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How Boarding School Prepared Me for College

Written by Max Schaefer '10

When I first headed off for boarding school, I had the distinct feeling that I was being “shipped away.” I had read Roald Dahl’s books that detailed his many stories of strict parochial boarding schools, heard accounts from friends about these being places where “the bad kids went,” and generally understood it to be a punishment of some sort.

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My Child Was Diagnosed With a Learning Disability – Now What?

Written by Eagle Hill School

No parent is thrilled to hear that their child has a learning disability. At first blush this means a few things: my child will struggle more than others…my child will always be behind…my child is in for a difficult life.

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Exercise and Your LD Student

Written by Eagle Hill School

It is commonly understood that exercise can benefit us all. From cardiac to cognitive benefits, it is almost universally accepted that “working out” is good for us. This same logic applies to students and individuals who struggle with learning disabilities ranging from common disabilities to more involved learning profiles.

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Create Like a Mathematician?!

Written by Dr. Tony McCaffrey Teacher at Eagle Hill School

Most students do not think of mathematicians as being creative. Math was created long ago, so their story goes. Geometry was created 2,300 years ago; algebra 1,200 years ago; and calculus 350 years ago. No math has been created since long ago, they speculate.

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Why Choose a School with an IB Program?

Written by Jason Przypek History Dept. Chair at Eagle Hill School and Former Editor of Learning Diversity.

If you’re a parent looking for the right fit in an independent school, then you might want to give an extra look at any school with an IB program. I say this not only to parents with ambitious straight A students, but to parents in general looking for a quality learning community.

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The Importance of Internships for Students with Learning Disabilities

Written by Eagle Hill School

Getting into college is more difficult and more competitive than ever. The process has become increasingly complicated, stressful, and even emotionally taxing for both students and parents. However, like anything, being prepared and well equipped can greatly help smooth the process.

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College Admission Tips for Students with Learning Disabilities

Written by Jed Geary Director of College Counseling at Eagle Hill School

Many of these tips can be applied to all students applying to college; however, there are a few tips that are specific to students diagnosed with a specific learning disability.

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New Year, New You – A Checklist for Success

Written by Eagle Hill School

Every year we set resolutions for the new year. It’s not uncommon to see hordes of people hitting the gym, getting into the office early, or taking on other new challenges. Unfortunately, most of these bursts of action are short-lived, and this is mostly because people don’t have a solid plan in place to keep them on track.

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Home for the Holidays: Understanding Your Child When They Are Home From Boarding School

Written by Eagle Hill School

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…the holidays are in full swing, family is gathering for festive fun, cheer is in the air…and your kids are home from boarding school? Now, we know that everyone misses their children when they’re off at school, but the reality is that having them home for a few weeks can be quite the adjustment.

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Learning Disabilities and IB

Written by Jason Przypek History Dept. Chair at Eagle Hill School and Former Editor of Learning Diversity.

Many people only vaguely familiar with the IB Diploma Program might describe it as a prestigious and rigorous course of study, well respected but demanding, the kind of thing that makes high school juniors and seniors pull out their prematurely graying hair. What they might not know is that IB is committed to making its programs accessible to the widest range of students. A whole range of accommodations is available to students with learning (dis)abilities. And, most importantly, the program is wonderfully flexible, leaving day-to-day pedagogical decisions and instructional methods to the discretion of the teacher in the classroom.

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What is Learning Diversity about?

Learning Diversity is a blog hosted by Eagle Hill School where educators, students, and other members of the LD community regularly contribute posts and critical essays about learning and living in spaces that privilege the inevitability of human diversity.

The contributors of Learning Diversity come together to engage our readers from a variety of disciplines, including the humanities, social sciences, biological sciences and mathematics, athletics, and residential life. Embracing learning diversity means understanding and respecting our students as whole persons.

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