The Student Perspective
Meet a Student Tour Guide
Hi, my name is Lauren and I am an eleventh grader here at Hewitt. In addition to all of my classes, I am very involved in performing arts and participate in Hewitt’s plays and musicals. I have been a student tour guide for the past two years, and I am excited to introduce you to our school! Please scroll down to watch my virtual tour videos and read answers to some of the questions I get asked most frequently during my tours.
- 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 am forever grateful for my 13 years at Hewitt. I am grateful for the lifelong relationships I have nurtured here, the lessons learned, the best successes, and the greatest failures. I am grateful to all of you — my brilliant teachers and friends, our community, and our families — for shaping me into the young woman I am proud to be today.
Over this past year, it struck me that there is not all that big a difference between you, me, and the superheroes we see in movies. True, we cannot snap our fingers and expect half the universe to evaporate to dust, but there is a tremendous amount that we can do both as individuals and even more so as a community to improve the world, one small action at a time.
Our work as News Decoder Student Ambassadors has been one of the most significant extracurriculars of our high school careers. It has enabled us to engage with people from different areas of the world on broad, real-world topics that affect our immediate and extended community.
In our first year running the BSU, we decided to take on a leadership opportunity by creating an original Black History Month curriculum for students in middle and high school. Through our lessons and activities, students explored the Black experience and what it means to be an empathetic and active ally.
Participating in performing arts at Hewitt has given me the chance to develop new skills and make countless memories. Performing on stage has helped build my confidence, stage management has refined my organizational abilities, and being dance captain has given me the chance to be a leader and use my dance training in a new way.
It is our honor to announce that The Hewitt School’s 2021 Commencement address will be delivered by Amy Walter. A regular speaker on the “Politics Monday” segment on PBS NewsHour, and national editor for the non-partisan Cook Political Report, Walter has been praised for her persuasive speeches and precise political analysis.
Our experiences at Hewitt have encouraged our passion for mathematics and helped us develop a sense of purpose around sharing that passion with our peers. Through the Math Olympiad club, we hope to give all upper school students a space outside of their classes to develop positive attitudes about mathematics while expanding their analytical thinking and creative problem-solving skills.
In December 2020, the Hewitt community came together for a socially-distanced signing day celebration in honor of Anne M., Class of 2021. A Hewitt athlete who played basketball and soccer and rowed crew, Anne will continue her sports career next year as a Division I rowing recruit for UCLA. We spoke with Anne about her journey as an athlete, the importance of teamwork, and how her time as a Hewitt Hawk has prepared her for the future.
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.
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.