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2020–2021 Profile College Counseling

About Hockaday

Direct 214.360.6559 High School CEEB Code: 441750

The Hockaday School is an independent, college-preparatory day and boarding school for girls from prekindergarten through twelfth grades. Founded in 1913, the School is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest. Hockaday is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools, One Schoolhouse, The College Board, the National and Texas Associations for College Admission Counseling, and the Cum Laude Society.

Staff Dr. Karen Warren Coleman Eugene McDermott Head of School kwcoleman@hockaday.org Lisa Culbertson ’96 Head of Upper School lculbertson@hockaday.org Libby Conder Registrar lconder@hockaday.org

Student Body



Selection of students is based on previous

Upper School: Grades 9 – 12


academic performance and on entrance tests.

Elizabeth Jones Director of College Counseling esjones@hockaday.org

Middle School: Grades 5 – 8


Requirements of admission include an application,

Lower School: Grades Pre-K – 4


transcript, teacher recommendations, personal

Micah Lyles Senior Associate Director of College Counseling mlyles@hockaday.org

Total Enrollment

Kim Pondrom Associate Director of College Counseling kpondrom@hockaday.org Charlie Runyan Associate Director of College Counseling crunyan@hockaday.org


Boarding Students (Grades 8 – 12)


The Residence Department includes students from 10 states, one U.S. territory, and 9 foreign countries: China, Germany, Jamaica, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, and Vietnam. Students of Color (self identified)


Students Receiving Financial Aid


interview, parent statement, and student questionnaire as well as parent interviews for the Lower School applicants and boarding students. Applicants for 2020–2021 New Students for 2020–2021



Faculty Full-time Teachers Part-time Teachers

123 5

Teachers with Master’s Degrees


Teachers with Doctoral/J.D. Degree


Allison Camp College Counseling Associate acamp@hockaday.org


The Hockaday School | 11600 Welch Road, Dallas, TX 75229–2999 | 214.363.6311 tel

The Academic Community of the Upper School The academic calendar is divided into semesters. Classes are 75 minutes and meet three times during each six-day rotation, 36 weeks per school year.

Graduation Requirements The required course load is four, full-credit academic courses per year, and the maximum course load is five full-credit academic courses. In addition, 60 hours of community service is required.

Semester Courses Semester courses are widely available to students in their junior and senior years. Many of these courses are among the most demanding classes available. Semester courses are designed to align with the college model that allows students to develop a concentration while maintaining breadth of study.



English I, II, III, Two Senior Semesters


12.0 credits


9.0 credits


9.0 credits

Physics, Chemistry, Biology


7.5 credits

World History, US Government, US History

World Languages

9.0 credits or through Level III

Minimum of two years in the same language

Fine Arts

3.0 credits

History of Art and Music

Academic Rigor All courses at Hockaday are taught at the highest possible level of rigor. Many courses that do not carry an Honors or AP designation are considered among our most demanding. Most advanced courses become available to students in the Form III year.

Ranking and GPA It is Hockaday’s policy not to rank students. Grade point average is cumulative, unweighted, calculated on a four-point scale, and includes all Hockaday classes. Honors and advanced placement courses are not weighted.

Grading and GPA Scale NUMBER GRADE











































Courses to Note Social Impact Courses: Courses with the Social Impact designation are connected to the Institute for Social Impact. To have the Social Impact designation, courses must meet the goals of three of the four pillars (community service, service learning, community engagement, and social entrepreneurship) and actively create opportunities for students to experience outcomes such as increased advocacy skills, real world interactions, and practice designing solutions, exploring purpose, and building empathy. Honors Biology Semester Courses: Hockaday students have three options to study biology: Biology as a year-long course, AP Biology, or topical honors semester courses which are designated to incorporate a common set of biology fundamentals, a model usually seen at the college level. The variety of courses allow the girls to study biology in a format that best fits their interests and curiosities. Integrated Math: Integrated Math spirals concepts from Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II over a three-year period. All students will graduate with a firm foundation in these three subjects, having completed the equivalent of a year of study in each. In addition, concepts from statistics/probability, logical reasoning, and discrete mathematics are spiraled throughout the program.

History of Art and Music: This required interdisciplinary course seeks to enrich a student’s historical understanding by providing instruction in the aesthetic and cultural parallels to the chronological periods that she has already studied in World History. AP Studio Art: Due to the great rigor and time requirements of this course, Hockaday counts AP Studio Art as one of the five possible academic solids a student may take in one year. Students electing AP Studio Art must eliminate a class in another academic subject area from their schedules.

The Institute for Social Impact The Hockaday School’s Institute for Social Impact uses the power of engaged, hands-on learning to prepare our students for leadership in their communities, workplaces, and society. Anchored in Hockaday’s mission and building on our longstanding community partnerships in Dallas and beyond, the Institute allows students to engage with diverse partners, learn from civic leaders, tackle projects with community impact, and put their creative ideas into action for long lasting social benefit.

2020-2021 Courses *Social Impact Courses

AP Spanish Language and Culture


Honors Spanish Semesters

AP Computer Science

Latin American Perspectives and Art


Spanish and Latin American Short Fiction

English I: The Dangers of a Single Story

*Spanish in the Community

English II: Experiences in British Literature

Spanish Poetry and Pop Music

English III: The American Experience

FINE ARTS History of Art & Music *Chamber Orchestra Studio Art I, II, Advanced Studio Art


AP Studio Art

World History

Ceramics & Sculpture: Clay, Advanced Ceramics

*U.S. Government

U.S. History

Hockaday Theater Company: Technical Theater

AP U.S. History

*Hockaday Theater Company: Drama

AP Economics

Hockaday Theater Company: Adv. Drama

AP World History

Concert Choir, Madrigal Ensemble

Senior History Semesters

Beginning Photography, Advanced Photography

*Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Economics

Introduction to Debate, Advanced Debate:

and Social Entrepreneurship


Global Issues of the 21st Century (Honors)

Dance Extension, Workshop II and I, Lab,

Integrated Math II/III, III, IIIB

Philosophy for the 21st Century

*Integrated Math III Enriched

Postwar American Films

Beginning Filmmaking, Advanced Filmmaking

Functions and Trigonometry

The Ghosts of the Romanovs (Honors)

Honors English Semesters

*Before #MeToo: Protest Literature

Biblical Allusions

Contemporary Literature

Creative Writing

Gothic Literature & Culture

Literature & Philosophy

Literature of Minorities

Shakespeare in Literature & Drama

Precalculus or *Precalculus Enriched Statistics Calculus AP Calculus AB AP Calculus BC Multivariable Calculus & Differential

Equations (Honors)

AP Statistics

MASS COMMUNICATION Introduction to Journalism Newspaper/Fourcast

AP Physics C



Literary Magazine/Vibrato

AP Chemistry *Anatomy, Evolution, and the Zoo: Intersection

of Biology, Design, and Community Impact


Mandarin Chinese I, II, III

Honors Biology Semesters

AP Mandarin Chinese

Advanced Genetics

Advanced Chinese Language and

Classical Genetics

Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy

French I, II, III, IV

AP Biology

AP French Language and Culture

*AP Environmental Science

Business French (Honors)

Honors Science Semesters

Latin I, II, III


Latin Literature (Honors)

Engineering Design

AP Latin (Caesar & Vergil)

*Infectious Diseases: Microbiology

Spanish I, II, II/III, III, III/IV

of Public Health


There are additional education options available to Hockaday students, including directed independent study projects, CITYterm at The Master’s School, High Mountain Institute in Colorado, The Island School, SEGL in Washington D.C., Swiss Semester in Zermatt, to name a few. Additionally, One Schoolhouse, the first accredited online independent school, is a consortium of 83 independent schools. The courses are taught at the highest level of rigor by faculty members at consortium schools. Hockaday considers these courses to be an equivalent educational experience to a course taken in a traditional classroom setting.

and Theater



Additional Education Options

World Schools Debate



Culture (Honors)

& Sculpture

PHYSICAL EDUCATION Health 101: Understanding the Basics Health 201: Looking Ahead PE I and PE II

College Admission 100% of Hockaday graduates enroll in post-secondary institutions.

College Matriculation: 2018 – 2020 Acadia University

Oklahoma State University

University of Pennsylvania

American University

Olin College of Engineering

University of Pittsburgh

Amherst College

Oxford College of Emory University

University of Redlands

Austin College

Pepperdine University

University of Richmond

Barnard College

Pitzer College

University of Rochester

Bates College

Pomona College

University of San Diego

Belmont University

Princeton University

University of South Carolina

Boston College

Providence College

University of Southern California

Boston University

Purdue University

University of St Andrews

Bowdoin College

Rhodes College

University of Toronto

Brown University

Rice University

University of Tulsa

Bryn Mawr College

Rutgers University

University of Washington

California Institute of Technology

Santa Clara University

University of Wisconsin-Madison

California Polytechnic State

Sewanee: The University

Vanderbilt University

University, San Luis Obispo

Villanova University

Carnegie Mellon University

Smith College

Wake Forest University

Case Western Reserve University

Southern Methodist University

Washington and Lee University

Chapman University

Southwestern University

Washington University in St Louis

Claremont McKenna College

St. Edward’s University

Wellesley College

Colgate University

St. John’s College

Wesleyan University

Colorado State University-

Stanford University

Wheaton College

of the South

Syracuse University

Williams College

Columbia University

Texas A&M University

Xavier University of Louisiana

Cornell University

Texas Christian University

Yale University

Dartmouth College

The American University of Paris

Davidson College

The College of Wooster

DePaul University

The New School

DePauw University

The University of Alabama

Duke University

The University of North Carolina

Eastfield College

Elon University

The University of Texas, Arlington

Emory University

The University of Texas, Austin

Endicott College

The University of Texas, Dallas

Fordham University

Trinity College

George Mason University

Trinity College Dublin

George Washington University

Trinity University

Georgetown University

Tufts University

Georgia College - Milledgeville

Tulane University

Harvard College

University of Arkansas

Hendrix College

University of California, Los Angeles

Holy Cross College

University of California, Santa Cruz

Indiana University-Bloomington

University of Chicago

Johns Hopkins University

University of Colorado Boulder

Louisiana State University

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Loyola University Chicago

University of Houston

Massachusetts Institute of

University of Kansas


University of Miami

Middlebury College

University of Michigan

Mount Holyoke College

University of Missouri

New York University

University of North Texas

Northeastern University

University of Northern Iowa

Northwestern University

University of Notre Dame

Norwich University

University of Oregon

Fort Collins

at Chapel Hill

Class of 2020 Scholarship Recognition Programs National Merit Scholars Finalists 13 Semifinalists 13 Commendees 35 National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars 4

Standardized Testing Advanced Placement Testing May 2020 Percent Who Scored 3, 4, or 5 91% SAT Testing Class of 2020 Range of Middle 50% Evidence Based Reading and Writing Mathematics

680 – 760 690 – 780

ACT Class of 2020 Range of Middle 50% English 35-36 Math 29-34 Reading 33-36 Science Reasoning 29-34 Composite 31-34

2019-2020 School Year

2020-2021 School Year

Distance Learning and Grading The Hockaday School initiated distance learning on March 23, 2020, which remained in place through the end of the 2019–2020 academic year. During this period, the Upper School retained letter grades for year-long courses and transitioned to Pass/No Grade for spring semester courses. Following are the modifications made as a result of this extended period of distance learning during the 2019–2020 academic year.

Distance Learning and Grading The Hockaday School began the 2020-2021 academic year in a distance learning program. The standard grading scale and method for calculating grade point average as outlined in the profile are being implemented.

Spring semester courses are reported as Pass/No Grade for all students.

Spring semester courses are not included in the calculation of the cumulative GPA.

ear-long courses are reported on the standard Hockaday Y grading scale, but with modifications to the weighting of Quarter 3 grades, Quarter 4 grades and cumulative exams.

Boarding Department The Residence Halls were closed on March 13, 2020 and students participated in the distance learning program.

Boarding Department After consulting with health experts and carefully considering public health guidelines, The Board of Trustees reluctantly decided that it was not in the best interest of our students to house them in the Residence Hall during the 2020–21 academic year. Boarding students were given the following options for the current school year: •

Enroll as a Day student at Hockaday.

nroll in a distance learning program coordinated by Hockaday E for the coming academic year that advances her progress toward a Hockaday degree.

Enroll elsewhere with the support of Hockaday to identify another program that was better prepared to meet her particular needs

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