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James Hickey, Ph.D.

Austin Prep Visits the House of the Mouse

Several members of the faculty and I had the privilege of traveling last week with the Class of 2018 on their senior class trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. This capstone trip has become a tradition the senior class really cherishes. At the alumni reception we hosted on campus just …
Posted by Dr. James Hickey in Mission on Wednesday December 6, 2017 at 09:05AM
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Caritas In Action - A Day of Service

Today's school-wide Day of Service was an extraordinary representation of caritas in action.  A central part of the Austin Prep journey is to live our mission to inspire hearts to unite, minds to inquire, and hands to serve.  The Austin Prep community did admirable work today in our …

Posted by Dr. James Hickey in Mission on Thursday November 9, 2017
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Convocation 2017 Highlights

This video highlighting Convocation 2017 was produced by an Austin Prep student, Dara Syed '19.  I think he did outstanding work!

Posted by Dr. James Hickey on Wednesday September 27, 2017 at 02:59PM
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Convocation 2017 Remarks

Good morning and welcome to Convocation.  In a special way I extend greetings to the parents and grandparents who are with us this morning to mark the beginning of Austin Prep’s fifty-seventh academic.  I’d also like to extend a welcome to members of Austin Prep’s Board …

Posted by Dr. James Hickey on Friday September 15, 2017
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Advancing Austin Prep

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At the close of the last academic year, I received a handwritten note from a graduate in the Class of 2017.  It’s one of those notes you save (and I have).  I want to post an excerpt because it captures far better than I ever could the impact of an Austin Prep education.

Posted by Dr. James Hickey on Monday September 11, 2017
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Advancing Excellence in the Middle School

In fall of 1987 – 30 years ago – Austin Prep opened the doors of our Middle School.  Since that time, generations of “lifers” – students who were (or are) here since the sixth grade – have passed through our halls.  The Middle School is as important to …

Posted by Dr. James Hickey on Wednesday September 6, 2017
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Advancing Excellence: 25 Years of Coeducation

In the fall of 1992 – 25 years ago – Austin Prep admitted young women for the first time, a very wise and purposeful decision.  And we’ve never looked back.  Longtime members of the faculty have shared with me on more than one occasion that Austin Prep grew in strength, …

Posted by Dr. James Hickey on Monday September 4, 2017
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Welcome Back

Each year at this time, I look forward to watching the now famous 1996 Staples back-to-school commercial where a parent is whizzing up and down the aisles of the store while the Christmas song, It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, is playing in the background.  I didn’t see it …

Posted by Dr. James Hickey on Monday August 28, 2017
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Advancing Mission, More Compelling Than Ever

Austin Prep has experienced much growth over the last four years – from an enrollment surge to curricular innovations to modernizing of our facilities.  The progress we have experienced is the result of an extraordinary community coming together in common purpose.  The primary …

Posted by Dr. James Hickey on Wednesday August 16, 2017
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A Sturdy Foundation

The last 10 days have been a whirlwind at Austin Prep.  Following their final Advanced Placement exam, the Class of 2017 culminated their Austin Prep years with a capstone trip to Walt Disney World, mingled the night away at the Danversport Yacht Club for their senior prom, celebrated their …

Posted by Dr. James Hickey on Tuesday May 23, 2017
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Austin Preparatory School is a Catholic private school in Reading, MA for Middle School and High School students in grades 6-12. We seek to cultivate the hearts and minds of our young students and provide an environment in which our students can successfully learn, grow, and develop beyond the classroom.

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