For Prospective Parents

At HOP, I expected that small class sizes, dedicated teachers, and no kids that were distracting the other students by acting out, would mean more class participation time for Tara, and a better and faster learning. Tara loves to learn, so I thought these benefits would be worth the cost. What I failed to appreciate is the enthusiasm that a really motivated teacher can bring to a classroom, when that teacher himself/herself is passionate about a subject and inspiring to the kids. It is really great to see children rising to the challenge and embracing subjects that their teachers love. In addition, surrounding Tara with motivated kids of the caliber of HOP kids has spurred her on to new and exciting initiatives. She would not have considered a place like SEGL (a semester away program in Washington, DC) if she were not in an environment where her peers were always looking for new challenges and opportunities, and this approach will have benefits for her for the rest of her life.

- Excerpt from note to former Head of School, Barbara Riley,
from current parent, Michael Maloney, P' Tara ’17, Craigin ’21, and Sawyer '21

Common Questions from Parents

List of 16 items.

  • My child is doing so well, does it make sense to switch schools?

    Choosing Hopkins is, perhaps, hardest for those students who are already stars in their schools. But young students can quickly outgrow the available challenges. At Hopkins, we are able to offer academic, social and personal opportunities that go beyond what is available in many schools. Please visit us and see...
  • How do I know if my child is ready for this?

    That's one of the questions the Admission Committee looks at when we meet to review his or her application: Is this person ready for Hopkins's challenges and community life? If we admit your child, we're confident that he or she is ready.
  • What courses does Hopkins offer and what are the graduation requirements?

    Information on specific offerings by department and a list of graduation requirement can be found here.

    Students can participate in special academic programs, such as Online/Blended Courses through the Malone Schools Online Network, Independent Studies, Senior Projects, or Semester/Year Away Programs. More information on these opportunities can be found here.
  • Who is looking out for my child?

    A lot of people—beginning most importantly with your child's adviser—are interested in your child's welfare and success. Teachers and coaches, deans and administrators, classmates and friends are with your child every day.

    For more information on the role of the Adviser at Hopkins, visit
  • What if my child needs more academic support?

    Hopkins Academic Support Program provides support to all students identified as having an educational need. The Program offers a variety of academic services for students including study skills sessions, math and reading support for Junior School students, peer tutoring, specialized tutoring and small group instruction. The goal is to produce self-confident, independent learners who can advocate for, and support themselves, in a rigorous academic environment and in their life beyond Hopkins.
  • From which towns do Hopkins students come?

  • How do parents get involved?

    Hopkins parents can look forward to Back to School nights, Parent Breakfasts, Hopkins’ Parent website, and weekly @HOP newsletters from the School. Parents are also encouraged to attend sporting events, performances and special on-campus programs (schedules are posted online). Additionally, The Razor, our student newspaper, is available to read online.

    Also active on campus is the Parent Council
  • How does College Counseling work at Hopkins?

    While college planning has its roots in our earliest educational decisions for our children, the actual college search-application-admissions-and-decision activity does not formally begin until the winter of the junior year. More information about our College Counseling Office, the process at Hopkins, and popular colleges attended by our students, visit
  • Do Hopkins students participate in community service?

    Yes! From the Annual Canned Food Drive to Senior Service Week, community service on campus comes in lots of forms for a variety of causes.

    For a more complete outline of community service opportunities, visit
  • What is technology like on campus?

    Although students are not required to bring either a laptop or tablet with them to school, Hopkins does utlize technology in the classroom in a variety of ways.

    More information about technology on campus can be found here. Hopkins also participates in the Malone Schools Online Network or MSON.

    All members of the Hopkins community are expected to abide by a Computer, Internet, and Technology Use Policy.
  • Is there a dress code at Hopkins?

    There is no specific dress code at Hopkins, however, students are expected to dress in attire appropriate for the school setting. Clothing that is ripped, torn, pinned, or that flaunts illegal acts/substances, or offensive language/messages is prohibited, as is clothing that is unsuitably short, tight, or revealing. 

    There are some fun dress days on campus like Halloween, Spirit Week, or Sport Team Psyche days, where students may be encouraged to dress for a particular theme.
  • What happens if my child gets sick or injured while on campus?

    The Athletic Trainers are always available on campus. They handle the medical well being of the community, which includes illnesses and injuries both in and out of the athletic center.

    For more information on our Trainers, our Medical Policies, required paperwork for enrolled students, and our Emergency Action Plans, visit
  • What if my child has food allergies?

    From Our Director of Dining Services, Mike King:
    My staff and I train annually with the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network to learn how best to handle food allergy situations. 
    The only peanut product we stock here is peanut butter. The peanut butter is segregated in a place in our servery where a peanut allergic student would want to stay away from.
    My staff are trained to watch the area around the peanut butter for cross contamination, and keep the area clean.
    We never, ever, cook with peanuts or peanut butter- it is never a "hidden ingredient" in another food.
    We maintain a constant friendly open communication with the student body- our kitchen door is always open to any student with a question. We encourage students to come to us with their questions about the food- we discuss options with at least 20 students every day, individually.
    In addition to the many peanut allergies, we have quite a few students with celiac and gluten intolerances, as well as many with the usual big 7 allergies, and some allergies you probably cannot even imagine. We are constantly on alert with our student's allergies, and student advisors are too.

    For more information on Dining Services and weekly lunch menus, visit
  • What does a typical Hopkins School Year look like?

    Although this calendar is subject to change, it serves as is an example of a typical Hopkins School Year.

  • Who is on the Committee of Trustees?

    Information on the Committee of Trustees can be found here.
  • What other questions might new parents have?

    Each year we host a Maroon and Grey Day for newly admitted 9th graders and their parents in March. This year we hosted a Question and Answer panel for new parents. The video of this panel can be found here.

Additional Resources

As you embark on a school search, take the time to explore the many exciting options available to you. We know you will have questions along the way and we encourage you to seek answers to those important questions as you try to find a school that feels right for your child and for you. To help parents gain a more complete understanding of the many educational options available, we think you may find the following websites helpful:

National Association of Independent Schools
Connecticut Association of Independent Schools

The following testing organizations can also be helpful resources. Students interested in applying to Hopkins must take one of these two tests.


SSAT offers an online practice program

For more information on applying for Financial Aid, visit