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Welcome, HATCHlings!

As part of our commitment to transparency, we want to provide you with some updated information about our plans for the 2022-23 school year. Now that we have a lease with HSDC, our Board of Trustees is considering the idea of limiting the size of the school to one section of 16 - 18 students in our first year. A main reason for this is it will allow us to remain in our initial school space for 3 years instead of 2. We have a number of possible expansion options as well as some thoughts on how a smaller school next year might affect our program.

What having a smaller inaugural class means for...

Sports
We believe athletics are an important part of the high school experience and also recognize it’s unlikely we’ll be able to support our own competitive sports teams with 16 - 18 students. We are currently in conversation with other nearby independent schools to explore the possibility of fielding combined teams. Students will also have the option to compete for their local public schools in any sport not offered by HATCH or a combined HATCH team.

Electives
We anticipate we’ll be able to offer one PE option and one arts option in the elective block each trimester. The course offerings will be based on student interest surveys and community partner availability. Students playing a competitive sport will still be able to use the elective block for early dismissal to their practices and games.

Student voice
A smaller student body means each individual has an even greater opportunity to make their voice heard and influence the growth and development of HATCH. Your ideas are important to us, and we want to hear from you!

Off-site programming
A smaller inaugural class makes off-site trips and learning experiences easier. We look forward to exploring the city with you.

Spanish
We do NOT anticipate any changes to our Spanish language program with a smaller school size. We will still offer multiple levels of language instruction based on the proficiency of individual students.

Below, you can read more about the details for several growth plans still under consideration. We will have a better understanding of our student body size and expansion plans as the spring and early summer unfold, and will update families regularly.

Regardless of which plan we pursue, we believe we’ll have enough students to field teams and increase the number of electives by the 2023-24 academic year.

Possible Expansion Models

Scenario 1: A slow growth plan

2022-23
1 section of 9th grade (16 - 18 students)

2023-24
1 section of 9th grade (18 - 20 students)
1 section of 10th grade (inaugural class plus 10th grade transfer students)

2024 - 25
2 sections of 9th grade (36 - 40 students)
1 section of 10th grade
1 section of 11th grade

2025-26 (requires a move to our long-term home in year 4)
2 sections of 9th grade (36 - 40 students)
2 sections of 10th grade (36 - 40 students)
1 section of 11th grade
1 section of 12th grade: the mighty inaugural class of 2026

Scenario 2: A slightly more rapid growth plan

2022-23
1 section of 9th grade (16 - 18 students)

2023 - 24
2 sections of 9th grade (36 - 40 students)
1 or 2 sections of 10th grade (inaugural class plus 10th grade transfer students)

2024 - 25 (requires a move to our long-term home in year 3)
2 sections of 9th grade (36 - 40 students)
2 sections of 10th grade (36 - 40 students)
1 or 2 sections of 11th grade

2025 - 26
2 sections of 9th grade
2 sections of 10th grade
2 sections of 11th grade
1 or 2 sections of 12th grade: the mighty inaugural class of 2026

Scenario 3: Proceed as planned

Continuing to admit more students this spring and continuing with our initial plan of 2 sections of 9th grade next year is not yet off the table. You can review our original plan here:

The Hatch School Growth Plan