Health and Wellness
Thanks to a partnership with Dr. John Ratey, author of Spark and professor at Harvard Medical School, Eagle Hill spent two years designing, building, developing a program that enables—inspires even—every EHS student, faculty, and community member to engage in physical activity.
Eagle Hill School understands exercise is a powerful way to support learning. The profound consequences of even modest but regular exercise—for the brain and for learning—are truly stunning. As such, EHS has committed to providing those opportunities and advantages to our students. Students who choose not to participate in an interscholastic sport during a particular season will choose a SPARK activity each day (Monday–Thursday).
The Eagle Hill health services team provides a safe, secure, and friendly approach to each individual student’s health and well-being, whether it is the evaluation and treatment of an acute medical issue, the care of a chronic condition, or the general overall daily care and concern for a student. Equipped with a newly renovated health center that can accommodate six ill students at a time and spaces for private conversations between students and providers, our Health Services Department provides the compassionate care our students need in a warm, homey environment.
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.
All student medication is distributed through the health center at mealtimes and bedtime. Over-the-counter medications are also available at these times, as well as in the health center from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8:00 a.m. to11:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Eagle Hill understands that social and emotional learning are integral parts of adolescence. Monthly SEL guided activities in the classroom and weekly dorm floor student life curriculum meetings are two ways we strive to have open conversations and guide our students along their path. Topics such as empathy and embracing differences, gratitude, emotional awareness, boundaries, time management and organization, health awareness, healthy relationships, and many more are covered, with discussions lead by our teaching and student life faculty.
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. Being away from home for the first time, feelings of anxiety or stress, or exploring one’s academic or personal goals are all things that students can work on in conjunction with our counseling office. As such, Eagle Hill partners with a few 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, allowing students to better access all of the educational and extracurricular activities at EHS and, ultimately, to reach their full potential.
In Cases of Emergency
In cases of emergency, our health services team utilizes Baystate Mary Lane Outpatient Center in Ware, Massachusetts—about fifteen minutes from campus—for emergency room visits, routine blood work, physical therapy, and radiology, among other services. Baystate Springfield is also used for referrals, about a forty-five minute drive from campus. Emergency services for orthodontic treatment is provided through McKenna & Caban Family Orthodontics in Belchertown, Massachusetts, about thirty minutes away.