Welcome from the Admission Office

For 100 years Hawken's focus on character and intellect has remained a core value that distinguishes us from other schools. Recognized nationally for a challenging, innovative curriculum, Hawken is a forward-focused, coeducational school that welcomes students and families from diverse backgrounds. We invite you to visit Hawken. Whether you join us for a group admission event, schedule an individual tour or visit day, or attend an athletics or arts event, we look forward to getting to know you better.

Come Visit Hawken

RSVP for Campus Visits

Wednesday, September 21
Upper School Visit
Grades 9 – 12, Gates Mills
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Sunday, October 23
Lower & Middle School OPEN HOUSE
Preschool – Grade 8, Lyndhurst
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 30
Upper School OPEN HOUSE
Grades 9 – 12, Gates Mills
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 15
Lower & Middle School Parent Visit 
Preschool – Grade 8, Lyndhurst
8:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Thursday, December 8
Early Childhood Morning Visit
Preschool, Prekindergarten & Kindergarten, Lyndhurst
8:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, January 19 
Lower & Middle School Parent Visit
Preschool – Grade 8, Lyndhurst
8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, February 15 
Lower & Middle School Parent Visit
Preschool – Grade 8, Lyndhurst
8:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Sunday, March 5 
Upper School OPEN HOUSE
Grades 9 – 12, Gates Mills
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 9 
Lower & Middle School OPEN HOUSE
Preschool – Grade 8, Lyndhurst
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 19 
Upper School Morning Visit
Grades 9 – 12, Gates Mills
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Application Timelines

Round I (Grades 4-12) 
Round II (PS- 3)
Application/FA Deadlines:   
December 14 
January 27
Notification Dates:  
January 13 
February 24
Response Dates:  
January 27 
March 10


Applications completed after the above timelines will be considered on a rolling admission basis and may be subject to limited space or funding availability.

Application Process

1

Create an Online Account

To begin the application process, create an online account by clicking here. Then submit the following forms online: 

Form 1: Biographical Form. Please include the $35 application fee and a photo of the applicant. 
Form 2: Parent Questionnaire
Form 3: Student Questionnaire (Grades 6-12 only)
 
2

Visiting Hawken's Campus

PS-Grade 5: Visit Day or Early Childhood Screening
Students applying to Grades 1-5 will visit classes for a full day and tour the campus. Both a math and reading assessment will be administered during the individual visit day.

Students applying to Preschool, Prekindergarten and Kindergarten will schedule two visits to Hawken. The initial visit will consist of a campus tour of the school prior to participating in Early Childhood screenings held on January 27 (Preschool applicants)and January 28 (Preschool Prekindergarten and Kindergarten applicants).

Please call the Lower and Middle School Admission Office at 440-423-2950 to schedule your child's visit day. Parents of all applicants are also highly encouraged to take a campus tour and to meet with a member of the admission staff.

Grades 6-12: Visit Day & Interview
Please call the Upper School Admission Office at 440-423-2955 to schedule a personal visit day. Students will visit classes, tour the campus, and have an interview. Parents are also highly encouraged to take a campus tour and to meet with a member of the admission staff. If visitors would like to meet with a particular coach, activity leader, or instructor, please inform the Admission Office when the visit day is arranged.
3

Recommendation Forms

PS-Grade 5
Hawken requires Teacher and Head/Principal/Counselor recommendations for applicants to Grades 1-5 and an Early Childhood Recommendation for Preschool, Prekindergarten and Kindergarten applicants who are currently in a a school program.

Grades 6-12
Hawken requires recommendations from an applicant's current English and math teachers and the Head/Principal/Counselor.

An optional Personal Recommendation may also be submitted for Preschool – 12th Grade applicants by an adult who knows the applicant well, such as a coach, clergy member, scout leader, music or art instructor, a neighbor or an additional teacher. All teacher recommendations are submitted through the online application process.
4

School Transcripts

Applicants to Grades 1-12 should arrange for an official copy of their transcript to be sent directly to Hawken's Admission Office by submitting the School Records Release form to their current school. Hawken requires transcripts from the 2016-2017 (through at least the first marking period) and 2015-2016 academic years.
5

Testing

PS-Grade 8
Applicants to Hawken Lower School will be administered age-appropriate standardized tests, screenings, and evaluations as part of the admission process.

The Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) is required for students applying to Grade 5-8. Students wishing to be considered in the regular applicant pool should take the ISEE prior to the end of December 2016. Applicants may register online for the test at iseetest.org. Please note that the deadline to register for the test is three weeks prior to the test date. Hawken's Lower and Middle School ISEE code is 365940.

The ISEE is offered at Hawken’s Lyndhurst campus for applicants to Grades 5-8 on the following dates:
November 19, 2016 December 10, 2016 February 11, 2017 March 11, 2017

Grade 6-12
The Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) is required for students applying to Grade 5-8. Students wishing to be considered in the regular applicant pool should take the ISEE prior to the end of December 2016. Applicants may register online for the test at iseetest.org. Please note that the deadline to register for the test is three weeks prior to the test date. Hawken's Upper School ISEE code is 361262.

The ISEE is offered at Hawken’s Upper School for applicants to Grades 9-12 on the following dates:
November 19, 2016 December 10, 2016 February 18, 2017

For students entering 11th and 12th grades, submission of PSAT, SAT I, or ACT scores is acceptable for exams taken within the last year.

FAQ

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Hawken School | Lower & Middle Schools, 5000 Clubside Rd, Lyndhurst, OH 44124
Upper School, PO Box 8002 (12465 County Line Rd), Gates Mills, OH 44040
Gries Center, 10823 Magnolia Dr, Cleveland, OH 44106
440.423.4446