|Simply put, Hackley students spend an extraordinary amount of time pushing themselves to be the best they can be. Certainly this is true in the classrooms, where students, challenged by their teachers, listen to the questions asked and comments made by their peers and find themselves elevating the level of their own contributions.|
But the desire to be better doesn’t stop with academics. It can be found in the Lower School students presenting skits to their fellow students on the values of persistence, cooperation, empathy or appreciation. Or in the Middle School students who, realizing they have some free time at the end of lunch, agree to sit together at a sunny window bench to get their math homework done so they have less to finish when they return from their afternoon track meet. Or in the Upper School student putting in that extra 45 minutes of piano practice in Allen Hall, inadvertently serenading his colleagues who sit outside in the courtyard.
Hackley kids want to be the best students they can, the best athletes they can, the best artists they can, the best musicians they can. And early on they realize that one of the best, most enjoyable ways to attain all that success is to be the best friends they can.
So, visitors walking down the hall in the Upper School are stopped by students who see that they’re new, and want to do everything they can to keep them from feeling like strangers. Middle School lacrosse players hoot and cheer at their teammate’s flute recital. The Lower School girl learning hockey in PE for the first time is encouraged and complimented by boys in her class.
Hackley is a place where students feel supported, even celebrated. If they’ve got a passion for something – from environmental concerns to competitive mathematics to photography to baking to solving Rubik’s cubes to swimming – they know that their pursuit of that passion will be applauded by friends. Students here seem to derive as much pleasure from the joy and success of their friends as they do from their own joys and successes. They enjoy the ability to be whoever they happen to be, openly and honestly, in a community that embraces them.
And so, in these pages, we encourage you to spend some time exploring the passions behind all these compelling individuals.
An Ethos of Community Service
|Dedicated to building a sense that our lives are more valuable when connected to a community in need, Hackley’s community service program is imbedded into the life of our students just like academics, arts, and athletics. While operating separately across divisions, the K-12 programs work together to ensure that all Hackley students graduate with an understanding that they have something of great worth to offer others. |
Hackley empowers its students to make community service part of their lives by never making participation a requirement. Students of all ages choose to give to their community and beyond because they see the impact their service has on others, and on themselves.