A Letter from

Nicole Ginsburg Small ’91

Chair, Board of Trustees

Dear Members of the Hockaday Community,

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I would like to share our deep gratitude with each of you for your support of Hockaday. Your steadfast dedication to our School throughout the pandemic allowed Hockaday to continue to provide an extraordinary educational experience for each Hockadaisy despite the challenges in the world around us.

Your many contributions have afforded our Hockaday girls with tremendous opportunities as they continue their educational journeys, and your loyal support has impacted them in a myriad of ways.

The full Hockaday student experience would not be possible without the generosity and devotion of our community. Tuition alone does not cover the full cost of a Hockaday education. It is because of your support that Hockaday can provide the essential resources that our students need. Your generosity provides critical support for curricular and programmatic innovations and enhancements, the transition to distance learning when required by the pandemic, ongoing faculty professional development, and financial aid for our families in need. Thanks in no small part to you, our students continue to shine, with 15 National Merit Scholar Finalists and 21 National Merit Scholar Commendees from the Class of 2021. Thirteen of Hockaday’s 2021 graduates went on to play sports at the collegiate level. In addition, eleven students from the Class of 2021 will pursue degrees in the visual and performing arts. In all, the Class of 2021 will matriculate to 75 colleges, including several outside of the United States.

Even though our community faced unprecedented obstacles last year, we were still able to meet and exceed our annual fund goal by raising over $2.4 million in support our students. I am pleased to report that our parent participation held strong at 97 percent, alumnae participation remained at 25 percent, and faculty participation came in at a strong 77 percent. That is truly remarkable and is a testament to our community’s continued focus on keeping our girls and their Hockaday experience at the forefront of our minds. To each of you, we cannot say THANK YOU enough times for maintaining the dedication, commitment, and passion for our mission during such challenging times.

Additionally, endowments continue to help sustain programmatic priorities, and gifts and pledges totaled $1,570,531 for endowment purposes. The Senior Class raised nearly $29,301 for the Class of 2021 Endowment Fund for Faculty Support; the Hockaday Parents’ Association raised $151,729 in support of the School; and bequests to the School totaled $1,014,800 from individuals who made provisions for Hockaday in their estate plans.

For 108 years, The Hockaday School has been one of the finest all-girls schools in the nation, and today, our School stands in a position of financial strength because of your continued investment. Thank you for supporting our work, which ensures Miss Ela Hockaday’s vision will continue, stronger than ever, firmly rooted in the Four Cornerstones of Character, Courtesy, Scholarship, and Athletics.

I am sincerely grateful to each of you for your generosity and enduring support, and I am pleased to present the 2020-2021 Annual Report of Gifts, highlighting gifts made to Hockaday during the last fiscal year. You are a partner in Hockaday’s future and success, and I hope the Annual Report gives you confidence and affirms your generous investment in our School and all that it provides to our students and their families.


Chair, Board of Trustees