As we head back to school, let us remember that “back to normal” is not the goal. Doing school even better than we did before, so that our students are even more prepared for ethical leadership in a changed and rapidly changing world—that is the goal.
Head of School
Welcome to The Hewitt School
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 Class of 2021 chose Amy Walter as their Commencement speaker because she is the embodiment of Hewitt’s mission. A journalist and political analyst, Amy is a game changer and ethical leader and we celebrate her integrity, her strong voice, and her important work to strengthen our democracy.
I write today about the persistence of suffering, violence, and hate in our city, our country, and our world. No one should ever be the target of violence or hate because of who they are. At Hewitt, we are guided by our mission, values, and diversity and inclusivity statement as we unequivocally condemn all forms of hate, bigotry, and violence.
Feeling genuine kindness for strangers who have different identities, life experiences, or interests from us gives living in New York City an incomparable charge. Though much about New York City can, should, and will change because of the pandemic, the heart and soul of this city will come back, with a force as indefatigable as loving kindness to strangers.
As a girls’ school, we proudly celebrate the inauguration of the first woman to serve as Vice President of the United States of America. Today marked the first time in our nation’s history when Hewitt girls and young women, along with millions of girls and women across this country, could see themselves reflected at the highest level of American government.
If you are anything like me, you are apt to jump headlong into your "To Do" list. Yet recently I learned about the benefits of setting your "To Do" list aside (if only for a few moments) in order to make a "Done" list. I gave it a try and found it to be a helpful little exercise to bring closure to the winter break and get myself in the right frame of mind to return, with presence, to my work at Hewitt, especially at the outset of the new year.
On Wednesday, January 6, 2021, a troubling and concerning situation unfolded in our nation's capital. In the midst of the breaking news about the day’s violent and disturbing events, I wrote to our parents and guardians to share how Hewitt faculty and staff were helping students process their reactions, emotions, questions, and concerns about the illegal breach of the Capitol Building.
This fall, the Anti-Racism Task Force met with members of the Hewitt community to address institutionalized racism both in the world and at Hewitt. Their work culminated in a set of recommendations that the Hewitt Board of Trustees has unanimously approved. We look forward to working with the entire community as we begin to implement the Task Force's recommendations and continue our work to make Hewitt an actively anti-racist institution.