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Academics at Hillside

Hillside is almost unique in its ability to meet every boy at his individual learning threshold.  With 10-12 students in each class and a campus numbering 140 boys, Hillside in many ways resembles a village dedicated to learning -- a village in which everyone knows each other, and everyone is devoted to the shared growth of the community.Academics are intentionally designed for a spectrum of learning styles -- from complex and accelerated courses, to programs designed for international ESL students, to coursework that supports bright boys with particular areas of learning difficulty.

One of the key characteristics of Hillside academic life is our shared commitment to explicitly teaching boys to learn how to learn.  By the time these same boys are in high school, they will have already established habits of learning.  While most schools simply assume that boys will somehow pick up note-taking and research, for example, we recognize that such a hands-off approach can lead to long-term inefficiencies.  At Hillside, we embrace the responsibility for actively teaching our boys how to take notes, how to read a text, how to study, and how to research -- so that when they graduate, they are genuinely and deeply prepared to tackle the challenges of their future learning.

In each boy's life, his Middle School years are pivotal, fleeting, and impressionable.  Wherever he goes to school, each boy will undoubtedly have multiple opportunities to study such things as literature and American History.  But he will never have the opportunity again to be so open to the development of sound and structured habits for learning.  At Hillside, our primary academic goal is to graduate students who have the skills to move confidently forward into a world in which the process of learning will never end. 

 

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