Friendship, as with learning, requires an “all in” approach, words often used to describe a Hackley education. From exploring the breadth of offerings and experiences to building relationships that will last a lifetime, Hackley students are committed to getting the most out of their time on the Hilltop. They do so not to win a prize or to get to the next step. Instead, our culture emphasizes that the development of deep connections in learning are essential to living a meaningful life, transcending individual achievement.
Hackley’s aspirational Portrait of a Graduate
guides our K-12 program, which not only develops a student’s intellect, it shapes their character. Emphasizing the importance of creating and cultivating an inclusive community where every member authentically feels they belong, Hackley has committed time and resources to our diversity, equity, and inclusion plan.
Never self-satisfied, Hackley continues strengthening all aspects of the school through implementing our strategic plan, Redefining Excellence: Learning Beyond Boundaries
. From promoting civil discourse to expanding service-learning to highlighting the creative process, this plan articulates a dynamic vision for a redefined, broad-based liberal arts education that will serve students well for any future.
Schools are more than their offerings and facilities, they are human institutions united in service of a noble mission. At Hackley, the school is characterized by warmth and energy, an environment where lasting relationships are easily formed. Faculty live on and near campus, raising families and participating in the life of the school. They provide extra help, coach athletic teams, run clubs and extracurricular activities, serve on the boarding corridor, and mentor and advise students. Our unique 5-day boarding program allows Upper School students the chance to experience the best of both a boarding and a day school: living at school during the week and returning home on the weekend. Day and boarding students easily build friendships and benefit from the presence of Hackley faculty well after the last class ends. Parents contribute to and benefit from the community, joining the Hackley Parents’ Association
and developing their own lasting relationships. All these factors contribute to the rich fabric of Hackley: an all-in community that fosters deep connections, rooted in a sense of inclusion and belonging.
With all best wishes,
Michael C. Wirtz
Head of School, Parent, Class of 2029 and 2031