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James Hickey, Ph.D.

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 …

Mission and Admissions: In Their Words

I’d like to share with you an excerpt that a prospective parent wrote on her daughter’s application to Austin Prep this season.  It captures unambiguously the importance of mission (minor changes were made to maintain confidentiality).

"In addition to Austin Prep, I have toured …

Mission and Admissions

Enrollment has grown every year for the last five years.  We opened the 2017-2018 academic year again at capacity and deferred applications to 2018-2019.  I’m often asked what accounts for the enrollment surge we are experiencing when many private schools across the region and the …

Infrastructure Upgrades – Body and Mind


A short time ago, we began a capital project to transform the weight room on the second floor of Meelia Hall into a 21st century fitness center. Following renovation, the space will be outfitted with equipment from Gronk Fitness (yes, the company owned by the Gronkowski Family).  Slated…

Posted by Dr. James Hickey on Friday February 16
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A New Dining Hall

As Austin Prep continues to adapt to an ever-changing educational landscape – as we adapt to meet the needs of 21st century students – there are only two choices:  growing and innovating or falling behind.  Of course, growing and innovating is the clear choice.  Parents …

A December to Remember

The month of December was a busy one here at Austin Prep and some of our traditional events drew standing room only crowds.  Early in the month, the Austin Prep community paused to recognize the sacrifice and dedication of Austin Prep parents who are first responders and first responders from …

Posted by Dr. James Hickey in Mission, Unitas on Monday January 8
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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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Dr. James Hickey

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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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