Admissions   top

From the Head of School & Principal, Liz Swift:

Liz SwiftDear Prospective Students, Parents, and Friends,

I invite you to explore our school through a personal visit, at open houses, and via this website, our admissions brochure, and our brief video. You will discover a vibrant community and an educational experience that offers the best in contemporary practices and technology — all within the setting of a beautiful, historic facility.

Confident, Creative Young Women
Holy Names Academy students graduate as confident, creative young women who are prepared for college and for life. Our program is designed so that each student can discover and develop her own unique talents and interests. The opportunities are unlimited—from academics to athletics to the arts to community service.

Guided by the charism of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, our faculty and staff are committed to bringing out the best in each young woman under their direction. They will challenge her to expand her horizons, provide her with personalized support, and encourage her to develop her goals and dreams.

A Lifetime of Connection and Friendship
An Academy education is more than a four-year experience; it is a lifetime of connection and friendship. Those of you who choose Holy Names Academy will make lifelong friends and experience a warm, welcoming community. The Academy has graduated more than 10,000 young women during its 137 years of serving the Seattle metropolitan area. Come and see what others before you have discovered. An Academy education will open doors to your future!

I look forward to meeting you and to speaking personally with you about the educational adventure that is Holy Names Academy.

Liz Eldredge Swift, Class of ’71
Head of School and Principal

An Open Letter of Gratitude to My High School

Holy Names Academy

America's Most Challenging High Schools
One of "America's Most Challenging High Schools"
–The Washington Post

Philosophy   top

Admission to Holy Names Academy is based on the school’s ability to meet the needs of the applicant and the applicant’s potential to benefit from the school’s philosophy and rigorous, college preparatory program. A student’s potential is evidenced by her written application, teacher evaluation, school report, academic transcript, report cards, standardized test scores at or above grade level, and satisfactory attendance/punctuality record.

Policy of Nondiscrimination
Holy Names Academy admits students of any religion, race, color, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. The school does not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, color, ethnicity or national origin in its administration or policies.

Our program best serves students who:

  • Have a solid foundation in academics.

  • Are self-disciplined and well organized.

  • Value a multicultural community.

  • Are kind, respectful, responsible, and contributing citizens.

  • Can successfully balance academic challenges with co-curricular activities.

  • Are open to spiritual growth and development.

The following are our general admissions standards:

  • Grades ranging from B’s to A’s.

  • Excellent behavioral, attendance, and punctuality records.

  • Exceptional recommendations from teacher and principal.

  • Scores at or above grade level on the Holy Names Academy Scholarship/Placement Exam.

Application Process   top

 The admissions process for students wishing to enter in the 2019-2020 school year is now open. Holy Names Academy offers an online admissions application and registration process. Alternatively, downloadable forms are available on this website (see links below).

For an overview of the admissions process and comprehensive information about the school, view/download the
Holy Names Academy Admissions Handbook

Open House Winter 2019

Incoming 9th Graders for Fall 2019:

1.    Attend the HNA Fall Open House (on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, noon-3 p.m.) and/or Winter Open House (on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 6:30-8:30 p.m.).  Attending an open house is optional but recommended. No RSVP or reservations necessary; parents strongly encouraged to attend, too.

2.    Schedule a Campus Visit at HNA (optional).

3.    Complete the Student Application for Admission to Holy Names Academy by Wednesday, January 9, 2019.
• You can do this online via Ravenna Solutions: Create an account or log in with an existing account, then choose Holy Names Academy from the School Directory. By completing the application online, you will also be able to register online for the required HNA Scholarship/Placement Exam (see item 4 below).
• You can submit a written application (PDF) to HNA via mail or in person.
Either method requires a non-refundable application fee of $35.

4.    Register in advance for the Holy Names Academy Scholarship/Placement Exam. The exam is required. The next exam date is Saturday, January 12, 2019. (Exams were also offered in December 2018.)  Registration for the exam is available as part of the online application process, or you can download and submit an exam registration form.  If you apply via a written application, you must also submit a separate exam registration form. Either method requires an additional, non-refundable registration fee; for the January 12 exam, the fee is $50.

5.    Submit the Confidential School Report and Teacher Evaluation Form (PDF) to your current principal.  Ask her/him to complete the form and forward it directly to Holy Names Academy.  NOTE: This is a common form used by several Seattle-area Catholic high schools and may be photocopied for multiple use.

In addition, your principal should forward directly to HNA a copy of the following:
•    Official transcript/permanent record
•    Standardized test scores from current/previous years
•    Report cards from the preceding two years
•    Grades/progress reports from the current year

6. If your family plans to apply for financial aid, be sure your parents read Financial Aid at Holy Names Academy 2019-2020 School Year (PDF).

Transfer Students:

The admissions process for transfer students is the same as for incoming 9th graders (see above). Applicants for the 10th grade are required to take the Holy Names Academy Scholarship/Placement Exam. Applicants for the 11th and 12th grades are not required to take the exam, but must include their most recent standardized exam scores with their application.

All application materials should be directed to:
Ms. April Little
Vice Principal of Academics
Holy Names Academy
728 21st Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98112-4022
(206) 323-4272


Catholic High School Information Nights, 7–9 p.m.
Families from all middle schools are welcome to attend whichever evening is most convenient. Representatives of eight Catholic high schools, including Holy Names Academy, will attend:

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Assumption St. Bridget School (Ravenna)

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Holy Rosary School (West Seattle)

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Sacred Heart School (Eastside)

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

St. George School (Beacon Hill)

Thursday, October 11, 2018

St. Luke School (Shoreline)

Fall Open House at Holy Names Academy
Sunday, October 21, 2018
Noon – 3 p.m. at HNA
(Attending an Open House is optional but recommended. No RSVP necessary.)

Holy Names Academy Scholarship/Placement Exam
The Scholarship/Placement Exam is required for all prospective 9th graders.
Saturday, December 8, 2018, or Sunday, December 9, 2018
ADDITIONAL EXAM DATE: Saturday, January 12, 2019
8:15a.m. – 12:45 p.m. at HNA

Financial Aid
Separate application. Application process will open in November 2018.
Deadline: December 31, 2018 

Winter Open House at Holy Names Academy
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at HNA
(Attending an Open House is optional but recommended.)

Application Deadline
January 9, 2019

The Scholarship/Placement Exam is required for all prospective 9th graders.
Saturday, January 12, 2019
8:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. at HNA

Decision Letters Mailed
February 14, 2019

New Student Reply Forms and Registration Fee Due
February 28, 2019

9th-Grade Registration
March 3, 2019

Scholarship/Placement Exams   top

Next Exam Date: Sat., January 12, 2019

As a part of the admissions application process, Holy Names Academy administers a required Scholarship/Placement Exam to all prospective 9th graders. The next exam, for admission in Fall 2019, will be offered on Saturday, January 12, from 8:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. either day.

A registration form for the exam can be downloaded here. Prospective students who apply for admission via online application (Ravenna Solutions) are automatically registered for the exam.

The exam is one of several components used to determine admission status, placement, and scholarship awards. It consists of a writing sample as well as a standardized, multiple-choice exam including sections in verbal and mathematical areas. Each section is timed according to its length. Students will not need to bring a calculator or pencil; all necessary materials are provided. Lunch and snacks are provided.

Campus Visitation   top


Visiting HNA is the best way for a prospective student to see the daily workings of the school's unique and exciting environment. Visitors will spend the day with a trained student host, attending classes and other school-day activities. Student hosts vary in grade level and interests. Visitors will meet current students and teachers and see firsthand what HNA is all about. A visit to HNA does not imply admission to the school. Campus visits are scheduled on two to three days per week from October through early January; specific dates are predetermined by the school and are subject to space availability and school events.

To set up a campus visit:
• Contact the Admissions Office at (206) 720-7805 or at to request a date for your visit.
• Confirm the date with parents and current teachers.

On the day of the visit:
• Dress in accordance with the HNA Dress Code.
• The HNA Café lunch entrée is provided. The visiting student may also want to bring a snack or money to purchase additional items from the Café.
• Arrive at HNA at 7:45 a.m.; enter through the front door on 21st Avenue East.
• Arrange to be picked up in front of HNA on 21st Avenue East at 2:40 p.m.

Tuition   top

The tuition and fee schedules approved by the Holy Names Academy Board of Trustees for the 2018-2019 school year are listed below. The tuition and fee schedule for the 2019-2020 school year will reflect a modest increase over these amounts:

Application Fee: $35 (non-refundable)

Registration Fee: $550 (non-refundable) new students; $400 returning students

Tuition: $16,992 per student (in 2018-2019)

Late Fee: $35 per month on each payment received after the 5th of the month

At the time of registration, parents will choose one of the following four tuition-payment schedules:
• Monthly for 12 months, May 1 through April 1
• Quarterly on May 1, August 1, November 1, and February 1
• Semi-annually on May 1 and November 1
• Annually on May

The first tuition payment at any level of frequency (monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, or annually) is due on the May 1 preceding the start of the school year.

• Books: $370–$500 (for new books, print & digital). Some used books are available; be sure to buy the correct edition. The textbook list is made available in August, and a book sale is held at HNA in August. Students must purchase their textbooks before the academic year begins.
• Student Activity Fee: $150 (Grades 9-11), $310 (Grade 12). Covers yearbook, ASB card, class retreats, testing fees, organizer book, handbook, directory, etc. Does not include class fees. Grade 12 fee includes graduation expenses.
• Private music lessons (optional): $600 per semester.

Financial Aid   top


An important part of the mission of Holy Names Academy is to serve students from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds.  For the 2018-2019 school year, $1.56 million in financial aid was available to Holy Names Academy families.  Currently, 32.3% of enrolled students receive some level of need-based aid

Financial aid is awarded both directly from Holy Names Academy and via the Academy from the Fulcrum Foundation of the Archdiocese of Seattle.  Financial aid may include a Holy Names Academy grant, an endowed scholarship, a student work-study assignment, or a Fulcrum Foundation grant.

The financial-aid application process for the 2019-2020 school year is now open. The application deadline for financial aid is December 31, 2018. Financial-aid applications must be completed each year. Click here for information and application instructions.

Incoming 9th-grade students may anticipate confirmation of financial-aid awards in mid-February.  Returning students may anticipate confirmation of financial-aid awards prior to the start of tuition payments for the next academic year.


Academic Scholarships   top

Holy Names Academy seeks to recognize young women who are academically outstanding. Awards of scholarships -- either one-time or renewable -- are based on academic merit, as shown by the student’s grades, her scores on the Scholarship/Placement Exam, teacher evaluation, school report, and application to HNA. No separate application for a scholarship is required.

FAQS   top

Is financial aid available?
Yes, for the 2018-2019 school year, nearly a third (32.3%) of all HNA students received some level of aid.

Are academic scholarships awarded?
Yes. A limited number of scholarships, either one-time or renewable, are offered at the time of acceptance, and are based on academic merit as shown by the student’s grades, her scores on the HNA Scholarship/Placement Exam, teacher evaluation, school report, and the contents of her application form. No separate application is required for academic scholarships. Consideration for scholarships requires taking the HNA Scholarship/Placement Exam and timely submission of all application materials.

When will I know if my daughter is admitted?
Decision letters for the Class of 2023—and for transfer students applying by the January 9, 2019, deadline—will be mailed in February 2019.

Is there a wait-list?
Applicants who meet HNA’s admissions criteria may sometimes be placed on a wait-list in February if the number of qualified applicants exceeds the capacity of the incoming 9th-grade class. Applicants on that wait-list will hear from the school no later than June; those who cannot be accommodated must subsequently re-apply for admission as a transfer student. There are no other wait-lists, such as a wait-list for applications.

Request Admission Packet   top

To receive an Holy Names Academy admissions packet, or arrange a campus visit for your 8th-grade student, please e-mail your request to the Admissions Office.

Please include: Parent's name, student's name, mailing address, phone number and e-mail. Please indicate student's current school and grade level.


Forms   top

Admissions Video  top