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The residential program at HPA aims at balancing structures that help students with developmentally appropriate freedoms that together give students both the guidance and the room to grow intellectually, physically, emotionally and socially.
The academic day typically runs from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. The dorms remain open during the academic day. Students are allowed to return to the dorm during the lunch period, and Juniors (Grade 11) and Seniors (Grade 12) with free periods are also allowed to return to the dorms.
The afternoon is dominated by a co-curricular period, during which students pursue a choice of options ranging over sports and the arts. Monday through Thursday, all students participate in their chosen activity, while on Friday only those students in varsity sports or the arts practice.
After the co-curricular period and through dinner (which runs from 5:45 pm until 6:30 pm) students have a block of free time.
Starting with in dorms at 7:15 pm, students begin their nightly schedule, the centerpiece of which is a study hall period that runs from 7:45 pm to 9:25 pm. During study hall, we strive for an environment that promotes focus and productivity. Freshman (Grade 9), on a rotating basis, and academically struggling students attend a proctored study hall, which provides them with a more supporting environment.
Following study hall, the night concludes with a quiet time that runs until lights out at 10:30 pm. Juniors and Seniors may work until 11:00 pm when necessary. We place a premium on sleep, and many students adopt a schedule, which allows them to rise early for individual physical activity and a good breakfast before school.
Weekends and Friday nights, which involve a mixture of varsity sports, varied activities and free time, have later lights out.
A number of additional structures are interwoven throughout the nightly schedule. These include pieces like dorm meetings, hall meetings, all residential meetings, and formal dinners. We come together on many levels to grow ourselves and care for the well-being of our community.