Hewitt School

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The Hewitt School
Hewitt logo black.jpg
By Faith and Courage
Address
3 East 76th Street (K-3)
45 East 75th Street (4-12)

New York, New York, 10021
United States
Coordinates 40°46′25″N 73°57′48″W / 40.77352°N 73.963203°W / 40.77352; -73.963203Coordinates: 40°46′25″N 73°57′48″W / 40.77352°N 73.963203°W / 40.77352; -73.963203
Information
School type Independent school
Founded 1920
Head of school Joan Lonergan
Grades Kindergarten to 12th Grade
Gender Girls
Enrollment 500
Color(s) Blue and White
Athletics Varsity Badminton, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Soccer, Swim, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball

Junior Varsity Basketball, Volleyball
7th/8th Grade Badminton Club, Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Track & Field, Volleyball
5th/6th Grade Cross Country, Soccer, Track & Field, Volleyball
4th/5th/6th Grade Badminton Club, Basketball Club, Soccer Club, Volleyball Club
Middle School Winter Running Club

Mascot Harriet the Hawk
Team name Hawks
Accreditation New York State Association of Independent Schools
Publication Enterprise
Yearbook Argosy
Website

The Hewitt School is an independent, K-12 girls school in New York City, New York. The school serves girls from Kindergarten through 12th Grade, in three divisions: Lower School (K-3), Middle School (4-8), and Upper School (9-12).[1]

History[edit]

Caroline D. Hewitt founded the Hewitt School in 1920. Miss Hewitt, as alumnae lovingly refer to her, was born in England and educated there. She came to the United States in 1902 as a private tutor or governess to a prominent family of Tuxedo Park, New York. After a decade in that position and at the suggestion of the Hoffman family Miss Hewitt began private classes for children in a townhouse on the Upper East Side. At this time the school was referred to as Miss Hewitt Classes and highly sought after by New York City’s pre-war elite. By 1920, Hewitt had established a small kindergarten for boys and girls located at the Mannes Music School. In 1923 Hewitt purchased a brownstone at 68 East 79th Street. The school expanded and began to cater exclusively to girls.

In 1942 Miss Hewitt retired and was succeeded by faculty member Charlotte Comfort. In 1950 the school was granted a charter as a nonprofit corporation. The school moved to its current location at 45 East 75th Street in 1951. In 1955 Miss Hewitt’s Classes became The Hewitt School. In 1968 the Gregory Building, named for Board of Trustees president William Gregory, was built.[citation needed]

In 1969 Janet Mayer succeeded Miss Comfort as Headmistress and served until her retirement eleven years later. In 1976 the Building Fund Drive added three new stories to the Gregory Building.

In 1980 Agathe Crouter succeeded Miss Mayer as Headmistress and served until her retirement in 1990. In 1986 major renovation of the 75th Street Building was completed, adding classroom space and the John and Elizabeth Hobbs Performing Arts Center.

In 1990 Dr. Mary Jane Yurchak became Head of School and then took on a leadership role in integrating academics and technology.

In 2000 Linda MacMurray Gibbs became Head of School and initiated a long-term strategic plan for its growth. In 2001 the Hewitt community went online, and a revised course of study based on the curriculum mapping process was initiated. In 2002, with a generous gift of the McKelvey Foundation, Hewitt purchased another townhouse to accommodate the Lower School beginning in the Fall of 2003. This building is named McKelvey in honor of trustee Andrew McKelvey. Also in 2003 a major renovation of the library was completed.[citation needed]

In January 2010 the Chair of the Board of Trustees announced Joan Lonergan as Hewitt's seventh Head of School. Ms. Lonergan then assumed this position in July 2010.[2]

Campus[edit]

45 East 75th St

The Hewitt School is housed in three Gilded Age townhouses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The Upper School (9-12) and Middle School (housed in the adjoining Gregory Building) (4-8) are housed at 45 East 75th Street near the Whitney Museum between Madison and Park Avenues. The McKelvey Lower School (K-3) is in a renovated townhouse on East 76th Street just off Central Park.

Lower school, 3 East 76th St

Hewitt's three townhouses contain state-of-the-art science labs, art studios, performing arts center, gymnasium and photography labs. The nearby Central Park provides grounds for outdoor activities.

A trustee-led expansion is underway. An adjoining townhouse on 76th Street has been purchased. Robert A.M. Stern Architects have developed a comprehensive campus master plan. Expansion plans include additional science labs and enhanced classroom space.

In addition to the environs of New York City, Hewitt has all-year access to the Black Rock Forest consortium. The 4,000-acre (16 km2) forest provides Hewitt girls with educational and outdoor recreational opportunities.

Academics[edit]

The Hewitt School offers a Creative Arts program, and all girls have the opportunity to explore and develop their talents in both the Visual and Performing Arts in all three divisions. Facilities include a photography darkroom, digital media studios, black box theater and fully equipped art studios. The Hewitt School also fosters students' interests in journalism with a completely digital, completely student-run school newspaper, The Hewitt Times.

Co-curricular Activities[edit]

  • Hewitt annually participates in Model United Nations in Washington, DC.
  • Hewitt annually participates in New York City's Middle School Model Congress.
  • Hewitt also competes in rowing, track and field, soccer, volleyball, basketball, and badminton.

Notable alumnae[edit]

  • Sheila Rabb Weidenfeld, former Press Secretary to First Lady Betty Ford and Special Assistant to President Gerald Ford

In media and popular culture[edit]

  • In Mary McCarthy's "The Group (novel)", a New Yorker Society-Girl Mary Prothero's (nicknamed Pokey) sister Phillis attends Miss Hewitt's Classes;
  • The 2001 film, "Tart (film)", was loosely based on The Hewitt School.

Memberships/Affiliations[edit]

  • The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
  • The New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS)[3]
  • The Parents League of New York[4]
  • Independent School Admission Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY)[5]
  • The National Coalition of Girls Schools[6]
  • Prep for Prep[7]

References[edit]

  • Time Magazine Obituary of Miss Hewitt:

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,872547,00.html

External links[edit]