Upper School Back to School Resources
Welcome to the 2021-2022 academic year.
Below you will find Back to School resources and information for parents and students. As usual, we will continue to send emails throughout the summer, but we will also update this page with new information as it becomes available. This information is for Upper School students; click here to view Middle School Back to School Resources.
BOOKS, APPS, AND IPADS
See book and app requirements for the Upper School here. All books and apps should be ordered or dowloaded prior to the start of school.
All Upper School students are required to have an iPad or MacBook; iPads are recommended. Please note: Middle School students must use an iPad. See more information about our technology requirements. For new students, we recommend optimally an 11 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.
Subscribe to The Hun School's 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 choose which calendar you would like to subscribe to. Fall arrival and start dates are now confirmed.
Students will be sent their final updated class schedule for the 2021 - 2022 Academic Year at the end of July via email from Mr. Hews, head of the upper school, along with other important orientation information. Schedule changes can begin August 23rd by contacting the appropriate grade level dean. For questions, please contact your grade level dean or Registrar Bruce Hayden.
One 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 connecting with each other through enriching extra-curricular experiences and expect all students to participate in the life of the School outside the classroom. Accordingly, all students are expected to complete 5 “Thrive” Community Life points each year. These points are earned from a combination of possible activities you can find on the Thrive Five Community Life chart. These options will be reviewed with students during our orientation activities in September.
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.
The Hun School is proud of its tradition of having neat and properly attired students. This fall, will will return to our pre-pandemic dress code, with minor updates for greater inclusivity. Please review the 2021-2022 Dress Code here or in the Student Handbook.
IT Help Desk
There are several ways to get in touch with IT if you need support: If you have general IT related support questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Our IT Department will continue using the Zoom IT Helpdesk support option, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Help Desk is also available by phone, via extension 2155.
Carpooling and Transportation
GRADE LEVEL DEANS
Grade Level Deans work together throughout the year on advisory and assembly programming and individual advisement. By working with various constituencies across campus we ensure a universal system of support for your student. GLDs are also available for support and questions.
The 2021 - 2022 Upper School Handbook contains important information about attendance and academic policies, graduation requirements, grades and reports, and Resident Life policies for boarding students with a handy table of contents to help you find answers to questions about general school life and expectations.
Required school and state health forms are available in your Hun School Health Portal, operated by Magnus Health, and are due August 1st. Please note, however, that with the evolving state of public health, it is likely that additional health forms will be required prior to an on campus arrival, classes, or activities. We will notify you if and when additional requirements are added.
RaiderNet is The Hun School’s intranet. It houses information portals for students, faculty, and staff, as well as the School’s Learning Management System, called Canvas. New parents' existing login credentials will provide access in mid-July, once the previous academic year rolls over. New students will receive login credentials via email shortly thereafter. For assistance with login, please contact Kevin Eaton.
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 should be sure to complete the required AP assignments listed to ensure continued enrollment in the given course. Please check the Summer Reading and AP Requirements to be sure you understand any expectations prior to the start of classes.
TUITION AND BUSINESS SERVICES
Students who will drive themselves to School must register to do so.
More detailed information about the retreats will be sent out closer to the start of school, but families should note these dates:
- Freshmen and sophomores: Students in the ninth and tenth grade will explore the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and attend an overnight retreat at Camp Canadensis in the Poconos. Students will leave from campus on Thursday, September 23rd and return Friday, September 24th.
- Juniors: Juniors will spend the day on Friday, September 24th exploring New York City.
- Seniors: Seniors will spend the day on Friday, September 25th at Top Golf. Students will leave from Hun in the morning and travel to the facility together.
Pandemic-related restrictions have eased considerably in New Jersey and vaccination coverage is strong in our region and community. As a result The Hun School is pleased to confirm that we will operate fully in-person this fall, with a normal daily academic schedule, and a very full menu of extracurricular activities. In order to provide the safest and best possible experience for our community, some protocols and restrictions remain in place, but we assure you, School life will once again include all of the opportunities, activities, and connections we know and love. Read more here.
We expect every eligible day student to be fully vaccinated before returning to school activities. Individuals who are ineligible due to age, medical contradiction, or have a strongly held religious or personal objection, must advise of their decision using this form before August 1st. All others must file proof of vaccination with the Health Office through the Magnus Health Portal before August 15th. We will accept any CDC or WHO approved vaccine. Parents and guardians of unvaccinated day students must sign a waiver, also located in the Magnus Health Portal, acknowledging the added risks of remaining unvaccinated in a school setting and attesting to follow any added protocols in place as a result.
All members of the boarding community and all eligible student-facing faculty and staff are required to be vaccinated. You may contact the Resident Life Office for additional guidance or read here for more information.
New families will need to complete and submit health forms in advance of participating in athletics or school life. If you haven’t already done so, please schedule your annual physical now and look for instructions to register and navigate our Health Portal from our Health Office. Returning families with current forms on record should update their forms by August 1st.
Athletics Pre-season: Please fill out this interest form for 2021-2022 Athletics to indicate your interest in various sports, activities, optional summer workouts, and/or fall pre-season. Pre-season athletic camps begin Wednesday, August 25th.
Theatre Preseason: Theatre Director Mr. Esher is hosting a theatre pre-season in the newly renovated Breen Performing Arts Center August 30th through September 2nd. Exact rehearsal times are pending. Students interested in participating should email Mr. Esher directly.
New resident student registration
New resident students are welcome to begin moving into the dorms at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, September 6th or earlier if vaccinated and attending pre-season athletics. All new resident students must register for a move-in time using the link below.
Boardingware 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. Boardingware 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.
In an effort to keep a clean room and sanitary environment we suggest that students try to limit their supplies to those needed in order to be relaxed and comfortable. The following 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 school beginning in August, clearly marked with the student’s name.
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
All international boarding students are required to designate a guardian who resides in the United States. The guardian should be within a three-hour drive of Princeton, New Jersey. Guardians may be expected to take care of students in times of serious illness or disciplinary action. If you are unable to appoint a guardian, please contact email@example.com to discuss your options.
Although we do not officially screen outside guardian services on behalf of our families, for those families who need assistance selecting a guardian, below are three organizations shared by peer boarding schools that provide guardian services in the United States.
Preferred Hotel: Hyatt Regency, Princeton , 3.6 miles
Peacock Inn, 1.4 miles
Nassau Inn, Princeton, 1.6 miles
Chauncey Hotel and Conference Center, 4 miles
Hyatt Place, Princeton, 4.3 miles
Residence Inn, Marriott, 4.3 miles
The Westin - Princeton, 7 miles
There are laundry facilities on campus for student use. Captain Dry Clean also can provide dry clean and wash and fold services. They pick up and drop off in the Global Commons.
All resident students are required to have health insurance. Domestic students must provide proof of insurance and will be asked to supply pertinent insurance information in Magnus. International students will automatically be enrolled in The Hun School Student Accident and Sickness Insurance Plan, through GeoBlue, unless proof of U.S.-based insurance that can be administered locally is provided. If the School determines you need to be enrolled in The Hun School Plan, the annual cost will be charged to your student account.
ROOMS AND ROOMMATES
The Resident Life Office will announce housing and roommate assignments to boarding students upon arrival. If you are a new boarding student, please complete this questionnaire so we can learn a little more about you.
List of 2021-22 dorm open/ close dates
In a typical year, the dorms close during all School breaks. See a list of dates we plan to close and reopen the dorms during this academic year.
Boarders and their families who have questions are invited to contact the Resident Life Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Though the Resident Life Office is not staffed in the summer, we do read emails regularly and will get back to you within a few days.