Upper School

Message from the Head of Upper School

From the first day of her freshman year to her last day as a senior when she walks across Commencement Terrace, a Hockaday girl will be immersed in a one-of-a-kind experience that only Hockaday's Upper School can provide. It is our goal each and every day to create an academically-challenging and safe environment where our girls will be nurtured and supported for the entirety of their high school years. Here, a Hockaday girl is empowered to think and is inspired to learn.

From fellow students to parents to faculty to alumnae, Hockaday's warm and welcoming Upper School community extends its open arms so that every girl realizes the abundance of opportunities and activities from which she can choose and learn. Hockaday's faculty as a whole is exceptional. Each teacher is deeply committed to ensuring the girls learn and understand the curriculum so they have a strong foundation and the problem solving skills needed to make a positive impact in today's world.

In the Upper School, Hockaday students have a rare advantage in this all-girls environment by having the opportunity to be leaders in all facets of the School. Whether it is an elected position on Student Council, captain of an athletic team, editor-in-chief of the newspaper, the lead in the annual school musical, or the chair of a community service project, Hockaday girls are committed to excellence and discovering a world of learning - both inside and outside of the classroom. Another unique advantage in Upper School is the combination of our diverse day and boarding community which creates an understanding of new cultures and exchange of ideas. With more than 70 boarders from 12 countries, Hockaday's culture is one not only built on traditions but also from understanding and appreciating the diverse backgrounds which make us a single community.

At Hockaday, girls form lifelong relationships which will carry them through their lives. We know there is life beyond Hockaday, and the continued connection to the robust alumnae community who serve as the caretakers of our School. From the first day of school in 1913 when Miss Hockaday opened the doors to her school, our girls have been committed to the traditions and Four Cornerstones of Character, Courtesy, Scholarship, and Athletics. Now, more than 100 years later, our strength is grounded in our history and continues as each girl engages in a rigorous curriculum, continues to grow, gains confidence, and imagines the possibilities that await her after her time in Upper School. 


Terry Murray

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