One of the most distinctive features of The Harvey School is its five-day residential program. During the week, boarding students benefit from many aspects of dormitory life, including proctored evening study halls and access to faculty who live on campus or stay at school after regular hours.
The residential program is valuable to students who need additional structure or who live too far away for a daily commute to school. A number of faculty members and, in some cases, faculty families, make their homes on campus and supervise the dormitories. There are two faculty members and a maximum of 16 students on every dorm floor. Students arrive as early as Sunday evening and stay through Friday afternoon; on weekends, residential students return home to their families and friends.
Each evening, students check in, share dinner in the dining room, and have some free time; however, the most beneficial aspect of dorm life is the mandatory 2-hour study hall that runs from 7:30 to 9:30 every week night. While this schedule does not leave much time for other activities, we celebrate birthdays and enjoy trips to a local movie theater, ice cream shop, mall, and bowling alley. All in all, the dorms are structured environments with opportunities for fun.
Harvey students and teachers build relationships in and out of the classroom, but the residential faculty and students can further those relationships through the boarding program. The residential program also furthers Harvey’s mission of encouraging students to find the best of what is within them and to develop the confidence and ability to lead and to try new things and master them.