The Kids are Alright

Admissions Procedures

Children are accepted regardless of race, color, creed, or national or ethnic origin.  Registration is done on a first-come, first-served basis according to availability of space in each class.  We strongly suggest you schedule an observation before enrolling your child.  Observations are by appointment only, and you should plan to spend a minimum of thirty minutes but no more than one hour on your observation day.  We encourage you to bring your child along, but ask that you keep any siblings at home if possible.

How Do HCDS Grads Do Beyond Hogarth?

I am often asked this question by prospective parents who are new to the community and do not know any Hogarth families.  An advantage of being a long-time resident of a small community is the ability to keep track of former students.  Hogarth children are ready for whatever academic path life leads them down — public school, private school, or home school.

Hogarth children participate in a variety of extracurricular activities and many Hogarth children have been chosen Good Citizen of the Month while in elementary school and been inducted into The National Honor Society. At least three HCDS alumni are Eagle Scouts — Sam, and brothers Shawn and Matt, who was also a National Merit Scholar and a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He went on to earn a Masters in Biochemistry from Notre Dame.

Shawn and Matt’s sister Katie entered the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis the summer of 2010. She graduated from Annapolis in 2014 after studying aerospace engineering and parachuting out of many planes. In addition to Katie’s service in the United States Navy, Hogarth grads have served our nation in the Army and the Marines.

Many Hogarth children traveled throughout Europe while studying at college.  Several Hogarth children have been selected to participate in the St. Paul’s Advanced Studies Summer Program following their junior year in high school, and Hogarth students are numbered among the graduates of Phillips Exeter Academy and Berwick Academy.

Hogarth children have been accepted at many colleges and universities, among them the University of New Hampshire, the University of Oklahoma, Boston University, Holy Cross, Ithaca College, St. Anselm College, Syracuse, Emerson, the University of Massachusetts, the University of Maine,  the University of Wisconsin, the Rhode Island School of Design, St. Lawrence University, George Washington University,  Drexel University, Babson, Clark, Colgate, Brown, West Point, Annapolis, Wellesley and Harvard.

A Hogarth alumnus interned on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and another toured Europe as the pianist with her college glee club. One of “my kids” is a recording engineer with a Grammy-winning record under his belt. Craig is an engineer at NASA. Bubby received his Ph.D. and is now Dr. Bubby. So did Thomas. If you need to know anything about chemical kinetics, he’s your man. Danny graduated with honors from West Point and studied in Singapore on a Fulbright Scholarship.

Hogarth students form lifelong friendships. Michelle F. traveled from her home in Korea for Leah’s wedding.

LeMichHow do I know this? Because Michelle has been keeping me posted of her travels through life for years. She has lived, studied, and worked in Korea and China, and traveled extensively throughout the world.

I heard from another “international” Michelle, Michelle N., about her escapades abroad.  She wrote:

This is Michelle, Hogarth graduate from about a million years ago.  How are you?  I’m doing really well – currently teaching high school band and orchestra at the American School of Lima, Peru. I spent 2 years teaching in Berlin, Germany before moving to Lima in 2006, and was teaching in Manchester for years before that.  I’m loving my job here in Peru and am happy living internationally.  I’m also about to finish up my masters in music education from Boston University.

One of my former students took a road few have traveled. Kyle is now Father Kyle, a Roman Catholic priest.

I am always touched to receive postcards, letters and emails from former students keeping me updated on the course of their lives.  It is at those moments I know my students and I forged a lifelong bond in this little classroom in Epping.

I’m sure you will remember me as I was one of your most enthusiastic students at Hogarth! How are you? It’s been so long, tell me what’s been going on!

The other day I suddenly realized how much your musical influence has affected my life. Since I was 12 (I’m 16 now) I have been immersed in music, first teaching myself to play keyboard, then drums, then starting to play guitar at 13. I found myself another amazing teacher who has been teaching me since then and I am now what I should think is fair enough to say a really good electric guitarist.

I’ve been in Sotogrande International School here in Spain for the last two years, and there I have been best in music class and gotten top grades most of the time. I recently took a music theory exam at Grade 3 level and I am not sure yet, but I think I passed it well. I have been also teaching myself to sing for the last year and have been told I have a great ear for getting things on key. I have played in several school concerts, some with up to 1000 people, all amazing experiences.

This coming week I will be playing 3 songs, including one by Gary Moore and another by Van Halen, in a recital. Then the day after that, there will be a charity concert where I will sing and play the guitar in a band. I have learnt to use basic recording software and created an amateur album of my own work for a school project which got top marks. My dream is to become a solo artist.

If I had not learned to have such a love and passion for music from such a young age, I could never have had such success and direction in my life. Thank you so much.

I remember how you used to have students my age writing you or visiting you to thank you for their time with you! Well now I’m one of them! 🙂 A.L.

Thank you for helping me grow.  When your flowers bloom, remember how much “blooming” you helped me do. Emily