Mission and Philosophy

Our Mission

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.

Our Philosophy

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 independent, 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

Fast Facts

Founded: 1967
Head of School: Dr. PJ McDonald
Grades: 8-12
Enrollment: 220
Boarders: 196
States: 27
Countries: 10
Acres: 200+
Full-time faculty members: 80, 119 total employees
Student to faculty ratio: 2.5:1
Average class size: 6:1
College Acceptance: 96%
Accreditation: NEASC
Summer Program: Eagle Hill runs a five-week summer session for boys and girls ages 10-16.
P.O. Box 116
242 Old Petersham Road
Hardwick, MA 01037
Phone: 413.477.6000
Fax: 413.477.6837

Eagle Hill School

An innovative approach to LD education in a classic New England boarding school environment, where diverse learners achieve success.