The best teachers know how to turn everyday encounters into opportunities to foster connection, belonging, and the motivation to tackle new challenges. At Hewitt, we know that this may be the single most important thing that we do.
Head of School
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Hewitt’s motto--“By Faith and Courage”--is evident in everything we do. Where most high-achieving girls are socialized to be perfect and play it safe, Hewitt girls learn to have faith in themselves and have the courage to take risks and bounce back from failures. Where most high-achieving girls are asked to focus exclusively on curating the perfect resume, the Hewitt girl is hard at work on her inner resume as she achieves academically. I invite you to see what makes Hewitt such a distinctive place for girls and young women to learn and grow into a world of expanding opportunity, and how Hewitt is empowering the next generation of women leaders, one at a time--from the inside out.
Dr. Tara Christie Kinsey, Head of School and Parent, Class of 2027
The Hewitt Class of 2023 will go down in history–not only for what they have achieved but also, and perhaps more importantly, for who they have become, and who they are becoming. As head of school, I am extraordinarily proud of these young women as they head out into the world beyond Hewitt, because they are going to make our world a better place.
As an institution, Hewitt consciously resists the toxic high-achievement culture that perpetuates the damaging message that students must engage in manic resume padding. In this respect, we are writing a countercultural success story–our students achieve great things but do so with a sense of meaning, purpose, wellbeing, and joy.
In February, The Hewitt School hosted an evening of learning with our longtime friend and partner Dr. Lisa Damour. Here are three lessons I’m taking away from Lisa's latest book, The Emotional Lives of Teenagers: Raising Connected, Capable, and Compassionate Adolescents, and how these lessons might inform our daily interactions with girls–at school and at home.
What if girls could say what they were really thinking, without fear of being cut off from their relationships with their parents, peers, and teachers? What if we nurtured a culture committed to uncovering a girl’s real voice, her authentic voice, even when it doesn’t sound like a “good girl” voice?
It turns out that the single biggest predictor of your future health, happiness, and success in life is the quality of your closest relationships. When we have people around us that we can really count on, our lives become infinitely more joyous and fulfilling.
Now is the time once more to delight in seeing how very capable we are of making great progress toward goals that matter. And now is the time to have more fun, because there is almost nothing so rewarding as when we see that we are growing in the right direction.
Never before have I seen a senior class at Hewitt take such ownership over the kind of experience they wanted to have in the classroom, outside of the classroom, and even here, on this very day of their graduation from Hewitt.