Hamden Hall Country Day School

Educating students in PreSchool through Grade 12
Hamden Hall Country Day School
Academic Profile 2020-2021

1108 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06517
T: 203-752-2639
F: 203-752-2622
CEEB: 070258

Robert J. Izzo
Head of School

Kiki Carlson
Director of College Counseling

Carole Bird
Associate Director of
College Counseling

T.D. Tucker
College Counselor
Mission Statement
Hamden Hall Country Day School, an independent, college preparatory, co-educational PreSchool through Grade 12 day school, fosters the individual growth of every student. We challenge students to develop a strong sense of personal integrity, social responsibility, and a global perspective, while preparing them for demanding academic programs at the collegiate level.
The School
Hamden Hall enrolls approximately 575 students in grades PreSchool through twelve, with an average senior class size of 75 students. Upper School classes meet 225 minutes per week, 35 weeks per year, and homework exceeds three hours per night. Average class size is thirteen students; student-faculty ratio is 7-1. Participation in a full range of extracurricular activities is expected of every student. Generally, 99% of graduates enter selective four-year colleges.

Signature Programs
Honor Code and Core Values
All students are expected to abide by the Honor Code. In addition, they strive to embody the five core values of Excellence, Support, Participation, Accountability, and Respect.
Global Online Academy
Hamden Hall is a member of Global Online Academy, a consortium of the world’s leading independent schools whose mission is to translate into online classrooms the intellectually rigorous programs and excellent teaching that are hallmarks of its member schools. 27 Hamden Hall students will undertake 21 different courses from among GOA’s offerings in the 2020-21 academic year. All GOA courses are considered to be honors level.
Princeton Peer Leadership
“Princeton Peer Leadership” is an Honors-level, full-year academic course in leadership training which entails rigorous writing, planning, presentation and evaluation components as well as group leadership and programming for the freshman class. The faculty instructors select six male and six female seniors based on their demonstrated leadership, their potential as role models, and their diversity as representatives of the entire school community. For over 30 years, Hamden Hall has benefited from the dedicated service of our Freshman Mentors as highly visible role models to younger students and builders of our school community.
Middle School Advocates and Lower School Mentors
The Middle School Advocates are senior volunteers who are chosen to mentor 7th and 8th grade students. They facilitate discussions and activities addressing challenges of adolescence and other issues of importance to middle-schoolers. Advocates also prepare assemblies, assist faculty members with daily study halls and clubs, and help coordinate annual Middle School events. No academic credit is awarded, and their responsibilities require a commitment from each of about two hours per week throughout the school year. The Lower School Mentor Program creates an opportunity for Upper School student volunteers to learn leadership skills, gain knowledge of working with children, and serve as role models for students in PreSchool - Grade 5. As classroom assistants, Mentors participate in a wide range of interactions, including small group instruction in reading and math; support in art, science and music classes; recess help and after-school tutoring.
Hamden Hall boasts a vibrant visual and performing arts program, a testament to student commitment to extracurriculars. In fact, a quarter of upper school students qualify as Thespians, having taken part in three or more theater productions, and an equal amount are members of the choir and orchestras and bands. In the past three years, 40 percent of the chorus members earned all-regional honors and 20 percent earned all-state.
Science, Innovation and Design
SID is an extracurricular, interdisciplinary program that encourages highly motivated and intellectually curious students to excel as they develop a panoply of skills in scientific research, technology, public speaking, and more as they pursue and study research topics of their own choosing.
Hamden Hall students compete on 18 Varsity teams, as well as a number of JV and club teams. Hamden Hall teams regularly compete in league and New England tournaments, and Football, Girls Soccer, Boys Basketball, Boys Lacrosse, and Girls Lacrosse all boast titles during the past two years. In addition, more than ten percent of seniors go on to play sports in college each year.
Accreditation and Memberships
Hamden Hall is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and approved by the Connecticut State Department of Education. Hamden Hall is an active member of the following organizations: National Association of Independent Schools, Connecticut Association of Independent Schools, Cum Laude Society, Rho Kappa Honor Society, Global Online Academy, National and New England Associations for College Admission Counseling, ACCIS, Fairchester Athletic Association, New England Preparatory School Athletic Council
Graduation Requirements
To receive the Hamden Hall diploma, the student must successfully complete a minimum of 19 academic credits in Grades 9-12. One credit is earned for each full-year course passed; one-half credit is earned for each one-semester course passed. Five credits per year is the standard course load (four and one-half with three or more A.P. courses.)
Minimum department requirements are as follows: English - 4 credits, History - 2.5 credits, World Languages - Third-year level in one language, Mathematics - 3 credits, Science - 2 credits, Fine Arts - 1 credit
All transcript courses are college-preparatory in nature and designation.  Honors sections are offered in most standard courses of the Departments of Mathematics, Science and World Languages and filled by faculty recommendation. Most other courses are grouped heterogeneously.
Completion of the athletic program, demonstration of basic computer skills, and satisfactory citizenship are also required for graduation.

Grading System
All grades appearing on transcripts are weighted using the following formula:        
College Level - 10% of grade

Honors Level - 5%

Standard Level - 2%

Basic Level - No weight
Class rank is not computed.
The Hamden Hall faculty grade on the traditional 100-point scale. The equivalent 4-Point System or letter 
Grade Point Average may be obtained by referring to the following chart.

HH Grade 100-97 96-93 92-90 89-87 86-83 82-80 79-77 76-73 72-70 69-67 66-63 62-60
“4-POINT” 4.7-4.4 4.3-4.0 3.9-3.7 3.6-3.4 3.3-3.0 2.9-2.7 2.6-2.4 2.3-2.0 1.9-1.7 1.6-1.4 1.3-1.0 0.9-0.7
Letter A+ A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D-

AP and College Level Courses by Department
English English AP English Literature; AP English Language
History AP World History, AP US History, AP US Government, AP Comparative Government & Politics, AP Art History, AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics
World Language AP Spanish Language, AP Spanish Literature, AP French Language, AP Latin, AP Chinese Language
Mathematics AP Calculus AB & BC, AP Statistics, Linear Algebra, Multivariable Calculus
Science AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Physics 1 (New in 2019), AP Physics C, AP Computer Science A

Recent Statistics

SAT Scores Class of 2020 (52 Students)
75% 1440
Median 1290
25% 1160

Distribution of Weighted GPAs Class of 2020
Highest 4.9
75% 4.3
Median 3.9
25% 3.6

ACT Scores Class of 2020 (19 Students)
Composite Concordance
75% 34 1430
Median 30 1340
25% 25 1210

AP Exam Results
554 students took 1245 examinations in the past five years. 84% received grades of 3 or higher.
Grade 5 4 3 2 1
Number 379 391 275 141 59
% 30.5 31.4 22.1 11.3 4.7

Due to state-mandated school closures, Hamden Hall’s campus was shut down in March 2020 for the remainder of the school year.  All classes switched to an online format, and students attended two synchronous classes on zoom and two asynchronous classes each week for every course. Numerical grades were still utilized, and final averages on transcripts include spring grades. Fall semester 2020 is starting full-time in person. As of August 30, 60% of the senior class had not yet taken the SAT or ACT.
Graduates of the Classes of 2016-2020 matriculated at the following colleges and universities.

Albertus Magnus College
American University
Amherst College
Art Center College of Design
Assumption College
Babson College
Bard College
Bates College
Bentley University
Berklee College of Music
Binghamton University
Boston College
Boston University
Bowdoin College
Brandeis University
Brown University
Bryant University
Bucknell University
University of British Columbia
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Davis
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Santa Cruz
Carleton College
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University
Catholic  University of America
University of Chicago
College of Charleston
Clark University
Clarkson University
Colby College
Colgate University
Columbia University
Connecticut College
University of Connecticut
Cornell University
Curry College
Dalhousie University
Drexel University
Duquesne University
University of Edinburgh
Elon University
Emerson College
Emory University
Endicott College
Fairfield University
Fordham University
Fort Lewis College
Franklin Pierce University
Georgetown University
George Washington University
Gettysburg College
Grinnell College
Hampshire College
University of Hartford
Harvard University
Haverford College
High Point University
Hofstra University
College of the Holy Cross
Howard University
Univ. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Iona College
Ithaca College
James Madison University
Keene State College
Kenyon College
Lehigh University
Lesley University
Lewis and Clark College
London School of Economics
Loyola University, Maryland
Macalester College
Manhattan College
Marist College
University of Maryland
Univ. of Massachusetts
Massachusetts College of Art & Design
Massachusetts Maritime Academy
McGill University
University of Miami
University of Michigan
Middlebury College
Morehouse College
Mt. Holyoke College
Muhlenberg College
University of New Haven
New Jersey Institute of Technology
New York Institute of Technology
New York University
Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
North Carolina State University
Northeastern University
Oberlin College
Oral Roberts University
Pace University
University of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania State University
University of Pittsburgh
Plymouth State University
Pomona College
Pratt Institute
Providence College
Purdue University
Quinnipiac University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
University of Rhode Island
Rice University
University of Richmond
University of Rochester
Rochester Institute of Technology
Roger Williams University
Rollins College
Rutgers University
Sacred Heart University
Saint Anselm College
St. John’s University
St. Joseph’s University
St. Lawrence University
Salve Regina University
University of San Francisco
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Sarah Lawrence College
University of the Sciences
Seattle University
Simmons College
Skidmore College
Smith College
University of Southern California
Southern Connecticut State Univ.
Spelman College
Springfield College
Stanford University
Stetson University
Stonehill College
Suffolk University
Syracuse University
University of Tampa
The New School
University of Toronto
Trine University
Trinity College
Tufts University
Union College
United States Air Force Academy
Vassar College
University of Vermont
Villanova University
University of Virginia
Wake Forest University
University of Washington
Washington College
Washington University in St. Louis
Wesleyan University
Western Connecticut State Univ.
Western New England University
Wheaton College
Williams College
University of Wisconsin
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Yale University

Hamden Hall Country Day School

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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.