Hewitt School

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The Hewitt School
3 East 76th Street (K-3)
45 East 75th Street (4-12)

New York
New York

United States
Coordinates40°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
School typePrivate, college-prep, day
MottoBy Faith and Courage
Head of schoolDr. Tara Christie Kinsey
Average class size12
Campus size4 buildings
Campus typeUrban
Color(s)Blue and White
AthleticsVarsity 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
MascotHarriet the Hawk
Team nameHawks
AccreditationNew York State Association of Independent Schools
PublicationThe Hewitt Times

The Hewitt School is an all girls independent K-12 school in New York City, New York. The school serves girls in three divisions: Lower School (K-4), Middle School (5-8), and Upper School (9-12).


Caroline D. Hewitt founded the Hewitt School in 1920. Hewitt was born in England and educated there. She came to the United States in 1902 as a private tutor 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's Classes. By 1920, Hewitt had established a small kindergarten for boys and girls located at the Mannes Music School. Over time, the school expanded and began to exclusively educate young women[when?].

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. 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 a 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 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 gift from 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. Ms. Joan Lonergan served as Hewitt's seventh Head of School. Ms. Lonergan assumed this position in July 2010. In her five-year tenure, Ms. Lonergan lead the expansion of the school; the townhouse to the west of the Gregory Building was purchased. Beginning in July 2015, a complete renovation of the buildings was funded and planned under Ms. Lonergan's leadership.

In November 2014, The Hewitt School's board president announced that Dr. Tara Christie Kinsey would be the eighth Head of School. Dr. Kinsey's tenure began on July 1, 2015.


Hewitt's academic program is modeled around four academic pillars: presence, empathy, research, and purpose. The curriculum is based on liberal arts and the practice of inquiry based learning. The Hewitt School provides STEM education, introducing design challenges in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics classes starting in the lower school, preparing the girls to study robotics in middle school. Other important areas of focus are the foreign language program and foreign exchange program, the creative arts program, which includes both visual and performing arts, and varsity sports teams.

Co-curricular Activities[edit]

  • Hewitt annually participates in New York City's Middle School Model Congress.
  • Hewitt competes in rowing (the only NYC girls' school to have crew), track and field, tennis, soccer, volleyball, squash, basketball, and badminton.
  • Hawks Robotics team, who regularly qualify for VEX IQ State Championships and have competed in the VEX Robotics Competition World Championships.


Hewitt's main entrance – Stillman Building – 45 East 75th St

The Hewitt School is housed in four connected buildings on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.[1] The Upper School (9-12) and Middle School (housed in the adjacent buildings: Gregory Hall, Stillman Hall, and Winslow Hall) (5-8) and (4) are housed at 45 East 75th Street near Met Breuer between Madison and Park Avenues. The McKelvey Lower School (K-3) is in a townhouse at 3 East 76th Street just off Central Park.

Hewitt's Lower School – McKelvey Building – grades k - 3, 3 East 76th St

Hewitt's four 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 at St. Jean's Theater is used for arts productions.

On September 6, 2017 Hewitt expanded its campus with the opening of Winslow Hall, an adjoining townhouse on 76th Street. The building is named for Ann Winslow Donelly (Hewitt Class of 1966) and was designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects. It includes a lab for STEM programming and 10 new classrooms.

Notable alumnae[edit]


  • The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
  • The New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS)[5]
  • The Parents League of New York[6]
  • Independent School Admission Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY)[7]
  • The National Coalition of Girls Schools[8]
  • Prep for Prep[9]


  1. ^ https://www.hewittschool.org/about/campus
  2. ^ Decker, Vivienne (February 28, 2017). "How Morgan Curtis Launched 'It Girl' Lingerie And Swim Brand Morgan Lane". Forbes. Retrieved November 26, 2019.
  3. ^ Brannigan, Maura (October 15, 2018). "How Jennifer Bandier built an athleisure powerhouse with exactly zero fitness or fashion experience". Fashionista. Retrieved November 26, 2019.
  4. ^ http://people.com/archive/an-ex-deb-with-the-nickname-jungle-joan-hunts-for-ancient-mayan-art-in-guatemalan-jungles-vol-11-no-3/
  5. ^ http://www.nysais.org/page.cfm?p=160
  6. ^ http://www.parentsleague.org/schools/index.aspx
  7. ^ http://www.isaagny.org/school_directory/index.aspx?LinkID=22434[dead link]
  8. ^ http://www.ncgs.org/profiles/hewittschool_76/~hewittschool_76[dead link]
  9. ^ http://www.prepforprep.org/podium/default.aspx?t=126418[dead link]

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