Middle School

Middle School Welcome

Welcome! The zest, energy, and curiosity of early adolescence are felt throughout Hackley’s Middle School. With peals of laughter, students reach for one another to keep their balance; they huddle together at a computer station fine tuning a jointly composed musical score; they race to the gym to dress for sports, turning Akin Common into a torrent of speeding bodies.
What allows for such exuberance? A faculty that well understands the developmental needs of Middle Schoolers; coursework that stimulates the mind; and Hackley’s commitment to the words inscribed upon its main doorway: “Enter Here to Be and Find a Friend.” Ranging in age from nine-and-three-quarters to fourteen-and-a-half, Middle School students arrive as fifth grade children and leave as young adults. During these four years of rapid growth, we nurture scholarship and humanity in each of our students.


List of 12 news stories.

  • A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

    May 21 was a perfect day for a service learning trip as Ms. Maddox's Drama 5-3 students went to the Pre-K/4s class at Elizabeth Mascia Child Care Center to perform an adaptation of the book "Crazy Hair Day."
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  • Camp Out!

    On May 17, Hackley Fifth Graders enjoyed their first overnight “Hilltop Campout.”
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  • Vivek, Nina and Angela

    MS Debate Concludes Strong Season

    For the fourth time in five years, Hackley had an undefeated team in the finals of the MSPDP Championship year end debate tournament and, for the third time over that span, Hackley won the Championship, its first since 2016.
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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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  • 7th grade Whirlpool scoring points during their second run

    MS Aquabots Triumph!

    On May 11th, Hackley’s Aquabots competed in the Marine Advanced Technology and Engineering, or MATE, Regional Competition at Villanova University.
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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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  • Image: Iulia A. ‘23

    It's Arrow Season!

    The Middle School Arts and Literary Magazine submissions are in--take a look at some of the terrific 5th-8th grade works of art and creative writing posted so far on our blog.
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  • Introducing Hackley's Rwanda Partnership

    On April 25, the team of Hackley teachers who traveled to Rwanda as part of Hackley's longstanding partnership with two -- and now three -- schools there talked to Middle School students about their travels and the friends we have there.
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  • MS Debaters Compete at National Tournament

    On April 27 & 28, six Hackley 8th graders, Mason N., Amy K., Zara Y., Paul E., Bella W., and Arushi C., competed in two Public Debate Program Championship tournaments outside of Los Angeles.
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  • Riverpark Cleanup

    On Saturday morning, April 27th, over 30 Hackley community members, spanning across all three divisions, came together to help clean up the riverbanks down by the water at Pierson Park in Tarrytown.
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  • PSAs for Earth Day

    In honor of Earth Day, Lower School and Upper School students have created this terrific set of public service announcements to remind students –and adults -- in every division about the proper ways to recycle.
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