Hamden Hall Country Day School is a nurturing and inclusive community with a dynamic learning environment that promotes academic excellence by understanding each child and fostering their individual growth.
From the school’s notable beginnings in 1912 as the nation’s fourth country day school to its current standing as a hallmark of excellence, Hamden Hall continues to embrace the spirit of family and community that has defined the campus since its opening days.
Our Lower School offers a vibrant learning environment for PreSchool through Grade 6 students – including our Early Childhood Program, which nurtures social-emotional growth, fuels curiosity, and inspires in-depth learning across curricula. Lower School students enjoy a balanced, thoughtful curriculum that includes a World Language program, a comprehensive early reading program, and a science program enhanced by the state-of-the-art resources in our Bayer Family Science Center.
Hamden Hall prides itself on forming partnerships with the best resources in the area to bring learning to life for our students. One of the most innovative and dynamic is our collaboration with Mystic Seaport. Other community affiliations include Eli Whitney Museum, Beardsley Zoo, and many of Yale University’s museums.
Our Middle School brings learning to life through real-world projects that spark interest and fully engage students. Experiential learning opportunities supplement our rigorous academic program and individual advisors ensure meaningful connections to properly tailor instruction.
Leadership and humanitarian skills are developed through various mentoring opportunities and community service projects such as our annual “Life is Delicious” food preparation program and affiliation with the New Haven Land Trust to help maintain urban gardens.
Upper School students are afforded individualized pathways to better learn what fields and subjects interest them. Students are exposed to a wide range of knowledge through traditional academic disciplines (Hamden Hall offers more than 25 Advanced Placement courses as well as several academic courses that go beyond the AP curriculum) and innovative, creative programming designed to promote meaningful interaction, critical thinking, and self-awareness.
Over the last five years, Hamden Hall graduates matriculated at the highest rate to: American University, Babson College, Bentley University, Boston College, Boston University, Bowdoin College, Brown University, University of California-Berkeley, University of California-San Diego, Connecticut College, University of Connecticut, Fairfield University, Fordham University, George Washington University, College of the Holy Cross, University of Michigan, Mount Holyoke College, Muhlenberg College, The New School, New York University, Northeastern University, Providence College, Purdue University, Quinnipiac University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University of Rhode Island, University of Rochester, Sacred Heart University, Skidmore College, Smith College, Trinity College, Union College, University of Vermont, Villanova University, Wesleyan University, Williams College, and Yale University.
Further enhancing the educational experience is our state-of-the-art, 65,000-square-foot Beckerman Athletic Center. This facility, which is set amid 30 acres of athletic fields – including our multi-sport synthetic turf field – is truly a hub for student activity and community collaboration. Signature Programs such as Science, Innovation & Design, Global Online Academy, Princeton Peer Leadership, and our MakerSpace Design Lab create a culture of innovation for our students.
Explore our halls during in-school morning coffee and campus tours events on Sept. 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 15, and Dec. 6 – all from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Our 2018 Open House is Sunday, Oct. 28, from 1-3 p.m. For a private tour, call 203.752.2610. Visit our school community via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and at www.hamdenhall.org. Transportation and financial aid are available.