Boarding Student Life
As the family boarding school, The Hill provides a true second home for our students who reside on campus. Most Hill faculty members and their families reside in the dorms as dorm parents, and those who live in other faculty residences serve as affiliates to a dormitory. These faculty members support students as they learn to be independent young adults. Through caring guidance, boarding students learn the importance of respecting themselves and others, while at the same time learning to manage their time and study effectively during evening study hall.
Family Night in the Dormitory:
Family Nights are held on most Tuesday evenings throughout the academic year. This is fun time for students to get together with their dormmates and dorm parent.
Some of our students' favorite Family Night activities include:
- Broomball during the winter term on the Hall/Eccleston Rink
- Dorm feeds: baking brownies, take-out from local restaurants, ice cream sundaes, cereal night, and more!
- Scavenger Hunts and Capture the Flag on campus
- Movie nights - off-campus at a local theatre or in the common room
Dorm Parents:To maintain the tradition of The Family Boarding School, faculty members and their families reside in apartments within the dormitories. This close interaction between students and teachers outside the classroom enables faculty to be more aware of each student's academic and personal goals, strengths, and weaknesses. Each dormitory is divided into halls, and each hall is overseen by one dorm parent. Dorm parents are responsible for the smooth operation of their dormitory halls and the safety and productivity of their students. They define the rules and set the standards for good communal living.
Dorm parents also encourage socialization on the hall by offering casual get-togethers and informal hall meetings. By establishing and maintaining positive relationships with his or her students, a dorm parent also serves as a means of support when students needs advice on personal or academic matters. Students get to know their dorm parents and their families quite well, and it is imperative for parents to also be acquainted with their child's dorm parent.
Intensive training is required of all prefects including an initial orientation program and weekly training sessions conducted throughout the year. Rising fifth and sixth form Hill students who wish to hold this leadership position may submit an application to become a prefect. Qualities desired in prefects include sensitivity, self-discipline, maturity, and reliability. The prefect selection process is rather competitive; to be named a Hill prefect is quite an honor.
Residential Life Curriculum
Through Eudemonia and Flourishing, two well-being initiatives taught and delivered to our entire student body, The Hill School provides a welcoming and nurturing atmosphere, enabling students to understand the world around them and the talents within them. The programs are integrated and reinforced in both the classroom and residence halls, creating a
cohesive learning and living environment. A priority of our Residential Life program is to provide a safe space for students to have conversations about empathy, managing conflict, resilience, and judgment. These lessons, along with The Hill’s formal academic curriculum, co-curricular activities, and adviser program allow Hill students to thrive.
Evening Hours in the Dorm:
7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Gym facilities open for sixth formers
6 – 10 p.m. Library open
7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Formal study hall conditions. Students may sign-out of the dorm for extra help or to work in the library.
8 – 10 p.m. Grille open
10 p.m. Sixth form check in
(9:30 p.m. on Sundays)
10:30 p.m. Third form lights out
11 p.m. Fourth and fifth form lights out
11 p.m. Sixth formers in rooms for the night
Midnight Strongly recommended lights out for sixth formers
Tuesday - Family Night: Library, Grille, and gym facilities close before dinner. All students check-in for the night by 8:30 p.m.