Houghton Academy provides both dormitory or homestay options to meet the needs of every student. At Houghton Academy students receive a safe, orderly and affirming atmosphere that provides opportunities for academic support, personal growth and lifelong friendships.
During the 2021-2022 school year, the Fancher Dormitory will house both boys and girls. The Fancher dormitory will be split into two separate and secure sections, Vetville Hall for the boys and P31 Hall for the girls. Residence Life at HA is known as family-friendly and especially inviting to new students. Evening study hours are structured and supervised.
Study supervision within Residence Life is actively coordinated with classroom teachers. HA puts a special emphasis on providing mature dorm parents that have experience working with a wide range of individual student needs. Students living at HA are not only supervised but cared for holistically by dorm parents who treat the students as if they were their own children.
Any student need (academic, social, emotional, and physical) is important and relevant to the HA Residence Life staff. On the weekends, residence life is full of exciting and varied activities that frequently involve ethnic restaurants, malls, movies, ethnic supermarkets, and local travel! School vacation times offer unique longer trips, like Disney, California, and Hawaii, that result in a lifetime of unforgettable memories.
An exciting program at Houghton Academy is the opportunity for international students to live with American families instead of in a dormitory. This program is open to new and returning students, subject to the availability of host families.
Students in this program enjoy the added advantage of round-the-clock English, as well as the extra support and care that are prevalent in a family setting. Students may share a room or have a separate room depending on the home they are in. Some host families are young while other hosts have grown children.
In the host family program, the host family transports and feeds their student guest and provides lodging. There is an additional cost for participation in the homestay program.
The Academy maintains a nursing office with a nurse on-call after hours.
Boarding students who do not feel well are screened and treated by a school nurse. Should additional care be required, a doctor's office is located in Houghton. The closest hospital is about 35 minutes away and is used for acute medical needs.
Boarding students are required to have health insurance. A physical examination is required prior to enrollment and must be administered by a physician. Immunizations must be reported and students must meet New York State immunization standards.