Review of The Hamlin School (written before we got our letter in the mail)
When we started the elementary school search, I wanted to at least see some private schools. Truth is the Hamlin School almost got crossed off the list before we even set foot on campus. It is very far from our home, way too expensive ($27+K/year!), and, at the time, still represented all the stereotypes I had for private schools. But after attending a few events, my husband and I found it refreshing, honest and an amazing option for our daughter (if she is offered admission, of course).
· K-8 Independent all girls school
· Approximately 400 girls.
· 40% students of color.
· Spanish taught starting in Kindergarten
· Catered lunches sound delicious
· 2 full-time art teachers
· Science labs and an emphasis in STEM
· Drama, PE, Music, Art and Dance
· Various Service-Learning Opportunities
- Girls are encouraged to be their authentic selves.
- Diversity is beyond just getting pictures for their brochure, but the belief that the conversation gets better when there is more diversity. There is more creativity and innovation with diversity and cultural competency for leadership is considered necessary.
- The school is unapologetically rigorous, but they say there is “rigor and joy” simultaneously.
- They want to foster an environment where girls are intellectually curious.
- They want to create an environment where girls can love STEM.
- There is an emphasis on developing leadership.
- Parents and administrators acknowledge that there are issues of race and class, but they attempt to lean into the problems vs. stepping back.
- Women of color are administrators at the school! Wanda Greene, the Head of School, is inspirational!
- They have a girls of color group that includes staff, faculty, students and parents to offer the little girls the support they need.
- They take opportunities to speak about the strength of women and have curriculum for the girls to learn about women in history.
Of course, we are still talking through whether or not we would/could do private school over public school. The tuition is way beyond our means. Hamlin would be a very different environment and community for our child and
there are other problems that could arise. But as we think through this all... we HAD to at least apply. Hamlin is definitely a school worth looking into.