The Hill School develops leaders by immersing highly impactful, authentic learning experiences into academic, residential, and social programming. Hill students leave the School both ready for the next step in their academic journeys and prepared to orchestrate positive change throughout their lives.
Personal: At every stage of their Hill School careers, students learn and practice skills that are critical not just for leadership, but for their everyday lives, including time management, organization, and a strong work ethic. As students get older, expectations rise, so that these skills are constantly evolving in response to new and different demands, much as they will throughout students’ lives.
Interpersonal: Strong relationships are at the heart of The Hill School experience. Students learn to build and maintain relationships with faculty and peers, and they learn the importance of these relationships to their own success and the success of others. Through their class work and their co-curricular and residential experiences, students learn to be contributing members of a group, to collaborate with others, and to manage and resolve conflict in ways that have a lasting impact on the community. Older students are role models, mentors, and caretakers of younger students and of the School’s culture and traditions, practicing the same skills that will be critical for effective leadership in college and beyond.
Communication: As part of The Hill’s comprehensive liberal arts curriculum, students develop strong written and oral communications skills. Hill students take part in small group discussions and meetings, learning first how to communicate effectively in these settings and then how to lead them. They practice delivering improvised remarks in dorm meetings and lunch announcements, and prepared speeches in Chapel talks and classroom presentations. Remembering that relationships are the key to successful leadership, students learn how to persuade others in a thoughtful, respectful manner.
Vision and Judgment: As Hill students progress along their academic and social journeys, they learn the importance of gathering information and considering all sides of an issue. They are challenged to develop their critical thinking skills and to question things rather than accept them. Fourth form students are taken through a visioning and goal-setting process that prepares them for the their last two years at The Hill while developing a mindset they will be able to use throughout their personal and professional lives.
Resilience: Fail-forward learning is a cornerstone to a Hill School education to ensure students are able to accept and receive feedback in a positive way. This helps all students develop persistence and a desire to hold themselves accountable.