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.
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.)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MS leadership lacks knowledge of duties which support a teaching/learning environment for students and teachers. Lack of community exists.
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