New Families

Hockaday awaits your arrival with great anticipation! You are joining an exceptional community, and we are thrilled to have you as part of the Hockaday family. Here is some information to help you prepare for the 2016-2017 school year. More detailed information and all forms mentioned below can be downloaded on this page. 

List of 17 items.

  • Boarding Families

    Parents of new Boarding students can download important information below.
  • Calendar of Important Dates

    Our all-school holiday calendar for 2016-2017 is available to download on the right. In July, you will receive a more detailed school calendar. You can also get the most up-to-date event information on the website. 

    The New Upper School Student Orientation is on August 22nd.  Students can click on the invitation on the right side of the page to learn more.
  • DaisyNews

    Beginning in August, DaisyNews, our weekly all-school newsletter, arrives in your e-mail inbox every Thursday afternoon. It is your "go-to" source of information for everything Hockaday. Please be sure to take the time to read it carefully each week.
  • Dance/Athletics

    Dance auditions for any new Upper School students were held on April 29. If you were unable to attend on April 29, you may contact Christie Sullivan to receive further information regarding a video audition. 

    A Volleyball Pre-Season schedule is available for download on the right side of this page. 

    Please email Tina Slinker, Director of Athletics, if you would like more information about athletics.
  • Division-Specific Back to School Forms

    At the end of July, all families will receive an email from the Division Offices inviting you to login to the MAGNUS HEALTH PORTAL (accessed via the Resource Board). You will see the list of Back to School forms that are required of your daughter before she starts school and receives her schedule and books on August 22. The forms are submitted online, so it is quick and easy.

    Located in the MAGNUS HEALTH PORTAL is also a PDF document labeled Back to School Information for download at the top of your list of Back to School forms, that contains some very important information.  You don't want to miss downloading this PDF file.
  • Final Transcript

    Your daughter’s transcript of work from her current school must be sent to the appropriate Hockaday division: Lower School Office, Middle School Office, or Upper School Registrar. Please see that this transcript is received by July 1, 2016. The form is on the right.
  • Hockaday Directory (print version)

    The Hockaday Directory is printed each year during the summer for the benefit of the school community. It contains useful contact information for faculty, staff, trustees, HPA, and parents. Each enrolled student receives one copy of the Directory during Book Distribution. Additional copies can be pre-ordered.  The Directory is also available to view on the website.

    The Directory will reflect home address and phone numbers for each family, however, if you would like your email address and mobile phone numbers listed, you must complete the online Directory Information form.

    The deadline to submit your new family Directory information is June 8th.
  • Hockaday Parents' Association (HPA)

    The Hockaday Parents’ Association (HPA) looks forward to contacting new families in June to share details of welcome events during the summer months and helpful insight on staying informed on news, dates, and information during the school year. The entire parent community, including new parents, will be able to view and sign up for 2016-2017 parent volunteer opportunities beginning May 2.  For instructions on how to access the Volunteer Site, please click here. If you have specific questions regarding the HPA, how to volunteer or get involved, please email HPA President Katharine Friguletto.
  • Laptop Information for Students in Grades 6-12

    In grades 6-12, laptops are required for all students at Hockaday.  All incoming students in grades 6-8 will be automatically billed $1,550 for the Hockaday laptop bundle and a laptop will be ordered automatically. New students in grades 6-8 receiving financial aid may contact the Financial Aid Office with questions. In the Upper School, students have the option of purchasing a laptop from Hockaday or bringing a personal laptop purchased elsewhere.  More information is available for download on the right.

    New 5th grade students and Lower School students
     do not need to purchase laptops.
  • Math and Foreign Language Placement for Upper School Students

    Day students can read more information about the placement tests on the right and Boarding students can read more information below.

    All Upper School students, please download and fill out the Upper School Foreign Language Selection Form.  

    If you have questions about Math email Jeri Sutton .  Email Lisa Camp if you have questions about Foreign Language.
  • Medical Certificate and Required Health Forms

    Hockaday uses a web based program called MAGNUS HEALTH to collect and store student health and medical information. Please complete your daughter’s online Student Medical Record (SMR) by June 1st.  You can access MAGNUS by logging into with your username/password for MyBackpack.  Once you login, you will land on the RESOURCE BOARD and you can click on the MAGNUS HEALTH icon.  You will see important information from the Health Center as well as required forms.   

    For your convenience, the Medical Certificate and the Consent for Medications are both available for download on the right side of the page.  Please remember to upload these completed forms directly to MAGNUS. If you need any assistance call the Magnus Health Help Desk at 877-461-6831.  
  • Private Music Lessons Registration

    In May, you can register your daughter for private music lessons for the upcoming school year. To read about our Private Music Program, please click on the information to the right.
  • School Supplies

    For Lower School students, school supplies are provided to the students and billed to student accounts. In Middle School there are two options: each grade has a specific list of supplies needed for the school year. This list is on the Class Pages accessed via the RESOURCE BOARD. The other option in Middle School is to purchase a "supply pack" with all of the supplies packaged and ready for pickup on Registration Day, August 22nd. This is also a "tax-free" day, so this supply pack is tax free. Orders for the packaged supply packs are submitted online via this link and are due by June 20th.
  • Summer Programs

    Click here for information about Summer at Hockaday, including credit classes. If your daughter is doing any academic classes for credit this summer, please have the results of her work sent to the appropriate division office.
  • Summer Reading

    Recommended reading lists for Lower School and Middle School are available to the right.  

    The Upper School Summer Reading Program at Hockaday is managed by the students and faculty who are part of the Academic Council and is designed to offer the student body choice in what they read during the summer. In early May, all students (new and returning) were asked to fill out a summer reading survey and rank order their book preferences based upon a provided list. 

    As of May 24th, the Upper School’s Academic Council has assigned all new Upper School students to read one summer reading book based on survey results.  If you did not fill out the survey in the month of May or if you don’t see your name on the book assignments sheet, please email Renee Laffitte, Interim Head of Upper School, at as soon as possible to obtain your summer reading assignment.  Please email Form IV student Ashna Kumar, who is the Academic Council President, if you have any questions about your assignment.  Her email address is

    All book discussions will take place on Tuesday, August 23 from 11:15 am – 12:00 pm.  Students will receive information about the location of their discussion when they arrive on August 23.  All students should be prepared to engage in a 45 minute student-led discussion with a small group on this day.  Students are not required to complete any other assignments related to summer reading prior to August 23. 
    We hope you enjoy your summer reading book! 
  • Tuition Payments

    If you selected the one payment option, payment is due June 1, 2016. If you selected the two payment option, 60% is due by June 1, 2016 and the balance is due in full by December 1, 2016. Login to MyBackPack to access your account information.
  • Uniforms

    New uniforms may be purchased from Mills Uniform Company store at Welch and Alpha Road (13615 Welch Road #102, Dallas, TX 75244; 972-385-3121) Or online at Gently used uniforms are for sale on campus at Hockaday’s Uniform Resale Boutique. The Boutique is located in Tarry House (accessible through the Welch Road entrance). A schedule for summer sale dates is available to the right. For more detail about the Lower School uniform, please see the form on the right.
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