Hockaday Lower students begin class at 8:10 a.m. Lower School students release by grade level: PK/K 2:45 p.m.; First Grade 3:00 p.m.; Second Grade 3:15 p.m.; Third and Fourth Grade 3:30 p.m. Fifth and Sixth-grade students begin school at 8:00 a.m. and release at 3:00 p.m. Seventh and Eighth-grade students begin at 8:30 a.m. and release at 3:45 p.m. Upper School students begin classes at 9:00 a.m. and end the academic day at 4:15 p.m.
Since we treat each year as a new year, we do not carry over a waiting list. For example, if a student goes through the admission process and is placed in the wait pool, she may be able to enter Hockaday before the school year starts, if a spot opens for her. If she is not admitted to Hockaday and decides to apply for another admission year, she begins a new application and goes through a new admission process.
We have 36 openings at the prekindergarten level, our earliest grade. Kindergarten and first grade usually have 5-7 spaces. We add 20-25 new students in fifth, 10-12 in seventh, and 20-25 day students and 10-15 boarding students in ninth grade. Other grade levels not mentioned above also have spaces available for new students however, openings are variable based on attrition.
Typically, students participate in a group test setting that evaluates their developmental areas as well as how well they follow directions and interact in a group setting. Each student also participates in an individual session at the Collaborative Academic Testing Services (CATS) to examine her verbal and non-verbal problem-solving skills. Due to COVID-19, these testing procedures are subject to change.
Students are introduced to both French and Spanish at the Pre-kindergarten level. In the first grade, they select Spanish or French. Students can begin the study of Latin in the seventh grade and Mandarin in ninth grade.
They are not guaranteed admission; however, if all other factors are equal, children of alumnae and siblings of current students do receive preferential consideration. Our policy states that every effort is made to accommodate qualified children of alumnae and qualified siblings of current students; however, admission decisions are based primarily upon the composite qualifications of the individual candidate.
Hockaday is an independent school and is not associated with any particular religion. Our girls come from diverse religious backgrounds. It is the goal of the school to foster each student’s appreciation of her own spiritual beliefs as well as develop an understanding of the religious beliefs of other students.
We strongly discourage applicants from taking test prep courses or being tutored in any way for admission testing. “Prepping” makes students overly anxious about the testing process as well as question their own abilities. For the best testing situation, we recommend that girls get a good night sleep and have breakfast before coming for the test.
Typically, Daisy Afternoons provides girls in Pre-K through Sixth Grade options for extended learning and enrichment during the hours that immediately follow the school day. Programs provide supervised play indoors and outdoors, a variety of enrichment classes, time to complete homework, and more. Daisy Afternoons remains open on school days until 6:00pm. Due to COVID-19 the afterschool options have been temporarily suspended. We hope to have these offerings available soon to all of our students.