"We are best known for academics & close community."
Students enrolled 842
School leader Walter C. Johnson

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293 Benedict Avenue
Tarrytown, NY 10591

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4 stars
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June 18, 2014
Very caring faculty that pays attention to each student's individual needs. The Lower School culture emphasizes openess, fairness and equality. Top-notch facility. Highly engaged parent community.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2013
My two children had exceptional K-12 experiences at Hackley. The academic rigor is not for all, but it pays off for those that apply themselves. Several top college admissions directors have said to me that they believe, of the NY metro-area schools, Hackley provides the best prepared college candidates.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2013
Our child had a bad experience at Hackley. The pressure, the lack of differentiated curriculum, the unresponsiveness to bullying, and a very unresponsive teacher had our child's self-esteem and confidence in ruins after three years. Happily, she's thriving at her new school, both academically and socially. She loves to go to school now. We expected more in terms of nurturing and attention to learning styles and modern teaching techniques. Any problems we encountered were attributed wholly to us, the school did very little to make our daughter's experience better.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2011
Hackley is a rigorous school with high standards and a strong community. It's not quite as nurturing or warm as we'd hoped -- they seem to value competition and self reliance to a great extent. The PA is very active and the campus is beautiful with acres of land and many playing fields.

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2011
My daughter is in 6th grade and has been going to Hackley for 2 years. We left the public school as she was not being challenged in the class and did not feel the kids in her class were particularly motivated to learn. Its been a huge difference at Hackley, the kids setup their own 4 way video conf calls so they can do homework together (mostly) and she has a great group of friends who are all motivated. The teachers for the most part have been very good and are very helpful with after class instruction and additional enrichment. I think overall its a great environment.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2011
This school is by far the BEST private school in Westchester and Fairfield counties. There is absolutely no comparison on academics, sports, nurturing environment, eclectic mix of families, international perspective, beautiful and green grounds, sense of community...simply an amazing school.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2010
Hackley is the best of the best in all regards.

- submitted by a student
no rating December 30, 2009
14 years at Hackley, and I m grateful to be part of a community that cares for my kids, with teachers who go the distance to support their individual progress. Teachers who taught my son in Lower and Middle School are still there watching him grow and cheering him on. You really get the feeling that all these kids are 'our' kids, and that everyone is watching out for them. The school has raised money to give our kids beautiful facilities, to hire and keep great teachers, and to offer financial aid to families who need it. A vigorous fundraising program benefits us all and shows how much people care about Hackley. Sure, tuition is higher than it was when we came, but look around -- this is what independent school costs. I think parents who say 'it's all about money' are missing the point! It's all about education and community.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2009
Our children have attended four schools, and Hackley is certainly the best. We chose Hackley because of the warmth, support, and caring we witnessed in the community during visits. Not only have we found an embracing peer and parent group, but none of the dozens of schools we ve visited over the years could provide a superior education. The teachers are inspiring educators, passionate about their subjects, devoted to students: they work with them often outside class, attend games and performances, and more. The school s tuition increases have averaged below 6.1% over the last five years (in keeping with schools our friends children attend). We see where our money goes: attracting quality faculty and maintaining tremendous facilities including a beautiful Lower School (where our daughter goes) and an almost-complete Upper School library wing. Our children love going to school and hate getting sick what more could a parent want?

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August 30, 2009
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- submitted by a student
July 30, 2009
We have been with Hackley for over 15 years combining the years of our children at Hackley. The most notable attributes are the campus itself which is beautiful. The education is adequate except for English which has most emphasis and, as a result is very good. The middle school has notorious teacher turn over, some teachers are most concerned about themselves - not for the students. Hackley has a very short fuse for disciplining boys (not so much the girls which often are the insitgators). The headmaster is at the core of this. Annual tution increases average over 7.5%, 2009/2010 was a first exception in 12 years. Most sports are below average as the top has no interest in athletics. When I look back at Hackley and try to see one image, one theme, the one thing that makes it special - it is all about the money.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2009
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- submitted by a student
May 14, 2009
Enormous emphasis on character education. The motto 'Enter here to be and find a friend' extends beyond the students and faculty to the parents as well. The administration is extremely responsive to the needs of both the kids and their parents. The writing program is exemplary - it begins in first grade and trains the students so well, they find college 'a breeze.' Admissions favours siblings and children of faculty which brings down the academics and behaviour (especially in the Lower School), but since the class size is so small and administration is so responsive, ultimately each child's education is personalized (which is what you're paying for!)

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 17, 2008
Hackley has many fine attributes-its class size, teacher responsiveness and upper school faculty being among the foremost. We have had two children there since kindergarten and are generally pleased although we find it a bit too 'traditional' in its approach and not as creative or artistic as hoped (the arts are not emphasized). There are many sports however none are top-caliber as the upper school seems to recruit for academics almost to the exclusion of athletes or athlete/scholars. A new Athletic Director this year promises potentially more. Parents are involved and supportive overall. Price tag seems to go up exponentially in line with Manhattan schools with whom they are beginning to compete. They take themselves seriously in the best of ways and are very strict especially with the boys. Curriculum and tracking accomodate many but in reality they only accept the brightest and emphasize achievement. Some amazing teachers.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2008
A great huge educated 163 acres of school. It goes from K-12 and has many houses. It has a lower school house,middle school house, upper school house, a library, a gym, 6 turf fields, indoor pool dome, outdoor pool, 5 baseball fields, 2 football fields, 3 soccer fields, 1 art house, 1 lockeroom house/ maintnence, headmaster house, admissions house, facolty house, bording school houses for boys, bording school houses for Girls, open fields, squash quarts, tennis quarts, Cafeiteria( apart of LS,MS,US, playground, park, forest, parking lot, lake, river, stream, and more. 73% of boys who go to Hackley school go to Ivy League schools when they get older. Education is tied for best education for MS in the U.S.A. It won best quality teacher awards. It is definately one of the best schools on the planet.

- submitted by a community member
June 27, 2008
I am currently a student in the Upper School and I can honestly say that I love just about everything about Hackley. New students- making friends is not difficult at all! People are so friendly, teachers are great and available for extra help. I was having trouble with a particular class, and the teacher met with me privately once a week for months to tutor me. Hackley has been a great experience so far, and I wouldn't leave Hackley for anything. I'll definitely be sad when I graduate!

- submitted by a student
February 27, 2008
I am currently an upper school student at Hackley and I am very pleased with things. The classroom size is so much smaller than public schools, the largest class having 15 students (except for band). The teachers are more willing to give extra help and tutoring outside of class. There is more trust between faculty and students, which leads to more freedoms as well as responsibility. The curriculum is more challenging and accomodating to every child's intellectual ability. The cafeteria food is excellent, as well as their athletic department with a wide variety of sports. Hackley school definitely takes every student's needs into perspective.

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February 13, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2007
My daughter goes to Hackley and I am very pleased with how the school runs and their curriculum. The school has a variety of activites so that everyone can find one that they like best.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2006
I go to Hackley School and have been going there since kindergarten. I think that since Hackley has such a small and close community that that makes children who go there and new students, feel more at ease. Everyone is so friendly at Hackley. The food is *AMAZING* and so are the sports. The academics are good and so is the music department. I love Hackley and plan on going until I graduate in 2012.

- submitted by a student
October 15, 2006
Our experience at Hackley was mixed. Because we have moved a few times our children have attended both private and public schools. We put them into Hackley with very high expectations that the school's reputation for academics would be a good fit. We found that, as one of the previous writers noted, some of the teachers were coasting. They were not as good as the teachers our children had at public school. The work was no harder and in some cases was less interesting than what they had received in public school. On the other hand, the administration is definetly on top of things and very responsive to both kids and parents in a way that few public schools can match just because of numbers. Ultimately we removed our kids as there was insufficient 'value added' to justify the tuition. The cafeteria is a real plus!

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2006
We have been extremely happy with Hackley. Indeed, it has exceeded all our expectations. Our son is in the lower school. Its Director truly loves the children, teachers are enthused, and our son has always felt secure there as part of a nurturing community. We have been impressed by the many levels of learning that occur within each class. Also, the school is incredibly responsive to parent questions and engages in candid discussions regarding curriculum, differing studies and approaches to teaching, etc. A great school.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2006
A 'grind' school but generally a pretty good place for high school. Fairly traditional 'prep school' atmosphere with a healthy dose of athletics thrown in. Good faculty - not the highest caliber of coaches.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2006
Hackley lower school has a range of teachers from extremely competent to just coasting by. In general teachers are very responsive but don't seem to focus much on how children interact on the playground. The school is very wealthy - and is rebuilding the environment. In fact it seems that a lot of effort is spent on infrastructure.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2006
Great experience during the admission process. I felt that the school understood my child's need very well and was able to provide very specific reasons justifying their tuition. As our kid goes through the school we will provide more details to this community.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2006
Excellent school. Solid academics.

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January 14, 2006
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November 25, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2004
Top-notch academics: be prepared for insane amounts of homework, such as four or five hours per night. Excellent teachers, prepares you well for college students very nice, great sense of community very liberal, leftist student body great school if you are willing to make a huge academic time commitment, fancy cars, clothes, parent with high expectations, but this doesn't taint the Hackley experience too much. Hard coursework means lower grades. Could hurt college admissions prospects, but will prepare you well for entry into college nonetheless! Excellent college counseling/placement department. Would I do the Hackley experience again? Probably.

- submitted by a former student
August 26, 2004
As a parent of a student who will graduate this year I think my son has received one of the finest educations he could have hoped to receive from Hackley. He tells me and I agree that he is more than well prepared for college. That said, I also beleive that that the administration including at least one of the class deans can be rather agressive and tend to go over board with their punishements. Other than this and the removal of almost half of the boarding community due to several factors, the school is examplary.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2004
Our child will be a senior next year and has attended since 3rd grade. Each year there has been 1 or more experiences/assignments that have justified the tuition to me. If there is one description that describes the general culture, it is parents who care about good education and a school that does its best to deliver it. It is not always perfect, but the abilities exhibited by alumni over the years (and by our child in various situations) leave me with the belief that Hackley compares well to the best anywhere.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
Hackley is a school I would never recomend to any one. It is very 'clicky' and full of children who measure worth in a person by the clothes on your back and the money in your wallet. The teachers are average at best and excell only in their ability to rend any love of learning from the students with an overload of homework (in excess of four hours every night) and a joy in mocking any attempt which does not suit their ideals regardless of the passion or effort a student may try to bring to an assignment.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2003
It's hard to imagine a better place to educate your child. This school brings out the best in each student. It is competitive, but not cut-throat and the children are taught to treat each other with kindness and respect. English is a strong suit. The campus rivals that of a small college and a new middle school is under construction (2003). Teachers are enthusiastic and obviously happy to be a part of the school community. Student body is fairly diverse. Families are not snobby compared to other private schools in the New York Metropolitan area.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
This private school offers diversity, much financial aid, language, music art and physical education at an earlier age than public schools. I was hesitant at 1st, but both of my children are thriving beyond belief and still have great friends in their neighborhood.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2003
This is a stupendous school. All 3 of my kids have attended or are attending this school. Hackley brings out the best in a child. Cant recommend it highly enough

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Hackley School
293 Benedict Avenue, Tarrytown, NY  10591
(914) 631-0128
Last modified Hackley School is a Private school that serves grades K-12
Hackley School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top