Building on Hockaday’s 107-year-old foundation, which is firmly footed in the Four Cornerstones of Character, Courtesy, Scholarship, and Athletics, the School’s strategic plan has been refreshed to reflect the purpose and priorities of the School. Hockaday’s Leadership Team, Faculty, Staff, and Trustees worked collaboratively during the Fall 2018 to develop this updated blueprint which captures our aspirational goals and affirms the progressive and strategic direction of the School.

Believing in the limitless potential of girls, Hockaday develops resilient, confident women
who are educated and inspired to lead lives of purpose and impact.

Hockaday will engage every girl in a shared journey of discovery, integrity, scholarship, and accomplishment.

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    • Articulate the philosophy of a Hockaday education, including the skills we will deliver to help girls become lifelong learners and confident contributors to their families, communities, and workplaces.

    • Define excellence to encourage individual and collaborative exploration, courage, creativity, perseverance, risk-taking, failing forward, and the pursuit of purpose through academics, arts, and athletics.

    • Promote a teaching environment that supports faculty excellence and cultivates innovative pedagogies, interdisciplinary learning, effective use of new technologies, integration between curricular and cocurricular learning, collaboration, and professional development.

    • Expand project-based and experiential learning opportunities through exploring partnerships with non-profit entities, businesses, higher education, and community organizations.

    • Educate and equip Hockaday students with practical tools and knowledge so that they may successfully navigate a complex and connected digital landscape.

    • Re-examine assessment practices to fully support intellectual risk-taking, collaboration, innovation, and creative exploration.

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    • Teach and model the Four Cornerstones (Character, Courtesy, Scholarship, and Athletics), recognizing and more strongly connecting the learning and growth that occurs across all facets of the student experience.

    • Encourage and allow sufficient time for girls to discover and engage their talents and purpose, integrating a rich array of curricular and co-curricular opportunities.

    • Develop programs to support and enhance each student’s physical, mental, social and emotional well-being, and intentionally address factors (both within the School and in society) that threaten this well-being.

    • Embrace and support a wide range of student learning profiles.

    • Strengthen the sense of community, collaboration, pride, and connection to all members of the Hockaday family: day students, residence students, faculty, staff, alumnae, parents, grandparents, and parents of alumnae.

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    • Foster a climate where mutual respect catalyzes learning, creativity, and collaboration, building life-long bonds.

    • Recruit, develop, and support excellent faculty and staff while enhancing faculty diversity of perspectives, background, and teaching styles as defined by the Tenets of Faculty Excellence.

    • Retain excellent faculty and staff by attending to their mental and physical wellbeing.

    • Attract, enroll, and support best-matched students who enhance and embrace diverse perspectives, talents, backgrounds, and learning profiles.

    • Incorporate diverse perspectives and cross-cultural skills into Hockaday’s curriculum and culture to equip all students for living in a complex and increasingly diverse world.

    • Extend opportunities for innovative, multicultural learning through travel and exchange programs, community engagement and service learning, online instruction, and other opportunities to enrich students’ experiences and perspectives.

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    • Assess the competitive landscape and market pressures to more effectively define and communicate the “value proposition” of a Hockaday education.

    •  Maximize the use of Hockaday’s resources to sustain academic and co-curricular excellence, enhance affordability and access, and achieve School goals and facility needs.

    • Challenge our operational model and adapt decision-making to innovate without adding. 

    • Evaluate opportunities to grow and diversify revenue streams to support Hockaday’s mission.

    • Build support among all our constituencies by cultivating connections and engagement, with a goal of increasing participation in our fundraising efforts. 

    • Sustain and grow loyalty by telling Hockaday’s story through the generational voices of its alumnae, faculty, students, and families. 
Hockaday continues to provide the best possible educational experience for our girls and we are already implementing the plan, which includes two School-wide Work Groups to address key priorities of the plan. These two Work Groups are focused on The Quality of the Student Experience and Educational Innovation. As a community, we are committed to an extraordinary student experience both inside and outside of the classroom.

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