Application Process


Thank you for your interest in Holy Names Academy! The  admission process for incoming 9th-grade students in fall 2021 begins in September 2020. To provide for the health and safety of Holy Names Academy students, faculty, staff, and visitors throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, all admissions events and requirements are subject to change. Please feel free to contact the Admissions Office for additional information and updates at admissions@holynames-sea.org.
We encourage you to check out our admissions video and virtual tour to learn more about HNA from our incredible students.

Incoming 9th-Grade Students for Fall 2021:

The following steps outline the typical admission process. To provide for the health and safety of Holy Names Academy students, faculty, staff, and visitors throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, all admissions events and requirements are subject to change.

  1. Attend one of the HNA virtual Open Houses for Prospective Families via Zoom:
    • Thurs. November 12, 7 p.m. (click to register)
    • Wed., December 2, 7 p.m. (click to register)
    • Note: Attending an information night and/or open house is optional but recommended. Depending on advisories from health authorities, HNA may also host a Winter Open House (on January 5, 2021). Not able to attend one of the virtual Open House webinars? Watch a recording here.
  2. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Holy Names Academy will not be hosting prospective students during the school day in fall 2020. If you would like to connect with a current HNA student virtually, complete this form. If you have questions, please reach out to our Admissions Office at admissions@holynames-sea.org
  3. Complete the Student Application for Admission to Holy Names Academy. The application deadline is Wednesday, January 6, 2021. 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 2020.  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 2020.
  4. Along with your application, submit recent standardized test scores (within the last two years) or register for the HNA Admissions Exam, given on December 12 or 13, 2020. It is preferred that applicants submit standardized test scores, if possible. Registration for the exam is available as part of the online application process via Ravenna Solutions or by submitting a written registration form.
  5. Beginning in September 2020, 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
How to Create a Ravenna Profile, Register for the Exam, & Apply to HNA

  1. On the login homepage, create an account OR log into an existing account
  2. Clink the green "Explore/Apply to a school" button on the student's application page
  3. Choose "Seattle Area" in the Region drop-down
  4. Enter "Holy Names Academy" in the "Filter By Name" field
  5. Select "Holy Names Academy"
  6. Click the green "Apply" button
  7. To Register for the Admissions Exam: Scroll down to "Additional Steps" section of the application, the "Admissions Exam" is listed at the top.
    • Click the "Register for an event" link and register for Saturday, December 12, 2020 or Sunday, December 13, 2020.
  8. To Apply to Holy Names Academy: You will find the application link at the bottom of the "Application Process" section. The School Report/Transcript Request, Teacher Evaluation form, and Financial Aid information can be found under "Additional Steps"
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Transfer Students:

The admissions process for transfer students is the same as for incoming 9th-grade students (see above). It is recommended that applicants for the 10th grade submit standardized test scores (from within the last two years) or take the Holy Names Academy Admissions Exam. Applicants for the 11th grade are not required to take the exam but are encouraged to 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

Admissions Exam

Along with the HNA application, prospective students should submit recent standardized test scores (within the last two years) or register for the HNA Admissions Exam, given on December 12 or 13, 2020. Registration for the exam is available as part of the online application process via Ravenna Solutions or applicants can download and submit an exam registration form.

The test scores are one of several components used to determine admission status, placement, and scholarship awards.

DATES TO NOTE FOR ADMISSION IN FALL 2021

  • Holy Names Academy Prospective Family Open Houses

    Please plan to join us for one of our upcoming virtual Open House webinars featuring HNA administrators and current students and parents. Families need only to register for one Open House date. Attending an Open House is optional but recommended.

    Families from all middle schools are welcome to attend whichever evening is most convenient. Catholic High School Information Nights will take place in October 2020, dates TBD.

  • Holy Names Academy Admissions Exam

    Along with the HNA application, prospective students should submit recent standardized test scores (within the last two years) or register for the HNA Admissions Exam. It is preferred that applicants submit standardized test scores from the previous two years - if possible. Alternatively, the HNA Admissions exam is being offered on the following dates:

    Saturday, December 12, 2020, or Sunday, December 13, 2020 (exam offered on both dates)

  • Financial Aid

    Separate application. Application process will open in November 2020.
    Deadline: Thursday, December 31, 2020

  • Winter Open House at Holy Names Academy

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021
    6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at HNA
    (Attending an Open House is optional but recommended.)

  • Application Deadline

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021

  • Decision Letters Mailed

    Thursday, February 11, 2021

  • New Student Reply Forms and Registration Fee Due

    Thursday, February 25, 2021, by noon

  • 9th-Grade Registration

    Sunday, February 28, 2021

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

Schedule a Visit Day at HNA for the student in fall 2020.  Spending a school day at HNA is optional but recommended.

The exam is required. Exam pre-registration fee is $40 and is non-refundable.

The exam begins at 8:15 a.m.; pick-up is at 12:45 p.m.

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