“ The teachers really get to know the students—what they can and can't do—and they make adjustments. And these teachers are so skilled. Sometimes I feel that they go beyond their profession. They're not just educators. I feel like they're magicians. ”
Christina Mitchell
“ One of the best things about Eagle Hill was that he got every service he needed in school. When he wasn't at Eagle Hill School, his afternoons were spent being shuttled from therapy to therapy and he couldn't have play dates. Now he gets everything that he needs at school and his afternoons are free so that he can be a kid again. ”
Alyssa & David Portny
“ 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! ”
Amy & Joe Paola
Eagle Hill Alumni Parent (Class of 2019)
“ When we first came through these doors, a lot of us were nervous and just a little bit unsure what to expect. But, at Eagle Hill it's OK to make mistakes. Our teachers say that it's the only way to learn. They know we learn differently, so they teach differently. ”
Student, Upper School
“ Our learning environment allows us to foster intimate relationships with each student, making possible an important level of trust. Because all of our classes have a small student-teacher ratio, no one hides and everyone is given the attention that he or she needs. There’s a sense that we’re all in this together. ”
Alexandra Connolly
Teacher at Eagle Hill
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
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.


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
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
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
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.

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