Hamden Hall School
1108 Whitney Ave
Hamden CT 06517
Contact Information
Address 1108 Whitney Ave
Hamden, CT 06517-
Telephone (203) 752-2600 x618
Fax 203-752-2615
E-mail Rteplitzky@hamdenhall.org
Web and Social Media
Mission
Hamden Hall Country Day School, an independent, college preparatory, co-educational, pre-school through grade 12 day school challenges students to develop a strong sense of personal integrity and social responsibility while preparing them for demanding academic programs at the collegiate level.
 
The core values of the school are
 
EXCELLENCE
 
Hamden Hall School expects students to continually strive for excellence by giving maximum effort in every aspect of school life in which they are involved.

 

SUPPORT

Hamden Hall School is a supportive community based on mutual trust and recognition of the needs and aspirations of all of its members.

 

PARTICIPATION

Hamden Hall School expects students to be active participants in the life of the school.

 

ACCOUNTABILITY

Hamden Hall School expects students to take responsibility for their academic progress and their personal behavior.

 

RESPECT

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.

 
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1946
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Robert J. Izzo
Board Chair Mrs. Joyce Lujic
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $16,604,239.00
Projected Expenses $16,579,239.00
Statements
Mission
Hamden Hall Country Day School, an independent, college preparatory, co-educational, pre-school through grade 12 day school challenges students to develop a strong sense of personal integrity and social responsibility while preparing them for demanding academic programs at the collegiate level.
 
The core values of the school are
 
EXCELLENCE
 
Hamden Hall School expects students to continually strive for excellence by giving maximum effort in every aspect of school life in which they are involved.

 

SUPPORT

Hamden Hall School is a supportive community based on mutual trust and recognition of the needs and aspirations of all of its members.

 

PARTICIPATION

Hamden Hall School expects students to be active participants in the life of the school.

 

ACCOUNTABILITY

Hamden Hall School expects students to take responsibility for their academic progress and their personal behavior.

 

RESPECT

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.

 
Background

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.

Impact
Preschool, Education, College Preparatory,
Needs

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. 

CEO Statement
As Head of School, it is a privilege to be part of the Hamden Hall community.  From the small youngsters in preschool to our college-bound seniors, our students are being prepared for the next academic step in their lives. Hamden Hall's mission is to instill integrity in our students, while building a sense of social responsibility in each student and preparing them for a demanding college program. In the process, our faculty inspires in our students a love of learning that extends far beyond the classroom.

Hamden Hall offers a well rounded, diverse program that combines academics, athletics, technology, and the visual and performing arts. In 2012, our community celebrated its 100th anniversary as an educational institution hallmarked by its academic excellence, extraordinary teachers, and extensive extracurricular activities that support stewardship and citizenship.

I would like to share my personal footnote with you. Hamden Hall is in my heart. I have spent two decades here, devoting my professional life to the school. It is not just the place where I work, it is my home. And it is home to my wife who also works here, and our three children.  So, when I talk about Hamden Hall being a community, these words take on a deeper meaning. I feel very strongly about our school, and I encourage you to consider our community as a good place for both you and your child to also call home.

Robert J. Izzo, Head of School
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Education / Elementary & Secondary Schools
Secondary Organization Category Recreation & Sports / Camps
Tertiary Organization Category Science & Technology /
Areas Served
Woodbridge
Ansonia
Bethany
Branford
Cheshire
Derby
East Haven
Guilford
Hamden
Madison
Milford
New Haven
North Haven
Orange
Oxford
Seymour
Shelton
Shoreline
Wallingford
West Haven
Lower Naugatuck Valley
In addition, Hamden Hall draws from Fairfield county; Trumbull, Easton, Westport, Fairfield.
Programs
Description
Preschool
Lower School
Middle School
Upper School
Camp / Summer programs
Population Served Infants to Preschool (under age 5) / K-12 (5-19 years) / Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
Lower School Students learn to
* Problem solve - science, math, and language skills 
* Critical thinking - core values, literacy with Yale Haskins Laboratories,    reading, and writing 
* Exposure - foreign language,  fine arts, music, theater
*  Staying Active- movement, coordination, sportsmanship, teamwork, and
    physical fitness 
 
 Middle School 
* World connection to the greater world- foreign languages, inter-grade
   relationships, literary classics 
* Discover their own passions - creativity, individual interests, 
* Choices- greater opportunities to select classes and athletics 
 
 Upper School 
* Diversity- rigorous academic course work, comprehensive extracurricular
   activities  
* Independent thinking - AP classes, independent studies, internship
   opportunities 
*Visual & Performing Arts - greater opportunities for music, art, and theater
* Athletics - Hamden Hall offers many varsity and JV sports 
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state. Hamden Hall Country Day School graduated 70 students at the 99th Commencement Exercises. The commencement address was given by the Hon. Judge John Mercer Walker Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, who advised the seniors to etch the moment into their minds. During his address, Walker read a letter from his cousin, President George H.W. Bush, who suggested that each graduate “be a doer and not a critic.” Class valedictorian Rachel Litvin spent 13 years at Hamden Hall and won a number of departmental awards. Head of School Bob Izzo also noted that she is "quite possibly the finest vocalist the school has ever had." Rachel, who heads to the University of Connecticut in the fall, asked her classmates to reflect on the question: “How can I be myself when I don’t know who I am?” “I know we all have a vague knowledge of who we are and who we want to become, but these next four years will allow us to free ourselves and decide who we really are and what defines us,” she said. Salutatorian Jared Bronen shared with his peers that when he joined the Hamden Hall community his mother was undergoing treatment for cancer. “Despite my reserved tendencies and shy personality, I was welcomed into the community with open arms by teachers and students alike. I soon became adapted to Hamden Hall life, and found a group of friends, teachers, and administrators whom I could admire and trust,” said Jared, who will attend Tufts University. Eleven of this year’s graduating seniors began their studies at Hamden Hall in either prekindergarten or kindergarten. Additionally, three graduates are children of alumni, and two are children of faculty members. All 70 graduates will continue their education at various colleges throughout the country in the fall.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
*  Summer Academy 
*  Science and Technology Programs
*  Camp
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success. Singing the same “C is for Cookie” song they sang when they were the school’s youngest students, 11 seniors stood on stage at Hamden Hall and were lauded – and shirted! – for having spent their entire educational careers at Hamden Hall. Known as “lifers,” the seniors were given white T-shirts from members of the prekindergarten and kindergarten classes during a ceremony that has taken place annually since 1982. T-shirt recipients had performed the same rite of passage some 12 years earlier. “I remember being a kindergartner and shirting my brother, who was a senior at that time (Kiernan Griffin 2000),” recalled senior Cameron Griffin. “Today really set the feeling that I’m leaving the place I have called home since I was 4 years old. It’s clearly sad, but I’m so excited to venture out into the world.” After helping their elder counterparts actually don the shirts, which they had helped create by drawing their own faces as part of the design, the 4- and 5-year-olds were treated to hugs and upperclassmen attention – a common campus sight, according to emcee and LS Director Andrew Niblock. “Hamden Hall has the kind of campus where you often see an 18-year-old high-fiving a 5-year-old,” he said.
CEO/Executive Director
Mr. Robert J. Izzo
Term Start July 2005
Email Bizzo@hamdenhall.org
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 105
Number of Part Time Staff 30
Number of Volunteers 300
Staff Retention Rate 96%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 2
Caucasian 129
Hispanic/Latino 3
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 52
Female 83
Unspecified 0
Board Chair
Mrs. Joyce Lujic
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term July 2008 to June 2014
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Mr. Andrew Acquarulo Jr.Independent
Mr. John A. Beirne Jr.Investment Banker
Dr. Gisella Caccone Researcher
Mrs. Barbara Toto De Natale Community Volunteer
Mr. John H. Edwards Philanthropist
Mr. Richard A. Epstein Insurance
Mrs. Christine Fontana Yale New Haven Hospital
Mr. Marshal D. Gibson Attorney
Dr. William Goetzmann Yale University
Mr. Jordan M. Hadelman Professional Recruiter
Mr. Robert J. Izzo Head of School
Ms. Kyle Ballou Johns Yale New Haven Hospital
Mr. Robert J. Massey Jr.Business Owner
Dr. Meena Moran Surgeon
Mr. Allan Mossberg Emeritus
Mr. Michael Peel Yale University
Mr. Carl M. Porto Sr.Attorney
Mrs. Maria Esposito Prota Educator
Dr. David I. Riccio Treasurer
Mr. Joseph Sapiente
Mr. Terrance P. Swain Retired
Dr. David F. Swensen Yale University
Mr. Spencer O. Taylor Investor
Mr. Jospeh Tessitore ESPN Affiliate
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 23
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 1
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 18
Female 7
Board Co-Chair
Email Jlujic@hamdenhall.org
Standing Committees
Academic Affairs
Building
Finance
Personnel
Institutional Advancement
Trusteeship
Executive
Investment
CEO Comments
The Role of the Hamden Hall Board of Trustees

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.

 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2013
Fiscal Year End June 30 2014
Projected Revenue $16,604,239.00
Projected Expenses $16,579,239.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
Documents
Form 990s
Form 9902013
Form 9902012
Form 9902011
Form 9902010
Form 9902009
Form 9902008
Audit Documents
Audit2013
Audit2012
audit2011
audit2010
audit2009
audit2008
IRS Letter of Exemption
Tax Exempt letter
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals ChartHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Revenue$16,868,932$17,853,305$16,547,897
Total Expenses$18,598,071$18,053,940$17,772,692
Prior Three Years Revenue Sources ChartHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$674,522$2,105,376$613,762
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions------
------
$15,803,762$15,435,867$15,631,694
Investment Income, Net of Losses$390,648$312,062$302,441
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Other------
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$15,502,496$14,976,297$14,888,324
Administration Expense$2,943,462$2,993,711$2,750,205
Fundraising Expense$152,113$83,932$134,163
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.910.990.93
Program Expense/Total Expenses83%83%84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue23%4%22%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$37,929,794$38,276,553$39,176,670
Current Assets$5,742,590$6,470,870$6,236,643
Long-Term Liabilities$20,776,184$22,505,810$20,149,254
Current Liabilities$4,570,579$3,791,569$3,809,944
Total Net Assets$12,583,031$11,979,174$15,157,472
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountThe Seedlings Foundation $53,000 -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountThe Nathan Cummings Foundation $30,000 -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountCoca-Cola Refreshments $10,000 -- --
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.261.711.64
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets55%59%51%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Dates July 2013 to June 2015
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Comments
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