Today the Board of Directors at Eagle Hill Southport School announced that on Monday, April 17, the School purchased real estate at 226/228 Main Street, adjacent to campus and formerly home to People’s United Bank. The School will begin renovations on the building this May. The new building’s architectural footprint also will include a new Admissions Suite, with dedicated space for greeting new students, families, and visitors, as well as a new Communications Center. The space vacated by those departments, which are currently housed in the Pequot School building, will be reconfigured in the future based on the Campus Master Plan developed in collaboration with Peterman Architects, Inc.
“This is a very exciting time to be part of Eagle Hill Southport School because it continues to deliver on its mission to provide transformative educational experiences that have lifelong impact on its students,” said Virginia Cargill, chair of the board and local Southport resident. “This expansion marks a pivotal change in each student’s daily experience that will enrich their learning; and it, quite literally, opens our doors even wider to the greater community of learning differences and education.”
As part of a strategic Campus Master Plan, the renovated building will serve as a hub of creativity for Eagle Hill Southport School students and faculty, featuring large, open classroom space for music, the arts, movement, and teacher training.
“The new building represents an opportunity to invest in connecting research-to-practice in unique ways to serve our community of inspiring and talented learners,” said Benjamin Powers, headmaster. “I feel a great sense of privilege and honor to launch such an important and thoughtful space for our next generation of leaders, innovators, and creative thinkers.”
Strategic goals for the new space include creating new learning opportunities to engage our students with our time-tested multisensory approach; enhancing our co-curricular programs with more time and space; improving the quality, size, and number of learning spaces that align with the strengths of students with learning and attention issues; incorporating a state-of-the-art teacher training space; delivering a new reception experience to visitors and guests; and preserving the history of one of the most important buildings in the heart of the Southport community.
“Eagle Hill Southport School is a unique environment with its community of students with dyslexia and ADHD. We push the envelope for those students by actively connecting with the most prominent researchers in the field to bring best practices and current research into our classrooms,” continued Powers. “We are trailblazers in our approach to thinking about how to help our students develop a strong academic foundation while leveraging their cerebrodiversity. A significant body of research indicates that exposure to music, art, and movement can trigger the brain in ways that benefit enhanced neural connections. This new building will allow us to stretch our capacity to deliver those types of experiences to our students.”
Since its inception in 1985, EHSS is dedicated to creating an environment for students with language-based learning differences and ADHD that recognizes individual strengths, promotes independent thinking, develops self-esteem and self-advocacy, and supports a successful transition for continued academic achievement. In our coeducational elementary, middle, and summer school programs, students can safely take risks and are championed by a faculty that is student-focused and uses research and evidence-based approaches. In the last 32 years, EHSS has grown from serving 20 students to 110, aged 5 to 15, across more than 20 communities in Connecticut and New York. To learn more about EHSS, visit eaglehillsouthport.org.