The School Visit: After an initial discussion with the Head of School and/or the Admissions Director, a school visit may be scheduled. The visiting student will ideally fully participate in two complete school days at Headwaters Academy. Given the block schedule, any two consecutive days between Monday and Thursday, are ideal for the visit. The school visit allows the student and the HWA staff the opportunity to determine if the application process should be pursued further. Please contact Faye McDonough in Admissions to discuss a student visit.
The Written Application: If the school visit leads to continued interest by both the applicant and the Headwaters Academy representatives, a written application is to be completed. As HWA desires for its students to be successful, a number of pertinent forms are to be completed and submitted. They include Student and Family Information, Student Profile and Writing, the Parents’ Written Interview, two Educational Recommendations, and a Permission to Release Information (academic and behavioral). This last form is not sent to the current school until the end of the school year. Also, parents will submit the student's most recent progress report and the last 2 years of standardized test scores. All written application and submitted materials, including a $50.00 application fee, are to be mailed to the Director of Admissions at the school’s mailing address.
The Personal Interview After all written application and submitted materials are received, and assuming that the information received is consistent with Headwaters Academy’s standards, a personal interview is scheduled with the parents/guardians and the prospective student. Prospective students and families are generally notified within 48 hours of the interview whether the student will be offered admission or placed on the waiting list if the class is full.
Also, a family’s request for financial aid information or a family’s financial status is not considered part of the admission criteria. Financial aid is available to assist covering tuition at Headwaters Academy for eligible families through School & Student Services by the National Association of Independent Schools. SSS is a service of NAIS.
If an applicant is qualified for admission, and we do not have a space available for him or her at that time, we may place the applicant on our qualified wait list. Applicants are not ranked. On a yearly basis, students who remain on the list will need to be re-interviewed by the Head of School and parents will need to reapply for financial aid.
An Admission Committee, made up of faculty and administrators, will refer to this wait list to fill any openings that may occur between May and August. When a vacancy becomes available, the Admission Committee reviews all applicant files in the group. The Committee considers many variables including the dynamic and balance of the class in the Headwaters Academy learning environment, as well as priority for qualified siblings of currently enrolled students, or two qualified siblings applying to the school.
Please note Headwaters Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, or sexual orientation in the administration of its educational policies, scholarship and grant programs, and other school-administered programs.