Landmark High School's Residential Life Program emphasizes responsibility, respect, growth, and independence. From the dining room to the playing fields, from the dorms to the surrounding communities, boarding students are continuously developing positive self-advocacy skills. Students learn how to manage schoolwork and schedules, support friends and roommates, and participate in the larger Landmark community. They also enjoy a wide range of planned activities, outings, and social and cultural events.
Students who board at Landmark High School are surrounded by peers from around the country and the globe. Landmark quickly becomes a second home to our students and their housemates become family. Friendships made here last a lifetime.
"Coming to Landmark from a another country, to say the least, I was very nervous. At first everything seemed new and different. But soon, I started to realize, I’m not surrounded by strangers but friends. I developed relationships with students and staff that I will cherish all my life. Furthermore, Landmark allowed me to learn the skills to be independent and mature with everyday activities in my life which is essential to survive and thrive in the world out there." —Ady Tiberwal
A residential advisor, or "house parent," lives in each residence, as well as two other faculty members. Residential advisors act as mediators, mentors, and advocates for students. They interact with students both formally and informally, implementing the residential mission while creating a social, familial atmosphere. Live-in faculty also supervise students and are members of our teaching faculty. This fully staffed program provides an around-the-clock living and teaching environment. House dinners, spa nights, and cookie making are just a few of the activities that take place on a regular basis in the dorms.
There are seven single-gender residence halls at Landmark High School, which house from 16 to 35 students. Rooms are mostly doubles, but approximately 30% are single rooms. In total about 160 students live on campus, roughly half of the High School student body.
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"I have had the pleasure of living on campus for the past two years, and it truly is my home away from home. I've made connections to both my peers and staff members, which helps a lot when I cannot go home for long periods of time. Living on campus has helped me grow into who I am today, and I am more capable of being independent. This has not only helped in daily activities, but also in my academics because I feel more confident in my work. I am glad to call Landmark home." —Margaret Hamilton
Each dorm has a common room, furnished with games, a television, ping-pong tables, and more, creating an inviting, casual environment for students to gather after school and before or after study hall. Each boarding student participates in study hall Sunday through Thursday from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
The Residential Life team follows a curriculum specifically designed for our boarding students, who have been diagnosed with a language-based learning disability, such as dyslexia. The curriculum supports students as they grow to understand and accept their learning needs. Part of the residential curriculum is a structured system that gives students the opportunity to earn privileges as they demonstrate their ability to consistently manage their time, develop organizational skills, and navigate the complexity of their social environment.
We know that students feel successful when they have positive experiences inside and outside of the classroom. We encourage students to participate in activities and interscholastic sports that interest them—and to challenge themselves by exploring new endeavors. After-school activities are mandatory for boarding students, providing them rich opportunities to interact closely with faculty and other students, learn new skills, accept leadership, face obstacles, and build self confidence.
Boarding students have a wide range of choices of activities and outings every weekend. Trips vary depending on the time of year, weather, and other programs on campus. Both day and boarding students are welcome to participate in weekend activities. Here's a sampling of activities:
- Local beaches and seaports (Beverly, Manchester, Newburyport, Gloucester, Hampton Beach)
- Night at the movies
- Laser tag
- Rock wall climbing
- Dinner out (Bertucci’s Brick Oven Pizza, Cheesecake Factory, Chipotle, and many more)
- Movies and sporting events in the Student Lounge (Superbowl, etc.)
- Amusement Parks (Canobie Lake Park, Six Flags, etc.)
- Ice cream
- Boston (New England Aquarium, Science Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Faneuil Hall, Newbury Street shopping, etc.)
- Community service projects (Habitat for Humanity, Trustees of Reservations, Special Olympics, local food drives, etc.)
Frequently Asked Questions
Interested in talking to a parent of a current boarding student to learn more about their experience? Get in touch.
Many parents ask what students items students need when they move into the residential houses. Please refer to this packing list.