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.
How To Apply Your Child to Holy Nativity School
We are honored that you are considering HNS to provide 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.
Applications must be submitted by December 1 to be considered in the priority 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.
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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.
Although not required, supplemental materials may be submitted such as standardized test results (SSAT is our prefered admissions test for grades 6-8).
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)
What is the timeline for the admission process?
What is the birthday guideline for applying to HNS?
What does the admission committee consider in making their decision?
The admission committee reviews the same criteria for each applicant including teacher reference reports, transcripts/report cards, parent input, and assessments and observations made during the school visit. The admission committee is comprised of faculty members representing various grade levels, specialist classes, and administration.
At Holy Nativity School we make every effort to make the appropriate match between the School and the student. We enroll students who are of good character, who demonstrate positive behavior, who possess a high level of motivation, who will find success in our enriched academic program, and who will contribute their talents to the School’s community. We seek families who are committed to working in partnership with the School, and who are choosing Holy Nativity School as a long-term school placement for their child. Special consideration may be given to children with siblings attending Holy Nativity, children of alumni, and to members of The Church of the Holy Nativity. Holy Nativity School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national or ethnic origin, or disability in the administration of its educational and admission policies, financial aid and other school-administered programs.
How many students are accepted at each grade level?
Does Holy Nativity have a wait list?
Can we re-apply next year if our child is not offered admission this year?
How do we receive information regarding financial aid?
All families are welcomed to apply for financial aid. To be eligible for consideration for financial aid at Holy Nativity School, you must complete your application by March 1. Please note that neither a family’s request for financial aid information nor a family’s financial status is considered as part of the admission criteria.
We use School and Student Services (SSS) to process financial aid applications. SSS is a service of the National Association of Independent Schools. To begin your financial aid application, you will complete SSS’s Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS).
The PFS is a comprehensive application that will take some time to complete. Give yourself the time you need by not waiting until the deadline to begin. You’ll need your most recent tax return before beginning the PFS. We also recommend that you review the wide range of materials offered by SSS to help families with the financial aid process. These resources are found at http://www.solutionsbysss.com/parents.
We will communicate our financial aid decision to you. To make our decision, we use the information from the PFS as a starting point and consider our school policies, practices, and available budget.
What is the tuition at HNS?
HNS offers various tuition payment plans. The following are the annual tuition rates for 2019-2020.
- Keiki 3s Half Day: $11,210
- Keiki 3s Full Day (7:30am-3pm): $16,700
- PK-8th Grade (7:30am-3pm): $17,210
After school care is offered daily until 5:30pm for an additional fee.
Frequently Asked Questions
What makes an independent school worth the trouble?
- 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.
Holy Nativity School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national or ethnic origin, or disability in the administration of its educational and admission policies, financial aid, and other school-administered programs.