Application Process

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Incoming 9th Graders for Fall 2021:

The admission process for incoming 9th graders in Fall 2021 begins in September 2020. Additional information is available in the Holy Names Academy Admissions Handbook. The following steps outline the typical admission process:

  1. Attend the HNA Fall Open House (in October 2020 from noon-3:00 p.m.) and/or Winter Open House (on January 5, 2021 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. ). 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 2020.  Spending a school day at HNA is optional but recommended. Appointments can be scheduled through the Admissions Office beginning in August 2020.
  3. Complete the Student Application for Admission to Holy Names Academy. Applications will be accepted beginning in September 2020; 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. Register for the Holy Names Academy Scholarship/Placement Exam (Saturday, December 12 or Sunday, December 13, 2020). Applications will be accepted beginning in September 2020. 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 exam 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 "Scholarship/Placement 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 graders (see above). It is recommended that applicants for the 10th grade take the Holy Names Academy Scholarship/Placement 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

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 exam, for admission in Fall 2021, was offered December 12 or 13, 2020 at HNA. 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 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.


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