Hockaday School

About Us

The Hockaday School, founded a century ago in 1913, provides a nationally recognized college-preparatory education for girls. Believing in the limitless potential of girls, Hockaday develops resilient, confident women who are inspired to lead lives of purpose and impact. Ela Hockaday dedicated herself to giving each girl a foundation for living based on scholarship, character, courtesy, and athletics.

Accommodations for boarding students are newly renovated, comfortable dormitories, with study areas and lounges. Girls of similar grades are normally housed on the same hall, each with its own lounge, kitchen, large-screen plasma television, DVR, and laundry room. An additional common lounge has also been updated with a large-screen television, kitchen, and fireplace, which overlooks an outdoor swimming pool and tennis courts. Rooms are shared by two students, and each hall contains a small suite for the dorm mom. The dormitories are closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and spring vacations.

Hockaday’s campus encompasses 88 acres of open fields and wooded creeks in residential north Dallas. The School’s contemporary architectural setting features an academic quadrangle built to provide views of exterior gardens and landscaped terraces. The Alumnae Association, with more than 11,000 graduates and former students, contributes significantly to the ongoing programs of the School.
The School’s Health Center is located on the ground floor of the dormitory area, with a registered nurse on duty at all times and the School doctor on call. Campus security is maintained 24 hours a day.

The Wellness Center features an aerobics center, a fitness testing area, a trainer’s facility, and the Hill Fitness Center, a 5,000-square-foot facility offering aerobic, resistance, and circuit training equipment.

Students are exposed to a rigorous academic curriculum that offers core educational subjects as well as unique offerings in technology, the arts, and leadership and personal development. Graduation requirements (in years) include English, 4; mathematics, 3; history, 2.5; foreign language, 2; laboratory science, 3; fine arts, 1.5; physical education and health, 4; and academic electives from any department, Hockaday offers 121 courses, including many honors courses.  Advanced Placement courses are offered in eighteen subjects, including English, modern European history, U.S. history, AB and BC calculus, statistics, physics, chemistry, biology, studio art, Latin, French, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, computer science, and economics. For some selected courses, Hockaday has an option for girls to take classes with the Online School for Girls.  Also, private lessons are available in cello, flute, viola, guitar, piano, violin, and voice.

An English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program is offered to students at the intermediate and advanced levels. Intensive language training in academic writing, critical reading, listening, and speaking skills is the focus of the program. International students with intermediate or advanced English proficiency may study at Hockaday. Along with these special classes, students may study math, science, fine arts, and other courses in the mainstream curriculum. First-year ESOL students travel to the Texas Hill Country and Washington, D.C.

3 Key Program Features:

  1. Hockaday is the largest all girls Independent School in the United States
  2. In 2013, Hockaday renovated its spacious dormitories adding modern furniture, updated facilities and more storage
  3. Hockaday’s newly renovated dormitories
  • Total Enrollment : 1086
  • Type : All Girls
  • Boarding Grades : 8-12
  • Total Students : 1086
  • Boarding Students : 81
  • Day Students : 1005
  • ESL Offered : Yes
  • Summer Program : Yes
  • Avg. Class Size : 15
  • Standard Application : Yes
  • Academic URL : https://www.hockaday.org
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