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.

  • Hackley Community Kicks Off Academic Year at Convocation 2023

    On Thursday, Sept. 7, the Hackley community came together at Convocation 2023 and formally launched the academic year with welcome notes from Associate Head of School Dr. Cyndy Jean, Community Council President EJ Regalado ’24, Board of Trustees President Dr. Harvinder Sandhu and Head of School Charles Franklin.
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  • Hackley Welcomes New Members, Roles to the Community

    On July 1, 2023, Hackley officially welcomed the School’s 13th Head of School Charles Franklin to the Hilltop. Additionally, former Assistant Head of School for Community and Inclusivity Cyndy Jean assumed the role of Associate Head of School, and former Middle School history teacher and dean Damon Hall stepped into the position of Assistant Director of the Middle School.
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  • Hackley Community Raises Over $3K for JCK Foundation in Color Fun Run Event

    On Sunday, May 21, the Hackley community gathered for our second annual Color Fun Run.
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  • Charles Franklin, Hackley's 13th Head of School

    Hackley Announces 13th Head of School

    Charles Franklin has been named Hackley's new Head of School, beginning July 1. The Board of Trustees unanimously approved the appointment of Mr. Franklin based on the recommendation of the search committee and the hundreds of survey responses and feedback received from members of the Hackley community, including faculty, staff, families, students, and alumni.
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  • The Middle School Debate team

    Middle School Debate Team Secures Most Wins at League Championship

    On Saturday, April 29, Hackley proudly hosted the New York Debate League Championship tournament, bringing the 2022-2023 Middle School Debate season to an impressive close. More than 50 teams from 13 schools gathered in our cafeteria during a rain-soaked day for this exciting event, which featured five preliminary rounds and an intense final public debate between the top two teams.
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  • Eighth graders Rani B., Zach W., and Shreyas K. were named the top team in the tournament with an undefeated record.

    MS Debate Team Nabs Most Total Wins in Tournament

    Hackley’s Middle School debate team had their best showing in several years at the final regular season MS debate tournament of the academic year at the Dalton School on Saturday, March 4!
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  • MS Debate Team Earns 2nd Place Overall in Latest Tournament

    Hackley's Middle School debate team earned 2nd place overall at the Tuckahoe Middle School tournament on Saturday, Jan. 21! With nine teams entered and 27 debaters participating overall, Hackley continues to demonstrate its commitment to the Middle School debate program.
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  • Eighth graders Bridget D., Arya G., and Owen S.

    Hackley MS Debate Team Scores 'Most Total Wins' in Hilltop Tournament

    On Saturday, Dec. 3, Hackley hosted the second tournament of the season for the New York Debate League. Debate topics included whether to eliminate high school football, does Amazon do more harm than good, and the benefits of the rise of the telehealth industry.
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  • Mia S. '28 and Isabella Z. '27 earned second place in the Varsity division.

    Hackley Middle School Debate Team Wins Top School, Tournament Awards

    On Saturday, Nov. 5, 21 Hackley debaters traveled to the Nightingale-Bamford School in Manhattan for a Middle School debate tournament. The topics debated included whether television is a bad influence, if captive live animal displays do more harm than good, and whether or not the United States should adopt a four-day work week.
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  • Best-selling author Jason Reynolds and renowned illustrator Jason Griffin speak to students in the Johnson Center for Health and Wellness.

    Hackley Hosts First K-12 Community Reads Program

    On Oct. 20, we welcomed to the Hilltop Jason Reynolds (New York Times No. 1 Best Selling Author) and Jason Griffin (renowned illustrator) of Ain’t Burned All the Bright for a book signing, a morning visit to the Lower School, and two book discussions—first with students in the Johnson Center, then with families in Allen Memorial Hall.
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  • The Hackley Debate Team and coaches with alumni Molly Reinmann ’22 and Noah Tirschwell ’22 at Yale

    A Return to In-Person Debate for Hackley Teams

    On Friday, Sept. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 1, eight Upper School students competed in more than 20 rounds of debate at the Yale Invitational in New Haven, Conn., for the first time in three years.
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  • Isaac A. '26

    Eighth Grade Violists Demonstrate Achievement and Community Outreach

    Two Hackley Middle School students, Isaac A. '26 and Mason L. '26, active members of Hackley’s Orchestra program, scored perfect scores at the New York State School Music Association Festival this Spring. And both are doing even more extraordinary work. 
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