The Hockaday School - DFW Private Education

The Hockaday School

The Hockaday School

Head of School: Dr. Karen Warren Coleman

Grades PreK - 12th
11600 Welch Rd, Dallas, TX 75229, USA


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Single-Sexed: Girls


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The Hockaday School awakens the intellectual curiosity of every girl and develops an enthusiastic spirit and love of learning. With a strong commitment to our Four Cornerstones of Character, Courtesy, Scholarship, and Athletics, our girls are committed to an educational experience built on creative and divergent thinking so that they will be prepared to lead lives of purpose and impact. When the School was founded in 1913, Miss Ela Hockaday believed that girls should have a progressive academic environment committed to preparing them for higher education and for life in a rapidly changing and complex world, and we continue to believe that today. A Hockaday girl is empowered to think and inspired to learn so she will one day leave the School confident to meet the limitless possibilities that await her.

Hockaday provides a powerful and transformative educational experience for girls. It is the philosophy and purpose of Hockaday to provide a college preparatory education for girls of strong potential and diverse backgrounds who may be expected to assume positions of responsibility and leadership in today’s world. Our inclusive community fosters a racially, ethnically, and socio-economically diverse student and family population. We acknowledge the complexity of diverse life experiences and openly engage in building inclusivity through intentional programming and conversation.

Hockaday is the largest, independent all girls’ college preparatory school for day students (grades PK-12) and boarding students (grades 8-12) in the U.S. The School is located on 88 acres in Dallas, Texas and has an enrollment of approximately 1,090 students. The difference at Hockaday is not only inside the classroom, but in the combination of the community and culture that is offered.


The Hockaday School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, sexual orientation, religion, national or ethnic origin.


  • We accept applications for PK-11th grade, and we offer $3.5 million in financial assistance each year.
  • Hockaday’s Institute for Social Impact represents a distinctive and innovative approach among K-12 schools, using the power of engaged, hands-on learning to prepare students for leadership in their communities, workplaces, and society.
  • Some of our unique Upper School classes include Neuroscience, Spanish Poetry and Pop Music, History of Art and Music, Spycraft, Anatomy, Evolution and the Zoo, Self Defense, Technical Theater, AP Computer Science, and Microbiology and Human Diseases.
  • Through our small classes, creative teaching, and an approach which emphasizes the process of learning, we seek to discover unique aptitudes and awaken the intellectual curiosity of every girl at the School.
  • At Hockaday, students have the freedom to express opinions, explore a rigorous curriculum, and take on new challenges. Girls are encouraged to find their voices, and they are supported by strong role models and inspired by their peers. They find confidence and strength, and they acquire and build the skills they need to lead lives of purpose and impact.

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