Upper School

Upper School Welcome

Hackley Upper School students may best be described as "engaged" -- working closely with teachers and peers within a challenging and diverse curriculum that balances required courses with elective offerings. Our community’s larger values also contribute to the vibrant and enriching academic experience.
Hackley Upper School students exhibit an enthusiasm for learning, a curiosity about their school work and the wider world, and an eagerness to ask challenging questions of their teachers, their classmates and themselves. Our students learn that asking questions and seeking out assistance in order to gain a deeper understanding of their coursework is a sign of academic strength, not a sign of weakness.

The values of the broader Hackley community are also central to the academic life of the Upper School. We encourage a culture of respect and integrity. The words most frequently chosen by Upper School students when asked to describe Hackley are “Community,” “Friendly,” and “Home.” As one of our recent graduates remarked, “It’s cool to care at Hackley.”

Andy King
Upper School Director

News

List of 12 news stories.

  • AJ Cortese ‘14 (2nd row far left) with the Hackley AP Chinese class.

    Alumni Highlight Importance of Language Study

    Two Hackley alumni visited Hackley Chinese language students and shared insights into the benefits of learning and speaking Chinese.


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  • Keynote address by Meghan Spratt and introduction by Lisa Oberstein, Director of the Lower School.

    Teaching and Learning STEM Together

    Thursday evening, March 5, the Lower, Middle, and Upper divisions came together to celebrate our 7th annual STEM Night.
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  • Making bowls in the Grille Room.

    Empty Bowls: Stop Hunger!

    Hackley students and faculty across all three divisions made bowls in this week's Empty Bowls event,  part of a collaboration with the Clay Art Center in Port Chester to raise money and awareness of hunger and food insecurity in Westchester County.
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  • Daniel Cai, Greg Occhiogrosso, Kiri Fitzpatrick, and Ava Lattimore

    Ethics Bowl Team Heading to Nationals

    On Friday, February 27th, Hackley Ethics Bowl NYC winners Daniel Cai, Greg Occhiogrosso, Kiri Fitzpatrick, and Ava Lattimore traveled to Summit, New Jersey to take on the New Jersey champion team, Kent Place School for the right to compete in Nationals later this spring.
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  • Kiri Fitzpatrick and Lily Napach

    US Debate Update

    On Friday and Saturday February 28 and 29, 18 Upper School Hackley debaters, undeterred by recent exams, attended two separate tournaments in New York.
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  • First Creative Arts Field Trip

    Igniting Imagination

    Inspired by the Strategic Plan’s challenge to explore new opportunities for cross-disciplinary experiences within the Creative Arts, Hackley’s Visual and Performing Arts Departments recently held their first ever co-departmental Upper School Creative Arts Field Trip.
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  • Elizabeth Anne Smith designed her residency on “the actor in response” with the students.

    Welcoming Hackley's Inaugural Creative Resident

    Hackley hosted its inaugural teaching artist -- a drama educator -- during the week of February 9-14.  The Creative Residency program is part of the new strategic plan, Redefining Excellence: Learning Beyond Boundaries, and will serve to “promote the Hilltop as a learning hub” by bringing creative teaching artists in Performing Arts, Visual Arts, and Digital Arts to campus.
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  • HGVB Makes NYSAIS Tournament

    Hackley Girls Varsity Basketball competes in the opening round of the NYSAIS Tournament on Wednesday, February 19, 5:00 PM vs. Rye Country Day School at RCDS.  The winner of that round will play Horace Mann on Thursday in the quarterfinal round.  Semi-finals and finals are scheduled for Saturday and Monday, respectively.
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  • Antonella Arana

    Bon Voyage!

    As we head into the Presidents Day weekend, we bid a fond farewell to our two current Round Square Exchange students.
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  • Some of works of art at the show.

    Hackley Artists at Katonah Museum

    Ten talented Hackley senior artists are participating in this year’s annual Katonah Museum Young Artist Exhibition. The exhibition, generously hosted by the museum administration and staff during their busy winter exhibition calendar, features outstanding senior paintings, drawings, sculptures, and photography from selected regional high schools.
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  • Josh Saha '20 and Yingshyan Ku '20

    IRP Seniors present at WR-JSHS

    Seniors Josh Saha and Yingshyan Ku joined 550+ students from Westchester/Rockland County to present their scientific work at the Westchester/Rockland Junior Science and Humanities Symposium on Saturday, Feb 8, 2020.
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  • Madeline Zuckerman '20

    Performing Shakespeare in NYC

    Madeline Zuckerman '20 represented Hackley at the English Speaking Union NYC Branch Semi-Finals on 2/10. Madeline was one of fifteen students selected from various schools in the NYC Branch to compete in this prestigious competition. Fellow Hack-tors Amanda Mooney, Liz Hetzel and Conor McMahon attended to cheer her on!
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