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 grade 2 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 or first grade)

The Foundations Academic Program helps students entering kindergarten and first 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) 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 Language Group

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 Language Group 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. Enrollment in this program requires an additional fee.

Tuition and Fees

Prior to May 1, 2019

  • Summer Academic Program Only: $3,400
  • Summer Academic Program and Afternoon Activities: $5,000
  • Social Language Group (additional fee): $1,000

After May 1, 2019

  • 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 Language 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!



  • Ages of students: 5-15
  • Total enrollment: 255
  • Head of School: Dr. Marjorie E. Castro
  • 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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