My son needed the very small classes and residential experience of HCS to provide consistency and structure for his academic and social life. The HCS emphasis on finding and building on what is successful for each boy is very powerful. My son gained real friends with whom he played sports, took hikes, practiced plays, played board games (as well studied) - in an incredibly beautiful natural outdoors setting. Real mentoring occurred with faculty and dorm parents in a dedicated family-like atmosphere. I seriously doubt my son would have gone to college without his experience at HCS.
HCS excels in this area. Boys often come to HCS when their families are in crisis. By the end of my son's first year (he is Asperger's) he was off all medications and thriving in his academics and music/art activities.
Most of the boys at HCS are somewhere on the spectrum. The administration has an uncanny ability to bring boys with amazing potential to HCS - boys who have been unable to excel in large classrooms with so much stimuli and fast paced talking. Everyone leads by example.
HCS excels in a quiet insistence on these qualities. Many of the boys have never felt compassion and respect from fellow students so this is a really big deal. The boys learn teamwork and they really appreciate each others' differences.