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.

  • Hackley Gaming Presenters at Historicon

    Hackley History teacher Jared Fishman and Dillon Schaevitz '19 ran a one hour seminar and game at Historicon 2019, talking about Hackley’s gaming program, how it evolved, its impact on student well being, and presenting Dillon’s senior project which focused on games.
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  • Visitors to the Path to Peace project at the Israel-Gaza boarder help create a mosaic that says “Peace” in Hebrew, Arabic, and English.

    Immersed in Multiple Perspectives

    The Spring 2019 Casten Trip to Israel and Palestine.  Steele Sternberg shares the lessons gained across varying perspectives in a place where there's no getting away from difference of opinion.
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  • Ismene Germanakos '19: 19th at Nationals

    On Friday, June 14th, in Greensboro North Carolina, javelin thrower, Ismene Germanakos represented Hackley at the most prestigious high school track competition in the country, New Balance Nationals.
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  • Getting to the Heart of the Matter

    Valentina Castro '19 is among local students profiled in The Hudson Independent, In the story, she talks of her desire to study medicine, inspired in part by her Hackley Senior Project experience.
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  • The Hackley Hilltop Relay

    Dribbling a field hockey ball around pylons.  Eating a bowl of popcorn without hands. Translate a Spanish passage. Correctly tie a necktie. These are among the challenges students accomplished as part of the first ever Hackley Hilltop Relay competition between student "houses." Check out video highlights here!
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  • You Will Be Found

    The Performing Arts Department recently debuted its yearlong video project, featuring the K-12 community in a moving and poignant video. Showcasing students, instrumentalists, vocalists, faculty, and staff members, the inspiration came from the virtual choir performance of “You Will Be Found,” from Dear Evan Hanson.
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  • Ismene Germanakos

    Top Track & Field Results at Easterns

    On June 2 at the Eastern Track & Field Championships Ismene Germanakos broke her own school record in the Javelin by over 5’, throwing 124’5” to qualify for Nationals in Greensboro NC on June 14th. Several other Hackley athletes brought in exceptional performances as well.
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  • Alumni Perspective via Skype

    Steele Sternberg’s “History of the Middle East” class skyped with Felicia Schwartz ’10, The Wall Street Journal's Israel and Palestinian Territories correspondent, based in Tel Aviv.
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  • Charles Segal '20

    Athletes of the Week, 5/27

    Charles Segal '20, Jared Rosenberg '22, Maddie White '19, and Charlie Hite '19 are the final Athletes of the Week for the 2018-19 school year. Congratuations to all our athletes!
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  • Service Learning: Education in Meaningful Problem Solving

    Hackley Spanish teacher Diane Remenar writes about her work with her AP Spanish students on the new "Distinction in Service-Learning" commendation and the learning beyond boundaries it supports. Read her story here.
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  • Global Journeys Ahead

    As we turn the corner into summer, not only do we look back at wonderful 2018-19 Global Journeys to Ireland, Canada, Israel, Peru, & the United Kingdom, but we also look forward to upcoming summer journeys that head off from the hilltop right after Commencement!
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  • Hackley Scientist Presents at ISEF

    Anastasia Popova and Ardsley teammate Isha Brahmbahtt presented their work at ISEF last week. Congrats to both girls for their incredible work that won them a spot to present at the world’s largest venue for science projects.
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