Welcome from the Head

Welcome from the Eugene McDermott Head of School

Since its founding in 1913, The Hockaday School has been firmly committed to educating girls so that they will think beyond the walls of their classrooms and imagine a world of possibilities that await them. Our girls possess the character and confidence to lead lives of purpose and impact, and I consider it a tremendous privilege to be part of this journey with them.

From the first moment I was introduced to Hockaday, I was inspired by the students, parents, faculty, staff, trustees, and friends of the School who are deeply committed to girls education and their lives. No matter if it's in the classroom, in the lab, on the field, or in the art studio, education has the transformative power to change lives. I believe learning is fluid and participatory. At Hockaday, our girls thrive in an atmosphere that invites engagement and challenges them to test their assumptions through interactions with teachers and peers.

At Hockaday, each of us is deeply passionate about our mission. I am excited to be part of our students' educational experiences, and I embrace the academic rigor exemplified by our curriculum and the faculty who creates the environment in which students will thrive and succeed. While exploring their worlds, both our youngest girls, who are entering prekindergarten, and our seniors, who are ready to embark on their next adventure, tap into their strengths, learn from their failures, and develop the resilience they need to live lives of consequence.

It is incredibly satisfying for me to work in partnership with all members of the Hockaday community to ensure our girls' experiences are robust, nurturing, and fulfilling, and serve them today and in their future lives. They have boundless opportunities at Hockaday, and our girls are empowered by their education and become leaders and contribute meaningfully in the areas they pursue.

Today, the halls of Hockaday continue to be filled with a fervent energy and a zest for learning as it was from its humble beginnings. Still guided by the Four Cornerstones of Character, Courtesy, Scholarship, and Athletics, we believe anything is possible through collaboration and commitment to girls education.

Warm regards,

Dr. Karen Warren Coleman
Eugene McDermott Head of School

Hockaday Meets Dr. Coleman

    • Eugene McDermott Head of School

The Beginning of a New School Year

I am writing to you in a spirit of optimism and excitement about the school year ahead. After a spring of adjustments and a summer of intensive planning, I am delighted to see our faculty and staff back on campus and many of our littlest Daisies and Fifth Graders back in our classrooms this week. Over the next couple of weeks, most of our students in the remaining grades will gradually return for on-campus learning. And many of their classmates will actively participate in their classes from afar, having opted for distance learning. For those on campus at Welch Road and those joining us from afar, words cannot describe how wonderful it feels to be together again!
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On Sunday, October 15, 2017, the Hockaday community celebrated the Installation of Dr. Karen Warren Coleman, Eugene McDermott Head of School. All students in first grade through Form IV participated in the Installation as well as leaders and dignitaries from fellow independent schools, colleges, and universities across the country. Watch the Installation here.

New Head of School

On November 10, 2016, The Hockaday School announced Dr. Karen Warren Coleman, former Vice President for Campus and Student Life at the University of Chicago, as its new Eugene McDermott Head of School. Dr. Coleman will become the thirteenth head of school since its founding in 1913.
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