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. Please see more about our after school and summer programs on our Auxiliary Programs page.
Hockaday Lower and Middle School students begin class at 8:00 a.m. Lower School students release by grade level at a staggered progression by age: PK/K 2:45 p.m., First Grade 3 p.m.; Second Grade 3:15 p.m.; Third and Fourth Grade 3:30 p.m. All Middle School students release at 3:15 p.m. Hockaday Upper School students begin classes at 8:30 a.m. and end the academic day at 4:00 p.m. Middle and Upper School students involved in athletics or special performances may remain after academic class hours for practice or rehearsal. We also offer other after school options for Lower and Middle School students.
We do not since we treat each year as a new year. If a student goes through the admission process and is placed on the waiting list, she may be able to enter before the school year starts provided a spot opens for her. If she is still on the waiting list and decides to apply for another year, she re-applies and goes through the admission process for the next year.
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 also have spaces available for new students however openings are variable based on attrition.
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 to examine her verbal and non-verbal problem-solving skills.
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 or Mandarin in the seventh 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 questioning 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.