While trying to decide if Hockaday is the right school for you, please consider some of the frequently asked questions and our responses. If there is still something about which you are unsure, please e-mail us at

List of 14 frequently asked questions.

  • What are some of the advantages of going to a boarding school?

    Click on the link below and you'll get some additional general information and statistics about the advantages of boarding school.
  • Will I have a roommate? How will I be assigned a roommate?

    Before you begin your first year at Hockaday, you fill out a “getting to know you” questionnaire and tell us about your study and lifestyle habits. We then try to match you up with an ideal roommate that shares similar habits. In subsequent years, you can request a specific person with whom to share a room.
  • What will I do after school and on the weekends?

    Trips are scheduled daily for residents to run basic errands and visit local grocery stores, shops, restaurants, banks, etc. You can also join other residents in a weekly lunch meeting to offer up suggestions for weekend group activities, request transportation for you and your friends to do something off-campus or plan an outing for the future.
  • Can I go home on the weekends?

    Every resident can request leave to return home throughout the year, except for the first two weekends following the start of school in the fall. 
  • How much homework will I have?

    Upper School students can expect to have two to four hours of homework a night, on average.
  • What interactions are there between Hockaday and local boys’ schools?

    There are a lot of opportunities to get together with boys from local schools, such as mixers, more formal types of dances, athletic events, community service, Coffeehouse, and Fine Arts productions performed by both Hockaday and the boys’ schools.
  • What about dating?

    Again, this isn't that different from being at home. Your parents have to give their permission; and you have to check out with your dorm parent, telling her where you are going and when you plan to return. Curfews apply to dates, just like any other outing.
  • Do I have a curfew when I leave campus?

    Just like home, you have curfews here too. They are pretty reasonable; and on the weekends, when they are more liberal, they vary according to your grade level. If a resident has a special situation, she may always discuss it with her dorm parent to request an exception.
  • Can an international student enroll as a day student?

    No. All international students, defined as students who are not U.S. citizens, do not hold a U.S. passport and are not permanent residents of the U.S, must live on campus in the residential boarding program.  
  • Are the dorms open during holiday vacations?

    The dorms close for Thanksgiving, Winter Holiday and Spring Break, but remain open for extended weekend holidays.  
  • Will I go to school on the weekend?

    No, we attend school Monday – Friday and do not have classes on the weekend.
  • What activities will I be required to attend?

    The House Council resident leadership and Residence Life staff plan and host monthly required activities for all residents. Activities include themed dress dinners, concerts in the park, family dinners with your hall, and more. These opportunities are a time for us to live out our first House Goal – Find Joy and Friendship.
  • Will I be allowed to have a car on campus?

    Yes, second semester sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are in good academic and behavioral standing are allowed driving privileges with their parent permission.  A parking spot in the Residential Life parking lot will be assigned to a resident with a car.
  • Can a Boarding student change her status to become a Day student?

    Hockaday Boarding students may not become Hockaday Day students. When students initially choose to apply and enroll as boarding students, they choose to join a community that relies on the contribution of each member. Hockaday requires that this commitment be kept until the student graduates, thus ensuring the stability and continuity of the community and the School. The only exception to this policy is when the School places a student on temporary leave from boarding due to a medical condition, health leave, or other related concerns.
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