Measuring Our Mission in Results ─
a sampling of accomplishments
- HB's Science Research and Engineering Program is one of the most sophisticated high school programs of its kind in the nation, enabling 93 students since 1999 to earn finalist or semifinalist honors in the Siemens, Intel STS, and Intel ISEF science competitions ─ more than the combined total of all other schools in Northeast Ohio during that time. In 2006, ten HB students were named semifinalists in the Siemens competition, more than from any other high school in the country. In 2007 and 2008 HB ranked in the country's top few schools by producing 14 semifinalists with an individual project finishing in the top 36 and a team of three finishing sixth. As one representative from Caltech put it, if one calculated the ratio for semifinalists per students at HB, "no other school would even come close."
- In February 2007, The Wall Street Journal included HB in a front page article about a handful of "destination" day schools whose excellence attracted families from other parts of the country. In 2005, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer focused on Hathaway Brown as a school that was revolutionizing math and science education for girls. And in 2008, HB won one of only five inaugural $250,000 Edward E. Ford Foundation Leadership grants in the nation for its commitment to educational innovation. "Hathaway Brown School is among the most potent schools for young women in the country today," noted Bob Hallett, executive director of the Foundation.
- Each year, the College Board honors one male and one female student as the highest achieving AP students in each state. In three of the last eight years, an HB student was selected as the top achieving female among all high school girls in Ohio. In 2005 and again in 2008, an HB senior was named a Presidential Scholar, a prestigious honor bestowed upon only 141 high school seniors a year.
- In 2008, 13 students ─ 15 percent of the 2008-09 senior class ─ were named Semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Competition, the highest number of National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists of all independent girls' day schools in the country. Six other seniors were named National Merit Commended Students. An additional four seniors were selected by the National Achievement Scholarship Program, which recognizes outstanding Black American high school students. Overall, 27 percent of the class was recognized for their scholarship by these two organizations.
- Over the past seven years, seven Hathaway Brown students have been chosen for USA Today's Academic All-American Team for academic excellence, a record of consistent achievement few if any schools can equal. Also in 2005, an HB faculty member was chosen as one of America's Top Twenty teachers by USA Today.
- Offering a dynamic athletic program for young women, HB has won nine state or Midwest championships in four different sports since 2002: lacrosse, field hockey, tennis and soccer. In 2007, HB became the first independent school to play in the State Championship game in basketball. The team made it to finals again in 2008, a year in which all 11 varsity teams participated in State Championship postseasons and two won titles. In 2009, HB's field hockey and basketball teams were Division 2 state champions.
- Deeply committed to global studies, HB was the only American school invited to join the World Educational Alliance with member schools in North America, Africa, Asia and Europe and opened its Center for Global Citizenship with a in 2006. In 2009, HB graduated its first group of Global Scholars, students who completed an internationally focused course of study that includes a senior thesis and an experience abroad and that runs above and beyond their traditional academic program.
- Aspire, HB's tuition-free academic and leadership development program for Middle School girls from under-resourced public schools, was named as one of the most effective outreach programs in the country by Johns Hopkins University. Aspire has also been featured prominently and powerfully in The Plain Dealer.
- Head of School Bill Christ was one of only 20 leaders named an "Outstanding School Head" by Columbia University's Klingenstein Center for Leadership. This select group of educators was chosen by their peers based on their highly effective and transformative leadership capabilities.
- In 2009 the Middle School Power of the Pen team placed first at the regional competition. The 8th-grade team came in first out of 33 team, the 7th-grade writers placed in the top ten writers and 8th-grade writers placed 11th and 1st.