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


List of 12 news stories.

  •  Adam Tannenbaum '20 (Bass Vocalist)

    National Honors Ensembles Performance

    Congratulations to Adam Tannenbaum (Bass Vocalist), who performed this past weekend in Orlando, Florida with the National Honors Ensembles Mixed Choir.
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  • LS Community Service and US Hackley Earth Action League representatives spent the day at the TaSH Farmer’s Market.

    Teaching Sustainability

    On Saturday 11/9, Lower School Community Service and HEAL (Hackley Earth Action League) representatives spent the day at the TaSH Farmer’s Market, educating the community about the dangers of single use plastics and giving away reusable bags.
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  • Students had the chance to peruse editions of the Vision going back over 30 years.

    Launching Vision 2020

    Upper School students and faculty gathered for the annual celebration of literary and visual arts as we open the door to submissions for the 2020 Vision magazine.
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  • Enjoying a painting by Robert Jackson.

    Exploring Art in Chelsea

    On Tuesday, October 29th, the AP Art Studio seniors and Advanced Studio Art juniors traveled to Manhattan together for their annual Chelsea Gallery tour.
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  • Daniel Zhang '22 and Arushi Chandra '23

    Hackley Students at Parliamentary Debate Tourney

    At the November 2 APDA Parliamentary debate tournament at Vassar College, Hackley was represented by Daniel Zhang and Arushi Chandra, who debated four resolutions in four rounds with just 15 minutes of preparation before every round.
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  • Hackley Angling Club ventured out on Long Island Sound for a truly epic day of fishing.

    Anglers Away!

    On November 3, the Hackley Angling Club ventured out on Long Island Sound for a truly epic day of fishing. The students, ranging in age from 5th to 10th grade, were able to boat over 80 striped bass and blue fish! This was one for the record books!
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  • Five of Hackley's ten runners finished in the top 15.

    Hackley Boys Cross Country Wins State Championship

    Hackley Boys Cross Country won their first ever NYSAIS Championship on November 3 with a dominating performance.
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  • Hackley Football Defeats Poly 27-21

    Hackley Football won the Metropolitan Independent Football League Bowl Championship game on 11/2 over Poly Prep, 27-21.  Go Hack!
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  • Hackley Field Hockey Advances to NYSAIS Championship

    Congratulations to Hackley Varsity Field Hockey for their 3-1 win in todays's semi-final round competition over Chapin.  The team advances to the championship game on Sunday 11/3 at 12 PM, Manhattanville College.
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  • The cover of the 2018-19 Vision magazine.

    Vision Named 2020 CSPA Crown Finalist

    Hackley's Upper School Literary and Art magazine, Vision, has been been named a 2020 Crown Finalist by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.  All finalists will receive either "silver" or "gold" Crown recognition upon final judging in the spring.  Congratulations to the 2019 editorial team!
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  • The Dial's 2018-2019 editors, staff, and advisors.

    Dial Wins Gold!

    The Dial has recently been awarded a Gold Medal from the Columbia University Scholastic Press Association for its 2018-2019 edition. The Dial entered the competition as a “hybrid” publication, meaning that it was judged and recognized for excellence in both print and online coverage.
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  • Ava Roberts, Allison Oh, Daniel Zhang, Kiri Fitzpatrick, and Will Gannon.

    Hackley Area All-State Performers

    Five Hackley Upper School students will perform at SUNY Purchase on Thursday, November 7th as part of the Area All-State Festival for band, orchestra, and chorus.
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