Boarding at Maplebrook provides a comfortable, warm and friendly environment that encourages social development; it truly exemplifies educating the whole child. In a protected, supportive and nurturing setting, following a boarding school model of continuity, students learn all facets of community life. In the dormitories, life-long friendships with peers from around the world are developed in a safe and caring environment. Youngsters learn, accept and respect individual differences. Students are encouraged to volunteer and work together to complete dormitory chores and responsibilities.
Teachers and administrators, living in the dormitories, are readily available to provide positive support, help and advise students by acting as role models. Development of independent living skills, self esteem, problem-solving and social skills is in the forefront of dormitory learning; this is guided by Individual Education Plans (IEPs). Participation in weekly dormitory meetings also facilitates friendly, positive student interactions. Students are encouraged to decorate their rooms for a home-like feeling. Traditions such as winter holiday dormitory decorating contests foster comradery, creativity and teamwork.
Most of the professional staff and their families live on campus, enhancing the family-like atmosphere that is integral to life at Maplebrook. Staff and their families attend meals in order to accentuate the family time that students may miss being away from home. Students are provided a variety of food choices at each meal to address individual tastes and nutritional needs.