Lower School

Lower School Welcome

Welcome to Hackley’s Kathleen Allen Lower School. Our motto, “United, we help one another” plays out every day in support of our children’s continuing development.
As you explore the Lower School, you will discover a cheerful, engaged community of approximately 200 children in grades Kindergarten through Four, learning together in an atmosphere that establishes collaboration and kindness as essential partners to academic challenge. Appreciating each other and a spirit of cooperation are embedded in everything we teach.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts and questions about our Lower School.
Sincerely yours,
Lisa Oberstein
Lower School Director


List of 12 news stories.

  • Hackley Lower School students set off into the woods  equipped with Hackley Trail maps and compasses

    Finding Our Way with Maps

    Hackley second graders have been learning about maps and map skills in Social Studies, and used Hackley's trail maps as a real life test of their map skills.
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  • LS Lego program

    Leading by Example

    Hackley Lower School's vibrant Team Lego program continues to grow, and recently enjoyed a visit from program "graduate" Ben I., current sixth grader, who has been mentoring the Lower School teams since last year.
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  • You Will Be Found

    The Performing Arts Department recently debuted its yearlong video project, featuring the K-12 community in a moving and poignant video. Showcasing students, instrumentalists, vocalists, faculty, and staff members, the inspiration came from the virtual choir performance of “You Will Be Found,” from Dear Evan Hanson.
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  • Hackley second grader Luke D.

    Junior Athlete Qualifies for National Competition

    Hackley second grader Luke D. participated in the Tri-State Ambulatory Games, a Paralympic competition, over Memorial Day weekend and qualified to compete in nine track and field events at the US Adaptive Sports Junior Nationals this July in Minnesota. His biggest accomplishment so far has been beating the 800 Meter US national record for 11 and under in his disability class.
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  • Building Communities...By Hand

    First graders learned about different communities through a hands-on building project. Students selected specific buildings within a community: urban, suburban, and rural, to paint and build.
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  • Teaching Our Buddies about Wolves

    This past week, the 4th grade students hosted their kindergarten buddies at a “wolf museum.”
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  • Ducklings!

    The weather may not have been very spring-like recently, but it is spring, nevertheless--proven by the arrival of Hackley's ducklings!
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  • Serving the Community Through Music

    The Music Institute’s Cello Club had their Inaugural Recital at the Marymount Convent Nursing Home in Tarrytown on Friday, May 10th.
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  • Pirate Adventures and Song

    Our 2nd grade Pirate Adventurers traveled the globe in their recent play, “Traveling the World for Buried Treasure.” One of their stops was China where they learned this beautiful children’s song, “One World, One Dream.”
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  • Fly...be free!

    During the first week of May, Hackley kindergartners and 1st graders released into the Lower School Garden the butterflies and ladybugs they had raised from larvae and watched as they went through their metamorphosis in the classrooms.
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  • Hack Gives Back

    Check out all that our students accomplished in the spring Hack Gives Back effort!
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  • Learning Made Personal

    Frida S. in the Class of 2027 found connection across Hackley generations with Ilyasah Shabazz '79 by way of her fourth grade biography project on Malcolm X.
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