Back to School Guide for Upper School Families

upper school students

Welcome to the 2022-2023 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. 

Resources for Boarding and Day Students

ARRIVAL

Aug. 24 - Pre-Season Athletics Begin
Sept. 1 - Proctor Arrival
Sept. 2 - New International Boarder Arrival
Sept. 5 - New Domestic Boarder Arrival
Sept. 6 - Middle School Orientation; New Upper School Student Orientation; Returning Boarding Student Arrival
Sept. 7 - Convocation and Opening Day

BOOKS, APPS, AND TECH

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

All Upper School students are required to have an iPad or MacBook; iPads are recommended. See more information about our technology requirements. For new students, we recommend optimally an 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 9th grade students must have a keyboard.

New Students: Please order your iPad as soon as possible; Apple is experiencing delays. 

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. By popular demand, a one-page calendar is available here. Please note, however, dates and details change frequently! Therefore, the online version is the most reliable source.

CLASS SCHEDULES

Class Schedules: Students will be receive their final updated class schedule for the 2022 - 2023 Academic Year the week of July 25, at which point there will still be time for students to add or drop a courses before the start of classes. For questions, please contact your child’s grade level dean.

Daily Schedule

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. 

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. 

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. Outside of mealtimes, community members can enjoy a mid-morning continental breakfast, snacks and beverages in the Dining Hall. The PA Café serves grill items and snacks and is open Monday - Friday from 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. and on the weekends from 2:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

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, 5:15 p.m. - 6:00 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.

Dress code

The Hun School is proud of its tradition of having neat and properly attired students. The Dress Code is reviewed and updated annually in the Upper School Student Handbook. Please reference last year's code as a guide. 

HANDBOOKS

The Upper School Student Handbook contains important information about attendance and academic policies, graduation requirements, grades, reports, and resident life policies. A handy table of contents will also help you find answers to questions about general school life and expectations. The 2022-2023 Upper School Handbook is available here. Please review this document carefully every year. 

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. See more information about required health forms. Please note that the new Cardiac Assessment must be completed by a physician for all students. 

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. 

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

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, powered by Canvas. Academic class pages and schedules in RaiderNet will not be accessible until Sept. 1 for returning students and Sept. 6 for new students.

  • New parents' existing login credentials will provide access to the Parent Information Portal and Class Pages in September.
  • New students will receive their login credentials and guidance on navigating this system 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.

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

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. If you are interested in contracting with a shuttle service, see more information.
 

New Jersey day students who have not already done so must complete the attached 2022 - 2023 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.

 

freshman retreat

Pocono Environmental Center, SEPTEMBER 16 -17th 

All ninth grade students and their advisors will participate in a two-day overnight Retreat at the Pocono Environmental Center on September 16th and 17th. Students will meet at Hun at 8:15 a.m. Friday morning and travel together to Dingmans Ferry, Pennsylvania. They will return at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. Linens and meals will be provided. Please contact Lynn McNulty with questions. 

 

Pre-season ATHLETICS AND THEATRE

Athletic Pre-Season: 

New and returning students should have completed the Athletic Interest Form to indicate their athletic interest. You will not receive team-specific information unless you do. The deadline to submit the form has passed; please email Mrs. Tracey Arndt if you have not completed the form and are interested in playing a fall sport. Pre-Season athletic training begins Wednesday, August 24th and runs through September 2nd. 

Pre-Season Info

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 29th - Thursday, September 1st. Students should email Mr. Esher directly to indicate interest and receive more detailed information. 

COVID 19

Every eligible student and employee is expected to be fully vaccinated before school begins. Individuals who are ineligible due to medical contraindication, or have a sincerely held religious objection, must apply through the Health Office for an exemption. All others must file proof of vaccination with the Health Office through the Magnus Health Portal along with their other Health Forms by August 1st. We will accept any CDC or WHO approved vaccine.

Covid related communication will be limited this academic year. You may expect to hear from the Health Office when testing is required or when a Covid cluster occurs in your students class or activity. In consultation with our medical advisors, Hun will focus contact tracing efforts on household or roommate exposures moving forward. As a result, you may no longer be advised if an individual in your student’s class or group tests positive.

We do not anticipate mandating mask usage during this academic year, except possibly after certain exposures or in the ten days following a positive test. However, mask usage will be encouraged during times of high community spread, and will be supported at all times.

As always, please remain home when ill, particularly after a known exposure.

Click here for additional information. 

 

Boarding

Boarding student registration

New resident students should arrive Monday, September 5th. Please sign up for a registration time here.

New international students should arrive Friday, September 2nd between 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Registration will take place in the Wilf Family Global Commons. Please Contact Jennifer Mitchell with any questions.

Returning resident students should arrive Tuesday, September 6th. Please sign up for a registration time here.  

Student- Athletes registered for Athletic Pre-Season should arrive on August 24th 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 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. More information can be found on the School calendar.

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 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 the School beginning in August, clearly marked with the student’s name.

recommended items for dorm life

Driving permission form

Parents of Resident Students must designate which community members are permitted to drive their students to various trips and events.

complete driving permission 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: State Shuttle/Olympic Airporter, 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

  • Domestic 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.

HOTELS

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

International Student Orientation

All new international students are expected to arrive on campus on Friday, September 2nd between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Students and their parents can register at the Wilf Family Global Commons and then move into their dorm rooms. Orientation will begin that day, and students will familiarize themselves with the School and Princeton communities. Contact Jennifer Mitchell with any questions.

LAUNDRY

There are laundry facilities on campus for student use. The Resident Life Office can also help students find local dry clean and wash and fold services that pick up laundry from campus.

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

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