Message from the Head


On behalf of the entire Hopkins family, welcome to our website. We hope you recognize a virtual space that is emblematic of our active, engaged, and vibrant community. We hope you find that we are both proud of our 360-year journey in the pursuit of knowledge and mindful of our role in educating a diverse and dynamic community for the 21st century. Lastly, we hope you view this website as an invitation to come visit us in person and experience a school that values thinking, people who care for each other, and a campus that thrives when we work together.

As a gender-inclusive independent day school for students in grades 7 through 12, we believe that our classrooms are intellectually comprehensive and connected. We strive for blending happiness and achievement in all endeavors of school life—academic, athletic, and artistic—and we share these experiences on an intimate campus in New Haven, Connecticut.

We are a school that helps students cultivate intellectual curiosity and embrace a love of learning as they aspire to reach excellence; to enjoy wit and realize wisdom as they find their voices in the world. The faculty and staff foster a supporting and welcoming environment where both the individual and the community are valued, and this combination creates a campus alive with opportunity and promise.

Thank you for exploring the Hopkins experience with us and please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you soon on campus.

Kai Bynum
Head of School

Looking Ahead with Kai Bynum

List of 5 news stories.

  • Looking Through the Lens of Innovation

    Innovation is a lens for thinking, learning, and living that frames our perspective of the world in new ways. It is a concept that invites ingenuity and inventiveness, and a platform that supports the integration of different disciplines and systems to help create engaging platforms for knowledge and awareness.
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  • What I’ve Heard at Our Family Reunions

    Over the past two years, I have had the pleasure of traveling across the country to visit with Hopkins alumni/ae in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, D.C., North Carolina, Florida, Denver, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and, of course, here in Connecticut. I feel a rush of excitement when I enter a room in one of these places and see the maroon Hopkins banner welcoming all of us who share the connection to 1660. It feels a little like going to a family reunion in multiple cities where all the relationships formed come together to create a collective sense of belonging to something special.
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  • The Call to Global Citizenship

    Hopkins has been a haven for intellectual promise since 1660, and inspiring the minds of hopeful youths "for the public service of the country in future times" has always been at the core of our mission. While the relevance of the statement has not waned over time, I wonder if our founders could have imagined the global impact our students could have 358 years later. 
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  • The Future is a Shared Enterprise

    Self-reflection is one of the most important factors influencing individual growth. in order for a person to feel confident in the notions of identity, purpose, and values, one mus question the elements that comprise each factor. New experiences provide a context in which the self is both realize and affirmed, and this examination, this sense of questioning, becomes the vehicle for personal development. 
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  • Walden Pond in New Haven

    When I was in high school, a mentor of mine gave me a copy of Walden, Henry David Thoreau’s classic reflection of a life in search of solitude and meaning. While I did not accept all of Thoreau’s teachings, I found myself appreciating his perspectives on the juxtaposition of purpose and place. The pond gave him the opportunity to reevaluate the principles and values by which he wanted to live, and to reconsider the frameworks that governed his existence. “I went to the woods,” Thoreau writes, “because I wanted to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” As I read his words, I could not help but think about how I constantly balanced the demands of academic achievement and athletic performance in my own life, with the desire to somehow seek a higher level of meaning and purpose. While I loved the intellectual life of being a student, and the unconditional connection of being a teammate, I still asked myself what “deliberately” meant for me.
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