Junior Boarding Program

Please note: we have suspended our Junior Boarding Program for the 2020-2021 school year due to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis.

If you are interested in the Program for next school year, please contact our Admissions Office or join us for a virtual open house.

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.

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


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.

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.
Dorm student outside


Find out how Eagle Hill can support your child as they live, learn, and grow.

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


Students in the dorm will have the opportunity to add both academic depth and leadership opportunities during their final year at Eagle Hill. They will be assigned a mentor from the faculty to help design a year-long project that investigates a special interest or passion in depth. The capstone project could serve as a major talking point or a point of differentiation as students present themselves to various secondary schools.



  • 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
  • The National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) has selected Eagle Hill as a School of Excellence nine years in a row.
  • Eagle Hill is accredited by the State of Connecticut Department of Education.
Accredited by the CT Association of Independent Schools


Virtual Open House Eagle Hill School


Joy Delisle, Director of the Program

Bridget Donnelly, Residential Faculty

Brandon Delisle, Residential Faculty