New Families

Dear New Families,

Welcome to Hockaday! We look forward to seeing you and your whole family for the Spirit Party on Sunday, April 28, 2-3:30 pm. All new families and welcoming families are invited! Please know you can redeem your complimentary t-shirt at the Hockaday bookstore before or during the event. Please enter the campus on Forest Lane.

You are joining an exceptional community, and we are thrilled to have you as part of the Hockaday family. Please find some helpful information below.

In Mid-April you will receive an email with instructions on how to set up your Blackbaud ID. This will allow you to log on to the Hockaday website. Please add and to your safe senders list in your email account. This will give you access to the Parent Resource Board which is the hub from which you can find important information to help you stay updated as you navigate the school year. 

On the Resource Board, you will find the full school calendar, online directory, HPA information, Class Pages, volunteer opportunities, and links to departments such as Athletics, Fine Arts, Bookstore, and more. 

We are excited to have you join the Hockaday community!

Dates for New Students

Event Date Time
Admission Decisions Emailed to all Applicants Friday, March 8 4:00 PM
Enrollment for New Students Due Friday, March 22 12:00 PM
Upper School (US) New Student Social Monday, April 8 5:30–6:00 PM
US Orientation Meeting (for all new US Families) Monday, April 8 6:00–7:00 PM
PreK New Family Meeting Thursday, April 11 10:00–11:30 AM
K-4th New Family Meeting Thursday, April 11 1:00–2:00 PM
New and Rising 5th Grade Family Meeting Thursday, April 11 5:30–7:00 PM
6th–8th Grade Family Meeting Monday, April 15 5:30–7:00 PM
New Family Welcome Party Sunday, April 28 2:00–3:30 PM

Important Information

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  • Athletics (Grades 7–12)

    Athletics: Please mark your calendars! The try-out start date for all Upper School fall sports is Monday, August 5.  Times for the remainder of the week will be available soon. Middle School sports will start the week of August 19. Middle School sports practice 3:30 – 5:00 pm Monday through Thursday. The sports for each season (fall, winter, and spring) are also listed below. 
    Fall: Cross Country, Fencing (Upper School only), Field Hockey, Rowing (Upper School only), Volleyball
    Winter: Basketball, Diving (Upper School only), Soccer, Swimming, Cross Training (Middle School only), Winter Tennis (Middle School only)
    Spring: Golf (Upper School only), Lacrosse, Rowing (Upper School only), Softball, Tennis, Track and Field
    We also have Student Athletic Trainers for the Upper School only during all three seasons. 
    If you have any questions, please email
  • Summer Math and Writing Opportunities (Grades 9-11)

    Please click here to learn more about summer opportunities for our new Upper School students.
  • Upper School Course Registration Process

    1. Start here: First review this presentation for an overview of the Upper School curriculum with a focus on Form I classes and how to sign up for what you want to take next year. Please utilize the presenter notes on the right side of the PDF to guide you through the presentation. 

    2. Then review the following documents:
    3. Once you have reviewed the preceding information and know what you want to take next year, please complete the following two steps by Monday, April 15 at 11:59 pm:
      • Submit your course requests in OnCampus. This step-by-step video shows you exactly how to register. 
      • Fill out this form to share how you plan to fulfill your PE requirement next year.
    Be advised that course selection is due on Monday, April 15, at 11:59 pm.
  • Summer Reading for Lower and Middle School

    Please check back here in May for the Lower and Middle School Summer Reading Hub link.
  • Summer Reading For Upper School Students

    Upper School Students (entering Form I, II or III) please check back here in May. More details will be forthcoming.
  • Institute for Social Impact

    The Hockaday Institute for Social Impact represents a distinctive and innovative approach among K-12 schools, using the power of engaged, hands-on learning to prepare students for leadership in their communities, workplaces, and society. Through both new and longstanding partnerships with Dallas-area organizations, the Institute allows students to engage with diverse partners, learn from civic leaders, tackle projects with community impact, and put their creative ideas into action for lasting social benefit.

    Click Here to Learn More.
  • Cheer Tryouts (Grades 9-11) are April 30-May 3

    Please email Coach Webb if you are interested in trying out for the St. Mark's Cheer Team or if you have any questions. Please save-the-date of April 30 - May 3 for 2024-2025 St. Mark's Cheer Tryouts!

    More information and a link to register will be available on April 1, 2024. 
  • Division-Specific Back to School Forms

    In early May, you will receive an email requesting you to login to to complete important school forms. After logging in, you will see a yellow banner at the top of the Resource Board indicating you have school forms to complete. Click the yellow banner and it will open the list of forms due June 1. 

    If you are looking for your daughter's Student ID number, please login to, click on your daughter’s name in the top left, and select her Contact Card to see her 5 digit Student ID under General Information.

    In late July you will receive another Back-to-School email alerting you of additional forms to be completed and information available on your daughter’s Class Page on the Resource Board. Please be sure to visit the Class Page and download the information as it contains important details about your daughter's orientation schedule.
  • Enrollment and Tuition Payments

    1. Click here to login to the parent portal (Please use the Chrome Browser (not Safari or Internet Explorer) for online enrollment).
    2. Log-in, or, if you have not established a School Admin account, please create one.
    3. Once you log-in, you will be able to select 'Continue Enrollment Process'.
    4. Please complete the online Enrollment Contract and submit your non-refundable deposit by March 22, 2024.
    5. Once the Enrollment Contract and deposit have been submitted, please return to the checklist and click on FACTS Tuition Management to set up a billing account for the 2024-2025 Academic Year. This account will be used for tuition and fees, as well as incidental billing. 
  • Final Transcript Must be Received by July 1

    Your daughter’s transcript/school records (for the 2024 spring semester) from her current school must be sent to the appropriate Hockaday division by July 1: Lower School Office, Middle School Office 
    You may download the Transcript Release Form here.

    Upper School Students may upload transcripts here.

    Students' schedules will not be released if the final transcript/school record has not been received by The Hockaday School by July 1.
  • Hockaday Parents' Association (HPA)

    The Hockaday Parents’ Association (HPA) looks forward to contacting new families in June to share details of welcome events during the summer months and helpful insight on staying informed on news, dates, and information during the school year. The entire parent community, including new parents, will be able to view and sign up for parent volunteer opportunities on August 1st. If you have specific questions regarding the HPA, how to volunteer, or get involved, please email HPA President Bonner Allen or VP-Elect Erin Zopolsky.

  • Laptop Information (Grades 5–12)

    The Technology Department at Hockaday will automatically order laptops for new Middle School (fifth-eighth grade) students. 

    The Upper School has a “bring your own device” program. Below are the minimum recommended specifications we suggest for families when looking for a PC or Apple laptop. You can read more details here.
    i5 processor or greater
    16Gb of RAM
    256GB of hard drive space
    Please do NOT purchase a Chromebook or iPad in lieu of a laptop.
    If you have questions in regards to the suggested specifications when you are shopping for a laptop for your student, please contact the Director of Technology, David Yancey at
  • Math and World Language Placement (Grades 9–11)

    To:  Parents of New Upper School Students for 2024-2025
    From:  Hockaday MATHEMATICS and WORLD LANGUAGES Departments
    Re:  Math Placement and World Language Placement
    Welcome to Hockaday! For placement into the appropriate level of mathematics and world language, every new student needs to be assessed.  The results of these assessments are valuable and help place your daughter in the appropriate Upper School courses.
    ALL students who live locally will be assessed for:
    • MATHEMATICS on Thursday, April 18th, from 4:30-6:30 p.m., in Upper School Rooms MUS 235 and MUS 237. 
    • WORLD LANGUAGES on Thursday, April 25th, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in Upper School Room MUS 231 and MUS 228.
    Students will be greeted at the school’s main entrance (Welch Road) beginning at 4:15 p.m.  Students need to arrive early enough for their test to begin promptly at 4:30 p.m. If a student has not studied a world language, they do not need to be assessed.  Please bring pencils, an eraser, and a four-function calculator for the math placement test.
    Students who currently do not live locally:  We request that students who do not live locally find an English-speaking educator from their current school to proctor placement tests for both mathematics and world language.  Please provide the proctor’s name, school job title, and school email address to Caroline Robb at and Eric Inboden at as soon as possible. ALL PLACEMENT TESTS must be completed by Wednesday, May 1, 2024.  Information about the placement tests will be sent to the proctor as soon as contact information is received.
    If you have any questions, please contact Caroline Robb, Mathematics Department Chair, at 214-360-6331 or or Eric Inboden, World Languages Department Chair, at 214-360-6484 or
    Thank you,
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    Caroline Robb                                             Eric Inboden
    Mathematics Department Chair                    World Languages Department Chair
  • Orchestra (Grades 7-12)

    Orchestra Information
    Any students interested in participating in the Upper School orchestra program, please send Charlsie Griffiths a video by May 24 at The video should demonstrate your current level of performance, and the director should be able to clearly view you and your instrument. Audio recordings will not be accepted.  Students wishing to perform a live audition will need to set up an appointment with Ms. Griffiths before May 24. After May 24, any students who want to participate in the orchestra program should contact Ms. Griffiths directly, (prior to the start of school) to ensure appropriate placement in orchestra class.
    If you have questions about the Middle School orchestra program, please contact Yung Fang Ludford
  • Required Health Forms - Due July 1

    Each year, Hockaday collects student health and medical information via the the MAGNUS portal. This safe, secure system meets all of the HIPAA requirements and provides critical health information to health care providers in the event of an emergency.

    A copy of your daughter’s immunization record must be uploaded to the Magnus Health Portal by July 1. A Medical Certificate and immunization records are required for all NEW students. Proof of a Tdap and Meningitis is required for 7th grade. Please print the form and take it to the doctor or any clinic that does back-to-school physicals.

    Any questions regarding immunizations may be directed to Erika Herridge, Director of Health Services at

    The online Student Medical Record (SMR) and Medical Certificate are due on July 1, 2024.

    Click Here for the Medical Certificate

    1. Log in to using your My Blackbaud username and password. 
    2. Click the MAGNUS | Medical Portal on the Parent Resource Board.
    3. Click on MAGNUS HEALTH PORTAL.  
    4. When the MAGNUS PORTAL opens, you will see your daughter’s name with a note that you have requirements to complete.
    5. Click the orange COMPLETE NOW button to open your daughter’s tracker and follow instructions.
    If you need any assistance, call the Magnus Health Help Desk at 877-461-6831.
  • Summer Programs

    Summer at Hockaday welcomes girls and boys, ages 3 through 12th Grade, to join a summer of enrichment, play, making memories, trying something new, and good old summertime fun! All camps and classes are taught by the very best educators in the Dallas area. Click here for information about Summer at Hockaday. If you have questions regarding summer programs and registration, please contact the Summer at Hockaday office at 214-360-6534.
  • Uniforms

    New uniforms may be purchased from Dennis Uniform (opening in late April 2024) located at 14233 Inwood Road, Farmers Branch, 75244, or online at  In the past, they have a summer sale in June with 15% off.

    Gently used uniforms are for sale on campus at Hockaday’s Uniform Resale Boutique. The Boutique is located in Tarry House (accessible through the Welch Road entrance). The Hockaday Parents' Association manages the Boutique. Contact Laura and Aaron Navarro at with any questions. We will have a few uniforms available for purchase on the following dates: Monday, April 8, 2 pm – 4:30 pm
    Sunday, April 28, 3:30 – 5 pm
    Saturday, June 15, 9 am – 2 pm
    Saturday, July 6, 9 am – 2 pm
  • Dance Auditions (Grades 9-11)

    Dance Placement Auditions for new Upper School students will take place at the following times:
    • Monday, May 6 (4:15-6:30 PM) in Beth Wortley Dance Studio in Penson (for US students and new students)
    • Thursday, May 9 (12:35-1:55 PM) in Beth Wortley Dance Studio in Penson (for rising Form I students and new students)
    For new students that are not available to attend one of these auditions, please know that a video with instructions can be distributed. Please contact Christie Sullivan, Director of Dance at if you have any questions.
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