St. Hilda's & St. Hugh's School

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Basic Information

Address: 619 W. 114th Street New York, NY 10025
Phone Number: 212.932.1980
Fax Number: 212.749.7174
Principal: Virginia Connor
School Type: Independent

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Additional Information

Accreditation: New York State Association of Independent School
Founded: 1950
Organization Affiliation: National Association of Episcopal Schools, Independent Schools Admissions Association of Greater New York, Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York
Ages/Grades: 2 years old - Grade 8
School Setting:

80,000-square-foot self-contained campus featuring

32 recently renovated, optimally designed classrooms
SMART technology in every classroom
Micro-kitchens in rooms through fifth grade
Three age-appropriate science labs
7,400 sq. foot outdoor playdeck with age-appropriate play zones
500 sq. foot greenhouse
2,600 sq. foot library with nearly 25,000 volumes
Two technology centers
Regulation-size gymnasium with stage
1,100 sq. foot indoor play space with climbing wall
Three art studios with kiln, etching press, and woodworking shop
Newly renovated dining halls and kitchen
Chapel with Rieger organ
Three acoustically-engineered music studios
Two recently refurbished elevators large enough to fit a full class comfortably in each car

School Schedule: Beginner:8:35 a.m. to 11 a.m. T/Th or M/W/F, Nursery:8:25 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (half day) or 2:50 p.m. (full day), Junior kindergarten: 8:25 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (half day) or 2:50 p.m. (full day) Senior kindergarten: 8:25 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. Grades 1-3: 8:25 a.m. to 3 p.m. Grades 4-6: 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Grades 7-8: 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.
School days in Calendar Year: 165

As proud as we our of our own school and facilities, St. Hilda's & St. Hugh's is also proud to be located in Morningside Heights, a neighborhood that offers our school, students, and families a rich array of resources and a vibrant intellectual and cultural community. Surrounding our school and contributing to its diversity are several centers of learning, research, and worship. Our neighbors include Columbia University, Barnard and Teacher’s Colleges, St. Luke’s Hospital, Union Theological Seminary, The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, the Manhattan School of Music, The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, International House, Riverside Church, and the Interchurch Center. Many of our parents are associated with these institutions, and these facilities and resources enrich our offerings to children.

School Size: 80,000 square feet, 7.5 floors
Classroom Size: 10-15 in early childhood, 15-17 in Lower Division and Upper Division
Student/Teacher Ratio: 5:1

Visual Art, Music, Science and Technology, Secondary Language, Library, Religious Knowledge, Physical Education, Extended Day, Summer Camp


Traditional/Liberal Arts Education with Progressive elements of hands-on, inquiry-based learning.

Camp Programs: Yes
After School Programs: Yes
Admissions Deadline: December 1st
Mission Statement:

St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s School is an independent, Episcopal day school. The school is coeducational and includes beginners through grade 8. As an Episcopal school, we are committed to nurturing the whole person: body, mind, and spirit. Religious and ethical formation are therefore important components. We strive to create an educational community that reflects unity in diversity: a unity of purpose and shared values among a population diverse in race, culture, and religious beliefs. The rich variety of gifts within the school community, provided by the different backgrounds of students, faculty, staff, and parents, prepares students to understand and contribute to a diverse, changing world.

Our philosophy of education is rooted in the values of the Judeo-Christian humanist tradition. We believe that all creation is sacred; each member of the school community is respected as a unique individual. We recognize the different ways in which students learn and acknowledge their developmental differences. Our teachers provide flexibility within the classroom structure so that students can both achieve their potential and meet our academic expectations.

Our belief in the sacredness of creation is also taught through a traditional liberal arts curriculum, which encourages in students a respect for nature and human achievement, as well as a love of art, music, drama, and athletics. Religious knowledge classes and corporate worship create an environment in which the developing child may find satisfying ways of defining his or her spiritual identity and creative gifts. Formal Chapel services are conducted in accordance with the Book of Common Prayer. Students learn to define themselves as unique sources of creativity and to value their contributions to the well-being of the group. The delight students discover in sharing their own gifts within the school community prepares them for serving in the world.

School History: The school was founded in 1950 by the Reverend Mother Ruth and the Community of the Holy Spirit, an Episcopal religious order for women. As required by its statutes, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees is a bishop or priest of the Episcopal Church.