The Hockaday School

Dallas, TX

OVERVIEW

As the only all-girls’ college-preparatory boarding school in Dallas, Texas, Hockaday’s residential program is unparalleled. In addition to its nationally acclaimed academic program, for over 100 years Hockaday has welcomed resident students in Grades 8 through 12, from across the country and around the globe, into a warm family environment that fosters a true sense of community. Resident students form friendships that endure well beyond the walls of Hockaday. The stunning 88 acre campus is immersed in urban Dallas, just minutes from world-class facilities offering myriad opportunities for irreplaceable cultural and educational experiences. Hockaday’s unique environment fosters students as they become young women, well-prepared to lead in a rapidly-changing world. While living and learning at Hockaday, girls are inspired to learn, question, and explore their school, their city, and their world.

Vital Information

Student Body Type: All Girls
Total Boarding: 79
Total Day: 1010
Total Enrollment: 1089
Boys: 0
Girls: 1089
Boarding Grades Offered: 8-12
Day Grades Offered: K-12
Dress Code: Uniform

Applications Accepted

SAO
Application Deadline: Rolling

Tuition & Financial Aid

Boarding: $58,364
Day Tuition Fee: $30,985
Need-Based Aid: Offered
Payment Plans: Offered
Students Receiving Aid: 15%

CONTACT

Director of Admissions: Maryanna Phipps

OVERVIEW

As the only all-girls’ college-preparatory boarding school in Dallas, Texas, Hockaday’s residential program is unparalleled. In addition to its nationally acclaimed academic program, for over 100 years Hockaday has welcomed resident students in Grades 8 through 12, from across the country and around the globe, into a warm family environment that fosters a true sense of community. Resident students form friendships that endure well beyond the walls of Hockaday. The stunning 88 acre campus is immersed in urban Dallas, just minutes from world-class facilities offering myriad opportunities for irreplaceable cultural and educational experiences. Hockaday’s unique environment fosters students as they become young women, well-prepared to lead in a rapidly-changing world. While living and learning at Hockaday, girls are inspired to learn, question, and explore their school, their city, and their world.

ACADEMICS

It is the philosophy and purpose of Hockaday to provide a college preparatory education for girls of strong potential and diverse backgrounds who may be expected to assume positions of responsibility and leadership in a rapidly changing world. Through our small classes, creative teaching, and an approach which emphasizes the process of learning, we seek to discover unique aptitudes and awaken the intellectual curiosity of every girl at the School. There are additional education options available to Hockaday students, including directed independent study projects, online classes at the Online School for Girls, Hockaday Summer Session classes, CITYterm at The Masters School, High Mountain Institute in Colorado, and Swiss Semester in Zermatt. In addition, Hockaday has worked with students who placed in year or semester-long placements in France, China and Thailand, and at Oxbow in California.

Department Director
Asst. Head of School, Academic Provost Blair Lowry
Student/Teacher Ratio
10/1
Average Class Size
15
Summer Programs
Offered
Full Time Teachers
119
Number of AP Courses Offered
24
Teachers Holding Advanced Degrees
66%

English

  • English Classics
  • English Literature
  • Creative Writing
  • Poetry
  • Senior Seminars

History

  • Honors History
  • US History
  • World History
  • European History
    Diplomatic Policy
  • Government

Foreign Languages

  • Spanish
  • French
  • Latin
  • Mandarin Chinese

Religion/Philosophy

  • Philosophy
  • World Religions
  • Comparative Religions

Humanities/Social Sciences

  • Economics
  • Psychology

Sciences

  • Anatomy
  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Genetics
  • Health Science
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Neuroscience

Math

  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Honors Math
  • Functions
  • Geometry
  • Statistics
  • Trigonometry

Music

  • Choral Music
  • Composition
  • History of Music
  • Orchestra
  • Voice

Performing/Visual Arts

  • Acting
  • Art
  • Choreography
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Debate
  • Drama
  • Drawing
  • Graphic Design
  • Journalism
  • Modern Dance
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Pottery
  • Publications
  • Public Speaking
  • Sculpture
  • Studio Art
  • Theater Arts

Distinctive or New Programs

  • IDEA Labs
  • STEAM Institute
  • Engineering Design
  • History of Art and Music

AP Courses Available

  • AP Biology
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus CD
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Macroeconomics
  • AP Microeconomics
  • AP English Literature
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP European History
  • AP French
  • AP French Literature
  • AP Comparative Government and Politics
  • AP Physics B
  • AP Physics C
  • AP Spanish
  • AP Spanish Literature
  • AP Statistics
  • AP Studio Art
  • AP US History
  • AP World History
  • AP Mandarin Chinese

CAMPUS LIFE

The Residence Department has been a significant part of Hockaday’s culture since Ela Hockaday established the “home department” in 1915 with six girls as boarders. Today, our boarding students are a diverse group from across the United States and around the world. The entire School community benefits from the range of cultures, experiences, and educational values that the boarders bring to campus.

Newly renovated dormitories enhance the shared experience of boarders, and large bedrooms give a feeling of home. Campus amenities include a 4,000 square foot fitness center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, numerous art and science labs, and full dining services. The dormitories boast WiFi, plasma televisions, and full kitchens to bake treats or share favorite meals from home.


Dorm Life

Number of Dorms
2
Average Students Per Dorm
40
Number of Girls Dorms
2
Number of Boys Dorms
0

Dorm Amenities

  • Dorm Game Room
  • Dorm Laundry
  • Dorm Lounge
  • Dorm Vending Machines
  • Dorm Wifi

Other Amenities:

  • Dorm Kitchens

Student Life

Living in a diverse community while balancing academic and extracurricular activities prepares Hockaday Boarders to lead with a purpose. Beyond the classroom, athletic fields, and art studios, Hockaday students pursue their passions through Councils, Boards, and student-initiated clubs. Through academic competition teams, affinity groups, service organizations, and special interest groups, Hockaday clubs provide students with opportunities to learn and lead alongside their peers.

 

Facilities

  • All Weather Track
  • Softball Field
  • Basketball Court
  • Fitness Center
  • Technology Center
  • Volleyball Court
  • Pool
  • Tennis Courts

Clubs & Organizations

  • Amnesty International
  • Asian Club
  • Astronomy Club
  • Chess Club
  • Community Service
  • Computer Club
  • Debate Club
  • Dorm Proctors
  • Drama Club
  • Environmental Club
  • Fencing
  • Foreign Language Clubs
  • Honor Council
  • International Club
  • Investment Club
  • Literary Magazine
  • Math Club
  • Model UN
  • Mock Trial
  • National Honor Society
  • Newspaper
  • SADD
  • Student Activities
  • Student Government
  • Student Publications
  • Yearbook
  • Theater
  • Young Democrats
  • Young Republicans

ARTS & ATHLETICS

Arts Department Director
Lead Chair, Fine Arts Dept. Ed Long
Athletics Department Director
Athletic Director Deb Surgi
Notable Achievements
  • SPC Lacrosse Champions
  • 33 All SPC Athletes

Arts

  • Art Club
  • A Capella Group
  • Chamber Choir
  • Chamber Ensemble
  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Choral Music
  • Dance
  • Drama Club
  • Gospel Choir
  • Improvisation Group
  • Stage Band
  • Tech Crew
  • Theater

Interscholastic Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Cross Country Running
  • Diving
  • Fencing
  • Field Hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Recreational Sports

  • Aerobics
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross Country Running
  • Dance
  • Diving
  • Fencing
  • Lacrosse
  • Tennis
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball

COLLEGE INFO

College Information

Percentage of graduates who attend college:
100%
Middle Percentile of SAT Scores Reading Math
25th percentile 610 630
75th percentile 740 730
College attended in the past 5 years by our graduates:
University of Texas: 17, Stanford University: 19, USC: 17, SMU: 26, Vanderbilt: 20

Quotes From Alumni

Summer Programs

Summer at Hockaday invites girls and boys, age 3 through entering 10th grade, to experience academics and fun in a nurturing environment. As a camper or student, you will have a great time making new friends while you participate in sports, the arts, technology, academics, and much more. Come learn from the best educators in the Dallas area. We have a camp or class just for you!Please visit www.hockaday.org/summer to learn more.

Vital Information

Student Body Type: All Girls
Total Boarding: 79
Total Day: 1010
Total Enrollment: 1089
Boys: 0
Girls: 1089
Boarding Grades Offered: 8-12
Day Grades Offered: K-12
Dress Code: Uniform

Applications Accepted

SAO
Application Deadline: Rolling

Tuition & Financial Aid

Boarding: $58,364
Day Tuition Fee: $30,985
Need-Based Aid: Offered
Payment Plans: Offered
Students Receiving Aid: 15%

CONTACT

Director of Admissions: Maryanna Phipps

ACADEMICS

It is the philosophy and purpose of Hockaday to provide a college preparatory education for girls of strong potential and diverse backgrounds who may be expected to assume positions of responsibility and leadership in a rapidly changing world. Through our small classes, creative teaching, and an approach which emphasizes the process of learning, we seek to discover unique aptitudes and awaken the intellectual curiosity of every girl at the School. There are additional education options available to Hockaday students, including directed independent study projects, online classes at the Online School for Girls, Hockaday Summer Session classes, CITYterm at The Masters School, High Mountain Institute in Colorado, and Swiss Semester in Zermatt. In addition, Hockaday has worked with students who placed in year or semester-long placements in France, China and Thailand, and at Oxbow in California.

Department Director
Asst. Head of School, Academic Provost Blair Lowry
Student/Teacher Ratio
10/1
Average Class Size
15
Summer Programs
Offered
Full Time Teachers
119
Number of AP Courses Offered
24
Teachers Holding Advanced Degrees
66%

English

  • English Classics
  • English Literature
  • Creative Writing
  • Poetry
  • Senior Seminars

History

  • Honors History
  • US History
  • World History
  • European History
    Diplomatic Policy
  • Government

Foreign Languages

  • Spanish
  • French
  • Latin
  • Mandarin Chinese

Religion/Philosophy

  • Philosophy
  • World Religions
  • Comparative Religions

Humanities/Social Sciences

  • Economics
  • Psychology

Sciences

  • Anatomy
  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Genetics
  • Health Science
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Neuroscience

Math

  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Honors Math
  • Functions
  • Geometry
  • Statistics
  • Trigonometry

Music

  • Choral Music
  • Composition
  • History of Music
  • Orchestra
  • Voice

Performing/Visual Arts

  • Acting
  • Art
  • Choreography
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Debate
  • Drama
  • Drawing
  • Graphic Design
  • Journalism
  • Modern Dance
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Pottery
  • Publications
  • Public Speaking
  • Sculpture
  • Studio Art
  • Theater Arts

Distinctive or New Programs

  • IDEA Labs
  • STEAM Institute
  • Engineering Design
  • History of Art and Music

AP Courses Available

  • AP Biology
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus CD
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Macroeconomics
  • AP Microeconomics
  • AP English Literature
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP European History
  • AP French
  • AP French Literature
  • AP Comparative Government and Politics
  • AP Physics B
  • AP Physics C
  • AP Spanish
  • AP Spanish Literature
  • AP Statistics
  • AP Studio Art
  • AP US History
  • AP World History
  • AP Mandarin Chinese

CAMPUS LIFE

The Residence Department has been a significant part of Hockaday’s culture since Ela Hockaday established the “home department” in 1915 with six girls as boarders. Today, our boarding students are a diverse group from across the United States and around the world. The entire School community benefits from the range of cultures, experiences, and educational values that the boarders bring to campus.

Newly renovated dormitories enhance the shared experience of boarders, and large bedrooms give a feeling of home. Campus amenities include a 4,000 square foot fitness center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, numerous art and science labs, and full dining services. The dormitories boast WiFi, plasma televisions, and full kitchens to bake treats or share favorite meals from home.


Dorm Life

Number of Dorms
2
Average Students Per Dorm
40
Number of Girls Dorms
2
Number of Boys Dorms
0

Dorm Amenities

  • Dorm Game Room
  • Dorm Laundry
  • Dorm Lounge
  • Dorm Vending Machines
  • Dorm Wifi

Other Amenities:

  • Dorm Kitchens

Student Life

Living in a diverse community while balancing academic and extracurricular activities prepares Hockaday Boarders to lead with a purpose. Beyond the classroom, athletic fields, and art studios, Hockaday students pursue their passions through Councils, Boards, and student-initiated clubs. Through academic competition teams, affinity groups, service organizations, and special interest groups, Hockaday clubs provide students with opportunities to learn and lead alongside their peers.

 

Facilities

  • All Weather Track
  • Softball Field
  • Basketball Court
  • Fitness Center
  • Technology Center
  • Volleyball Court
  • Pool
  • Tennis Courts

Clubs & Organizations

  • Amnesty International
  • Asian Club
  • Astronomy Club
  • Chess Club
  • Community Service
  • Computer Club
  • Debate Club
  • Dorm Proctors
  • Drama Club
  • Environmental Club
  • Fencing
  • Foreign Language Clubs
  • Honor Council
  • International Club
  • Investment Club
  • Literary Magazine
  • Math Club
  • Model UN
  • Mock Trial
  • National Honor Society
  • Newspaper
  • SADD
  • Student Activities
  • Student Government
  • Student Publications
  • Yearbook
  • Theater
  • Young Democrats
  • Young Republicans

ARTS & ATHLETICS

Arts Department Director
Lead Chair, Fine Arts Dept. Ed Long
Athletics Department Director
Athletic Director Deb Surgi
Notable Achievements
  • SPC Lacrosse Champions
  • 33 All SPC Athletes

Arts

  • Art Club
  • A Capella Group
  • Chamber Choir
  • Chamber Ensemble
  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Choral Music
  • Dance
  • Drama Club
  • Gospel Choir
  • Improvisation Group
  • Stage Band
  • Tech Crew
  • Theater

Interscholastic Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Cross Country Running
  • Diving
  • Fencing
  • Field Hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Recreational Sports

  • Aerobics
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross Country Running
  • Dance
  • Diving
  • Fencing
  • Lacrosse
  • Tennis
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball

COLLEGE INFO

College Information

Percentage of graduates who attend college:
100%
Middle Percentile of SAT Scores Reading Math
25th percentile 610 630
75th percentile 740 730
College attended in the past 5 years by our graduates:
University of Texas: 17, Stanford University: 19, USC: 17, SMU: 26, Vanderbilt: 20

Quotes From Alumni

Summer Programs

Summer at Hockaday invites girls and boys, age 3 through entering 10th grade, to experience academics and fun in a nurturing environment. As a camper or student, you will have a great time making new friends while you participate in sports, the arts, technology, academics, and much more. Come learn from the best educators in the Dallas area. We have a camp or class just for you!Please visit www.hockaday.org/summer to learn more.