Hockaday School

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Hockaday School

Hockaday School


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location type grades students int’l s-f ratio class SAT avg SSAT TOEFL
Dallas, TX girls 8-12 1087 10% 10:1 14 2020 85% 90

The Hockaday School, established in 1913, provides an outstanding college preparatory education for girls in the prekindergarten through twelfth grades. Hockaday prepares girls of strong potential to assume positions of responsibility and leadership in a rapidly changing world by giving them a foundation for living grounded on the traditional four cornerstones: character, courtesy, scholarship, athletics.

Within the context of an outstanding academic environment, The Hockaday School’s goals are to foster a community of concern and friendship, to instill in every girl a love of learning and an understanding of herself and the ethical principles which guide her life, and to develop an appreciation of excellence in all its forms with a commitment to what is right and good.


The Lower School offers a learning community with no ceilings. In the Lower School, a girl’s curiosity, confidence and capability can soar without limit. Nurtured, encouraged and respected, she discovers how to learn and awakens to her unique identity. The Middle School offers a revelation. Students begin to find their voices and take on leadership roles in every aspect of school life. A greater world opens up through challenging academics, expanded athletics and a comprehensive art plan. The Upper School offers an opportunity for growth, where Hockaday girls reach for every bit of potential as students, athletes, artists, leaders and friends, preparing not only for higher education but for a life lived with brilliance.

 Special Highlights

In the Community. Hockaday students, along with students from St. Mark’s School of Texas, completed the fourth of five houses dedicated to Habitat for Humanity. The Hockaday/St. Mark’s joint community service program also worked to raise funds for the Japan Earthquake Relief program. Every week students visit the Jubilee Center and Genesis Women’s Shelter to help those in need. These students are making a difference in the world in which they live and learning to effect change all around them.

International ESOL Program. At Hockaday, international students receive an unparalleled experience while having many opportunities to get involved in the daily life of the school. As an international student, you have abundant opportunities on campus for such activities as writing an article for the Hockaday online cultural literary publication, Slice; becoming a member of the Student Council; getting involved in the spring play; or joining the award-winning lacrosse team. The Host Family Program and cultural off-campus trips, which include plays, museums, professional sporting events, and amusement parks, give international students the opportunity to grow into responsible, well-rounded young women.

 Top colleges attended by students

Southern Methodist University, Vanderbilt University, Cornell University, Georgetown University, Tulane University, University of Southern California, Harvard University, Princeton University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Pennsylvania

 What the school looks for in students…

“We look for students who will not only succeed at Hockaday academically, but will also contribute something unique to the school. We look at all application materials equally.”