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From the Head of School

Although visitors to the Hilltop often remark on the beauty of our campus, they are frequently more impressed by the warmth of the school, a characteristic that stems from the genuine sense of community present here. As a K-12 independent school on a single campus, we believe deeply in the importance of community: as learners, artists, and athletes; as friends and peers; and as a school focused on developing student character. At Hackley, students build lifelong relationships with one another and with faculty members, whether they enter in Lower, Middle, or Upper School. These relationships enrich the educational experience and are central to our mission to help students “learn from the varying perspectives and backgrounds in our community and the world.”

Hackley retains a vibrancy that extends well beyond the academic day, contributing to the strength of our community. Faculty live on and near campus, raising their families and participating in the life of the school throughout the day. They offer extra help, coach athletic teams, run clubs and extra-curricular activities, serve as dorm parents, and are present to serve as mentors and advisors. Additionally, our unique 5-day boarding program allows Upper School students the chance to experience the best of both boarding and day school: living at school during the week and returning to home on the weekend. Day and boarding students easily build friendships and benefit from the presence of Hackley faculty well after the last class ends. All of these factors create a home-like feeling on Hackley’s campus, because for many of us, it is.

I encourage you to learn more about Hackley and to visit us on the Hilltop. I am confident that you will find Hackley to be a warm and diverse learning community.

With all best wishes,
Michael C. Wirtz
Head of School, Parent, Class of 2029

List of 3 news stories.

  • Welcome to Hackley!

    "Good morning and welcome to Hackley!"  The students and teachers filling the Hackley Performing Arts Center to capacity--including the entire Hackley Middle School as well as our Round Square visitors from around the Americas and the world, returned a hearty "Good Morning!" as Michael Wirtz officially launched the Young Round Square Conference dedicated to the theme "Exploring Democracy in the Big Apple."  Read on for his remarks....
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  • Taking part in the Lower School Building Bridges program.

    Our Mission’s Challenge

    By Michael C. Wirtz, Head of School

    Hackley challenges students to grow in character, scholarship, and accomplishment, to offer unreserved effort, and to learn from the varying perspectives and backgrounds in our community and the world.

    Taped to the base of the computer monitor on my desk are the 29 words that guide Hackley School: its mission statement. I look over these words countless times each day, consulting them as my guiding light in making decisions and in leading the school forward. If forced to distill the mission statement to its essence, I would argue that the final directive—“to learn from the varying perspectives and backgrounds in our community and the world”—lies at the heart of Hackley. Teaching students to see issues through a new lens, gaining insights to different ways of thinking, is evidence of Hackley succeeding at “challenging students to grow in character, scholarship, and accomplishment.” The school’s commitment to a free exchange of ideas as articulated in the mission creates the framework of our learning environment, while also highlighting our greatest challenge.
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  • Michael C. Wirtz, Headmaster at Convocation 2016

    A Learning Agenda

    Michael C. Wirtz, Head of School: As Hackley begins its 118th year and I start my first, I am focused on increasing my understanding of this special community with an eye towards our future. What do we want the school to be like for our students now and in the years ahead?
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  • Michael C. Wirtz

    About Michael C. Wirtz

    Michael C. Wirtz became Hackley School’s 12th Head of School, effective July 1, 2016.

    Mr. Wirtz came to Hackley from St. Mark’s School in Southborough, MA where he served as Assistant Head of School/Dean of Faculty for 6 years. In this role, he provided strategic advice to the Head of School, and served as Acting Head for the first half of the 2013-14 academic year. Mr. Wirtz also led St. Mark’s STEM education initiative, resulting in the creation of programs, curricula, and the design of a new facility. Prior to St. Mark's, Mr. Wirtz taught at Concord Academy in Concord, MA for 9 years. During this tenure, he served as a chemistry teacher, Science Department Chair, house parent, advisor, and coach. Mr. Wirtz began his teaching career at The Montgomery Academy in Montgomery, AL after transitioning to education from a research position at Pfizer, Inc.
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