We offer many parent education opportunities for our students' parents through presentations and seminars that help them become better equipped to advocate for their children when they leave Eagle Hill.
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