List of 7 members.

  • Photo of Sheila Hicks-Rotella

    Sheila Hicks-Rotella 

    Director of Enrollment Management
  • Photo of Meghan O'Callaghan

    Meghan O'Callaghan 

    Assistant Director of Enrollment Management
  • Photo of Madeleine  Metzler

    Madeleine Metzler 

    Director of Financial Aid and Associate Director of Admission
  • Photo of Donna Fitzgerald

    Donna Fitzgerald 

    Associate Director of Admissions and Outreach
  • Photo of Ann Moore

    Ann Moore 

    Admissions Associate
  • Photo of Kimberly Cummings

    Kimberly Cummings 

    Admissions Database Manager/Financial Aid Coordinator
  • Photo of Sydnee Tyree

    Sydnee Tyree 

    Admissions Associate

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 2024-2025 school year has concluded. The application for the 2025-2026 academic year will become available at the beginning of September. If you haven't already done so please click the "Inquire Online" button below. We will send out an email to those who have inquired for 2025-2026 letting you know the application is available.

Reimagine Accomplishment

When you visit us on the Hackley Hilltop you will see that a Hackley education is about going all-in. 

From Kindergarten all the way to Grade 12, students experience joy in the classroom and make life-long connections with each other and with our dedicated faculty. Robust extracurricular programming on our 285-acre campus and our 5-Day Boarding program create unique opportunities for each student to be challenged and supported to grow in character, scholarship, and accomplishment, well beyond the boundaries of the school day.  Hackley graduates are empowered with the knowledge and confidence to pursue their passions and the drive to make a difference.

Come see for yourself! Sign up for an 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 the 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 Middle School.

    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 tours and information sessions? How can I visit the campus?

    Please visit our Getting to Know Hackley page for ways to learn more about Hackley, including our virtual Thursdays on the Hilltop series and on-campus Open Houses for each division, open to all. We will also offer school-day tours to families who have submitted an application.
  • When is the application deadline?

    The family portion of the application, including the Parent and Student Questionnaires, the interests and accomplishments form (grades 5-11), and the application fee, must be submitted by Monday, December 2, 2024.  Supporting paperwork must be completed and received by Thursday, January 9, 2025, 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 Thursday, January 9, 2025. 
  • 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.
  • 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 the ISEE or the SSAT before Thursday, January 9, 2025. The ideal months for the exam are November and December.
  • 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 testing agencies offer several ways to take the test for the fall 2024 season, including at-home versions. You can find more information about the SSAT and the ISEE online.
  • 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:           14 - 16
    Grade 6:           15 - 20
    Grade 9:           40 - 45
    Grade 10:           2 - 5
  • 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, parents of alumni, and friends whose generosity provides necessary additional support for all our programs and the 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?

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

    Please visit our Daily Transportation page for all the information.

Admissions Non-Discrimination-Policy

Hackley School adheres to a long-standing policy of admitting qualified students of any race, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity,  national origin, and other legally protected classifications to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities as well as the use of its facilities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.
Hackley School does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or national origin, and other legally protected classifications in the administration of its educational policies, employment, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and 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 and have a variety of skills, talents, abilities, interests, experiences, backgrounds, and goals, as well as a commitment to principles that HAckley strives to uphold.  
Families whose commitment to Hackley’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 careful consideration.
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