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When are applications due?
When should I apply?
What happens if my application is late?
How many students are admitted each year?
How many students are accepted into the residential program each year?
How important are test scores?
Is admission to Upper School guaranteed for enrolled Middle School students?
What does HPA look for in an applicant?
Can an applicant visit the campus? What can I expect?
Can I shadow a student?
What happens during an interview?
Do I need to submit all of the pieces of the application at the same time?
What are the requirements for home-schooled students?
When and how are admission decisions communicated?
If I am not accepted in Early Decision, what happens?
Does HPA offer five-day boarding?
How competitive is admission to HPA?
How large is the wait pool and how does it work?


Q: When are applications due?
A: Applications for Early Decision (seven-day boarding applicants only) are due January 1, 2017. The priority application deadline for first-round admission decisions is February 6, 2017. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis thereafter according to space availability.

Q: When should I apply?
A: Ideally, an application is submitted shortly after an open house or campus visit. The earlier a student enters the admission process, the better. By starting the process early in the admission season, applicants have more time to study for and take the SSAT, consider the opportunities at HPA, prepare for the interview, and gather supplemental materials for the application process.

Q: What happens if my application is late?
A: If an application is received after the February 6 priority deadline, the applicant will move into the rolling decision process and s/he will be considered after those applicants who have submitted complete files by the priority deadline. Rolling admission decisions will be made based on space availability.

Q: How many students are admitted each year?
A: Typically, about 120 students are admitted each year, grades K-12, PG.

Q: How many students are accepted into the residential program each year?
A: About 45 students are accepted into our residential program each year (grades 9- 12, PG), with the majority going into grade 9 (35 boarders).

Q: How important are test scores?
A: Test scores are considered within the context of the student’s complete application. Test scores can provide insight into a student’s academic capability and potential. Students are highly encouraged to prepare for, complete, and submit test scores to ensure a complete application file. For test dates, visit www.ssat.org.

Q: Is admission to Upper School guaranteed for enrolled Middle School students?
A: Yes, if a student’s academic and behavioral record is acceptable, s/he will be offered enrollment to the Upper School.

Q: What does HPA look for in an applicant?
A: HPA is a selective institution, which means we are looking for applicants who are seeking a challenging environment where they will be among peers who share their ambition and initiative. We believe there are many ways to make an impact on the world and at HPA we give serious consideration to grades and test scores, but HPA also is looking for a “good match” between the applicant and the school. By “good match” we mean someone whose values are aligned with HPA’s, which include holding oneself to a high moral and ethical standard and looking for opportunities to make positive change in the world. We also are looking for applicants who identify as a contributor, who are engaged, and embody a collaborative spirit; those who are willing to step outside their comfort zone and try new things; those who express a healthy curiosity and are excited about learning; those who strive for balance and can prioritize their commitments; and those who understand the value of creating space for reflection in their life. Of course, there is no one profile that represents the student community here at HPA, but there are definitely common threads that run throughout. Some applicants come into the admissions process already exhibiting these attributes; others have noted potential. In the selection process, we are looking for applicants who we believe will thrive on campus and who will come academically prepared.

Q: Can an applicant visit the campus? What can I expect?
A: On-island families are encouraged to visit campus during the HPA Open House in the fall. During this event, students and their families tour campus, meet with faculty, administrators, admissions counselors, parents, and students, and visit classes. Off-island families and anyone unable to attend the Open House are encouraged to contact the Admission Office to schedule a campus visit.

Q: Can I shadow a student?
A: During the fall Open House, students attend class with an HPA student for a portion of the day. Additional shadow opportunities are very limited, based on student availability and schedules.

Q: What happens during an interview?
A: Admission counselors conduct personal interviews on campus. Interviews are scheduled after the Admission Office receives the Application Form, Student Essay Form, and unofficial transcript or grade reports for the applicant. Personal interviews last about one hour, during which time an admission counselor conducts an assessment, asks the applicant a series of questions, and responds to questions from the applicant.

Q: Do I need to submit all of the pieces of the application at the same time?
A: No, the application, student statement, parent statement, and all supplemental material may be submitted separately. It is important for the applicant and family to submit their material as early as possible and to begin working with the applicant’s school and teachers to ensure their material also is submitted on time.

Q: What are the requirements for home-schooled students?
A: Applicants who have been home-schooled must submit the following information in addition to, or in place of, a school transcript, and all of the required materials on the application checklist:

  • Explanation of philosophy: explain the philosophy that guides the approach to your home schooling. Provide specific home-school dates for the applicant.
  • Explanation of curriculum: texts and resources that have been used in the applicant's school experience. Provide a syllabi, if available.
  • List the subjects that have been covered with the applicant and provide complete descriptions for the duration of the home-school experience.
  • Provide grades for all subjects in alphabetic, numeric, or narrative form for the duration of the home-school experience.

Q: When and how are admission decisions communicated?
A: Early decisions (seven-day boarding students only) will be communicated before January 15. For Kindergarten, priority admission decisions will be communicated on February 27. For grades 1-12 and PG

priority admission decisions will be communicated on March 6.

Q: If I am not accepted in Early Decision, what happens?
A: There is a chance that an applicant will not be granted Early Decision, but may still be considered within the context of the priority applicant pool. We will notify the applicant on January 15 that the admission decision has been deferred and the application will be moved into the priority applicant pool to receive an official decision on March 10.

Q: Does HPA offer five-day boarding?
A: HPA offers limited spaces for on-island five-day boarding. This option may be discussed with an admission counselor.

Q: How competitive is admission to HPA?
A: HPA is a selective school and competition varies at each level, particularly in the day student pool. Our primary entry points are grades K, 6, and 9. Typically, there are very limited spaces available in grades K-5 and 10-12 & PG.

Q: How large is the wait pool and how does it work?
A: The size of the wait pool varies from year to year. If we are unable to offer an applicant, who is considered acceptable, a space in his/her given grade, we will offer a space in the admission wait pool. The applicant will remain in the wait pool until a space becomes available. At that point, all of the applicants for that grade will be considered for the space and one will receive an enrollment offer. Otherwise, students will remain in the wait pool until the start of the school year, at which time the wait pool will be dissolved. Students seeking admission for the following school year may reengage in the admission process in the fall. Reengagement typically requires the family to request additional grade reports and teacher recommendations, as agreed upon with the Admission Office.

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