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Mission, Values, and Traditions

Our Guiding Principles

Life at Eagle Hill is driven by the observance of our four key values: honesty, kindness, respect, and purpose. When students embrace these guiding principles, they flourish in our nurturing and supportive environment, and they begin to harness their true potential. Similarly, these values dictate the manner in which our students, faculty, and all members of the community interact among themselves and with the greater world.

Whether it be in the classroom, on the athletic field, or socially among friends, our belief is that decisions and growth are best navigated with strong underlying ethics. These core values are the foundation on which our students build lives of decency, consequence, and pride. Students are recognized for their embodiment of these values, ensuring that the whole Eagle Hill family sees them as actionable, livable choices.

Our Core Values

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

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.
Graduation Bell Ringing

School Traditions - Ringing of the Bell

On opening night in September, each of our new students rings the bell at the back of Cochrane House, referred to on campus as the “Main House.”

The ringing of the bell symbolizes the beginning of a student’s journey as a member of the Eagle Hill community. Additionally, the new students sign our honor codebook, pledging “to lead lives of purpose” and to conduct themselves with “honesty, respect, and kindness."

The bell remains silent throughout the year until graduation day. On that day, members of the graduating class ring the bell again, this time symbolizing the end of their journey and celebrating their successes as students of EHS.

The graduating class begins its procession from the back of the Main House at the bell and then continues through the heart of campus to the graduation stage. The ringing of the bell is one of our most beloved traditions.