Summer 2019

You've heard of "summer slide" - but your child won't experience it here.

Eagle Hill's Summer Academic Program is an extension of the philosophy and strategies for leaning that we use throughout the regular school year. We create a multi-sensory, hands-on summer learning experience that sets students up for success in the fall. 

The Summer Academic Program immerses each child in a language-focused environment tailored to meet his or her learning needs.

Eagle Hill's Summer Academic Program is open to any student ages 5-14 who either has a language-based learning disability or simply needs additional learning support.

The 2019 program runs Monday through Friday from July 1-31 (except July 4 and 5).

The day is divided into two segments:

  • Academic Program (divided into two age groups): 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Afternoon Activities Program (open to those enrolled in the Academic Program): 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Students may also join the Summer Afternoon Social Language Group.

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"I wish my son could attend Eagle Hill all year long. He loved the teachers and the environment and really felt understood and a part of the community."

Summer Morning: Academic Program Options

Academic Program (for students entering second grade or higher)

The program includes an intense schedule of academic instruction (based on diagnosed needs) led primarily by Eagle Hill faculty members. Each student participates in a language arts/tutorial class each day, as well as three additional classes in related subject areas:

  • Reading tutorial
  • Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Study skills

At the end of the program, students receive a certificate that outlines specific learning strategies they can utilized throughout their future studies. Parents are updated on their child's progress through written reports and a conference at the end of the summer.

  • The program runs 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday through Friday, July 1-31 (except July 4 and 5)
  • Parents are encouraged to apply by April 1 for an early-bird discount on tuition
  • There is a lunch break every day. Water and juice are provided, but students will need to bring their own lunch.

Foundations Academic Program (for students entering kindergarten, first grade, or second grade)

The Foundations Academic Program helps students entering kindergarten, first grade, or second grade develop and solidify the early learning skills they need to be successful in the classroom. Through the program, students will:

  • Develop core academic skills including reading, math, writing, oral literature, and oral language
  • Foster social and emotional growth as well as character development
  • Develop an understanding of school behaviors and self-regulation
  • Strengthen communication skills using guided play
  • Develop cooperation, planning, and problem-solving skills.

Our teachers tailor instruction to the developmental levels and interests of the students, increasing their enthusiasm and motivation to learn. Students gain an understanding of academic concepts and social responsibility through multi-sensory, hands-on experiences.

  • Program runs 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday through Friday, July 1-31 (except July 4 and 5)
  • Parents are encouraged to apply by April 1 for an early-bird discount on tuition
  • There is a lunch break every day. Water and juice are provided, but students will need to bring their own lunch.

Summer Afternoon: Activity Program Options

Summer Afternoon Activities Program

The Summer Afternoon Activities Program (which is open to any child enrolled in the Academic Program, with the exception of children enrolled in the Summer Foundations Program) immerses children in a fun and energetic midday program where group work, social skills and fair play are emphasized and reinforced. Students are encouraged to take risks and actively participate in a variety of group activities while fostering positive relationships with staff and peers.


Each day incorporates a variety of activities, including indoor and outdoor games, field trips, beach outings, arts & crafts, cooking, Legos and other board games, imaginary play, computers, and music. Problem-solving and social skills are interwoven into all activities.

The staff of the Summer Afternoon Activities Program will consist primarily of members of the Eagle Hill School faculty and staff.

  • Program runs 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, July 1-31 (except 4 and 5)
  • Parents are encouraged to apply by April 1 for an early-bird discount on tuition
  • There is a snack break each day. Students will need to bring their own snack.

Summer Afternoon Social Skills Program

While our entire summer program emphasizes social problem solving and communication skills, there are some students who benefit from additional, direct instruction in understanding and using social language. The Social Skills Program is small in size, which allows facilitators to create individualized goals based on a student's specific needs.

Teachers provide explicit instruction in social and emotional language concepts, and help students develop their social thinking and associated social skills. A dynamic Eagle Hill team with extensive experience with social pragmatic language runs the group. Areas of focus include:

  • Social problem solving
  • Perspective taking
  • Self-regulation
  • Executive Function skills
  • Conversation skills
  • Identification of emotions (feelings)

Discussion and social interaction activities help students learn how to use pragmatic language successfully, recognize the skills and expectations necessary to be a positive member of a group, and initiate and sustain peer relationships.

Students must be registered in the morning Academic Program to be eligible. Students enrolled in the Summer Foundations Program are not eligible for this program. Enrollment in this program requires an additional fee.

Tuition and Fees

  • Summer Academic Program Only: $3,600
  • Summer Academic Program and Afternoon Activities: $5,400
  • Social Language Group (additional fee): $1,200

Meet our Summer Staff

Summer Academic Program Co-Director

Mr. Flood has been teaching at Eagle Hill for 19 years, and has worked in the Summer Program for 16 of those years. He holds a Masters of Professional Studies in Special Education and Elementary Education. He loves to teach, and is a self-proclaimed math and history geek. He loves collecting “artifacts” and antiques that he can use in his classroom and show to his students, so that they might also develop a love of history.

Outside of the classroom, Mr. Flood loves spending time with his family and friends, watching baseball, listening to music, and riding his motorcycle as much as he can!

Summer Program Academic Advisor

Mr. Baynes has been teaching at Eagle Hill for seven years. He has his Bachelors in Special Education and Elementary Education, his Masters in Childhood Special Education, and is currently working towards a Masters in Educational Leadership.

In his free time, Mr. Baynes enjoys traveling, watching sports, and spending time with family and friends.

Summer Academic Program Co-Director

Mrs. Garris has been working at Eagle Hill for the past seven years. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Master of Arts in Teaching for General Education with an Advanced Certificate in Special Education. At Eagle Hill, she teaches reading, writing, and math. She loves working at a school that provides individualized instruction that allows students to succeed as learners!

When she’s not teaching, Mrs. Garris enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends.

Summer Social Skills Program

This will be Dr. Blank's third summer at Eagle Hill. Dr. Blank is the Director of Psychological Services and is also a co-facilitator of the Summer Social Language Program. Helping students to develop their self-advocacy skills as well as develop individual strategies to help youth manage the challenges along their academic journey are focuses for Dr. Blank.

Outside of the classroom, Dr. Blank loves to spend time with his family, play basketball, fish, and play a few rounds of golf.

Summer Afternoon Activities Program Director

Mr. Dayton has worked at Eagle Hill for 17 years. He holds a Masters in Education Leadership and a Masters in School Counseling. Prior to serving as Co-Director of the Admissions and Placement Office, he taught a wide range of middle school subjects, including math, science, and history.

When he's not at Eagle Hill, Mr. Dayton enjoys chasing after his two young children and playing golf with friends on the weekend!

Summer Program Academic Advisor

Ms. Abbondola has been working at Eagle Hill for the past five years. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary and Special Education and a Master’s Degree in Literacy. At Eagle Hill, she teaches writing and literature. She’s looking forward to helping students learn and grow this summer. 

When she’s not teaching, Ms. Abbondola enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with her family, friends, and dog Pepper. 

LEARN MORE ABOUT EAGLE HILL SCHOOL:

EAGLE HILL AT-A-GLANCE

  • Ages of students: 5-15
  • Total enrollment: 255
  • Head of School: Clay Kaufman
  • Number of Teaching Faculty: 75
  • Number of Boarding Students: Up to 35 (five days/week)
  • Student Teacher Ratios: 1:1 to 12:1
  • Founded in 1975
  • Eagle Hill is accredited by the State of Connecticut Department of Education
  • The National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) has selected Eagle Hill as a School of Excellence seven years in a row.

     

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Preventing the Summer Slide

By Dr. Marjorie E. Castro

As educators, one thing that concerns all of us at Eagle Hill School in Greenwich is the amount of learning that our students lose during the summer months. This “summer slide” can be discouraging for a student as a new school year begins.

Of course, we all (teachers and families alike) look forward to the summer months. Longer, warmer days with more time to relax, spend time with our loved ones, and maybe even take a nice, long trip. Still, summer is always shorter than we think and goes by faster than we anticipate. Though we all need and cherish this more relaxing time, it’s estimated that, without support, young students can lose significant academic progress over the summer. This means that students, and teachers, are starting off the next school year at a disadvantage. It’s thought that teachers can spend up to six weeks of the new school year working to get their students back to their pre-summer point.

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So, as educators and parents, how can we help prevent the “summer slide” and be sure that our children have a wonderful, relaxing summer – but also maintain the skills and strategies they’ve gained during the school year? At Eagle Hill, we provide every family with a packet of summer work, but often our parents ask for more ideas. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Read. Perhaps this seems like an obvious suggestion, but it’s often harder to find time to read than you might think. Spend time reading out loud as a family (take turns!), listen to audio books in the car on your road trip, visit your local library for a new best-seller…however you can incorporate reading! Think about establishing a sacred time each day when all screens are off and everyone in the family reads.
  • Teach (or learn!) life-skills. Work together with your child on a new recipe or a family-favorite (recipes require reading and math!), teach your child how to do their own laundry, or pack the dishwasher. All of these chores require a certain amount of thought and problem-solving which strengthens a child’s ability to do something independently! This independence and the confidence it builds will transfer to school and a child’s ability to take on other learning challenges.
  • Consider a “daily dose” of writing. Perhaps we don’t have time to write a novel, but setting aside five minutes to write per-day could make a world of difference. Have your child start a journal and write about the wonderful experiences they’re having over the summer.
  • Make learning part of your vacation. Spending all day at the beach can be wonderful, but find time to visit museums, historical sites, zoos, aquariums, etc. wherever you may be vacationing. These trips can help keep your child’s mind active.

You may also consider enrolling your child in a summer academic program. It might sound like a hard-sell, especially for a child who may struggle in school, but a summer program is hugely beneficial in keeping the summer slide at bay. At Eagle Hill, our Summer Academic Program is entirely in the month of July – giving time in June and in August for families to vacation and spend time with each other. Our Eagle Hill teachers teach reading, math, study skills, and writing – the subjects that often deteriorate the most during the summer months. It is focused learning during the morning hours with no homework. Children can elect to stay on for extended day enrichment activities or to just have fun with family and friends in the afternoon. The morning academic program solidifies skills learned during the school year and takes students to the next level so that they are well-prepared for a new school year.

However you chose to combat summer learning loss, be sure to find time for fun and family as well ... But do make time to keep your child’s brain working so that their new experiences over summer break contribute to their success in the school year. Try and have your children read stories that relate to those experiences, write about the wonder of a summer vacation, and have opportunities for practical learning (buying his/her own ice cream cone and figuring out what the change will be) – all of these things can ease your child’s transition back into school in September.