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Health & Wellness

A Caring Community

Hotchkiss supports the health and well-being of our students in every aspect of their lives. Faculty members, dorm heads, advisors, and licensed professionals work together to ensure that all students feel safe and supported during their time at Hotchkiss — and that they develop the skills they need to live healthy, balanced lives.

The Human Development (HD) program, required for preps and lower mids, is an integral part of health and well-being education at Hotchkiss. In HD courses, students discuss decision-making, drugs and alcohol, and intimacy and relationships, developing self-awareness as they prepare for independent lives.

The Health Center

The Health Center is open 24/7 when school is in session. Our professional team provides medical and counseling services and coordinates the care of students with our athletic trainers. We are equipped to care for most walk-in illnesses and injuries, and we have licensed beds for full-day and overnight observation when school is in session. For more involved healthcare concerns, students may schedule an appointment with the school doctor or nurse practitioner, who are on call 24 hours a day for emergencies.

How to contact us:

Telephone: (860) 435–3226 (24/7)
Fax: (860) 435–2422

General questions and communications can be sent to: healthcenter@hotchkiss.org

For urgent medical care, students will most often be transported to the nearest hospital, Sharon Hospital, located five miles away in the town of Sharon, Conn.

Counseling Services

Under the oversight of the dean of student health and the director of counseling, counselors are available to help students with the challenges of adolescence and boarding school life. Short-term outpatient treatment is provided at no cost. Three licensed therapists provide on-call emotional crisis evaluations and counseling 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If a student needs long-term treatment, he or she may be referred to licensed professionals in the community. Parents will be notified if their child has sought ongoing treatment or support, or if safety concerns arise.

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