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Founded in 1876, Hathaway Brown is committed to a fusion of academic and experiential learning. This co-ed Early Childhood and all-girls’ K-12 independent day school of 871 students focuses on educational innovation as it prepares students to rise boldly to the challenges of our times and live out the HB motto of learning “not for school, but for life.”

HB’s inclusive environment, outstanding faculty, and unique programs draw families from 89 communities across Northeast Ohio to its beautiful 16-acre Shaker Heights campus, which houses an aquatics center, IDEA Lab, visual and performing arts spaces, turf playing field, Upper School learning commons, and working television studio. Immersive academic, service, and cultural opportunities abound, and graduates attend many of the world’s top universities.

The school is consistently honored by well-regarded educational institutions, social service organizations, businesses, professional societies, and journalistic publications. The number of HB students who have been named finalists or semifinalists in the prestigious Intel and Siemens science competitions far surpasses all other schools in Ohio and all independent girls' day schools in the United States. In 2016, HB seniors Kavya Ravichandran and Isabella Nilsson were named U.S. Presidential Scholars, one of the highest honors bestowed on high school students in the country. HB is the alma mater of eight U.S. Presidential Scholars since 1996. Also in 2016, Kavya Ravichandran won the Third Place Medal of Distinction for Innovation in the Intel Science Talent Search. She was honored for the work she conducted through HB's signature Science Research & Engineering Program in the area of vascular disease at Case Western Reserve University's department of biomedical engineering. 

Eighty percent of the members of the Class of 2016 were accepted to their top-choice schools, or one of their top choices, if they ranked them by group. In total, 20 percent of the class received 22 Ivy League offers, and HB students were accepted to all eight Ivies. These graduates also amassed several million dollars in merit and other college scholarships, including full tuition packages. Ten students in the class of 2016 were named National Merit Finalists, seven were National Merit Commended Students, and three received National Merit scholarships. 

HB's athletics program holds 22 State and Midwest championship titles since 1998. The 2013 Blazer Basketball team made history when it became the only boys' or girls' team in Ohio history to win five consecutive state championships. In 2014, senior Ariana Iranpour was the OHSAA Division II girls tennis singles champion. In 2015, that feat was matched by Lauren Gillinov '17, and her teammates Catherine Areklett '17 and Ally Persky '17 were ranked OHSAA Division II State Runners-Up in doubles tennis. In 2016, Gillinov, Areklett and Persky matched their own records, and the HB Varsity Tennis team finished the season ranked as state champs. 

HB is 14-time NorthCoast 99 best workplaces for top talent winner, a five-time NEO Success Award winner and has three times been ranked one of Northeast Ohio's Top Workplaces by The Plain Dealer. Educational colleagues throughout the country consider HB a leader in the field. From 2010-2012, more than 1,200 attendees took part in HB's signature Education Innovation Summits. These faculty members and administrators came from 170 different public, independent, charter, and parochial schools in 35 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and Canada. HB also hosted the 2016 Private Schools With Public Purpose conference in 2016, which brought educators from 35 schools in 17 states together to collaborate and find solutions to some of our nation's most pressing issues for students. 

Since its beginning as "afternoon classes for young ladies" at the all-boys private Brooks Military School in downtown Cleveland, Hathaway Brown School has been helping students find and pursue opportunities, maximize their own potential, and make a difference in the world. The school moved to its current location in Shaker Heights in 1927 and it is now home to 861 students in preschool through 12th grade, 34 percent of whom are students of color. Thirty-nine percent of students received financial aid awards in 2015-2016.

The school maintains small class sizes in all divisions, and the student:faculty ratio is 8:1. HB is generously supported by gifts from alumnae around the world, as well as parents, faculty members, and friends of the institution. As of December 31, 2015, the market value of HB's endowment is $52.7 million. The school offers extensive transportation services, a one-to-one technology program, and merit scholarships are available for ninth graders.

In 2016, Dr. Mary Frances "Fran" Bisselle became HB's 14th Head of School. The school's unique academic architecture allows students of all ages to gain an extraordinarily sound foundation in core subjects and to pursue their passions through the signature Institute for 21st Century Education.

Follow the links above to learn more about HB and call 216.320.8767 today to schedule your personal tour.


Shaker Heights, Ohio Girls K-12 Coed Early Childhood

19600 North Park Boulevard Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122 P: 216.932.4214
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