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Application Process

Ninth Grade Admission:
 

Step 1:Information Nights - Meeting held by school administration regarding requirements, explaining the entire process and a question and answer session.

  • Area middle schools during late November or December
    • Please contact your local middle school for dates
  • At HMSA during December or early January

Step 2: Submit complete application - All applications received during the acceptance window between the designated hours and days are considered complete. Complete applications will continue on through to the next step of the process.

 

Step 3: Random Lottery – If the school receives more applications than there are available openings, the school will conduct a random lottery at the District Office. The remainder of the students will participate in a random drawing for the remaining spaces and any student whose number is beyond the available space is placed on the reserve active list.  Admission preferences are listed below.

  1. Siblings of currently enrolled students (second year forward).
  2. Students who have continuously enrolled and completed grades 6 through 8 at a school governed by the Hawthorne School District.
  3. Students who have continuously enrolled and completed grades 7 through 8 at a school governed by the Hawthorne School District.
  4. Students who have continuously enrolled and completed grade 8 at a school governed by the Hawthorne School District.
  5. Residents of areas served by the Hawthorne School District.
  6. Children of the paid staff of HMSA and the District.
  7. Residents of other school districts within California.

Students on the wait-lists shall be carried forward from year to year.

 

Step 4: Assessment Exam for accepted students -

  • Students participate in an Algebra and English Skills assessment exams taken on a Saturday morning in the spring. The exam will begin at 8am. Students are expected to be in their seats no later than 7:55am.

 

Step 5: Orientation Interview and Compact Signing for accepted students - Families meet with administration for signing of compacts and review of summer classes and work.

 

Step 6: (Recommended) Summer Bridge Orientation - August

 

Tenth - Twelfth Grade Admission:

Transfer applications are accepted throughout the year.  Applicants will be placed on their corresponding waitlist.