Hamden Hall School is a supportive community based on mutual trust and recognition of the needs and aspirations of all of its members.
Hamden Hall School expects students to be active participants in the life of the school.
Hamden Hall School expects students to take responsibility for their academic progress and their personal behavior.
Hamden Hall School seeks to have every student develop a genuine respect for the diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds, interests, and talents in our school and in our community.
In the fall of 1912, 17 boys embarked on an all-day pre-preparatory academic program on Whitney Avenue in Hamden, CT. It was the fourth such school in the country, boasting the combined benefits of a boarding school experience against the backdrop of home life and family involvement. The inauguration of Hamden Hall Country Day School was decidedly unique. The school’s mission was “to maintain a fair balance between physical and mental exercise” so that students could develop “good scholarly habits” and “sportsmanlike conduct on the playing field.” Daily lessons were framed by morning prayers and afternoon sports and recreation. Within a 10-year span, enrollment more than doubled and Hamden Hall’s founder, Dr. John P. Cushing, purchased the spacious school property that had formerly been leased. The Pinehurst Mansion, once the residence of accomplished musician and businessman Morris Steinert and now home to the school’s classrooms, and its expansive estate grounds were officially sold to Hamden Hall Associates, Inc., in June 1927 upon Cushing’s retirement as headmaster. In the fall of 1927 Hamden Hall became co-ed, and as such was the first of its kind among country day schools in New England. The school’s mission was also enhanced by two new ideologies: social development and an emphasis on individual growth, as introduced by Hamden Hall’s second headmaster, Gen. Herbert H. Vreeland Jr. It was during that time that a a lower school, pre-kindergarten through grade three, was established and housed in a portable classroom. Fiscally, Hamden Hall reorganized under the purview of Headmaster E. Stanley Taylor and his wife, Margaret Taylor, during the 1930s. The Taylors took no salary for their administrative leadership on the condition that the school become a parent-owned, nonprofit, tax-exempt, cooperative organization. By 1935, student population had grown to more than 120 and high school classes had been instituted. The first Hamden Hall graduation exercises commenced in 1937 for five students. Growth remained steady following those flagship days, in terms of physical size, student population, and academic achievement. Today’s campus encompasses 12 acres housing eight major buildings. A 30-acre athletic complex lies 1.5 miles north of the main campus and features fields, tennis courts, and a $12 million indoor athletic center. Nearly 600 students from 34 surrounding communities thrive in the 3- and 4-year-old Pre-Kindergarten programs, Lower, Middle, and Upper schools. Today, the school remains tight-knit in terms of the familial community that was fostered nearly 100 years ago. Hamden Hall’s mission continues to challenge students to develop a strong sense of personal integrity and social responsibility while preparing them for demanding academic programs at the collegiate level.
Increasing available financial aid is a priority. The goal of Hamden Hall is to provide more need-based financial aid, enabling more families to afford the cost of an independent school education.
Hamden Hall Country Day School is governed by a 20-member volunteer Board of Trustees, and includes the President of the Parents’ Association, and the Head of School, who serves as an ex-officio member of the Board. The Board’s responsibility includes selecting and evaluating the Head of School, program oversight, long-range planning, and financial stewardship. There are five full Board meetings per year. The academic and extracurricular programs of the school are the responsibility of the Head of School, his administrative team, and the faculty. There are five standing Board committees: Executive Committee, Resource Management Committee, Education Committee, Institutional Advancement Committee, and Committee on Trustees. Each committee meets several times per year and all trustees are active on at least one committee.
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