Q. What is a “shadow” visit? Are there set “shadow" visit dates throughout the school year? Are they important in the admission process?
A. When a prospective student “shadows” at Holland Hall, he/she arrives in the morning to meet a student ambassador who leads the visiting student through the school day. For students in 4th–11th Grade, lunch is included in the visit. There are no set dates for "shadow" visits at Holland Hall — students will frequently "shadow" when the school they currently attend is not in session (This occurs more frequently in the fall semester.) The "shadow" visit is tremendously valuable in the admission process, providing the faculty with a chance to meet, observe, and interact with candidates while allowing the visiting student to experience how the school functions.
Q. What is the age cut-off for students starting in the Primary School?
A. August 1 is the cut-off date for the grades in the Primary School. For example, a candidate for the three-year-old program must turn three before September 1, while a Kindergarten applicant must turn five before August 1.
Q. What does Holland Hall’s entrance exam entail?
A. The Primary School Admission Committee has compiled a collection of activities testing readiness skills and ability of students in Kindergarten–3rd Grade. The assessment takes forty-five minutes and regularly occurs in the course of a predetermined visiting date. Students in 4th–12th Grade take the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam).
Q. Is financial aid available for all students demonstrating need?
A. Holland Hall annually gives more than $2 million of financial aid to students in need. Students in Kindergarten-3rd Grade usually receive no more than 50% of tuition. Students in 6th-12th Grade generally receive larger awards than students in the lower grades.
Q. Does Holland Hall award scholarships for success in athletics or arts?
A. No, however Holland Hall offers a few merit-based scholarships in the Middle and Upper Schools.
Q. Is it difficult to live in Midtown Tulsa (or outside of the Tulsa metro area) and arrive at Holland Hall for the beginning of the school day?
A. Many of our students from Midtown and communities beyond find that the commute is made easier by the fact that the trip to school and back is a “reverse commute” in the morning and the trip down Riverside Drive, Lewis Avenue, or the other major north-south streets is very easy. We also provide bus service for Midtown in the morning and at 5:30 p.m.
Q. What is the student-faculty ratio at Holland Hall?
A. In the Preschool, classes regularly have 14-16 students with a full-time teacher and full-time assistant (7:1). Kindergarten-1st Grade have classes of 18-20 with a full-time teacher and full-time assistant (9:1). 2nd and 3rd Grade has classes of 18-20 with three full-time teachers and two full-time assistants. The average class size in the Middle School is 16 students, while it is 12 students in the Upper School.
Q. What is the average faculty tenure at Holland Hall?
A. One of Holland Hall’s strengths is the excellent, knowledgeable faculty whose average tenure in the teaching profession is 19 years.