The Hotchkiss School is committed to cultivating curiosity, excellence, and creativity.

Our students learn how to take risks, fail, persist, and succeed. The average class size is 11, and the learning environment is interactive and inclusive. In every class, students share their opinions. They speak up. They disagree. They learn from their teachers — and from one another.

With more than 200 courses in seven departments, our academic program offers a breadth and depth of study most students will not experience until college. Guided by thoughtful, engaged instructors, Hotchkiss students push themselves intellectually and form deep bonds with their classmates — whether they’re discussing environmental issues, examining global trends, or analyzing literature.

Hotchkiss students develop clarity of thought, confidence and facility in expressing ideas, and artistic and aesthetic sensitivity. Our graduates leave Hotchkiss with a commitment to public service and environmental stewardship, informed by a greater understanding of themselves and their role in a global society.

Writing at Hotchkiss

Since Hotchkiss’s founding days, writing has been an essential part of the curriculum. At every grade level, in every discipline, instructors instill in students the importance of writing with clarity and precision. Students learn how to harness the power of language to craft arguments and express a point of view — whether they're presenting conclusions in a lab report or analyzing a work of literature — and they leave Hotchkiss with the ability to write clear, comprehensible prose.

Sample Course Work by Class Year

Prep year

Preps normally carry the following six-credit load, which may include:

Lower Mid year

Lower mids normally carry the following six-credit load, which may include:

Upper Mid Year

Upper mids normally carry a five-credit load each semester. Sample course load:

English AP Literature and Composition
History AP United States History
Languages AP Spanish Language
Mathematics Pre-calculus AB
Science AP Chemistry

Senior Year

Seniors normally carry a five-credit load each semester. Sample course load:
English Honors Senior English
History The Supreme Court
Languages Fifth-Year Spanish
Mathematics AP Calculus AB
Science AP Environmental Science