Linden Hall offers both Junior (grades 6 through 8) and Upper School (grades 9-12) Boarding programs. Boarding students are encouraged to interact with day students and vice versa. Many of our domestic and international boarding students visit the homes of our day families on evenings and weekends. These visits also provide our international students with authentic American experiences and insights into American culture and family life.
At Linden Hall college preparatory begins in the Sixth grade. Our junior boarding programs equips and prepares young women to handle the rigors of Upper School life.
Housed in Horne Dormitory, the Junior Boarding Program provides a caring environment overseen by a dedicated group of dorm parents and faculty members. Our youngest girls are given opportunities to live in a community as they learn to share space and compromise. Study halls monitored by adults are balanced with afternoon activities both extra-curricular and spontaneous. The integration of our international population allows our Middle School girls to learn and adapt to diversity.
Recognizing the importance of health, our Junior Boarders are encouraged to eat balanced meals and have assigned bedtimes appropriate to their age/grades. On weekday afternoons, dorm parents encourage outdoor activities and games when the weather permits. Both indoor and outdoor games provide physical activity and an opportunity for our youngest students to relax and get to know each other. Evening study hall provides time for individual homework help followed by a supervised dorm meeting. Dorm meetings focus on life skills as well as fun activities for our 6th through 8th grade girls.
Our Upper School Boarding Program is designed to prepare Upper School students for dorm life in college. A significant part of a student's education is learning to live in and be part of a community. Housed in three interconnected dorms, Upper School young women are encouraged to learn independence.
Freshman and sophomore students are primarily housed in three quadrants of the Horne Dormitory. Each area is assigned two dorm parents and one student Residential Assistant.The majority of our junior class is housed in the Castle. Built in 1757, the Castle is one of the original buildings on campus. The girls in the Castle experience more apartment style living to prepare them for life in college suites. Senior girls are generally housed in the Senior Annex. Some of the Annex rooms are designated as single rooms and are usually assigned to student leaders.
All of our students are encouraged to participate in clubs and other extra-curricular activities, keeping many students occupied from the end of the school day through dinner. Students who are not on the Honor Roll must attend a monitored study hall from 7:30-9:00 p.m. on weeknights. As with our Junior Boarders, nightly dorm meetings include learning life skills as well as fun activities.