If you're looking for a top notch education for your daughter, I strongly recommend HB. Does the school have cliques, snobby students and parents? It sure does. However, if you are secure in who you are and academically focused, the cliques and snobs are really insignificant.
This school is amazing and is truly impactful. Even though the transition from any other school to HB will be tough, it allows girls to grow. If the student if truly willing to immerse herself into the world of HB and have fun, it will be life changing. There is truly no other school like it. You get countless opportunities, championship winning sports, great connections, amazing teachers with strong relationships, and girls who succeed and attend the best universities in the world. Simply looking around, you will know that this school is completely different from any other. You are truly lucky if you get to attend this school and are blessed. I can't even explain how excellent the school is and all the good things that come along with this opportunity.
Choosing to go to HB for high school was one of the best decisions of my life. I had opportunities there that were beyond compare- studying abroad, a scientific internship (where I got to boss around graduate students), meeting world renown experts in the fields I was interested in. The teachers were extremely knowledgeable and totally engaged in their subjects. Perhaps everyone wasn't as cuddly as what I've heard from Laurel, but they went above and beyond to help if you weren't keeping up, swapping books, chatting about your personal problems, even sharing their own poetry. The college office was a freaking machine. I went to a college abroad, and they wrote special additional letters of recommendation for my foreign applications, and guided me through the process. Brilliant.
We recently moved to the Cleveland area with our two teenaged daughters. We looked at numerous private schools on the east side and found HB to be the best fit for both of our girls. From the very beginning, we found the overall HB family (administration, teachers and parents) to be unbelievably helpful. The well being of our daughters has always been and continues to be their #1 priority. The parents have been an enormous resource for us as we learn our way around. Volunteering our time at the school has only shown us what we already knew: HB knows girls and they love them! Our daughters interests are all over the place- sports, music, arts and service. HB helps them learn how to manage them all and still have time for family and friends. The doors are always open for the girls to talk with their teachers or coaches any day of the week. The dedication to these girls is hard to describe. I know that my daughters will leave this school not only prepared for college, but also for the community in which they will live. I am thrilled with every aspect of HB.
My greatest regret is having sent my girls to this school. My girls were lifers there. Our family spent almost two decades at HB. I feel guilty that I didn't switch schools earlier. There was an overwhelming amount of homework, and the parent population was provincial and snobby. The students are entitled and mean spirited. The teachers mean well and are generally quite good, but the culture of the school doesn't allow for warmth, nurturing, or kindness. If you are diverse in any way you will be socially isolated. I felt as though women who worked were looked down upon, an interesting twist for a girls school. Projects are driven by parent reaction. The process is less important than the presentation. As a result, parents often do the project for their child, and since the presentation is rewarded, this feeds on itself. One feels as though they must "fix" their childrens' work so that it will be acceptable. Further, the mothers at this school complain and whine constantly. They are extremely demanding, each expecting their child to be the class star. I think my girls will have emotional scars from having gone to school at this competitive (and not in a good way) school.
I sent my child for preschool. I think the program is interesting and diverse, but I did not find the people to be very nurturing. I also found that the staff gossips about parents. It suggests character building is not on par with academics, so it depends what you value. Pluses and minuses in my opinion.
Hathaway Brown is an amazing school, and is one of the best girls schools in the country. It has been an incredible experience for me, especially if you take advantage of all of the opportunities available. First and foremost, the academics are stellar, and the teachers truly love their jobs. If a teach senses that you need help with something, they will be willing to give you extra help or meet with you to clarify a certain topic. The athletics are also outstanding, particularly soccer, field hockey, basketball, and lacrosse. You can also get involved with volunteering, science research, business and finance, and international travel through the school. Socially, HB has been a great fit for me, and I have a diverse group of friends from all walks of life. Just a forewarning, the academics and the homework load are intense. As a student, you are always under pressure and stressed. Don't come here and expect to pull off straight A's while only doing a few hours of work a night. You have to really put all of your effort into school, use your time wisely, and participate in class. However, the friends, teachers, and the interesting curriculum all make up for the stressful academics.
HB is an amazing school but only if you're right for it. I'm 99% sure it is the top "prep" school in the state (as far as the level of colleges HB grads attend). It is a very challenging place to be and academics are incredibly rigorous. At HB you can pursue pretty much anything you're interested in and the amazing teachers will support you. The student body is another story. At HB you can grow a lot in every way including academically, athletically, and socially, but the culture is stressful and very judgmental. There will be times when you will hate the school and your classmates but it'll work out in the end. For me, it is worth it but it is not for everyone. This review was about the upper school. In my opinion, middle school was not worth it at all.
I disliked this school immensley. To me, there was too much homework and the girls there were very disrespectful and rude. Laurel is much better.
AAAAAAMAZING SCHOOL. so much better than Laurel. Trust me, i went to both. Don't know why i chose laurel first...
Being African-American at Hathaway Brown, I found it difficult to fit in throughout my years in middle school (I began in 5th grade). However, once I entered high school, while cliques and so forth do exist, I found that I was able to really get the gist of education and I was able to focus on my studies and make the most of what I was learning. By 10th grade, I was stretching my schedule as far as I could, trying to fit in all different types of classes. I took two languages, non-western dance, and eventually participated in study abroad to Southeast Asia. I think that HB, while difficult, is truly a great resource if you can just stick with it, get things done, and learn how the game goes. It really prepares a person for college, as long as the family is supportive and so forth, and the college counseling office is AWESOME! They are so nice and supportive and the teachers aren't all nice but for the most part they are wonderful! I honestly have found myself wanting to learn more about subjects such as Biology and Contemporary American History and Politics simply because the teachers themselves were so AWARE and passionate about what they teach. If you can, go to HB.
My daughter graduated from HB and my granddaughter is now a student there. Although expensive, I considered it to be worth every dollar we spent on our daughter's tuition. Now that my granddaughter is a student there, I still find it to be filled with an exciting, academically stimulating atmosphere.
I really love HB! All of the teachers here are so kind and supportive and the curriculum is very challenging. It may have the reputation of being "cliquey" and "affluent" but it is really a community full of girls from all different walks of life and who care about one another. I consider about half my my grade as friends because everyone here is so nice. I had never been challenged or had so much fun while learning until I came here. There is a lot of homework and school can get pretty stressful, though. But overall, I really like it here.
I started at HB in 7th grade and switched to Laurel School in 10th grade. While at HB, I was pushed academically, however fitting is socially was the hardest thing to do at this school. Unless you switch your daughtor over while they are young- they have a very little chance of making life-long friends l like i was able to at Laurel due to the materialistic cliques at HB. If your switching your daughter over anywhere from 6th-11th grade, I genuinely recommend you send her to Laurel School. There, I was receiving the same amazing education, but under less social stress.
I am currently a senoir at HB and love it. I wounld't change anything about it if i could.
I graduated from HB in 2007. To speak honestly about the school I think it is amazing. I received a great education and am currently at one of the top 25 colleges in the USA. It does an excellent job at college prep and the environment is like no other. I felt close to my entire graduating class and consider them all friends. The teachers really take the time to make educating the students a priority. It is well known and well respected! I say with pride, 'I am a graduate of the Hathaway Brown School.' And to the parent who submitted the review saying that the school was cliche and horrible, I am sorry that your daughter wasn't a good fit for the school, but in the realm of private prep schools HB stands out as one that ventures outside of the norm. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more review.
Amazing school. Me and my family moved a year ago. My child wanted to come back to Ohio just because of H.B. She missed is immensely. The instructors are extremely supportive, and as my child says, 'They are more like our friends than our teachers.'
great school my child loves it and enjoys being around all her friends here.
The school seems more concerned with its external perception than in effectively engaging and educating its students. Although the teachers are committed the overall administration seems less concerned with student success than in its perception as a leader. Truthfully, I feel they are more concerned with athletics than academics because that is another area that feeds the headmasters already bloated ego. Although I continue to believe in the benefits of single-sex education I am looking for an alternative for my daughter.
This school is ok. The student body as a whole has been described to me from my daughter as egotistical and materialistic. She wanted out. Great academics though!
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