271 Pine Nook Road, P.O. Box 7
Deerfield, MA 01342
Deerfield, MA 01342
Tel: (413) 774-9111
Gr: (Boarding) 6-9 | 247 students
At the heart of the school is the shared life of teachers, their families, and boys working together. This is the common room of Halsted House, one of five dormitories on campus.
Eaglebrook's winter sports options include: hockey, competitive skiing, swimming and diving, basketball, squash, snowboarding, recreational skiing, ski patrol, and wrestling. The Easton Ski Area, located on campus, has six trails and is serviced by a double chairlift. Snowmaking and grooming happen throughout the winter.
Fall sports at Eaglebrook include: football, soccer, mountain biking, hiking, water polo, recreational tennis, and cross country running.
Spring sports options at Eaglebrook include: baseball, lacrosse, tennis, golf, track & field, and the wilderness rangers program.
Eaglebrook works hard to maintain a vibrant middle school athletic program for boys of all sizes and abilities. The school boasts top-notch athletic facilities, including a pool, a hockey rink, six international squash courts, a track, and numerous playing fields. Learn more at https://www.eaglebrook.org/athletics.
Eaglebrook's vision is to help each student develop his unique gifts during the important middle school years, and our mission is to meet boys where they are in their development and to encourage them to build self-confidence through success. Eaglebrook offers a rich and diverse curriculum geared toward the learning styles of middle school boys.
Eaglebrook offers a vibrant drama program. The department presents plays three times a year, and all students are encouraged to be a part of the productions.
Eaglebrook’s role is to help each boy come into full and confident possession of his innate talents, to improve the skills needed for the challenges of secondary school, and to establish values that will allow him to be a person who respects individual differences and acts with thoughtfulness and humanity.
|Definition of Terms
2015 School Data
|School Focus||Junior Boarding School|
|Grades (Boarding)||Grades 6-9|
|Supports Learning Differences (LD)||Yes|
|Campus Size||800 acres|
|% Students of Color||
|% International Students||
|% Students Boarding||
Academics and Faculty
|Classroom Dress Code||Casual
(Collared shirt, shorts in fall and spring only, socks required)
|Average Class Size||10 students|
|Teacher : Student Ratio||1:5|
|Number of AP Courses Offered||n/a|
|ESL Courses Offered||Yes|
|% Faculty with Advanced Degree||
|Summer Program Offered||Yes|
|Endowment Size||$75 million|
(An additional deposit required for incidental acct)
(An additional deposit required for incidental acct)
|% Students on Financial Aid||
|Avg. Financial Aid Grant||$30,000|
|Merit Scholarships Offered||No|
|Application Deadline||None / Rolling|
|Director of Admissions||Theodore J. Low|
|Associate Director of Admissions||Jeffrey R. Quebec|
|List of Courses Offered||Link to List of Courses|
|# Interscholastic Sports Offered||25 Interscholastic Sports|
|Sports||Alpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Climbing, Cross Country, Diving, Football, Freestyle Skiing, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Mountaineering, Nordic Skiing, Orienteering, Rock Climbing, Snowboarding, Soccer, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Water Polo, Wrestling|
|Total Extracurricular Organizations||7 Extracurriculars|
|Extracurriculars||, Ad, Chorus, Jazz, Literary, Mountain, String|
|Year:||10 Most Popular College Choices (# Enrolled)|
|Link to Matriculation Data|
- Students: Eaglebrook is a school for boys in the sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth grades with an enrollment of approximately 200 boarders and 52 day students. In a warm, caring, and structured atmosphere, students learn more than they ever thought possible, discover inner resources, develop self-confidence, and have fun with their friends. Eaglebrook welcomes boys of any race, nation, or creed, and all share the same privileges and duties.
- Teachers: The teachers at Eaglebrook watch over each boy’s personal growth and set the academic tone of the school, coach the teams, serve as dormitory parents, and are available for students when they need a mentor or a friend. Their job is to motivate students to reach beyond the easily attained and help them realize that mistakes can lead to progress.
- Dormitories: Five dormitory houses are homes for the boys, faculty and faculty families. Boys learn effective study habits because they do their homework in their rooms with faculty supervision. The family spirit that exists in the dorms between faculty and students is strength of the school and shapes life at Eaglebrook.
- Advisers: Each boy has a faculty adviser who takes a personal interest in his classes, sports, friends, and activities. The adviser is friend and mentor and supervises academics, gives advice, answers questions, discusses problems, and keeps in touch with parents and teachers.
- Academics: Eaglebrook has a core curriculum of English, math, science, history, and languages. Because students learn in different ways, vary in their innate abilities, and come from a variety of educational backgrounds, teachers organize classes to meet the needs of each boy and give extra help outside of class.
- The Out-of-Doors: When Howard Gibbs founded Eaglebrook in 1922; he wanted a school that combined a healthy outdoor life with education. Eaglebrook has remained true to his vision. Today the school’s 800 acres provide fields, woods, and trails for mountain biking, hiking, overnight camping, or a climb to the Rock.
- Meals: Sit-down meals with faculty heading the tables are a tradition at Eaglebrook. They provide students with a relaxed time to be with other students, make friends, and develop healthy eating habits. A large kitchen staff prepares meals that include lean meats, seafood, whole grains, and a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, organic and local when available.
- Sports: Boys need and enjoy daily vigorous activity. The athletic program provides opportunities for each boy to receive training in seasonal sports, both team and individual, at an appropriate level. All students build skills and stamina, improve their coordination, and develop a sense of good sportsmanship.
- Electives: Each trimester, boys can choose an elective for two of their class periods. Electives add variety to the academic day and offer an opportunity for boys to learn new skills or pursue an established interest. Electives include classes in studio art, music, ceramics, photography, woodwork, stained class, choral singing, drama, computer skills, swimming, and publications.
- Sunday Meeting: Each Sunday evening, students and teachers gather in the assembly area for Sunday Meeting, a time for quiet reflection. Since Eaglebrook is non-denominational and students come from different religious backgrounds, Sunday Meetings present a varied program that exposes students to different speakers, services, and performances.
- Service: Helping others is a tradition that creates a spirit of community at Eaglebrook. Boys work with teachers and staff in the dining room, kitchen, classroom buildings, dormitories, and around campus. They learn to conserve electricity, water, and fuel in buildings and to make recycling a part of their daily lives.
- Summer Program: The Eaglebrook School Summer Semester for both boys and girls ages 11, 12, and 13 is a four week session held in July of each year. It is designed to build confidence through achievement and to foster leadership skills in the classroom, on the playing field, and within the school community. For more information about Eaglebrook’s Summer Semester, please visit http://www.eaglebrook.org/SummerSemester. History
- 1922-1928: Howard Gibbs, and Amherst graduate and friend of Headmaster Frank Boyden of Deerfield Academy, had a vision for a younger boy’s boarding school that combined a healthy outdoor life with education. He wanted boys to develop their innate abilities, discover new interests, and gain deserved confidence. Eaglebrook Lodge, a sanitarium and former hunting camp on 27 wooded acres in the hills of Western Massachusetts, seemed the ideal place for his school In 1922 Mr. Gibbs bought the property and transformed it and its outbuildings into Eaglebrook School. He enrolled 15 boys that first year.
- 1928-1966: After Mr. Gibbs’s unexpected death, Thurston Chase, an Eaglebrook teacher and recent Williams College graduate, took over the school. Under his leadership, student enrollment expanded to 165 students, and the physical plant grew to include a gymnasium, tennis courts, learning center, science building, and four new dormitories.
- 1966-2002: When Thurston Chase retired, his son Stuart Chase ’47, assistant headmaster at New Canaan Country School in Connecticut, became Eaglebrook’s headmaster. Stuart Chase saw the school grow to 175 boarders and 58 day students. While he was headmaster, the school bought 500 adjacent acres and added new playing fields, a track, a modern ski area with snowmaking and a chair lift, two new dormitories, a swimming pool and a hockey rink.
- 2002-: Andrew Chase ’73, Eaglebrook’s former director of development, son of Stuart and grandson of Thurston, is the current headmaster. He and his wife Rachel Blain have three children: Calla ’07, Lucy ’10, and Sam ’12.
- Three generations of Chases have remained true to Mr. Gibbs’s vision for his school, and although the school continues to grow in its range of offerings and facilities, it still nurtures young boys and helps them realize their talents. The woods, fields, and mountain trails continue to provide students with the healthful life that Mr. Gibbs considered so valuable.
- Eaglebrook is owned by the Allen-Chase Foundation, a nonprofit educational trust. The remarkable facilities of the school, endowed chairs for many faculty positions, a fund for professional development, and the school’s impressive scholarship program are the results of gifts to the Allen-Chase Foundation from generous parents, friends, and alumni. Andrew Chase is a descendent of the Allen and Chase families, both leaders in 19th-century American education.
- How to Apply – A candidate for admission to Eaglebrook must complete and return an application. You may contact the school through our online Inquiry Form, or download an Application from our website. Along with submitting an application, and all forms listed below, a candidate and his family must visit the school for an interview and tour which allows a family to view the campus, ask questions, and meet teachers and students.
- Costs and Financial Aid – Eaglebrook School seeks to enroll boys from different backgrounds within the United States and from abroad. Need based financial aid provides tuition assistance for qualified applicants. Through the generosity of friends, parents, and alumni, these need-based grants are awarded on a year-by-year basis at the discretion of the Financial Aid Committee.
- Tuition for boarding students for the 2012-2013 school year is $49,700 and for day students tuition is $31,800. Additional fees do apply. All candidates seeking aid should contact TJ Low in the Admissions Office at email@example.com. Approximately 26% of the student body receives financial aid. For more information, please see http://www.eaglebrook.org/Tuition.
- Application Timetable – Inquiries are welcome at any time. Admission Office hours are 8:30-4:00, Monday through Friday. School catalogs and applications can be obtained through the Admission Office, or through the Eaglebrook website, at www.eaglebrook.org/Admissions. The application fee is $50 for domestic applicants and $100 for international applicants.
- Admissions Correspondence – TJ Low, Director of Admissions, Eaglebrook School, 271 Pine Nook Road, P.O. Box 7, Deerfield, Massachusetts, 01342, United States. Phone: 413-774-9111; fax: 413-774-9119; email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://www.eaglebrook.org.
- School accreditations: AISNE
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