Application Process

We're excited to help you start your application to Holy Names Academy!

For an overview of the admissions process and comprehensive information about the school, view/download the last edition of the Holy Names Academy Admissions Handbook (PDF).

Incoming 9th Graders for Fall 2019:

The admission process for incoming 9th graders in Fall 2019 has closed.  Families seeking information on late-application options are welcome to e-mail admissions@holynames-sea.org.

Incoming 9th Graders for Fall 2020:

The admission process for incoming 9th graders in Fall 2020 begins in September 2019.  The following steps outline the typical admission process, with exact dates to be announced:

  1. Attend the HNA Fall Open House (on a Sunday afternoon in September or October 2019 -- date TBA) and/or Winter Open House (on an evening early in January 2020 – date TBA.). Attending an open house is optional but recommended. No reservation or RSVP necessary.
  2. Schedule a visit day at HNA for the student in fall 2019.  Spending a school day at HNA is optional but recommended. Appointments can be booked through the Admissions Office beginning in September 2019.
  3. Complete the Student Application for Admission to Holy Names Academy. Applications will be accepted beginning in September 2019; the application deadline will be in early January (date TBA) 2020. The application fee is $35.
    Applications can be submitted in either of two ways:
    •  Online via Ravenna Solutions. Applications may be made beginning in September 2019.  Families can create an account or log in with an existing account, then choose Holy Names Academy from the School Directory.
    • Or submit a written application form  (PDF) to HNA via postal mail or in person beginning in September 2019.
  4. Register for the Holy Names Academy Scholarship/Placement Exam (on a Saturday or Sunday in December 2019 – date TBA). Applications will be accepted beginning in September 2019. The exam is required. Exam pre-registration fee is $40 and is non-refundable. Registration for the exam is available as part of the online application process via Ravenna Solutions, or applicants can download and submit an an exam registration form beginning in September 2019. 
  5. Beginning in September 2019, submit the Confidential School Report and Teacher Evaluation Form (PDF) to the student's current principal. Ask her/him to complete the form and forward it directly to Holy Names Academy. NOTE: This is a common form used by several Seattle-area Catholic high schools and may be photocopied for multiple use.
    In addition, your principal should forward directly to HNA a copy of the following:
    • Official transcript/permanent record
    • Standardized test scores from current/previous years
    • Report cards from the preceding two years
    • Grades/progress reports from the current year

Transfer Students for Fall 2020:

The admissions process for transfer students is the same as for incoming 9th graders (see above). Applicants for the 10th grade are required to take the Holy Names Academy Scholarship/Placement Exam (on a Saturday or Sunday early in December 2019 – exact dates TBA). Applicants for the 11th and 12th grades are not required to take the exam, but must include their most recent standardized exam scores with their application.

All application materials should be directed to: 

Ms. April Little
Vice Principal of Academics
Holy Names Academy
728 21st Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98112-4022

Scholarship/Placement Exams

As a part of the admissions application process, Holy Names Academy administers a required Scholarship/Placement Exam to all prospective 9th graders. The next exam, for admission in Fall 2020, will be offered at HNA twice early in December 2019—on both a Saturday and Sunday morning (exact dates TBA). Registration for the exam will open in September 2019. The exam begins at 8:15 a.m.; pick-up is at 12:45 p.m.

The exam is one of several components used to determine admission status, placement, and scholarship awards. It consists of a writing sample as well as a standardized, multiple-choice exam including sections in verbal and mathematical areas. Each section is timed according to its length. Students will not need to bring a calculator or pencil; all necessary materials are provided. Restroom breaks and snacks are provided; lunch is served following the exam.

DATES TO NOTE FOR ADMISSION IN FALL 2019

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