Welcome from the Admission Office

For 100 years a focus on character and intellect has remained a core value that distinguishes Hawken 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. Whether you join us for a group event, schedule an individual tour or visit day, or attend an athletics or arts event, we look forward to getting to know you better.

To contact our offices, call 440-423-2950 (grades preschool-8), or 440-423-2955 (grades 9-12).
Interested in applying to Hawken? Click the Apply Online button. We'll keep you up-to-date on admission events, process deadlines, and news from the school.

The best way to get to know us is to spend time on our campuses.

Save these dates for our campus visit events

Visit Hawken!

The best way to get to know Hawken is to spend time on our campuses. Individual visit days provide families the opportunity to tour the school, meet with admission staff members and to see classes in action. If we can make your visit to Hawken more informative – for example, by speaking with activity leaders and coaches or visiting specific classes – please let us know. Individual campus tours and visit days may be scheduled by contacting the Admission Office directly at 440-423-2950 (Lyndhurst Campus) or 440-423-2955 (Gates Mills Campus).

In addition, numerous events are scheduled both on and off campus throughout the school year to enable families to learn more about Hawken's forward-focused approach to education.

For directions to our Lyndhurst and Gates Mills campuses, please click here.
Preschool-Grade 8
Lyndhurst Campus
 
Tuesday, 9/25/18
9:00 am
Lower & Middle School Parent Visit
 
Sunday, 10/21/18
1:00 pm
All School Open House
 
Monday, 11/12/18
9:00 am
Lower & Middle School Parent Visit
 
Thursday, 12/6/18
9:00 am
Lower & Middle School Parent Visit
 
Sunday, 4/14/19
1:00 pm
All School Open House
Grades 9-12
Gates Mills Campus
 
Tuesday, 9/18/18
8:30 am
Upper School Parent Visit
 
Sunday, 10/21/18
1:00 pm
All School Open House
 
Sunday, 4/14/19
1:00 pm
All School Open House


Birchwood School
Sunday, 10/14/18
2pm
Birchwood Open House 

Sunday, 1/20/19
2pm
Birchwood Open House 


Application Timelines

Acceptance to Hawken is dependent on two factors: applicant qualifications and availability of space. Because spaces are limited and the applicant pool is competitive, it is to the candidate’s advantage to complete their application by the admission deadlines listed below. Applications completed after these deadlines will be considered on a rolling admission process based upon space availability.

          Grades 1-12         PS, PK, K        
Application/FA Deadlines:          January 18, 2019 January 25, 2019
Notification Dates:        February 15, 2019           February 22, 2019       
Responses Due: March 1, 2019 March 8, 2019
 
Applications completed outside the above timeline will be considered on a rolling admission basis and may be subject to limited space and/or Flexible Tuition.

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: 
  • Application: Please submit the $35 application fee and photo of the applicant with the application.
  • Parent/Guardian Questionnaire
  • Student Questionnaire (Grades 1-12)
 
2

Student Visits


Grades Preschool, Prekindergarten and Kindergarten: 

The Student Exploration Visit gives children an opportunity to explore our Early Childhood Center, The Nido. Not only will students enjoy navigating the many areas of the Nido designed specifically for young children, but this visit will also allow you to envision your child in the Hawken environment. Prekindergarten and kindergarten candidates will also participate in a brief activity during the one-on-one visit as part of the admission process. 

The Student Discovery Group is an interactive and engaging step in your child’s application experience. Along with a small group of peers, your child will spend an hour with Hawken faculty participating in meaningful activities. This will allow your child to experience the culture of a Hawken classroom while teachers are able to engage with and observe your child’s approach to learning. Sessions for 2019-2020 applicants are:
  • Thursday, January 10, 2019 (Kindergarten) 
  • Friday, January 11, 2019 (Preschool and Prekindergarten) 
  • Friday, January 25, 2019 (Preschool and Prekindergarten)
  • Saturday, January 26, 2019 (Preschool, Prekindergarten and Kindergarten)
  • Thursday, January 31, 2019 (Preschool and Prekindergarten) 
  • Friday, February 1, 2019 (Kindergarten)
Please call our Lower School Admission Office at 440-423-2950 to schedule student visits.

Grades 1-5: Student Shadow Day
Please call the Lower and Middle School Admission Office at 440-423-2950 to schedule a shadow day for your child. Students 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. Parents of all applicants are also highly encouraged to take a campus tour and to meet with a member of the admission staff.

Grades 6-8: Student Shadow Day
Please call the Admission Office at 440-423-2950 to schedule a shadow day for your child. Students will visit classes and tour the campus on this day. Parents are also highly encouraged to take a campus tour and to meet with a member of the admission staff.

Grades 9-12: 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 highly encouraged to take a campus tour and to meet with a member of the admission staff. If the applicant would like to meet with a particular coach or instructor, please inform the Admission Office when arranging the visit day.
3

Delegate the Evaluation and Recommendation Forms

Preschool, Prekindergarten, Kindergarten:
  • Teacher Observation Form: If you child is currently enrolled in a school or daycare program, use the prompt in the online application to send his/her current teacher a link to complete the Teacher Observation Form. Once the teacher has completed this information, it will be sent to us directly. This form is required for any student currently enrolled in a program. If your child is not currently nor has ever attended a program, please bypass this step in the application.
  • Personal Recommendation: An optional Personal Recommendation may also be submitted by an adult who knows your child well such as a music or art instructor, in-home caregiver, clergy member or neighbor.
Grades 1-12:
  • English and Math Evaluations: Delegate the Teacher Evaluation forms to the current English and math teachers from the online application using teacher email addresses. Teachers will complete and submit the evaluations online.
  • School Administrator or Guidance Counselor Evaluation: Delegate the evaluation to the appropriate Principal, Guidance Counselor, or school administrator. The administrator will complete and submit the evaluation online.
  • Optional Personal Recommendation: Delegate the optional personal recommendation to a non-family member who knows the applicant well, such as a coach, clergy member, scout leader, music or art instructor, or an additional teacher. The recommendation will be submitted online.
4

Print and Submit the School Records Release Form to Current School


Applicants to Grades 1-12 print and sign the School Records Release form through the online application and bring to the current school. Schools submit the requested records directly to the Hawken School Admission Office. Hawken requires transcripts and/or report cards from the 2018-19 school year (through the most recent marking period) and the complete 2017-18 academic year.
5

Testing


Preschool, Prekindergarten, Kindergarten:
Early childhood applicants are evaluated as part of the Student Exploration Visit and the Student Discovery Group.

Grades 1-4:
For applicants to Grades 1-4, a math and reading assessment will be administered during the applicant’s Shadow Day.
 
Grades 5-8:
The Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) is required for students applying to Grades 5-8. Students wishing to be considered in the regular applicant pool should take the ISEE prior to the end of December 2017. 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:
  • Saturday, November 17, 2018
  • Saturday, December 15, 2018
  • Saturday, January 12, 2019
Grades 9-12:
All students applying for grades 9-12 must submit ISEE scores. Applicants may register online for the test at iseetest.org. Please note that the deadline to register for the ISEE is three weeks prior to the test date. Hawken Upper School’s ISEE code is 361262. The ISEE is administered at Hawken School's Gates Mills campus for Grades 9-12 on the following dates:
  • Saturday, October 27, 2018
  • Saturday, November 17, 2018
  • Saturday, December 15, 2018
  • Saturday, January 12, 2019
For students entering 11th and 12th grades, submission of PSAT, SAT I, or ACT scores is acceptable for exams taken within the last year.

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An independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school, preschool through grade 12

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

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