Eagle Hill School | Hardwick

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Basic Information

Address: 242 Old Petersham Road, Hardwick, MA
Phone Number: 413-477-6000
Fax Number: 413-477-6837
President: Dr. PJ McDonald
School Type: Private | Boarding | Day | Coed | Independent

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Eagle Hill School | Hardwick
Eagle Hill School | Hardwick
Eagle Hill School | Hardwick
Eagle Hill School | Hardwick

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Additional Information

Founded: 1967
Ages/Grades: 8-12
School Setting:

Eagle Hill School is located on 200 acres in the quintessential New England town of Hardwick, Massachusetts

School Size: 215
Classroom Size: 6
Student/Teacher Ratio: 6:1

$62,013 - Day | $86,561 - Boarding

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One of the most important and innovative ways in which Eagle Hill School manages to act on the specific needs of each student is our 9-term curriculum design.

Instead of trying to force each student's schedule into a rigid calendar of semesters and quarters, Eagle Hill School’s calendar is a flexible matrix of six daily class meeting times over nine academic terms. Individual class sections can meet in a nearly unlimited range of configurations, allowing students to pursue their academic preparation in ways that make sense for their subject and their individual needs.

Students are placed in very small sections, averaging six students apiece, based on consideration of multiple data points such as student interest, achievement, social development, and learning preferences.

Percentage of Graduating Class: 100%
Support Services:

Speech and Language: Instruction by a speech language professional takes place in individual sessions during the academic day. Targets include a variety of receptive and expressive language skills, as well as selected learning skills based on individual student needs.

Reading Tutorial: Eagle Hill School reading teachers are professionally trained and provide instruction in an array of approaches, which include the following:
• Structured Word Inquiry (SWI)
• Orton-Gillingham (Wilson, Spire, and Barton)
• Lindamood Bell (LIPs, Visualizing and Verbalizing, Seeing Stars)
Executive Function Instruction: Content area teachers, academic advisors, and dorm counsellors who are certified life coaches provide instruction and strategies for students in the classroom, during advisory, in the dormitory, and during study hall. Executive function skills are addressed and instruction is provided to help students improve cognitive flexibility, strengthen working memory, and be more aware of and better understand how to control impulsive behavior.
Infirmary/Health Services: The health services team consists of four full-time nurses and a full-time administrative assistant, with visits from a medical director as needed for medical concerns.
Psychological Services/Counselling: In some cases, students may benefit from scheduled 1:1 time with a licensed counselor to discuss the wide range of experiences and emotions that teenagers go through. As such, Eagle Hill partners with part-time, independent clinicians who maintain office space here on campus. These highly effective counselors assist students with whom they work on their social and emotional development.

Camp Programs: Yes
After School Programs: Yes
Computer Capabilities:

Eagle Hill School’s PJM STEM Center provides our students with the spaces, instruction, and tools to guide them toward becoming twenty-first-century innovators. Our maker community celebrates the new entrepreneurial spirit of the age, providing a vital foundation for our students to work in a nonlinear process, trying multiple strategies to arrive at plausible solutions to vexing problems—what contemporary designers and policymakers call “wicked problems.” Solutions reveal themselves to our students as they engage in iterative design-thinking activities: empathizing, defining, ideating, prototyping, and testing.

School Championships:

Athletics, fitness, and health are integral parts of life at Eagle Hill. Much like our academic curriculum, the sports and fitness program is robust and features opportunities for every student. Whether they are a high-level athlete preparing for competition at the collegiate level, a newcomer trying a sport for the first time, or simply looking to be active and focus on fitness, everyone can find what they’re looking for.

Our varsity and junior varsity level teams compete with schools from all over New England. With league championships in multiple sports, All-League student athletes, and world-class facilities, Eagle Hill enjoys a strong reputation in interscholastic play. At the same time, there are ample opportunities for students to explore new sports and compete comfortably while improving their skills.

Eagle Hill’s most recent league championships include:
2023 – Boys Varsity basketball
2022-2023 – Eastern Independent League (EIL) Wrestling Tournament Champions
2022 – RVAL | Boys Varsity Soccer
2022 – SENE Golf Tournament
2022 – SENE Ultimate Championship
2022 – RVAL | Boys Varsity Basketball

School Clubs:

The spirit of involvement at Eagle Hill School is most evident in our after-school clubs and activities offered throughout the year. In addition to the wide variety of opportunities to pursue personal interests through clubs, theater, music, athletics, community service, and special projects, the school calendar is full of concerts, themed dinners, lectures, and movies.

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Mission Statement:

Eagle Hill School educates students identified with learning (dis)abilities by providing an intimate and encouraging community that honors the individual, values learning diversity, and cultivates international mindedness.

Philosophy/Belief Statement: Eagle Hill School believes: • that every student can learn • that every person who interacts with a student is a teacher • that learning differently demands teaching differently • that the foremost responsibility for pedagogical decisions lies with individual teachers • that all teachers should have the necessary resources for implementing the curriculum • that parent partnerships are an essential component in the pursuit of academic and social development • that we must encourage students to learn about learning and to form their own beliefs in a search for intellectual autonomy • that personal and social growth must be nurtured alongside intellectual development • that the exploration of the arts and exposure to athletics and physical fitness are essential components in the development of individual, curious, and critical thinkers • that we should cultivate in our students a sense of moral responsibility for their thoughts and actions • that we should inspire our students to be global students who embrace the differences in the world that they will inherit
School History: Eagle Hill School is an independently operated, private boarding school serving students in grades 8-12 with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia, and other learning disabilities in Hardwick, Massachusetts, which was founded in 1967. In the early 1960s, Dr. James J.A. Cavanaugh, Director of the Department of Pediatrics at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Brighton, Massachusetts, began to devote his work to children with dyslexia or a specific learning disability. Eagle Hill School in Hardwick is a preparatory college program, which was conceived from Cavanaugh's recognition of the impact of this disability on the growing child and the limited facilities available for remediation. Joining Dr. Cavanaugh to launch the school were Educational Director Mr. Charles Drake of Brandeis University and Headmaster Mr. Howard Delano, formerly of Fryeburg Academy. Nineteen children were in residence when the school opened its doors on family-owned property in September 1967. All of them were housed in the Main House, which now contains the school's administrative offices. By the third year, a dedicated dormitory was constructed, and one-hundred children were in residence. Today, the campus boasts a state-of-the art STEM and academic compound, cultural center for visual and performing arts, multi-sport athletic facilities, and vibrant community. Eagle Hill School graduates are academically accomplished, intellectually curious, and socially engaged young adults. They matriculate to a broad range of competitive colleges, and they experience success in college at a rate that far exceeds the national average. Most importantly, they enter the wider world as confident, competent, and principled men and women.
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Located in Hardwick, Massachusetts, Eagle Hill School is a coeducational college preparatory boarding and day school that provides an individualized education for students in grades 8-12 with diverse learning profiles, including those identified as having dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, as well as students with ADHD (inattentive type).

At Eagle Hill School, we understand that our students are blessed with multiple learning abilities and that it is our responsibility as educators to identify, celebrate, and support each student in capitalizing on his or her individual genius. Moreover, instead of merely providing support within a traditional classroom setting, Eagle Hill School designs classes around each student's particular strengths and needs. By emphasizing individualized attention within the context of a small classroom environment, Eagle Hill provides for the academic, social, and personal growth of each student.