Hopkins School

986 Forest Rd, New Haven, CT 06515

Edward Hopkins, seven-time governor of Connecticut Colony, bequeathed a portion of his estate to the American colonies to found schools dedicated to "the breeding up of hopeful youths . . . for the public service of the country in future times." With a portion of that bequest, Hopkins Grammar School was founded in the 17th century in a one-room building on the New Haven Green and settled in its present location on a hill overlooking the city in 1925. Two prominent girls' schools, the Day School (founded in 1907) and the Prospect Hill School (founded in 1930), consolidated in 1960 to form a strong center for the education of the area's young women. Cooperative ventures between Hopkins Grammar and Day Prospect Hill led to the 1972 merger that formed the present-day school. The six grades are organized into three divisions—a junior school, a middle school and a senior school—each with its own academic schedule and curriculum, athletic teams and activities. The curriculum emphasizes a grounding in the basic skills, exposure to varied subject matter and rigorous preparation for advanced study. Many students are involved with college-level subjects by their senior year. After taking compulsory Latin courses in grades 7 and 8, pupils fulfill Hopkins' language requirement by studying French, Spanish, Greek, Latin, Chinese or Italian in the higher grades. Junior school students receive introductory instruction in the arts, and, in grades 9-12, all students complete at least one year of art study. Every student participates in athletics throughout the year, selecting either interscholastics or an informal sport in each of the three seasons, although seniors may opt to take off one season. An independent athletics program enables boys and girls to pursue activities not offered at Hopkins, among them ballet and horseback riding. Service to others—in school, community and country—as envisioned by founder Edward Hopkins, remains an important element of student life. The school's proximity to Yale University and New Haven provides students access to museums; historical sites; theatrical, orchestral and dance performances; and professional sporting events.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory
Grade RangeDay — Coed Grades 7-12
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full Address986 Forest Rd, New Haven, CT 06515
Year Established1660
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)
AdministratorBarbara M. Riley
Applications DueJanuary
Total Enrollment709
Day Students709
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