Holding true to the Eagle Hill mission, the residential program picks up when the day program ends.
Its focus is to provide a safe, nurturing environment that supports and encourages the students to view themselves as competent individuals with a strong sense of self.
The program is designed to work in tandem with the school's individualized approach to learning, so each child's development is specific to their own strengths and needs.
Hardwick House, our dormitory complex, is a beautiful, historic building set up on a slight rise in the middle of the school’s buildings. It provides housing five days a week (Monday to Friday) for up to 33 residential students, who are supervised by two full-time staff members, and two full-time teachers. The complement of four residential faculty is supplemented every evening with on-campus faculty and first year teachers. This further ensures that the residential students are provided a consistent structure and expectations that transfer over from the day program to the dorm.
The residential program’s fundamental goal is to foster in our students a strong sense of independence, self-advocacy, and more responsible behavior traits. The development of independence is tied directly to the school’s overall mission of helping students successfully transition to other schools. To assist in that endeavor, the school has created a formal system of independence levels that are connected to each student’s increasing ability to manage interpersonal and behavioral expectations.
In addition, the residential faculty assists each student in establishing a set of individual personal goals and then works closely with them to help meet those targets. Each day includes, but is not limited to, lessons (formal and informal) in time management, self-advocacy, study skills, cooperative living, conflict resolution, table manners, team building, independent living skills, and leadership skills. The residential staff considers the creation of a home away from home to be one of their major priorities, in addition to the provision of an impressive list of daily activities.