Headmaster's Blog

James Hickey, Ph.D.

A Great Week for Austin Prep Athletics

It was an historic week for Austin Prep Athletics.

On Sunday our baseball team celebrated their Senior Day. In this game, seniors Denis Taylor ‘18 and Enzo Galletta ’18 combined to throw a no-hitter against Arlington Catholic. The next day Cam Seguin '19 responded with a no-hitter of …

The 1983 Cougar Retired

The Class of 1983 painted a mural of Austin Prep's mascot in the dining hall before they graduated.  And there is stood unchanged for 35 years for generations of students.

The dining hall renovation project, however, required that we retire the mural.  Because it was an icon in the …

Posted by Dr. James Hickey on Friday May 4
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A Jackhammer in the Kitchen

 It's not every day that you see a jackhammer in your kitchen. The dining hall renovation project is well underway!


Posted by Dr. James Hickey on Thursday April 26
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2018 Commencement Speaker

I’m pleased to announce the Commencement speaker for the Class of 2018 will be Barbara Duncan Marchetti P’17. A member of Austin Prep’s Board of Trustees, Barbara has been active in the Austin Prep community for more than eight years. Her son Nick ’17, who graduated last year…

Posted by Dr. James Hickey on Monday April 16
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2018 St. Augustine Lecture

Earlier today, Austin Prep held its annual St. Augustine Lecture on Initiated to advance the intellectual life of Austin Prep, the St. Augustine Lecture is our contribution to the long and distinguished Augustinian heritage of veritas. This year I invited Grace Cotter Regan to deliver the 2018 St. …

Posted by Dr. James Hickey on Tuesday April 10
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Unitas and Dining Hall Chairs

This month, I invited the students and staff of Austin Prep to participate in the selection of the new dining hall chairs. When the dining hall opens in September, the space will be filled with round tables and eight complementing chairs. This transition to a new style of seating was purposeful, …

Curricular Innovations


Two years ago we crafted a Middle School Strategic Plan to create more opportunities for students to engage in more experiential and interdisciplinary learning.  Over the course of the last year, we’ve been crafting a similar plan for the Upper School to ensure our curriculum and …

Posted by Dr. James Hickey in Veritas on Monday March 19
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One Day a CEO and a CFO...

You may have heard the story of the CEO and CFO who had a slightly different perspective about the importance of investing in people.  The CFO said to the CEO “that’s an awful lot of money to spend on professional development.  What if we spend the money and they leave?”&…


A strong commitment to service is fundamental to Austin Prep’s mission.  That commitment manifests in ways large and small.  Although St. Augustine said to focus on the little things first if you aspire to great things, the simplicity and power of service we instill in our students …

Admissions Testamonial

One of the great blessings of the admissions process are the testimonials we receive from parents about the importance of mission and the value of an Austin Prep education.  I’d like to share an excerpt with you taken from an admissions application this year.  (It was modified …

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Dr. James Hickey

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Phone: (781) 944 - 4900  •  Fax: (781) 944 - 7530

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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