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