Instead of relying on dry textbooks to teach confusing concepts, my freshman physics class showed me how effectively student-led, hands-on labs based in real-world scenarios could help break down complex principles. My experiences in ninth grade physics have given me the courage to pursue a subject that I initially thought would be overwhelmingly challenging, which feels heartening and empowering.
The Student Perspective
Meet A Student Tour Guide
- How long have you been at Hewitt?
- What do you love about the Hewitt community?
- What do you enjoy about being at a girls' school?
- What does your typical day look like?
- What is your workload like on an average day?
- How does Hewitt’s curriculum address themes of gender and race? Does Hewitt being a girls’ school affect the way you discuss these topics?
- Do you have opportunities outside of your classes to participate in extracurricular activities and meet new people?
- Can you tell us about upper school clubs? Which clubs do you participate in?
- What leadership opportunities do you have?
- Is it easy for students to communicate with their teachers and advisors?
- What is the transition to Hewitt like for new students? Do new students get paired with a buddy or advisory group?
Students write and contribute to news articles about their experiences at Hewitt
I decided to get involved in Hewitt's peer mentorship program because I wanted to support ninth graders in their transition to upper school. As a peer mentor, I get to help build community while sharing guidance and perspective on the challenges and opportunities that high school brings.
I came to Hewitt in the ninth grade, and I don’t think my middle school self would recognize the present-day me. As I begin eleventh grade, I see firsthand how Hewitt's uplifting community and supportive environment have helped me recognize my greatest assets and challenged me to step out of my comfort zone.
Hewitt’s Lunch and Learn series hosted Chelsea Gardner '16 for a discussion about how Hewitt encouraged her to explore her interests and develop her personal leadership style without fear of failure.
Hewitt’s Lunch and Learn series welcomed Julia Dunetz '15 back to campus for a discussion about how Hewitt helped her discover her passion for the arts and prepared her for a career as a theater producer.
Hewitt’s Lunch and Learn series welcomed Sydney Sadick '12 back to campus for an intimate conversation with upper school students. During this event, Sydney spoke about how the guidance and support she received at Hewitt encouraged her to pursue her goals as a print journalist and on-air reporter.
This June, the Hewitt community gathered together for A Virtual Celebration of the Class of 2020, an online event honoring our seniors. Developed in collaboration with members of the Class of 2020, this virtual event was not a replacement for an in-person Commencement, but rather a joyous celebration designed for these unusual times.
At Hewitt, students have amazing opportunities to develop our voices and sense of purpose through activism we believe in. Founding the Animal Rights Club has taught me that I want to stay connected to animal welfare causes for the rest of my life, and has also helped me build important leadership skills that I will use outside of school.
The New York Times’ Spelling Bee puzzle provides opportunities for members of the Hewitt community to unpack mathematics and engage with quantitative reasoning, to collaborate across disciplines and roles, and to stay connected despite the geographical challenges brought on by social distancing.
Hewitt’s Lunch and Learn series welcomed Sofia Stafford '13 back to campus for an intimate conversation with upper school students. During this event Sofia spoke about how Hewitt gave her opportunities to make choices about her learning that prepared her for college, career, and life.