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PK-12
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Memphis, TN
Students enrolled: 909
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1740 Ridgeway Rd
Memphis, TN 38119

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(901) 761-2220
(901) 683-3510
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December 18, 2014
This head of school does not know what she is doing when it comes to running a college preparatory school. She does not care about the lives of students nor teachers and staff members.

- submitted by a teacher
November 12, 2014
Although no school is perfect, Hutchison has been an amazing experience for my two daughters. I've found that most of the criticism that comes from parents are from those with students who were not a good match academically and want to blame in on something more than it was not a good fit for their daughter. It is definitely not for everyone! Our oldest daughter actually called to thank us for her Hutchison education and for being so prepared during her first semester at a competitive college. She is now graduated and owns a thriving business. My youngest is still there and doing very well. Hutchison is challenging academically and seeks to educate the whole child. Much learning goes on outside of the classroom through her activities. We chose it, in part, because of the myriad of extra-curricular activities available in sports, art, theater, music, leadership and community service. The teachers and coaches have been nurturing and encouraging at every level. Developing a passion and leadership capabilities outside the classroom is every bit as important to me as academic success.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2014
I am currently attending Hutchison and am in the 8th grade. I have been reading the comments and am very offended by the people saying we are all about the money and you have to be talented, popular, and rich to go to school here. This is most definitely not the case. The days at school are very fun, but we get down to business and do our work. I have learned so many things from not only the teachers but also the students. There is so much diversity at Hutchison. Of course, St. Mary's is a great school. I have many friends at St. Mary's that tell me how miserable the middle school is and how they only care about academics and how boring school is. This year, we had the most new girls come from St. Mary's, so that can tell you something about Hutchison. There are so many things offered at Hutchison that people don't know about. Leadership opportunities helped me get over my fears of speaking in front of people, and the arts classes helped me have fun and let go of the stress of a test or a project that is going on. Hutchison is definitely the best school to go to. Not only do we have great education, but there are so many choices and different paths you can choose. I love Hutchison!

- submitted by a community member
April 20, 2014
In early childhood at Hutchison, they draw you in and make you believe it is the best school on the planet. All of the teachers are so laid back yet disciplinary, and they all work well with children. In "lower school" or elementary school, it is the same way. Here's, though, is where you should watch out. Starting in 5th grade everything goes down hill; it all starts to be about the money and who you are, and not just between the students, but the faculty rather. There is really no way to explain it other than the school does not care about you child anymore, and they only care about the money. They cheap out on everything now, and more importantly they're way of thinking is very off. They try to include this very liberal way of thinking, but it does not work. The teachers in middle school are also very wacky (especially when my daughter was 5th and 8th grade.) It is hard to explain, so you would truly have to see for yourself.

- submitted by a parent
December 23, 2013
Hutchison is an average private school in terms of academics -- and based on many of the parent reviews on this site, above average in terms of public relations! I attended Hutchison for part of elementary and middle school. My teachers were for the most part caring and competent, and I received a good education. I was also in every advanced program that was offered. In reflecting on what my classmates have gone on to do, however, it's hard to justify the years of tuition dollars their parents spent. At least half of my graduating class went to schools such as Ole Miss, UT, Auburn, etc. Fine schools but far from mostly Ivy league/prestigious as some are posting on this site. Some have gone on to have successful careers but a surprising number that I keep up with on Facebook work retail and other jobs that do not require a college degree. I'm posting not to be critical of the school but I do think there are other options, both public and private, the provide a comparable academic experience and more well-rounded social experience (and cheaper, to boot.)

- submitted by a community member
April 23, 2013
Hutchison is by far the best all girls school in the city. The academics are strong, and the graduates go on to some of the finest colleges in the country. If you are looking for a school that balances superior academics with opportunities to excel in the arts or athletics, then please consider Hutchison for your daughter. The teachers are warm and nurturing, and the leadership program is excellent. A Hutchison education is one of the best investments you can make in your daughter's future.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2013
As a staff member, I see the amazing things that are occurring each day throughout the school. Students are encouraged to pursue their interests, and teachers are right there with them, teaching and guiding them on their journeys. The campus atmosphere is energetic, happy, and intellectually stimulating. I especially love our leadership and service programs, as they encourage our girls to give back to their communities, and develop their leadership and personal skills in a very leadership and community oriented world. Extraordinary things are happening at Hutchison.

- submitted by a teacher
April 08, 2013
Hutchison upper school is outstanding. The teachers are bright, energetic, caring that each student learn.p the subject matter and are well prepared for college AND life. They use both traditional and innovative teaching styles to the benefit if each student. Faith and ethics are part of the curriculum, as well as athleticsand other extra curricula programs. Parents are listened to and welcomed. Students are encouraged to appreciate diversity and to work together as a community. A wonderful place!

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2012
Students in upper school whose parents have money or are key donors to the school are treated with kid gloves; teachers are forced to work around them and give in to their whims, typically to the disadvantage more academically ready students. The administration clearly prefers to pander to lazy, ill-bred students and their parents rather than to the more academically gifted. Clearly, Hutchison School is all about the money and not the education.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2012
My daughter has been attending Hutchison for three years and we could not be happier. To watch her grow and succeed as a student and attain strength of character as a person are remarkable. I have to say thank you to the teachers and administration of Hutchison for their commitment to the students. They take the time to understand the needs and assets of each girl and work to see girls flourish. Academically, Hutchison has challenged my daughter, but when I see the caliber of the scholars who are graduating from Hutchison these days I am excited to see my daughter follow in those footsteps. With athletics, fine arts, and leadership opportunities at every level, I know my daughter will be well-rounded and prepared for the future. Hutchison is an extraordinary school with a phenomenal staff and words truly cannot express the gratitude I have for Hutchison for giving my daughter the skills achieve anything she can dream.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2012
The leadership program at Hutchison is incredible. There's not another school in the city - maybe the country- with a comparable program. My daughter has had incredible opportunities to develop real world skills that she'll carry with her for the rest of her life.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2011
Hutchison lacks direction. The administration attempts to push the arts, athletics, community service, leadership programs, and rigorous academics. However admirable, this often results in re-shuffling schedules to accommodate a circus of supplementary offerings. Class time is cut, class work becomes homework, etc... Many students are working too hard ( at least in upper school) to end up at middling state and private colleges. As a side note, there's a contingency of die-hard evangelical Christians that affects Hutchison's dynamic. Many students' social life consists of youth group meetings and retreats. Take that as you will. Hutchison will brag to no end about having achieved a balance between academia and (metaphorical) playground time. In some ways, it has. Recognize, though, that the concept of "well-roundedness" serves as Hutchison's primary selling point and that this may come at the expense of academic achievement. If your daughter is talented intellectually (and is apathetic to athletics and can handle an adequate but not first class arts scene), try St. Mary's.

- submitted by a community member
December 15, 2010
I am a graduate of Hutchison school, and the faculty is world class but quite unhappy. The administration underappreciates and overworks them. The budgeting also favors the Headmaster a little too much, as you'll find if you do a little research. As someone mentioned, preferential treatment is often granted to girls from donor families. As for bullying, it happens here, just as it happens everywhere - I learned that the hard way, but in the long run I am stronger for it. Overall the winning factor is the teaching. If you send your daughter here, please be supportive of the faculty; I owe much of who I am to their unwavering care, support, and guidance.

- submitted by a community member
May 01, 2010
i go to hutchison and it is a great school in every way.

- submitted by a student
April 20, 2010
I am a graduate and now a parent of a Hutchison student. I can't begin to describe how wonderful this school is and what a great start to life it is. You can do whatever you want after obtaining this type of education. Teachers seem to love your children almost as much as you do. Students are kind to one another and very supportive. I wish I had more girls to send here!

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2010
By far, Hutchison School is the best school in Memphis. The academics are second to none and the well-roundness of the school puts it ahead of all others. The academics, sports, and arts programs all are exceptional. My girls have thrived and will be ready for not just college but also life.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2009
My daughter came to Hutchison Middle School from a public optional school in East Memphis and I could not be more pleased with our choice. Sure, we heard all the comments about elitism and average academics but those stereotypes were no where to be found. My daughter was welcomed with open arms and many girls, even from the Upper School girls send my daughter notes and stopped by to say how glad they were to have her at Hutchison. Academically, the faculty and administration have challenged my daughter with a diverse and integrated curriculum and when I read the comments about average and above average academics, I had to pause and think what could my daughter have at other schools which would be more challenging and there were none. The faculty is the best I know of and challenges my daughter to be her best as a scholar and prson.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2009
I am a former student and a parent of a graduate of Hutchison. The academics are above average (but below St. Mary's) and the campus is beautiful. However, the environment is misleading. In these hallowed walls are some of the most elite, snobby, and cliquish people in Memphis. My daughter graduated a few years ago, and I was dismayed at the college choices they were making- very few (<5%) went to Ivy League Schools or highly rated schools like Univ. of Pa. You look at St. Mary's and MUS's college lists, and they are far more impressive. I believe the guidance counselors at Hutch really drop the ball in helping them make good college choices. I don't regret sending her there, always felt safe dropping her off, but feel the elitist environment they create does not help the girls as they move on in life.

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2009
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- submitted by a teacher
no rating June 26, 2009
I agree with the parent about fun and games. For me, it seems that Hutchison Middle is all about fun and games. Every time I turned around there was another 'fun day'. Between the loss of half their teaching staff and the lack of committment to academics in the middle school, my daughter is going to St. Mary's to be in an academic environment.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2009
The girls at Hutchison are fun loving. They are kind. My daughter always enjoys the dress down and pajama days. She enjoys the interactions with MUS boys. It seems that each week there is another birthday party or counseling activity that allows the girls the opportunity to have fun and get away from the stress of academics. This really helps the girls to be less stressed about grades and homework. I admire the way Hutchison teaches the girls to be proper young ladies and care about others. My phone calls to administrators have always been answered within a few days to resolve concerns. The teachers welcome my daughter in each class.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2009
My daughter came to Hutchison from another school. Girls who had been there a long time already had their friends and my daughter, while initially accepted, found herself with few meaningful friends within a short time. Be sure, if you consider Hutchinson, that your daughter is popular, rich and talented. Mean girls often make others cry. The counseling staff is partial to rich girls. The administration meetings to meet with parents and bridge the diversity issues were for show.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2009
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- submitted by a student
April 02, 2009
Hutchison has blessed our family beyond what words can express. Truly dedicated teachers who love their students are the norm, not the exception. The driving force behind all decisions made at every level in the school is doing what is best for the girls. Sometimes this might mean that a teacher who is no longer cutting it is asked to leave, no matter how politically incorrect it may be to lose teachers who have been in place a long time. But, ultimately, what is best for the girls wins out. I know that the administration has taken hits for making sometimes unpopular decisions of this or other fashion, but they always have the best interest of the kids at heart. We could not ask for a better place for our daughters to learn and grow.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2009
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- submitted by a student
March 06, 2009
MS leadership lacks knowledge of duties which support a teaching/learning environment for students and teachers. Lack of community exists.

- submitted by a teacher
March 05, 2009
Academically Hutch is up there with the best of them. Young ladies leave here prepared for collage as well as life. The arts departments maybe the best in the Memphis area. You could easily compare the theatre to any regional theatre. Girls here compete in sports, academics, are well traveled, and are quite polished. Many of the students come from a long line of Hutchison mothers, even alumni grandmothers. But with this come a very cliquish school. Be prepared to be weeded out if you don't ultimately fix the mold. Hutchison is also a very conservative school. Just be warned if that's not your cup of tea.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2009
My daughter recently graduated from Hutchison. She is in college now and sees that her work at Hutchison prepared her very well for the challenges she now faces. Teachers are committed to the success of every student. There are so many options to explore the arts, sports, community service, and other interests. I was very pleased with our experience at Hutchison.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2008
bad preparation and poor acedimic choices

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2008
I am currently at Hutchison School. It has a very warm, honest, and inviting enviroment that lets every girl be themselves. The teachers are all understanding and kind to each and every student. We learn the values of friendship and honesty while participating in fun activities with friends. I could never imagine going to a school other than Hutchison. I love it so much!

- submitted by a student
January 10, 2008
Our daughter attended Hutchison for 15 years(pre-k thru 12) and it IS a great place. Teachers are great and encouraging with all subjects--art, theater, science, math, etc. Leadership, sports, and a close supportive community, with each girl expecting each other to do their best, is the way of life at Hutchison. We are thankful our daughter had the privilege to attend this great school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 13, 2007
I am in the middle school at Hutchison right now. I know that it can be tough at times but they teach us a varity of things including math, American studies, Spanish, English, and so much more. They also give you plenty of exercise by dance twice a week and PE once a week. Along with this wonderful school, they have a wonderful sports program from soccer to basketball to volleyball to swimming to lacrosse. This is just coming from me, a sixth grader, who has been able to make high honor role (all As that average into a 93 and up) all of last year and all of this year while playing Hutch soccer, Hutch basketball, Hutch lacrosse, competitive soccer, tennis, and a good social life. Therefore, Hutch is the right place for me!

- submitted by a student
September 15, 2007
I am in middle school right now at this wonderful school. During the past couple of years, Hutchison has already redone the cafeteria, high school, and is working on redoing the theater. I have been attending this school since Pre - K and I do not wish to attend any other. The teachers are excellent, the campus is beautiful and safe, and the friendships I have made here is incredible. I know that when I graduate, I will miss it very much.

- submitted by a student
September 25, 2006
Hutchison is without a doubt one of the best schools in the states. Girls learn academics, sports, loyalty, also about friendships. Friendships that last a life time. Safe, secure, top of the line, and a beautiful campus. Girls from 5th grade up have their own laptops. The Arts department surpasses many collages. I can't say enough good things about Hutchison.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2006
Hutchison is a great environment for girls to learn. They are caring and nurturing. The campus is very comfortable. The academics are goos while not overly competitive.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2005
I am a former student from Hutchison school. I spent the first ten years of my life there. Where I was molded carefully from child to woman.Every day their was a blessing for me. Every day I learned something new and exciting!They teach children about honesty,friendship, and integrity. They beleive that in order to have a full person they must have activity in sports, drama, academics and god. It is the best school on earth. I miss it every day. It is truly a great school to send your daughter. The work is hard but it pays off.They have great plays for 1st grade to 12th, after school programs,tutoring D.I.( Destination Imagination), Just bee and Vocal point, and more. They are taught under the best teachers that go out of their way to help their students.It would be unfair to give this school even 10 stars.

- submitted by a former student
November 30, 2005
I am a freshman at Hutchison and I love it! The work can be difficult, but I am learning so much, and know that upon graduating, I will be confident both socially and academically.

- submitted by a student
November 14, 2005
Hutchison is a great school for girls to learn about integrity and friendship. Your girl/s also get a very good education.

- submitted by a former student
October 28, 2005
Without a doubt, the best girls school in Memphis. The faculty is great! The Campus is beautiful and will have a new highschool building by Aug. 2006. All students are in the technology program (with their own laptops, accessing their wireless network) from grade 5.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2004
Absolutely one of the premier schools in the Southeast for young women. This school provides young ladies with all the tools necessary to succeed and achieve in a collegiate environment and begins preparing them for the corporate world as well.

- submitted by a former student
April 02, 2004
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Hutchison School
1740 Ridgeway Rd, Memphis, TN  38119
(901) 761-2220
Last modified Hutchison School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Hutchison School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 43 reviews. Top