Hillside provides a warm “home away from home” for boys who live on campus either five or seven days a week. Living at Hillside offers students a wealth of possibilities for learning responsibility and cooperation. Many quickly learn that whether their housemates are from Boston or Beijing, they have much to offer each other.
Having most faculty members and administrators living on campus forms a neighborhood in which adults, skilled in interacting with young boys and in tune with their interests and concerns, are a consistent presence. All Hillside house parents are also administrators, teachers, and coaches, so boarders get the chance to know faculty members in a variety of contexts. Student leaders who have been selected as prefects and proctors also play a vital role in the houses, helping new boys acclimate to life at Hillside and serving as role models.