Junior Boarding Program

What is it like to learn AND live at Eagle Hill?

When the Eagle Hill school day ends, the Junior Boarding Program begins. Eagle Hill's Junior Boarding Program provides students with a safe and structured place to learn and socialize, reinforcing the skills students work on during the day as they further develop their confidence, independence, and self-advocacy.

The program works in tandem with our academic program and our individualized approach to learning, so each child's development continues after school hours and is specific to their goals and needs.

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Your Child's Home-Away-From-Home

The dormitory is located in the beautiful historic Hardwick House, set in the middle of campus. Housing is provided Sunday through Thursday for up to 33 residential students.

  • Two full-time staff members and two full-time teachers supervise students, and on-campus faculty and first-year teachers are also on hand each evening.
  • The full-time residential faculty assumes responsibility for the supervision, general advice and counseling, behavior, moral and emotional support of the residential students.
  • Residential faculty are also involved in our afternoon athletics and activities - often proctoring a study hall or coaching a sport. This provides faculty with an opportunity to get to know students during the normal school day and to further their connection with the residential students.
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A Typical Evening for a Junior Boarding Student

Each day includes formal and informal lessons in time management, self-advocacy, study skills, cooperative living, conflict resolution, table manners, team building, independent living skills, social skills, and leadership skills.

While there are variations in any day based on school activities, structure and schedules are a necessary component in our Junior Boarding Program.

Before Dinner: At 4 p.m., residential staff and first-year teachers offer organized, structured group activities. Offerings include sports/games, arts and crafts, and community service opportunities. Activities end at 6 p.m. and dinner begins.

Dinner: During dinner, students are encouraged to share their successes or struggles from their day, and they receive advice or compliments from peers and trusted adults. The dorm team engages residential students in conversation and ensures that each student participates.

Study Hall: After dinner, students have a one-hour supervised study hall. The dorm team assists students who are struggling with homework and communicates with teachers and the Advisory Team if a student has difficulty with a subject.

Evening Activities: After study hall, students can spend time socializing with peers in a less structured environment. Dorm staff is present to help students find activities (card games, board games, movies, etc.) to engage in and to ensure everyone is ready for bed and prepared for the next day of school.

At Night: On a typical day, students are in bed by 9:30 p.m. and lights are out by 10 p.m. The full dorm team is on site until 11 p.m., at which time one member remains on each of the dorm floors to assist students during the night.

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Hear from Program Parents

"After his first year at Eagle Hill, our son decided to move into the dorm and was there for three years. The dorm was an amazing experience and helped shape him into the young man he is today. We recommend every student to give the dorm a try – it is life changing!" - Eagle Hill Alumni Parent (Class of 2019)

Amy Jo


Dorm student outside


Why Board at Eagle Hill?

  • Opportunities for more structured social interactions
  • Decreased daily travel time to and from school
  • Assistance with the continued development of executive functioning skills
  • Fostering independent daily living skills
  • Strengthening cooperative living skills
  • stepping stone for a traditional 7-day boarding program



  • Enrolling students grades 5-15
  • Total enrollment: 260
  • Head of School: Jim Heus
  • Number of teaching faculty: 75
  • Student to teacher ratio: average of 4:1
  • Founded in 1975
  • The National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) has selected Eagle Hill as a School of Excellence nine years in a row.
Accredited by the CT Association of Independent Schools


Join us for a virtual Open House; meet the admission team, ask questions, and learn about all that Eagle Hill has to offer.


Joy Delisle, Director of the Program

Brandon Delisle, Residential Faculty