Give your child the foundation needed to succeed in the classroom.
The Eagle Hill Foundations Program gives early-elementary age (5-7) students with language-based learning differences the academic, social, and executive-functioning skills they need to thrive in a classroom learning environment.
"Eagle Hill has changed our and our 7 year son’s way of learning, thinking, and processing. The amazing teachers are so methodical and thoughtful about the way they teach. They teach a thorough academic curriculum customized to the child’s pace of learning and retaining. The emotional support these kids get is like no other school. We feel very fortunate that our son has the opportunity to be in an environment that is so nurturing and holistic in its approach to teaching."
Foundations is a self-contained program that provides young students with the skills to be successful in the classroom and transition into a mainstream school or to Eagle Hill’s Lower School.
In the Foundations program, students:
- Develop an understanding of school behaviors, self-regulation, and problem solving
- Learn in an environment that fosters social and emotional growth, as well as character development
- Receive the multi-sensory, hands-on, individualized academic and language instruction needed to develop core skills in language arts, reading, math, science, and social studies
- Receive executive function instruction throughout each day
- Participate in weekly art, library, music, and physical education classes
- Prepare to transition into a mainstream learning environment or into Eagle Hill’s Lower School
The Foundations Program is designed to provide short-term, remedial instruction to children with learning differences.
Foundations runs from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Fridays. The curriculum is developed based on the latest early childhood education and neuroscience research, and led by a core group of faculty:
- Special education teacher
- Speech and language pathologist
- Member of Eagle Hill’s psychological team
- Motor planning faculty member
After Foundations, some students will transition into traditional early elementary placement, while others will require ongoing language and academic support and often transition into Eagle Hill's Lower School.
Want to see the Foundations program in action? Schedule your visit.
- Learn more about the Lower School, typically for students age 6-11
- Explore our Upper School, typically for students age 11-15
- Read more about our Residential Program
- Find out more about related Eagle Hill services, such as speech and language and psychological services
- Meet some of our exceptional faculty
- Learn more about the Admissions Process
- Register for an Open House
- Request more information about our school
EAGLE HILL AT-A-GLANCE
- Enrolling students grades K–8
- Total enrollment: 260
- Head of School: Jim Heus
- Number of Teaching Faculty: 75
- Student to teacher ratio: average of 4:1
- Founded in 1975
- Eagle Hill is accredited by the State of Connecticut Department of Education, the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools, and the National Association of Independent Schools
- The National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) has selected Eagle Hill as a School of Excellence nine years in a row.