Any rising or current sixth, seventh, and eighth-grade girl can apply for admission to Hanger Hall. We are seeking a diverse student population with girls who bring a range of interests, backgrounds, and strengths to our school. We hope to enroll students who have the desire to participate fully in our program and parents who are willing to support their daughters and the school in a variety of ways.
Parents or students may request an application packet by phone or download it from our website. A completed application and application fee are required prior to any assessment, day-long visit, and admissions decision.
II. Admissions Decisions
Our goal is for each girl to have a fulfilling and successful experience at Hanger Hall. We strive to make thoughtful admission decisions and evaluate whether our school’s mission and program are a good match for each applicant.
Admission decisions are individually determined and are based upon past school performance, teacher recommendations, and parent interviews. Interested applicants spend one full day shadowing a current student, during which time teacher observations—as well as assessments in math and language arts—are collected to be considered in the admissions decision.
Criteria for admissions to Hanger Hall include:
- Grade-level or above academic achievement (based on our assessments and transcripts)
- Satisfactory teacher recommendations reflecting an individual’s character and work ethic
- Parent(s) interview with the Head of School
- Successful day of shadowing
- In rare circumstances, we might need to ask for additional evaluations and/or information prior to accepting/enrolling a student. Any extra assessment or evaluation that utilizes a community professional would be at parents’ expense.
If an applicant has received a positive admissions decision, enrollment will be determined by the number of applicants, the number of openings, and the characteristics of a given class. In some instances, enrollment will be contingent upon the availability of financial aid.
Applicants and their family are notified by mail of their acceptance. Parents will receive an enrollment contract to be signed and returned to the school along with the required deposit. Once these items have been returned to Hanger Hall the applicant will be considered enrolled.
a. Waiting Pool
If an applicant meets the criteria for admission, but is applying for enrollment in a grade that is full, the student will be placed in a waiting pool for her grade level. A waiting pool does not imply “first listed/first served” commitment on the part of the school. When vacancies do occur, the Head of School will select from students in the waiting pool based on a variety of criteria
b. Sibling Enrollment
Siblings of current and past Hanger Hall families are given enrollment priority as space is available in each of the classes. Consideration will only be given to those students who have met the criteria for acceptance and those families who are in good standing with the school.
As in the case of siblings, children of faculty members will be given enrollment priority if they have met the criteria for acceptance.
If a student meets most admissions criteria, but has significant challenges or deficiencies in one area, enrollment might be contingent upon the parents’ willingness to provide additional support (such as tutoring and/or counseling) at the family’s expense. Such an agreement would be included in the enrollment contract.
During the early admissions process if an applicant is challenged or deficient in one or both of our assessment areas Hanger Hall may choose to place the applicant in the wait pool with a reassessment in the spring. At that time if the applicant has demonstrated growth in these areas they will be offered admission contingent upon availability.
Admissions decisions are need-blind, but the ability to enroll a child who needs financial support will be contingent upon the availability of financial aid. All families who will need financial aid should request the forms and complete them by the stated deadlines. In the event that a family does not qualify for financial aid and is unable to enroll, they will be released from their enrollment contract and their deposit refunded.
IV. Non-discrimination Policy
Candidates are evaluated on the basis of their qualifications, abilities and merit. Hanger Hall does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of its admissions, educational policies, financial aid programs, and other school-administered programs.