The application process at Holland Hall varies depending on the branch each prospective student will be entering.
When considering Holland Hall's Kindergarten program, applicants must be 5 years old by August 31.
4th – 12th Grade deadline for all completed application materials for first consideration applicants
4th – 12th Grade first consideration admission decision notification
4th – 12th Grade deadline for all completed application materials for second consideration applicants
4th – 12th Grade second consideration admission decision notification
4th – 12th grade deadline for all completed application materials for third consideration applicants
4th – 12th Grade third consideration admission decision notification.
Applications are still accepted after the consideration deadlines, those that are received will be reviewed based on space availability. Once an application is submitted and necessary steps are taken to complete the admission file, families will be notified of admission decisions within two weeks.
* Space in any given grade cannot be guaranteed, but files will continue to be reviewed and acceptances issued as space allows.
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.
August 31 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 August 31, while a Kindergarten applicant must turn five before August 31.
The Admission Committees in Kindergarten - 5th grade has compiled a collection of activities testing the readiness skills and ability of students. The assessment times differ for Kindergarten-3rd Grade and really depend on each student. The Kindergarten test 15-20 min. 1st - 5th Grade tests could take up to an hour, 4th and 5th grade students test during their shadow visit. Some students complete the assessment in 30 minutes. Students in 6th–12th Grade take the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam).
Holland Hall annually gives more than $3 million of financial aid to students in need. Students in Kindergarten-3rd Grade usually receive no more than 50% of tuition. Students in 4th-12th Grade generally receive larger awards than students in the lower grades.
Holland Hall offers a few merit-based scholarships in the Middle and Upper Schools. Athletics scholarships are not offered.
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 from 21st & Utica Monday-Friday at 7:10 a.m.
In the Prekindergarten, classes regularly have approximate 17 students with a full-time teacher and full-time assistant (7:1). Kindergarten-1st Grade have classes of approximate 20 with a full-time teacher and full-time assistant (10:1). 2nd-3rd Grade have classes of approximate 18 with three full-time teachers and two full-time assistants. The average class size in the Middle School is 18 students, while it is 13 students in the Upper School.
One of Holland Hall’s strengths is the excellent, knowledgeable faculty whose average tenure in the teaching profession is 15 years.
Tuition assistance is available as either a merit award or financial aid grant given to a qualifying family to offset the costs of a Holland Hall education. It is NOT a loan. The grant does not have to be repaid.
30% of the entire student body receives tuition assistance.
No. Holland Hall accepts students solely on the basis of academic merit, test scores, teacher recommendations, and personal qualities. Financial aid files are reviewed and awards are given only after a student has been admitted.
Financial aid is available to Holland Hall students entering Kindergarten-12th Grade. Students in Kindergarten-3rd Grade usually receive no more than 50% of tuition. Students in 4th-12th Grade generally receive larger awards than students in the lower grades.
Financial aid is determined by the difference between the tuition charged and the family’s ability to pay. The School and Student Service (SSS) sends Holland Hall a Report of Family Contribution (RFC) which makes a general recommendation about a family’s ability to pay. The RFC report does not bind Holland Hall to a specific award. The The Financial Aid Committee reviews the SSS information and applicable tax forms and determines all awards in light of demonstrated need and the limits of the financial-aid budget. All information is highly confidential.
No. It is necessary to reapply every year, and the awards will change if the family’s financial circumstances change.
You must complete your taxes early enough to meet the deadline. If Holland Hall receives the materials after the deadline, we cannot guarantee that any funds will be available.
Yes. Both parents (and new spouses, if remarried), regardless of whether they have custody, must submit tuition-assistance forms and tax information.
Contact Justin Butler, (539) 476-8046