Hampshire Country School is a small, family-style boarding school for boys of very high ability who have had difficulty in larger, socially complex schools. It is primarily a junior (middle) school and is especially suitable for boys who enter when they are 8 to 11 years old.
Learning is not difficult for most HCS students when life is going well; but most were previously frustrated, discouraged, and without friends because they could not adapt in other settings. For many, the problems were a direct result of their high ability, strong interests, and intense behavior. For others, the difficulties may have been related to Asperger’s syndrome, nonverbal learning disabilities, executive function problems, or ADHD. Hampshire Country School is a place where the abilities of such boys are more important than their problems, and where many boys are, for the first time, with peers who see their strengths, share their interests, and may match their temperament.
HCS classes provide a solid education in English, history, math, science, and a foreign language. The elementary program, through grade 6, is structured but flexible, in order to adapt to students’ interests, skills, difficulties, and momentary readiness to learn. Courses for older students are more traditional, and students move from one subject teacher to another. Class sizes range from 3 to 6.
All students are boarding students. The school faculty and administrators live on campus and are engaged with students both in and out of class. Extra-curricular activities include art, drama, recreation-level sports, hiking, canoeing, beginning and intermediate music lessons, board games, reading, and lots of outdoor play. The 1700-acre campus includes forests, fields, streams, ponds, and a small mountain.
Hampshire Country School is an active, engaging, and supportive community. Many students experience here the happiest and most memorable of their growing-up years.
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