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Notes for Prospective Students
Eagle Hill School is unique in helping the child with learning
disabilities to develop academic skills and self-confidence.
mission is to provide intensive, short-term, remedial instruction
and then return the child to the educational mainstream as soon as
Eagle Hill School serves children from Fairfield and Westchester
counties as well as Manhattan in its day program, and children from
the tri-state areas of Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey in its
five-day boarding program (as well as internationally - the school
has accepted children from as far away as Bermuda, London, China,
and other countries, as well as across the U.S.).
The school is
approved as a special education facility by the Connecticut State
Department of Education, is accredited through the Connecticut
Association of Independent Schools, and approved as a State of
Connecticut Approved Special Education Program.
Children are referred to Eagle Hill by their school, clinicians,
physicians, and other parents.
Our students enter Eagle Hill with
average or above average intelligence, many with specific talents,
but because of their difficulties comprehending or expressing
language, they share the experience of academic failure. By
carefully evaluating each child's potential and determining the
specific nature of his or her learning difficulty, an
individualized ecational program is developed.
No single remedial technique is followed exclusively at Eagle Hill
Rather, each child's program draws from as many approaches
as needs demand.
Classes are ungraded; children learn and advance
at their own pace.
Each child has a daily language arts tutorial as
the core of his/her instructional program.
Eagle Hill's low student-teacher ratio allows for flexible
programming to address individual needs in each area.
Students also participate in a broad range of activities in
addition to their academic courses.
The athletic program, designed
to enhance fitness, promote skill development, and encourage a
life-long interest in sports, is an integral part of life at Eagle
Student council and community service programs provide
opportunities for leadership and service, enriching our strong
sense of community.
Electives, including art, drama, photography,
computers, and others round out the offering.
Every fall, teachers and advisors meet with administrators to
assess each returning child's progress and to recommend candidates
for post-Eagle Hill placement.
Parents are consulted and a list of
suggested schools is provided.
During the child's last year, the
supports are gradually removed in preparation for their return to
the educational mainstream. When children leave Eagle Hill,
they will have developed the academic tools, self-confidence, and
self-advocacy skills required to more effectively deal with a world
that is increasingly more dependent on language.
Beyond that, they
will have learned to make their own decisions, solve their own
problems and win their own battles.
From that experience, perhaps
most importantly, they will have developed a firm sense of self
worth to carry them through life.