Upper School Back-to-School Guide

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Welcome to the 2024-2025 academic year at The Hun School!

Back-to-School resources and action items for students and parents are available here. Families will receive email prompts throughout the summer as items come due. This information is for Upper School students; click here to view Middle School Back-to-School Resources. 

Summer To-Do List

We know the information below can be a lot to take in, but don't worry! We’ll send reminder emails throughout the summer to keep you on track.

what to complete before August
Before arriving on campus

 

Resources for Boarding and Day Students

ARRIVAL

Aug. 21 - Pre-Season Athletics Begin
Aug. 30 - Proctor Arrival; New International Boarder Arrival
Sept. 2 - New Domestic Boarder Arrival
Sept. 3 - Middle School Orientation; New Upper School Student Orientation; Returning Boarding Student Arrival
Sept. 4 - Convocation and Opening Day of School
Sept. 5 - First full day of classes

ATTENDANCE

Families should report any attendance matters (tardiness, illness, appointments) to the Dean of Students Office, promptly. Please call extension 2232 or email usattendance@hunschool.org.

BOOKS, APPS, AND TECH

All Upper School students are required to have an iPad or an Apple MacBook Pro; iPads are recommended. See more information about our technology requirements. For new students, we recommend optimally a 12.9 inch iPad Pro with at least 256GB or at minimum a 10.2 inch iPad or 10.9 inch iPad Air or a MacBook Air with at least 256GB. All ninth grade students and students enrolled in computer science courses must also have a keyboard. Read more about the requirements.

Textbooks and required apps for Upper School should be ordered or dowloaded prior to the start of school.

International Students: Please wait until you arrive in the United States to download books and apps. 

Boarding Students: Students who wish to ship their books may have items sent to school beginning in August, clearly marked with the student’s name.

BOOKS AND APPS

CALENDAR

Subscribe to The Hun School's Master Online Calendar for the most up-to-date resources for School-related events, activities, and schedules. Select the RSS icon in the upper right corner of the calendar grid to select and subscribe to the calendar of your choice. Athletic Team Calendars are available here. Filter and sort by team or subscribe to the individual team calendar of your choice. Please note, dates and details change frequently! 

View one-page Calendar

CLASS SCHEDULES

Upper School students will receive their final updated class schedule for the 2024 - 2025 Academic Year in late July, via Hun email. There will still be time in August and early September to add or drop courses as needed. For questions, please contact your child’s grade level dean.

CO-CURRICULAR REQUIREMENTS

An essential component of The Hun School experience is the connection that students make with each other and with their teachers through community engagement. We pride ourselves on the many options students have for enriching co-curricular experiences. All students are expected to participate in the life of the School and accrue five Community Life points each year. These points are earned from a combination of possible activities such as academic teams, performing arts, and athletics. Read more about Thrive Five Community Life. Students will learn more about their options at orientation and Fall Club Fair in September.

See a list of campus clubs

DAILY SCHEDULE

The Upper School day begins at 8:25 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m. Extra Help is available at 8:00 a.m. and 3:05 p.m. Co-curricular opportunities like athletics, academic teams, and performing arts, take place after 3:35 p.m. Breakfast is available in the dining hall at 7:30 a.m. 

Daily Schedule

Dining 

Dining is available on campus consistently from 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The daily menu is also available on the RaiderNet Parent and Student Portal each day.

View daily menu

Dining Hall
Monday - Friday
Breakfast, 7:00 - 8:20 a.m.
Continental Breakfast, 8:20 - 10:30 a.m.
Lunch, 11:00 a.m. - 1:05 p.m.
Snacks, 2:30 - 5:45 p.m.
Dinner, 5:45 - 6:45 p.m.
Snacks, desserts, and hot beverages, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
 
Saturday - Sunday
Brunch, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Snacks, 12:00 noon - 5:15 p.m.
Dinner, 5:15 - 6:00 p.m.
Snacks, desserts, and hot beverages, 6:00  -  7:00 p.m. 
PA CAFÉ

Monday - Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 2:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Dress code

The Hun School requires its students to wear clean and neat attire during all academic obligations. The 2024 amended student dress code aims to reflect both the joy and importance we associate with academic pursuits, facilitate an active classroom environment, support inclusion and belonging, and be analogous to a contemporary work place. 

HANDBOOKS

The Upper School Student Handbook contains important resources and information for student success at Hun. Families are responsible for the policies and expectations it contains and therefore should review it annually.

UPPER SCHOOL STUDENT HANDBOOK

HEALTH FORMS

Required school and state health forms are available in your Hun School Health Portal, operated by Magnus Health, and are due August 1st. Parents are encouraged to use the Magnus mobile app.

There are some updates to health forms this year:

  • We now require two parent/guardian signatures on the Permission for Medical Care and Release of Medical Information requirement in Magnus.  If you are a one-parent household, only one signature is required.
  • Concussion, Cardiac, and Opioid forms are now electronic and need to be electronically signed by the student and a parent/guardian if the student is under 18.
  • There has been a change in the state's requirements for submission of the updated Pre-participation Physical Evaluation (PPE) form (commonly referred to as the “sports physical form”). Although there is language on the form indicating that the History Form and the Physical Examination Form within the packet are not required to be submitted to the student's school, The Hun School will require these forms to be uploaded into Magnus.

Please allow ample time to complete this process. For questions, please contact Health Services or call (609) 921-7600. If you experience technical issues with Magnus, including the mobile app, please contact customer support by email or phone at (919) 502-7689.

HEALTH FORMS

ParkinG

Day students who plan to drive themselves to School must register to do so on the Parking Form. Boarding students are not permitted to keep cars on campus. 

Parking Form

QUESTIONS and CONTACTS

In partnership with your advisor, the Grade Level Deans advise students on their academic and co-curricular progress throughout the year. By working with various constituencies across campus we ensure a universal system of support for your student. GLDs are also available for guidance and questions.

In addition to your student's Grade Level Dean, you may contact the following individuals with any questions you may have. To find a specific faculty member, the faculty and staff directory is available here

RAIDERNET and Hun Email

RaiderNet is The Hun School’s intranet. It houses information portals for students, parents, faculty, and staff, as well as the School’s Learning Management System, powered by Canvas. Academic class pages and schedules in RaiderNet will not be accessible until orientation.

  • New parents' existing login credentials will provide access to the Parent Information Portal and Class Pages in September. You will find all essential information posted there throughout the year. 
  • New students will receive information on activating their Hun School email by the end of July. If you have not received this information by August, please contact the IT Help Desk. Your Hun School email will also be used to access RaiderNet in September. Guidance on navigating this system will be offered during orientation.
  • Fall student-athletes (including new student-athletes) will gain access to RaiderNet Team Pages for important team communication beginning Aug. 1st. Access will be restricted to Team pages only.

RETREATS

Ninth grade retreat, SEPT. 13 -14th 

Students will depart campus at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 13th and return by 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14th. The Class of 2028 retreat will take place at Camp Mason in Hardwick, New Jersey. More information about the retreat will be shared with students at the beginning of the year. Please contact Lynn McNulty with any questions.

SUMMER ASSIGNMENTS

All Upper School students have a summer reading assignment for their English class. Those who qualify and have chosen to challenge themselves with the AP workload are required to complete additional summer assignments. Please reference the Summer Reading and AP Requirements for the expectations specific to your courses. 

SUMMER ASSIGNMENTS

SWIM TEST

Many Hun School excursions include water activities or access to pools and oceans. In order to provide full and robust educational experiences in a safe and accessible way, we need to know who can and cannot swim unassisted. Therefore, all Hun students who wish to participate in these activities, must complete a basic swim test or provide proof of proficiency. Students need only complete one swim test for the duration of their time at Hun. The Athletic Department will organize a limited number of swim test opportunities during the school year; boarding students will have priority placement.

TUITION AND BUSINESS SERVICES

Please login to the Tuition Payment Portal in RaiderNet to access your student’s account and make payments. For questions, please contact billing@hunschool.org.

Transportation

If you are interested in carpooling with other Hun families, contact Carly LaManna in the Admission Office. 

New Jersey day students who have not already done so must complete the attached 2024 - 2025 B6T form and return it to Adrienne Marchioni. Depending on the number of students commuting to your area, this could lead to bussing or travel reimbursement in lieu of bussing. See more information about the B6T form.

Athletics and Theatre

Athletic Pre-Season: 

All new and returning students who are interested in fall athletics should register their interest before Aug. 1st. This will allow coaches to communicate with interested players. Pre-Season athletics begin Aug. 21st. If you have any questions, please email hunathletics@hunschool.org.  If you have any questions about required health forms, please email healthservices@hunschool.org

Pre-Season Athletics:

Cross Country, Fall Cheerleading, Field Hockey, Boys’ Soccer, Girls’ Soccer, Girls’ Tennis, Volleyball: Wednesday, Aug. 21st through Friday, Aug. 30th

Football: Saturday, Aug. 10th  through Friday, Aug. 30th

More information about report times and locations will be available soon.

Health Forms, Impact Testing, and Fitness Center Hours

The Hun School Fitness Center will be open this summer for supervised use only: June 12 – August 23, 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information regarding the procedures for using the space, please reach out to Strength and Conditioning Coach Sam Sahl.

Athletic Impact Test Requirement: ImPact is an online cognitive assessment tool used to diagnose and manage concussions. All Hun Middle and Upper School student-athletes are required to have an ImPact Concussion baseline on file. Student-athletes should set aside 30-45 minutes in a quiet room at home with a computer and external mouse, to complete this test.

  • Visit Impact Test Online to take the baseline test. Select "NJ" and then "Launch Baseline Test."
  • Enter the Customer ID Code: C73C95079B
  • When completed, print or save the confirmation and send it to Head Athletic Trainer Anne Erndl 
  • Similarly, please contact Anne Erndl with any questions you may have. 

Theatre Pre-Season:

Theatre Director Bill Esher is hosting theatre pre-season workshops in the Breen Performing Arts Center Monday, August 26th from 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Workshops will run through Thursday, August 19th. Students should email Mr. Esher directly to indicate interest and receive more detailed information. 

Boarding Students

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Boarding student registration

New Boarding Students students arrive on campus on Monday, Sept. 2nd. We ask that you please sign up for a registration time here.  

Returning Boarding Students students will arrive on campus on Tuesday, Sept.3rd. We ask that you please sign up for a registration time here

New international students should arrive at Russell Hall on Friday, Aug. 30th for New International Student Orientation. Let us know your arrival plans. There will be events for parents as well as students throughout the weekend. Contact Jennifer Mitchell with any questions.

Student- Athletes registered for Athletic Pre-Season should arrive on August 21st based on their team's designated time. Boarding students who are not registered for Pre-Season may not arrive prior to their designated time. 

dorm open/ close dates

Please reference the School's online calendar or the information above for registration dates and times. Students may not move into the dorm prior to their designated registration event. The dormitories will close during Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring Breaks to allow our faculty and staff important time to rest and travel. Please plan travel or alternate accommodations for your student during those times. 

DORMITORY SUPPLIES

In an effort to keep a clean and tidy dorm environment, we ask that students limit the supplies they bring to campus to those needed. The attached is a list of suggested items for dormitory life. Students traveling from out-of-state may prefer to ship supplies or purchase them upon arrival. Nassau Park Shopping Center in Princeton contains a Target, Walmart, Wegmans (groceries), etc. and is located within ten minutes of campus. Students who wish to ship supplies (nothing perishable) may have items sent to the School beginning in August, clearly marked with the student’s name.

recommended items for dorm life

Vehicle authorization form

Parents of boarding students who wish to do so may authorize additional community members to drive their students to various trips and events. This can be done using the attached form. 

complete vehicle authorization form

GETTING HERE

By Air: Newark Liberty International Airport (40 miles), Philadelphia International Airport (50 miles), Trenton-Mercer Airport, Frontier Airlines (12 miles), John F. Kennedy International Airport (70 miles), LaGuardia International Airport (70 miles).

By Rail: NJ Transit or Amtrak to Princeton Junction Train Station

Car Services: A1 Limousine, King Limousine.

GUARDIANS

All international boarding students must designate a guardian who resides in the United States. The guardian must be within a three-hour drive of Princeton, New Jersey. Guardians will be expected to care for students in times of serious illness or disciplinary action. They may also host students during extended breaks (Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break, Spring Break) when the dorms are closed.   

Although we do not screen outside guardian services, the following organizations are shared among our peer boarding schools.

If you are unable to appoint a guardian, please contact reslife@hunschool.org to discuss your options.

Designate a guardian

Health Insurance

Boarding students who are citizens of the United States must provide proof of insurance and relevant information in the Health Portal (Magnus). Please provide a list of local providers that accept your insurance plan if different from our school provider, which is Princeton Sports and Family Medicine.

International boarding students will automatically be enrolled in The Hun School's insurance plan, as per your enrollment agreement. If proof of United States-based insurance coverage is provided and accepted by the Health Office, the cost will be credited to your student's tuition account.

  • United States boarding students must provide proof of insurance and relevant information in the Health Portal, such as a list of local providers who accept your plan. 
  • International boarding students will automatically be enrolled in The Hun School Student Accident and Sickness Insurance Plan, through GeoBlue, unless proof of US-based insurance is provided. If the Health Office determines you need to be enrolled in The Hun School Plan, the annual cost will be billed to your student account.

Please note, even if you provided a copy of your card last year, we must have a new copy each year to confirm enrollment in private insurance plans.  Instructions to provide your insurance information, including a copy of your card is included in the Magnus system. 

HOTELS

Preferred Hotel: Hyatt Regency, Princeton , 3.6 miles
Peacock Inn, 1.4 miles

International Student Orientation

Organized by the International Student Program, new international students will meet administrators, staff, and returning international student leaders at orientation. They will learn about the School and the greater Princeton community in a way that is specific to the needs of International students.

New International Student Orientation will take place August 30 – September 2. Please arrive between 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on August 30th. All International Families are invited to join us for a Reception on  August 30th, time and location TBD. International students registered to participate in pre-season athletics may arrive on Wednesday, August 21st.  

Contact Jennifer Mitchell with any questions about the New International Student Orientation.

LAUNDRY

There are laundry facilities on campus for student use. In addition, The Hun School partners with E&R – The Campus Laundry, for weekly laundry service for clothing and linens. Families can learn more and register for laundry service here.

Orah

Orah is a web-based and iOS app/software tool that the boarding community uses for permissions and essential communication between parents, boarders, host families, and the resident faculty. Orah allows us to monitor and record the status of each boarding student whether on or off campus. Look for an invitation to join in the weeks ahead.

QUESTIONS/ Contact us

During the School year, the Resident Life Office is staffed Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. EST. During those hours, you can call the Resident Life Office at (609) 921-7600 extension 2111 or email reslife@hunschool.org.  During the summer, please email questions to reslife@hunschool.org.

ROOMS AND ROOMMATES

The Resident Life Office will distribute housing and roommate assignments upon arrival. If you are a new boarding student, please complete this questionnaire so we can learn a little more about you.

frequently asked questions

New Resident Student Summer Zoom Meetings

We want to get to know you before you arrive and answer any questions that you may have! Please join the Resident Life Office for a grade-specific Zoom meeting this summer. We hope to see you there!

  • New students from all grades who live in the Asian Time Zones: Monday, July 15th at 8:00 a.m. EST Zoom Link 
  • New students from all grades who live in the European/Middle East Time Zones: Monday, July 15th at 1:00 p.m. EST Zoom Link 
  • New 9th grade students in the US/Canada/Central America Time Zones: Monday, July 15th at 7:00 p.m. Zoom Link 
  • New 11th grade students in the US/Canada/Central America Time Zones: Monday, July 15th at 8:00 p.m. Zoom Link 
  • New 10th grade students in the US/Canada/Central America Time Zones: Tuesday, July 16th at 7:00 p.m. Zoom Link 
  • New 12th grade/PG students in the US/Canada/Central America Time Zones: Tuesday, July 16th at 8:00 p.m. Zoom Link 
  • Any new students who could not attend one of the previous Zoom meetings: Monday, July 29th at 8:00 p.m.  Zoom Link

 

Back-to-School Checklist

The following items should be completed before the return to school; please plan to complete the roommate questionnaire before July 29th.

boarding information