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). Hewitt is unique among the other girl schools as they maintain a small class size and a high teacher to student ratio.
|The Hewitt School|
3 East 76th Street (K-3)
45 East 75th Street (4-12)
|School type||Private, college-prep, day|
|Motto||By Faith and Courage|
|Head of school||Dr. Tara Christie Kinsey|
|Average class size||12|
|Campus size||4 buildings|
|Color(s)||Blue and White|
|Athletics||Varsity Badminton, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Soccer, Swim, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball|
Junior Varsity Basketball, Volleyball
|Mascot||Harriet the Hawk|
|Accreditation||New York State Association of Independent Schools|
|Publication||The Hewitt Times|
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 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 exclusively educate young women.
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 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. 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 gut-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 carefully constructed around four academic pillars — presence, empathy, research, and purpose — that shape the way teachers teach, students learn. The curriculum is based on liberal arts and engages students through the practice of inquiry based learning. The Hewitt School is a leader in STEM education, introducing design challenges in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics classes starting in the lower school, preparing the girls to embrace robotics in middle school. Other important areas of focus are the robust foreign language program and foreign exchange program, creative arts program which include both the visual and performing arts and varsity sports teams.
- 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 year over year have qualified for VEX IQ State Championships and have competed in the VEX Robotics Competition World Championships.
The Hewitt School is housed in four connected buildings on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. 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 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 an innovation lab for STEM programming and 10 new classrooms.
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- Claudia Chan Wagner, author, entrepreneur and founder of SHEGLOBL
- Phoebe Cates, American actress and entrepreneur
- Sophie Beem, songwriter
- Jennifer Bandier, founder of Bandier
- Jennie Ripps, founder of Owl's Brew
- Sam Wasser, founder of By Chloe, vegan restaurant chain
- Joan W. Patten, American sculptor and scholar and preservationist of Mayan art 
- Sheila Rabb Weidenfeld, former Press Secretary to First Lady Betty Ford and Special Assistant to President Gerald Ford
- Lee Remick, Academy Award-nominated° actress
- Christina Onassis, Greek heiress and daughter of shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis
- Judith Peabody, philanthropist
- Nikki Finke, journalist
- Athina Livanos, celebrated socialite and heiress of shipping magnate George S. Livanos
- Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans, philanthropist and heiress
- Brenda Frazier, celebrated Depression era debutante
- Julie Harris, Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress, Academy Award nominee.
- Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll, British socialite
- Barbara Hutton, heiress to the Woolworth fortune
- Lady Pamela Hicks, daughter of Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, a British admiral and statesman
- Patricia Knatchbull, 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma, daughter of Earl Mountbatten
- Edith Kingdon Gould, poet, linguist and actress
- Betsy von Furstenberg, stage and screen actress and writer
- Jean Stein, author and editor
- Cobina Wright, opera singer, actress and syndicated gossip-columnist
- Time Magazine Obituary of Miss Hewitt: