List of 6 members.

  • Photo of Sheila Hicks-Rotella

    Sheila Hicks-Rotella 

    Director of Enrollment Management
  • Photo of Meghan O'Callaghan

    Meghan O'Callaghan 

    Director of Admissions K-8
  • Photo of Margaret King

    Magee King 

    Associate Director of Admissions and Outreach
  • Photo of Brittany Chen

    Brittany Chen 

    Admissions Associate
  • Photo of Ann Moore

    Ann Moore 

    Admissions Associate
  • Photo of Kimberly Cummings

    Kimberly Cummings 

    Admissions Database Manager/Financial Aid Coordinator

Welcome to Admissions

Thank you for your interest in Hackley School! We hope the information on these pages will inspire you to visit us and allow us to show you in person what makes Hackley so special.

The admissions process for the 2022-2023 school year has concluded. We welcome you to reach out to us about the possibility of submitting a late application. Please reach out to Sheila Hicks-Rotella at or Meghan O'Callaghan at if you have questions about availability for the 2022-2023 school year. 

Reimagine Accomplishment

You will see that Hackley’s unsurpassed academic excellence stems from our brilliant faculty, whose passion for their subjects knows no bounds – certainly it doesn’t stop at the classroom door. Our students see their teachers at breakfast, lunch and dinner, in the many study areas scattered across the campus, at after-school study sessions and during free periods on the Quad or in the courtyard. 

At Hackley, Upper School students line up and cheer for Lower Schoolers parading in Halloween costumes; student council members attend the girls’ soccer playoffs; football players watch their quarterback play sax in the jazz concert; the senior boarder opens their room to underclassmen looking for a quiet place to study.

Don’t take our word for it. Sign up for a virtual event to learn more about Hackley and meet the people that make our community so special.

We look forward to meeting you.

Admissions FAQs

List of 12 frequently asked questions.

  • What are the typical entry points for Hackley School?

    The Lower School typically admits students into Kindergarten and Grade 2.
    There are occasional openings in Grades 1, 3 and 4 in Lower School.

    The usual entry point for Middle School students is Grade 6.
    There are occasional openings in Grades 5, 7 and 8.

    In the Upper School, most new students are admitted into Grade 9.
    We also admit students to Grade 10, though typically fewer than five each year. There are occasional openings in Grade 11.
  • Do you offer scholarships?

    Hackley does not offer merit-based scholarships. Instead, we offer financial aid based on need with the assumption that all students admitted to Hackley have great merit.
  • When are your tours and information sessions? How can I visit the school?

    Please visit our Getting to Know Hackley page for ways to learn more about Hackley. This year, we will continue our virtual Thursdays on the Hilltop series and our K-12 Information Sessions & Virtual Tours, open to all. We will also have limited in-person tours, open to families who have submitted an application.
  • When is the application deadline?

    The family portion of the application and the application fee must be submitted by Monday, November 29, 2021.  Supporting paperwork must be completed and received by Monday, January 10, 2022 in order for an application to be considered.
  • When are teacher recommendations due?

    We recommend that you submit the release of information form and the teacher recommendation forms to your child’s current school no earlier than the first of November. It is best if a teacher has written your child’s first report card or you have had your first parent/teacher conference before you ask the teacher to write a recommendation.

    Please ask the teacher to print a copy of the recommendation for his/her records. The electronic recommendation should be submitted to Hackley no later than Monday, January 10, 2022.
  • Do you accept additional recommendations?

    Yes, we do, but they are not required. It does not put a student at a disadvantage to have only the required recommendations in his/her file.
  • What is the last test date I can take the ISEE or SSAT and be considered for the current admission season?

    Your child should take either the ISEE or the SSAT before Monday, January 10, 2022. The optimum months for the exam are November, December and early January.
  • Which test do you prefer – the ISEE or the SSAT? Why do you accept two tests?

    We find both tests equally helpful and do not have a preference. We accept two different tests because some applicants to Upper School may take only the SSAT at other schools to which they plan to apply. Both tests are offering several ways to take the test for the fall 2021 season, including at-home versions. You can find more information about the SSAT at-home and for the ISEE at-home.
  • How many places do you fill in each grade each year?

    We generally have spaces in our typical entry grades as follows:

    Kindergarten:    30 - 32
    Grade 2:           10 - 15
    Grade 6:           15 - 20
    Grade 9:           35 - 40
    Grade 10:           3 - 6
  • What is the tuition?

    Hackley’s tuition varies by division. It is important to note that Hackley’s tuition does not cover all of our annual costs: we are immensely grateful to the innumerable parents, alumni, and parents of alumni whose generosity provides necessary additional support for all our programs and for maintenance of our wonderful facilities. For further details, please visit our Tuition & Financial Aid page.
  • What is the class size and the student-teacher ratio?

    Average class size is 16 across the divisions. Student-teacher ratio is approximately 7 to 1.
  • Does Hackley provide transportation?

    Please visit our Daily Transportation page for all the information.

Admissions Policy

Hackley School adheres to a long-standing policy of admitting students of any race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and national origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or national origin in administration of its educational policies, employment, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, or athletic, and other school-administered programs.

Sibling and Legacy Applicants

Hackley seeks students of high character who demonstrate intellect, resourcefulness in problem solving, creativity, empathy, and a love of learning.  Hackley families respect those of different backgrounds and perspectives, and value intellectual integrity.
In keeping with our community values, Hackley gives strong consideration to applications from students and families who share our values of service and achievement rather than entitlement and privilege.  Families whose commitment to Hackley and our community’s values has been demonstrated, where parents are alumni or who have other children who have enrolled at Hackley, and whose children meet Hackley’s criteria for admission, receive our most careful consideration.
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