We are honored that you are considering HNS as the first step to providing a solid educational foundation for your child’s future. As any parent knows, getting your child into a quality school is an important, but sometimes daunting task. The following will help you with the details as you submit your child’s application to HNS. Be sure to contact the Admissions Office at (808) 373-3232 or [email protected] to schedule a personalized tour of our scenic campus.
Applications must be submitted by December 1 to be considered in the first round of admission decisions for the upcoming school year. Decisions by the Admission Committee will be made by April 15 and parents will be notified by mail in accordance with the common reply dates of the HAIS (Hawaii Association of Independent Schools). Applications will be considered after December 1 on a space available basis.
The following checklist will help you organize the necessary materials to complete your child’s admission folder. At any time during this process, please call us with any questions or concerns you may have.
- Application for Admission completed and signed
- Applicant’s photo attached (optional)
- Application fee-Check should be made payable to Holy Nativity School. The application fee is $100 for applicants to all grades.
- Copy of the applicant’s birth certificate
- Copy of previous year’s final progress report (if applicable)
- Copy of first semester progress report of the current school year (if applicable)
- Teacher Reference Reports (TRR’s): Be sure to first sign the back of the report. Then, give the report, along with a stamped enveloped addressed to Holy Nativity School, to the appropriate teacher(s). Pre-K-1st grade applicants must provide at least one TRR, while applicants to 2nd-8th grade must submit at least 2 TRR’s
- Financial Aid application (if applicable) must be submitted through SSS (School and Student Services) by March 1
- Mentor reports (written by coaches, extra-curricular activity teachers, etc) and other letters of recommendation are optional
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What makes an independent school worth the trouble of applying and—yes—paying the expense to enroll your children?
Excerpts from the Independent School Advantage by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
- High academic standards. Independent schools nurture intellectual curiosity, stimulate personal growth, and encourage critical thinking. A larger percentage of students at independent schools are enrolled in advanced courses than in public, parochial, and other private schools.
- Small classes and individual attention. Independent schools have low student-teacher ratios that encourage close connections with students. The median ratio in NAIS schools in 2008-2009 was 8.6 students to 1 teacher (meaning that half have a higher ratio and half have a lower ratio).
- Excellent teachers. They usually teach in their areas of expertise and are passionate about what they do. With more autonomy within the classroom, teachers are able to develop a full understanding of how each student learns and what interests and motivates each individually.
- Greater likelihood of a student completing a bachelor’s degree or graduate degree.
- Education for the whole child. Independent schools nurture not just students’ intellectual ability and curiosity but also their personal and social growth and civic conscience. Opportunities extend well beyond the classroom to athletic competitions, artistic pursuits, and school leadership experiences.
- Inclusiveness. Schools maintain diverse and vibrant student communities and welcome and respect each family.
- A community of parents who actively participate in their children’s education. Independent schools promote regular communication among students, parents, and teachers to ensure everyone is working toward the same goals for the student.
- The opportunity to choose a school with a mission. You can select a school whose philosophy, values, and teaching approach is right for your child.
- And most important: An education that will pay dividends for a lifetime.