I have attended Hamden Hall for seven years and it has been great! While there is certainly a lot of homework, the administration is currently trying to ameliorate this (and teachers are very understanding). Teachers are always available for extra help, even after school if need be. If a student wants to do something and shows initiative, there are always people who will support their endeavor. The curriculum can be as challenging or as easy as one wants. The school is currently pushing above-average students to do independent work in whatever field(s) they find interesting (maritime history, chemistry, etc.). The major cons that come to mind are: small size, doing so many different things that the programs sometimes get stretched thin, and cafeteria food (while included in the tuition) is sub-par. Overall, my parents and I are very satisfied with the experience. I only wish that I had tried more advanced/diverse activities earlier on (something they are trying to do, now).
I've gone to Hamden Hall for practically my whole life, and love it! It has wonderful academics and great sports teams. The arts departments are wonderful and supportive, and you can tell that the faculty all love what they are doing. The best part though, is the community. Hamden Hall is my family
My son has been attending Hamden Hall for 3 years. The children are broadly engaged and kept active throughout the day in many areas. They are challenged while keeping a good balance between school work, social and athletic activities. Lots of great friends that get together outside school as well. Wouldn't hesitate to send him again and we plan on staying with Hamden Hall through the end of high school.
Lower and middle school have excellent small school atmosphere with the "bar" set higher starting at 6th grade. Lower school emphasis is to promote love of learning. Lower school reading evaluation, music, art starting at age 3. Students make lifelong friends in diversity rich school. Summer school recommended for new students coming in at 6th grade and above. 8th grade challenging, equivalent to public school high school. Excellent team sports, and students must balance them with academic schedule. Outdoor activities alternative for those not interested in team sports.
Hamden hall is a good school, but hmmmm it has a very high bar that u are supposed to live up to and f u dont u are looked down uppon. I guess its because they are getting u ready for college. I'm a eight grader in Hamden hall and i've been there my whole life (1st-8th until grad). Im one of the few lower students, all of my friends are in algebra I or algebra II while im still in math essencitals. In hamden hall they try to have all thier student be very well educated and very well...perfect. If u don't seem to get up to the standard they kind of give u on u and u kind of stay in the back while everyone esle succseeds. There is also alot of pear pressure to wear certin clothes; like im not exagerating every girl in hamden hall has to
This school is well suited to the above average/gifted student who is capable of independent work. It is not 'tolerant' of the average student or, heaven forbid, below- average student in need of support. Children admitted to the Lower School are often very different from the older children required to pass an admissions test. Classes are taught with an eye to the 'upper levels' and weaker students are left with no foundation and no way to catch up.Expectations for students are very high, but teacher direction and guidance is minimal. For a school with such small class sizes, there is no excuse for not providing for students' individual needs. The 'social scene' is obviously a major draw for many parents and children, as there are countless 'events'. The athletic program had the opportunity to be quite good, but was often plagued by mismanagement and rigid, unlikable coaches.
Hamden Hall Country Day School provides an outstanding education that is both nurturing and intimate. The class sizes are small, and the teachers give students individual attention. The teachers are outstanding and the overall atmosphere of the school is warm. The academics are top notch. While there are not lower levels of classes, there are many opportunities for honors or AP credit. The campus is small, but maintained exquisitely. Students in the upper school are also given full college counseling and advice. The admissions department is friendly and welcoming. The only area in need of minor improvement is the athletic department. Overall, this is an excellent school.