Although visitors to the Hilltop often remark on the beauty of our campus, they are frequently more impressed by the warmth of the school, a characteristic that stems from the genuine sense of community present here. As a K-12 independent school on a single campus, we believe deeply in the importance of community: as learners, artists, and athletes; as friends and peers; and as a school focused on developing student character. At Hackley, students build lifelong relationships with one another and with faculty members, whether they enter in Lower, Middle, or Upper School. These relationships enrich the educational experience and are central to our mission to help students “learn from the varying perspectives and backgrounds in our community and the world.”
Hackley retains a vibrancy that extends well beyond the academic day, contributing to the strength of our community. Faculty live on and near campus, raising their families and participating in the life of the school throughout the day. They offer extra help, coach athletic teams, run clubs and extra-curricular activities, serve as dorm parents, and are present to serve as mentors and advisors. Additionally, our unique 5-day boarding program allows Upper School students the chance to experience the best of both boarding and day school: living at school during the week and returning to 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. All of these factors create a home-like feeling on Hackley’s campus, because for many of us, it is.
I encourage you to learn more about Hackley and to visit us on the Hilltop. I am confident that you will find Hackley to be a warm and diverse learning community.
With all best wishes,
Michael C. Wirtz
Head of School, Parent, Class of 2029 and 2031