The Hockaday School

Mentors in the Community

Hockaday’s Mentors in the Community program involves taking highly qualified students from Hockaday and putting them in a leadership role at the Walker Middle School, a public school in the Dallas Independent School District. With an average of only 58% of DISD students reading at grade level at the end of 6th grade and 62% on level for math, the program is designed to complement the curriculum covered in the DISD end of year standardized tests (STAAR).  The Hockaday girls tutor and lead students through a curriculum that they have developed which reinforces the necessary math, science and reading skills. Utilizing their strengths, including their Spanish skills to help English language learners with reading, the girls are engaged first-hand in the high-stakes learning that takes place at Walker Middle School.  

DISD Tutoring & Mentoring Program

Hockaday and St. Mark’s students go to DISD elementary and middle schools during the school day to serve as mentors and tutors to younger students. In conjunction with the mentor program, the Hockaday and St. Mark’s students also participate in unique programs such as a social issues discussion with 7th and 8th grade DISD students, hosting soccer clinics and then attending a professional soccer game with DISD students.

Irma Rangel Charter School Partnership

The Hockaday School is invested in a partnership with the Irma Rangel Charter School.  Located in the heart of Dallas and serving students of need, the Irma Rangel School works with Hockaday to engage their students in joint leadership training. Together, students from both schools attend leadership conferences, complete community service projects and attend community events together. The relationships formed throughout these activities allow the girls to gather and share ideas regarding leadership both within their school community as well as out in the larger community. Not only do the students collaborate, but the principal of Irma Rangel and the Head of School of Hockaday have made sure that teacher resources are shared and professional development activities are available to all faculty.


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