Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I visit Holy Names?

    Prospective students are encouraged to participate in our Shadow Visit Program in order to experience life at Holy Names.  Shadow Visits are held Monday mornings from 7:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. Our Student Ambassadors are eager to show their classes to visitors and answer any questions about Holy Names. Eighth graders are invited to shadow during the fall, and we welcome seventh graders in the spring. Please see the Shadow Visit Calendar to register.
  • What other admissions events can prospective families attend?

    Holy Names hosts numerous admissions events throughout the year. Open House and Information Night occur in the fall and provide opportunities for the entire family to visit campus. We host Middle School Day for prospective students in the spring. We also have monthly Tea & Tour events. Please see the Admissions Calendar and contact the Office of Admissions to register.
  • Can I view your School Profile?

    Our School Profile is available here. You can learn more about the programs Holy Names offers as well as the impressive list of college acceptances for our recent graduates.
  • What public transportation options are available to Holy Names students?

    Holy Names students come from all over the Bay Area, and many utilize public transportation. AC Transit Bus 651 runs from 9th Street and Broadway to Holy Names in the morning and takes the reverse route after school. The route includes stops at the 12th and 19th Street BART stations.

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    Holy Names also offers shuttle van service to and from the Rockridge BART station. Click here to learn more about the HNHS shuttle van.

  • Does Holy Names accommodate students with learning differences?

    We understand that all students learn in different ways and that all have a desire to be successful. Our Educational Plan approach is designed to assist students with identified learning differences who need additional support to be successful in our college preparatory environment. Holy Names, in partnership with the student and her family, carefully craft an Educational Plan that contains information about the student’s disability, her strengths, areas of relative weakness and effective accommodations and instructional methods to be implemented across the curriculum. Many students also choose to participate in our Academic Success after school study program offered on Mondays and Thursdays for additional support and coaching.
  • How do I apply to Holy Names?

    Each applicant must complete the online application and submit the $80 application fee. Please see Apply Now for more information.
  • Is an interview required?

    We require all applicants and at least one parent or guardian to interview. The interview allows us to learn more about your interests and expectations for high school. The interview is also a great time to ask more questions about Holy Names.
  • What is the application deadline?

    The application deadline is Friday, January 3, 2014.
  • What standardized test is required to apply?

    Applicants must take the High School Placement Test (HSPT). Holy Names administers the HSPT on Saturday, January 11, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Applicants are automatically registered to take the HSPT at Holy Names when submitting an application.
  • Is there a Practice HSPT?

    Holy Names offers the Practice HSPT for seventh grade girls and boys on Saturday, April 12, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Families are then invited to receive and review their scores at a follow-up feedback session on Tuesday, May 6, from 7-8 p.m. The $35 fee includes all testing materials, snacks and the feedback session. Please register online here.
  • What is the tuition at Holy Names?

    Tuition for the 2014-2015 school year is $14,695.
  • Does Holy Names offer financial aid?

    Holy Names High School does offer financial aid to qualified families. Please see Tuition for more information.
  • When do families receive admission decisions?

    Admission decisions are mailed on Friday, March 14, 2014.
  • Does Holy Names accept transfer applications?

    Holy Names accepts transfer students into the 9th, 10th and 11th grades. Contact the Office of Admissions for more information.
  • How do I contact the Holy Names Office of Admissions?

    Allison Yee – Assistant Director of Admissions
    ayee@hnhsoakland.org
    510.450.1110 ext. 113