Admissions FAQs

Hanahau‘oli appreciates your interest in our school.  This section contains information and answers to questions frequently asked by parents and guardians. We hope this list will be helpful to you during the application process.

How are students interviewed?

Small group interview sessions are held on Saturday mornings beginning in January. Teachers observe and interact with children in simulated classroom experiences and prepare anecdotal write-ups. Four teachers work with 10-12 children in Junior Kindergarten interviews. For grades 1 through 6, small group interviews are also conducted. The older children are also observed in classroom activities that mirror a school day. In addition, they are asked to complete some teacher-generated assessments to indicate their developmental levels in language arts and mathematics.

How are students selected?

An admissions committee consisting of the Head of School, Director of Admissions, and two teachers review all the applicant files. The application and parent information sheet, parent comments, teacher reference forms, school reports, and interview comments are all read and considered carefully. The committee is interested in bringing together a group diverse in ability and cultural background. It looks for children who will thrive in our integrated learning environment, who demonstrate curiosity, the ability to focus, and enthusiasm for learning.

We expect to have some leaders as well as some followers, some highly verbal children as well as some quiet thinkers. Parent involvement in a child’s education is a partnership between home and school. Because Hanahau‘oli does not test children, the Admissions reading process is a particularly challenging one for the committee. Hanahau‘oli regrets that it does not have enough space for all of the qualified and deserving children who apply each year.

Are any applicants given special consideration?

Yes. Siblings of present students and children of alumni are given priority after they fall into the “accept” category.

What are the chances of a non-priority student being admitted?

In any given year, we have had from 10-14 members of the Junior Kindergarten class of 27, fall into the priority category.  It is very hard to predict what percentage will be priority accepts.  Hanahau‘oli is committed to bringing in new families who can benefit from and give to our small school community.

Does a request for financial aid jeopardize an applicant’s chances for admission?

Our admissions process is “aid-blind.” A family’s financial status is not part of admission criteria.  A financial aid committee reviews requests and grants aid on the basis of demonstrated financial need after a child has been accepted. The financial aid deadline for 2020-2021 applying students is March 15, 2020.

Is it advisable to apply to grades 1 through 6?

Junior Kindergarten is the primary accept year for Hanahau‘oli. There is no application process for Kindergarten. If your child is in Grades 1 through 6 and you are interested in Hanahau‘oli, we encourage you to consider applying. Openings do occur in the upper grades and children must have applied to be considered. The Director of Admissions can answer questions regarding available or expected spaces in a given class.

Is summer school a requirement prior to being admitted?

Hanahau‘oli’s summer school is open to all students in the community. Many families have utilized the summer program as an introduction to Hanahau‘oli. Attendance at summer school is not a condition for favorable consideration on the wait list nor is it a requirement for application.  However, it is always helpful for us to have additional contact with your child should you consider application.

At what age should I apply my child to Hanahau‘oli?

Hanahau‘oli’s eight-year program begins with a four-year-old Junior Kindergarten and culminates at 6th Grade. Children must be four years old by September 1 to begin Junior Kindergarten. The school has one class per grade with a total enrollment of 210 children taught by 24 full and part-time faculty members. Twenty seven children are accepted for Juniors which is the school’s primary entry year. The school accepts applicants for Junior Kindergarten and Grades 1 through 6.  If a Senior Kindergarten space should open, it will be filled from the Junior Kindergarten wait list from the prior year. In any given year, there may be 30-38 acceptances to Hanahau‘oli. As Junior Kindergarten offers the largest number of openings, it is wise to consider applying your child at this grade.

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972
and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Hanahau‘oli Admissions does not
discriminate on the basis of race, color, disability, creed or national origin.