The Hockaday Experience

Campus Highlights

A Campus That Facilitates Exploration and Learning

Hockaday's 88-acre campus, nestled in the heart of Dallas, provides a rigorous academic experience within a tranquil environment. The campus buildings, constructed of brick, cream-colored limestone, and glass, are infused with natural light and views of the beautiful trees, lawns, and courtyards to integrate nature with outstanding educational facilities.

Scroll down to view highlights of our academic, athletic, fine arts, and campus life spaces.

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  • 1.5-mile

    cross-country path
  • 10,000

    friendly bees in our beehive
  • 64,000

    books in two libraries
  • 650

    seat theater
  • 88

    acre campus

Academic Spaces

Hockaday’s academic facilities are second to none. The Ashley H. Priddy Lower School features well-equipped classrooms and gathering spaces. The Liza Lee Academic Research Center contains divisional libraries, archives, audiovisual production rooms, the school bookstore, and student publication offices. The Margaret Doggett Crow Science Building pushes students to explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. 

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    The IDEA Lab was created to allow classes to meet and invent in a space that will morph to students’ needs, with moveable dividers and flexible space.

    The libraries hold a collection of more than 64,000 holdings. A storytelling area and a fascinating 350-gallon aquarium are favorite spots for Lower and Middle School students.

    Lower School students love the garden, where they learn about the food cycle and practice their language skills.
  • Outdoor Classrooms and Research

    Featuring four outdoor classroom areas, a Field Research Station, and its own beehive, Hockaday's entire campus is designed to facilitate learning.

Athletics Facilities

Athletics is a Cornerstone at Hockaday, and each girl has opportunities to use our athletic facilities daily. Campus facilities include a competition gymnasium, a Lower School gymnasium, an eight-lane state-of-the-art track, multiple turf fields, practice fields, a softball diamond, and a cross-country path that circumnavigates the campus. Middle and Upper School students utilize the Wellness Center for additional workouts and strength training at Hockaday.

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  • Community Building

    Beyond the playing fields, the Athletics complex encourages fan support and promotes community building. Cornerstone Plaza, located at the intersection of the fields, hosts additional team facilities and storage areas and serves as an important gathering space for the community.

    Hockaday hosts high-level meets, soccer, lacrosse and field hockey games. The competition softball field features pitching pens, batting cages, covered bleacher area and press box.

    This 1.5-mile path circumnavigates the campus, and can be used for walking, team training, and cross country meets, which begins near the performance wall. Hockaday’s Cornerstones can be found along the path.

Fine Arts Spaces

The Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family Center for the Arts opened in 2016 and anchors the northwest corner of the campus. It includes rehearsal space for orchestra and chorus, the 200-seat Lacerte Family Black Box Theater, scene shop, studios for painting and ceramics, art gallery and music rehearsal space. The centerpiece is the Ed Long Stage in the 650-seat theater. Lower School artists enjoy bright, airy studios in which to create their masterpieces, and dancers love the beautiful Beth Wortley Dance Studio, with views of the tree-lined pond.

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  • Space to Perform

    The Lacerte Family Black Box Theater is 3,100 square feet and includes performance, storage, and office space making it a true teaching and functional space for student-led events.
  • The Centennial Sculpture

    Based on their study of phyllotaxis and Fibonacci sequences in nature, Hockaday visual arts students created an initial design for The Centennial Sculpture. Visiting glass artist Carlyn Ray guided math students as they collaborated in the sculpture's final design.
  • Works of Art

    Hypatia of Alexandria, a Greco-Roman astronomer, teacher, and philosopher in Egypt, c355 cs – 415, was sculpted by Jerry Williams and is located in the Margaret Doggett Crow Amphitheater.

Student Life

Hockaday's beautiful, open campus allows students to find space to gather, study, socialize, and dream. Lower School students love the state-of-the-art playground, nestled behind the dance studio and pond. Middle and Upper School students spend time on Ashley H. Priddy Commencement Terrace throughout the day, or join friends in Metzger Plaza, which doubles as an event space for dances, alumnae parties, and parent events.

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  • Feeling Like Home

    Hockaday students all have their favorite spot on campus, and you will find groups of them all over – whether it's the steps on Graduation Terrace, the Lower School playground, or a cozy nook under the LLARC stairway.
  • Fine Dining

    As part of tuition, all students and faculty enjoy delicious and healthy options with a range of American favorites as well as international cuisine from SAGE Dining Services.
  • Creating Community

    Hockaday's campus hosts student socials, dances, spirit rallies, games, tournaments, and fine arts festivals, along with parent events and alumnae gatherings.

Take The Next Step

Just as we encourage our girls to be curious and engage in the process of discovery, we encourage and invite you to visit our campus and experience a day at Hockaday.
Within the private school community, The Hockaday School is an independent college-preparatory day school for girls from grades PK–12 located in Dallas, Texas. Students realize their limitless potential through challenging academic curricula, arts, athletics, and extracurricular programs so that they are inspired to lead lives of purpose and impact.