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Admissions FAQ's


What are we looking for in an applicant?

We seek young women who are capable, curious and eager to learn, and will participate fully in the life of HNHS. Our admissions process takes into consideration the personal as well as academic qualities of each applicant.

What is the Inquiry?

School Admin is our one-stop shop for all things related to the admissions process. You can learn more about the admissions process, schedule a shadow visit and more all in one place. If you have any questions, please contact our admissions office.  This information is intended to inform you of upcoming events that we believe will be of interest to you. We do not share your contact information with any other organization.


How do I access the application?                                         

The application is only available online through our application portal School Admin.


When is the application deadline?                    

The application deadline for the 2018/19 school year was January 10 and priority will be given to those who applied by the deadline. If you would like to be considered for a late application, please contact Petra Rocha: (510) 450-1110 or procha@hnhsoakland.org.


What documentation is needed along with the application?

We Require:

The High School Placement Test (HSPT) entrance exam results.

We prefer that you test at Holy Names High School.  There is a $40 fee if testing at another location.  

Test Date: Saturday January 20th, 2018 at 8:00 am.

An official school transcript that shows all courses taken or the past three years.

Three recommendation forms from the principal, current Math, and English teacher.  Diocesan Recommendation Forms.

Transcripts, Test Scores and recommendation forms are due by Friday, February 2, 2018.


Admissions Process Questions


What is the process for transfer students?

Applications are available online. All transfer students must set up an interview with the Admissions Office after the application is filed.

High School Placement Test (HSPT)

Students applying for the 9th or 10th grade must register online for the HSPT.  Registration is available online at HSPT. The exam will take place at HNHS on January 20, 2018.



Once the application has been submitted and processed, student and parent(s) interviews will be scheduled mid-February, 2018.


Shadow Visits and Parent Tours

We encourage students to schedule a shadow visit during the school year to get a feel for what it is like to be a part of the HNHS community. Shadow visits are held every Monday (with holiday exceptions) from 8:00 am – 12:30 pm. Shadows are paired with students to experience Holy Names as a Monarch. Lunch is provided for the student with the student body. Parents are invited to stay from 8:00-9:00 am for a parent tour, followed by a Q&A with the admissions team. Register to be a Monarch for a morning by scheduling a shadow visit here.


We highly recommend that you attend Open House on Sunday, November 19 at noon to learn about Holy Names.


Financial Assistance & Scholarship Applications Due: February 2, 2018

All families who would like to be considered for tuition assistance must complete the FACTS application. FACTS is an outside agency that Holy Names uses to process the information provided by families. Submitting the form will allow families to be considered for both the Holy Names Tuition Assistance Program as well as the FACE (Family Aid to Catholic Education) Program, a Diocesan tuition assistance program.

Scholarship opportunities are available to all students who have completed an application. The HNHS Scholarship application is required, and the application period opens on January 10, 2018. The application will be posted on the HNHS Scholarship page on January 10.

Do you have to be Catholic to attend HNHS?

HNHS is proud to have a diverse community. Students from all religious and ethnic backgrounds are welcomed.


How many spaces are available?

HNHS continues to grow and we encourage interested students to apply by the deadline to insure a space for the 2018-2019 school year.

What does a typical freshman course load look like?

Freshman Full Year Schedule

Theology 1

English 9

Mathematics - Algebra 1, Geometry, Geometry Honors

Intro to Engineering  See the information about the national program Project Lead The Way.

World Language -Spanish, French and American Sign Language

Physical Education/Health

Visual Performing Arts Elective

Every student has access to an academic counselor.

Every student meets individually with the academic counselor to choose classes.  Math and language placement may include a school developed assessment to inform placement.

What support systems are in place for students?

All students are part of an Advisory Program to support students in managing their course requirements.

After school tutoring is available.

All families have access to Schoology for direct communication with teachers about assignments, homework and assessment data.

For additional information,  please contact the Admissions Office at admissions@hnhsoakland.org .