SAIS Featured School: Hammond School
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Posted by: Christina Mimms
The fact that Hammond is the largest independent school in the Columbia, SC area comes as no surprise. First and foremost, we take academics seriously, and our track record proves it. But that’s only half of the story. Our athletic department, art department, experiential learning programs, and commitment to community service help round out the Hammond experience to develop the whole child. Field studies and overnight trips find our students exploring new environments, local and abroad, in addition to the ample opportunities that exist on our 200-acre plus campus. We believe in five imperatives that form the basis of the Hammond experience.
Rigorous Academic Standards that Prepare and Push
An average SAT score at Hammond is 1234; 21 percent of the Class of 2015 were named Palmetto Fellows; 2015 academic scholarship offerings totaled $6.6 million for a class of 82 students; and 21 members of the class were named Honor Graduates.
Challenges that Build the Mind, Body and Spirit
Hammond was the recipient of the Outstanding Youth Group Fundraiser Award for community service; the recipient of the 2013, 2014, and 2015 SCISA President’s Cup for best athletic department; was named an Apple, Inc. Distinguished School for technology; and students have sung internationally and before Pope Benedict XVI at a New Year’s Day Mass.
A Culture of High Expectation
At Hammond, we expect more from our students and we create an environment that helps prepare them for the journey ahead. Our faculty members and coaches serve as mentors and teachers, always expecting nothing less than a student’s personal best.
A Meaningful Connection to the Larger Global Community
Beginning in pre-K, every student is exposed to one or more foreign languages and will have traveled internationally by graduation. Annually, the school sends three teachers, one from each division, to a chosen “country of study” for in-depth exposure to the culture, language and landscape of that particular country.
An Environment that Enhances, Rather than Impedes, Possibility
We believe establishing an environment conducive to a child’s learning starts in the earliest grades. Hammond has been successful in creating a culture of emotional safety where students are comfortable trying their hand at new and different experiences, whether on stage or on our athletic fields. It’s not unusual to see an athlete take center stage at a play or perform at a choral concert with ease.
Summer Programs at Hammond
At Hammond, we are committed to offering enjoyable and enriching summer programs in a physically safe, emotionally supportive, and fun-filled environment. Our highly individualized camps and programs provide something of interest for every age and grade – from 3 years old through adult. We are proud to offer more than 150 camps and programs including the recent addition of two travel camp opportunities. Our broad array of programs is designed to provide opportunities to develop talents, acquire new skills and knowledge, or explore something that piques your interest. We offer full-day summer programs, supplemental academic programs, athletic workshops, and arts classes. Our summer programs are open to everyone!
Learn more at www.hammondschool.org and @hammondschool.