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									                                             Admission Calendar 2008-2009

September                                                                              January
Lower School Open House ....................................... 10                     Assessment for rising 2nd - 5th ................................... 15
9:30 am                                                                                9:30 am

Admission Tailgate Party ............................................. 12              All School Open House ............................................. 22
                                                                                       9:30 am
October
                                                                                       Assessment for rising 2nd - 5th ................................... 29
Lower School Open House ......................................... 7                    9:30 am
9:30 am

SSAT ........................................................................... 11    February
                                                                                       SSAT ............................................................................. 7
Fall Festival ................................................................. 17

All School Open House ............................................. 28                 March
6:00 pm
                                                                                       SSAT ............................................................................. 7

November
                                                                                       Lower School Open House ....................................... 12
Assessment for rising PK ........................................5 & 6
                                                                                       9:30 am
9:30 am

SSAT ............................................................................. 8
                                                                                       April
Assessment for rising K5 & 1st............................12 & 13                      SSAT ........................................................................... 18
9:30 am


December                                                                               June
                                                                                       SSAT ........................................................................... 13
SSAT ........................................................................... 13




      Hammond School 854 Galway Lane                • Columbia, SC 29209 • T: (803) 776-0295 • F: (803) 776-0122 • www.hammondschool.org
                                               The Admission Process
Hammond seeks to bring together a group of young and capable students who will benefit and grow from the challenging, but
nurturing environment. The Admission Committee evaluates each student on the basis of a personal visit, admission testing,
academic record, and teacher recommendations (Some requirements are grade appropriate). The committee also places a large
emphasis on good character, emotional maturity, curiosity and intellectual ability. Hammond best serves those students who are
prepared and motivated to meet the requirements of college preparatory environment.

We are pleased you are exploring Hammond School and look forward to working with you during this exciting time for you and
your family. Below you will find helpful information to guide you through the admission process.

Step 1: School Visit
Schedule a visit to Hammond by contacting the Admission’s Department to meet with you at your convenience or attend one of
our Open House Events listed on our calendar.

Step 2: Submit an application
Submit a completed application with the $75 application fee.

Step 3: Teacher recommendations and Transcripts (Grades Pre-Kindergarten - Grade 12)
Provide these forms to your child’s current teachers and principal, and guidance counselor (transcript) along with an envelope
addressed to the Admission Department.

Step 4: Student Visitation/Assessment /Admission Testing
Applicants will be asked to visit the campus to spend part of a school morning (Pre-Kindergarten - 1st) or a full day with their age
group (2nd - 5th). Hammond teachers will spend time with each candidate to observe cognitive, physical, and social development.
Students entering grades 6th - 12th can arrange for a visit by calling our office for a time convenient to their schedule. We also
ask applicants to submit their most recent test scores from one or more of the following tests: SSAT, PSAT, SAT, ACT, ERB, ISEE,
Stanford, Iowa Test of Basic Skills, Otis-Lennon, or other official state standardized test. Hammond reserves the right to require
an applicant to take additional testing.

                                           Assessment/Testing Dates
Lower School (Grades Pre-Kindergarten - Grade 5)
Assessment and visit day for rising Pre-Kindergarten                           November 5 & 6
Assessment and visit day for rising Kindergarten                               November 12 & 13
Assessment and visit day for rising 2nd - 5th                                  January 15 & 29
* Upon receipt of your application, the Office of Admission will notify you of your child’s assigned assessment day*

Middle and Upper School (Grades 5-12)
Hammond welcomes applicants to visit campus and attend classes throughout the school year. A visit can be scheduled by calling
the Office of Admission.
Hammond requires all applicants for grades 6 and above to submit their most recent test scores from one or more of the following
tests: SSAT, PSAT, SAT, ACT, ERB, ISEE, Stanford, Iowa Test of Basic Skills, Otis-Lennon, or other official state standardized
test. Hammond reserves the right to require an applicant to take additional testing. Hammond is recognized as a SSAT test site.
You may register for the SSAT online at www.ssat.org or by phone at 609-683-4400. Hammond’s school code is 3677. You may
take the SSAT at Hammond or any other designated test location throughout the year.

National SSAT Test Dates
October 11, 2008
November 8, 2008
December 13, 2008
January 10, 2009
February 7, 2009
March 7, 2009
April 18, 2009
June 13, 2009
If you can’t take the SSAT on a regularly scheduled date, Hammond provides the SSAT Flex Test throughout the year. Please contact the Admissions department
to schedule a date and time for the SSAT.


     Hammond School 854 Galway Lane            • Columbia, SC 29209 • T: (803) 776-0295 • F: (803) 776-0122 • www.hammondschool.org
                                                     Affordability

Hammond’s financial aid program was designed to help the school enroll a talented, bright, socially and economically diverse
group of students who might otherwise not be able to attend Hammond. For the 2008-2009 school year, Hammond provided over
$1.1 million in financial aid to qualifying families. Financial aid is granted to families on the basis of demonstrated need through
the use of School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS). In using SSS, Hammond follows the Principles of Good Practice
outlined by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS):

    •   Financial aid awards will be made without regard to race, nationality, or ethnic origin.
    •   Financial aid will be determined on the basis of demonstrated need.
    •   Families must submit annually the financial statement by SSS.
    •   The financial aid process is 100% confidential.

Financial Aid Process
Families who feel they will or might need financial assistance to help cover the cost of Hammond are encouraged to indicate so
on the application for admission. The school will make available to all such families a Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) for
submission to School and Student Services for Financial Aid (SSS).

    •   Beginning in December, PFS information is mailed to returning families currently receiving aid, applicants who have
        indicated a request for financial aid on their application for admission, and others upon request.
    •   Parents are to complete the PFS online at www.nais.org/financialaid/sss. We encourage all returning Hammond
        families to complete this process by March 1, 2009.
    •   Provide Hammond with a copy of your most recent 1040, copy of W-2 forms, 1099, or other forms filed by you or your
        business.
    •   Families will be notified in early April.

Renewals
Every financial aid award is made for one year and will be reviewed annually. Each year, and for each child, parents must submit
the necessary forms to School and Student Services for Financial Aid (SSS). While significant changes in a family’s financial
circumstances can impact the Report of Family Contribution (RFC), the Financial Aid Committee’s goal is to maintain funding at
proportionate levels over a student’s year of enrollment. The Committee is also empowered to increase or reduce the amount of
the annual award based on the student’s overall performance at Hammond.

Priorities
An application for financial aid is considered only after the student has been admitted to Hammond. Applicants accepted for
admission and qualifying for need-based financial aid outnumber those whom we can afford to support; therefore some students
will be accepted to Hammond but not awarded financial aid for the academic school year. Consideration for financial aid is given
in the following order. Funds are not reserved for families whose PFS or tax forms are received late.

    •   Applications from current financial aid recipients who have completed all financial aid forms by the deadline.
    •   New applications from currently enrolled families, if completed by the deadline.
    •   New applications from candidates accepted by the Admission Committee for enrollment.
    •   Applications completed after the specified deadlines, as long as funds remain available.

Confidentiality
All information relating to the financial aid application process is held in the strictest confidence. The only individuals with access
to financial aid files are members of the Financial Aid Committee.

For any specific questions, please call Matt Radtke at 803-776-0295.



    Hammond School 854 Galway Lane      • Columbia, SC 29209 • T: (803) 776-0295 • F: (803) 776-0122 • www.hammondschool.org
                                                                                                 Please attach
                                                                                                  a picture of

               Student Application                                                               the applicant
                                                                                                     here.




                                                                                           Date ________________
                                                                                                 M I    F I
A P P L I C A N T I N F O R M AT I O N (Please type or print)

Student’s Name __________________________________________________________________________________
                      first                        middle                         last                           preferred name

Home Address _______________________________ Telephone (________)________________________________

City, State, Zip ___________________________________________________________________________________

Current Grade _____ Applying for Grade _____ Age _____ Birthdate _________ Place of Birth ________________

Proposed Date of Entrance     (Grade & Year) ________________________   Social Security Number _______________________

Current School/Program____________________________________________ Telephone (______)_______________



PA R E N T / G U A R D I A N I N F O R M AT I O N
Father’s full name _________________________________              Mother’s full name_______________________________

Father is called _________________________________                Mother is called_________________________________

Street Address _________________________________                  Street Address__________________________________

City, State, Zip _________________________________                City, State, Zip__________________________________

Occupation/Title ________________________________                 Occupation/Title ________________________________

Employer______________________________________                    Employer ______________________________________

Business Phone ___________ Home Phone _________                   Business Phone ___________ Home Phone__________

E-mail ________________________________________                   E-mail ________________________________________

The best way to communicate with me during business hours is :           I Home     I Business     I Cell   I E-mail

Student resides with (please check all that apply):     I Mother and Father        I Mother      I Father        I Guardian

I Stepfather   I Stepmother        I Father is deceased     I Mother is deceased         I Parents are divorced or separated


P E R S O N A L I N F O R M AT I O N
Does the applicant have any musical, artistic, athletic, dramatic, leadership or other extracurricular interests? ________

_______________________________________________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________________________________
Has the applicant ever been referred for or received professional, psychological or personal counseling?            I Yes I No
Does the applicant have a physical health problem of which the school should be aware? (This may include special
diets, prescriptions, or limitations on normal activities)   I Yes I No     If yes, please specify.___________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________

Has the applicant ever been suspended, expelled or withdrawn from another school or been arrested or detained by law
officials?   I Yes I No        If yes, please explain _______________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________

What are your expectations of Hammond? _____________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________

Describe your child’s strength: _______________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________

Describe your child’s weaknesses:____________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________

Has the applicant ever attended a school or program designed for students who have academic or other needs (such as
programs for the gifted, special-learning, etc.)     I Yes I No      If so, please describe_________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________

Please list the names, birthdates, grades and schools of all brothers and sisters of the applicant.
Brother _______________________________________                   Sister ________________________________________
Brother _______________________________________                   Sister ________________________________________
Brother _______________________________________                   Sister ________________________________________
Please list the names and relationships of all relatives who attend or attended Hammond School __________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________
How did you learn about Hammond? __________________________________________________________________
Applying for Financial Aid?      I Yes I No


S I G N AT U R E S A N D A P P L I C AT I O N F E E
Neither submitting nor receiving an application constitutes a commitment by either Hammond or the undersigned. It is
understood that parents or guardians assume the responsibility for payment of all fees applicable to each year their
son/daughter is enrolled. The signatures below also certify that the applicant is of good character and agrees to abide by
the regulations of the school and to uphold the Hammond Honor code.

Applicant ________________________________________________________________________________________

Father ____________________________________ Mother ______________________________________________

                               PLEASE ENCLOSE A $75 NON-REFUNDABLE APPLICATION FEE


 Hammond School      G   854 Galway Lane, Columbia, South Carolina 29209     G   803.776.0295   G   www.hammondschool.org
              Parental Authorization for Records
                                    (for candidates seeking admission to 2nd through 12th grade)




To _____________________________________________________________________________________________
                                                           (Name of School)

School Address_________________________________ City_______________________State_____ Zip__________

Phone________________________________________________ Fax ______________________________________



As part of the admission process, Hammond School routinely contracts the applicant’s present school in order to obtain

records of class work, general attitude, disciplinary action, and standardized testing results. This information is necessary

so that we may have a complete picture of the applicant.



I hereby authorize the above school to forward the following information requested by Hammond School for my

son/daughter, ___________________________________________________________________________________.

    1. Transcript of academic record, including courses taken grades received.

    2. Teacher evaluations.

    3. Attendance records.

    4. Results of achievement tests.

    5. Results of aptitude tests.

    6. If applicable, copies of special personal evaluation or psychological reports.

    7. Immunization Record.

    8. Reports of disciplinary action from school or district.



This information will become a part of the school records of Hammond School.



Please sign the authorization below so that we may be in contact with your child’s present school.

Signed__________________________________________________________________ Date __________________


                                Please send to Hammond School with application.
                           Hammond School will request records from your current school.



Hammond School      G   854 Galway Lane, Columbia, South Carolina 29209           G   803.776.0295   G   www.hammondschool.org
                                                               Applicant Statement
                                                (to be completed by candidates applying to 7th - 12th grades)


PERSONAL INFORMATION
The following topics are intended to provide us with a sense of who you are, your interests and your goals. If you need more space,
please attach a separate sheet. Handwrite your response.

Name ________________________________________________________________________________________________

Home Address _________________________________________________________________________________________


TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF
Academic Strengths. _____________________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________________________

Define your best trait or characteristic. _______________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________________________

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why? ______________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________________________

Describe an idea, value, or issue about which you are passionate .__________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________________________________________

I have completed this application in good faith and to the best of my ability. The application answers and essays are entirely my
own work.


Student’s Signature _______________________________________________________ Date _________________________

Hammond School abides by both the spirit and the letter of the law in all it’s employment and admission policies. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion,
gender, sexual orientation or national or ethnic origin.




      Hammond School 854 Galway Lane                    • Columbia, SC 29209 • T: (803) 776-0295 • F: (803) 776-0122 • www.hammondschool.org
                                                        Activities
                                  (to be completed by candidates applying to 7th - 12th grades)


Please tell us about your extracurricular activities (sports, fine arts, leadership, community services, etc.). If necessary, you may
use a separate sheet of paper for details.

     ACTIVITY              POSITION/         HIGHEST LEVEL           TOTAL YEARS          AWARDS OR              WOULD YOU
                             ROLE                 OF                     OF                SPECIAL                LIKE TO
                                             INVOLVEMENT            INVOLVEMENT          RECOGNITION            CONTINUE AT\
                                                                                                                 HAMMOND


     Example:                                                                             Coaches’ Award
                             Guard               8th Grade                  3                                          Yes
     Basketball                                                                             7th Grade


     Example:                                                                              Lead role in 2
                            Actress              8th Grade                  3                                          Yes
      Drama                                                                                   plays




Additional Information:



    Hammond School 854 Galway Lane      • Columbia, SC 29209 • T: (803) 776-0295 • F: (803) 776-0122 • www.hammondschool.org
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF
Academic Strengths _______________________________________________________________________________

 _______________________________________________________________________________________________

 _______________________________________________________________________________________________

 _______________________________________________________________________________________________

Define your best trait or characteristic _________________________________________________________________

 _______________________________________________________________________________________________

 _______________________________________________________________________________________________

 _______________________________________________________________________________________________

 _______________________________________________________________________________________________

 _______________________________________________________________________________________________



If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why? _______________________________________________

 _______________________________________________________________________________________________

 _______________________________________________________________________________________________

 _______________________________________________________________________________________________

 _______________________________________________________________________________________________

 _______________________________________________________________________________________________



Describe an idea, value, or issue about which you are passionate ___________________________________________

 _______________________________________________________________________________________________

 _______________________________________________________________________________________________

 _______________________________________________________________________________________________

 _______________________________________________________________________________________________

 _______________________________________________________________________________________________


I have completed this application in good faith and to the best of my ability. The application answers and essay are entire-
ly my own work.



Student’s Signature_________________________________________________________ Date _________________


Hammond School abides by both the spirit and the letter of the law in all its employment and admission policies. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color,
religion, gender, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.




Hammond School             G   854 Galway Lane, Columbia, South Carolina 29209                              G   803.776.0295         G   www.hammondschool.org
                                        Recommendation
                            (to be completed by the applicant’s principal, counselor or current teacher
                                   for candidates seeking admission to 2nd through 12th grades)




Student’s name___________________________________________________________________________________

School__________________________________________________________________________________________



TO PRINCIPAL, COUNSELOR, OR TEACHER
The student named above is a candidate for admission to Hammond School. The Admission Committee places consider-
able weight on the academic and personal qualifications of each applicant. This recommendation is vital to our process.
Your comments and evaluation are used for admission purposes only and will not become part of the candidate’s perma-
nent record should the applicant be admitted. All information included in this form is confidential. Thank you for taking your
valuable time to complete this evaluation.



How long have you known the applicant? ______________________________________________________________


What adjectives or phrases come to mind in describing this student? Please note strengths and weaknesses. ________

_______________________________________________________________________________________________

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Hammond is a highly competitive co-educational school offering grades Kindergarten through 12th grade. Emphasis is
placed on academic achievement and active involvement in the school community.

In relation to other students you have known, please evaluate this student in the following areas to the best of your ability.

                                                    Excellent                  Above                    Average                   Below                 No Basis for
                                                    TOP 10%                   Average                                            Average                 Evaluation

Academic Potential                                        I                       I                         I                        I                         I
Academic Achievement                                      I                       I                         I                        I                         I
Involvement in School Affairs                             I                       I                         I                        I                         I
Intellectual Curiosity                                    I                       I                         I                        I                         I
Originality                                               I                       I                         I                        I                         I
Effort/Drive                                              I                       I                         I                        I                         I
Ability to Work Independently                             I                       I                         I                        I                         I
Analytical Ability                                        I                       I                         I                        I                         I
Written Expression                                        I                       I                         I                        I                         I
Oral Communication                                        I                       I                         I                        I                         I
Class Participation                                       I                       I                         I                        I                         I
Study Habits                                              I                       I                         I                        I                         I
Honesty/Integrity                                         I                       I                         I                        I                         I
Self-discipline                                           I                       I                         I                        I                         I
Self-esteem                                               I                       I                         I                        I                         I
Maturity (relative to age)                                I                       I                         I                        I                         I
Respect Accorded by Peers                                 I                       I                         I                        I                         I
Respect Accorded by Faculty                               I                       I                         I                        I                         I
Leadership                                                I                       I                         I                        I                         I
Reaction to Criticism                                     I                       I                         I                        I                         I

If the applicant rates below average in any area, please elaborate. __________________________________________

 _______________________________________________________________________________________________

 _______________________________________________________________________________________________


I recommend this student for admission to Hammond…
I Enthusiastically                  I Without reservation                     I With reservation*                    I Not at all*

* Please explain:__________________________________________________________________________________


Signature __________________________________________________________ Date _______________________

Printed Name ______________________________________________________ Title _________________________

School Address___________________________________________________________________________________

City/State/Zip_____________________________________________________ Telephone _____________________

Yes, I would like to receive additional information about Hammond                                   I Yes         I No
Hammond School abides by both the spirit and the letter of the law in all its employment and admission policies. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color,
religion, gender, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.



Hammond School              G   854 Galway Lane, Columbia, South Carolina 29209                             G   803.776.0295         G   www.hammondschool.org
                        School Report & Transcript
Please complete both sides of this form and attach:   1. An official transcript
                                                      2. Description of school sectioning and grading policies
                                                      3. Record of students standardized testing results



_____________________________________ has been enrolled in ________________________________________
                 Candidate's Name                                                        Name of present school

Candidate was enrolled from _____________________ to _____________________.

School’s Mailing Address___________________________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________________________________

School’s Phone ____________________        Principal or School Head ________________________________________



Do you section the students according to ability? I Yes I No

If so, please indicate which sections or track the candidate is enrolled in. _____________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________________________________

If attendance and tardy records are not included on your school’s transcript, please indicate numbers here. __________

_______________________________________________________________________________________________

If the candidate has been in disciplinary trouble in your school, please describe. _______________________________

_______________________________________________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________________________________

Please comment on the candidate’s ability and achievement._______________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________________________________

Please state anything exceptional that may have affected the candidate’s progress to date._______________________

_______________________________________________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________________________________
How would you describe the candidate’s social and interpersonal relationships? With peers? With adults? ___________

_______________________________________________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________________________________



Additional thoughts and comments are welcome. ________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________________________________

_______________________________________________________________________________________________

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Name of person completing this form ___________________________________________________ Date _________


Title ____________________________________________________________________________________________


Signature _______________________________________________________________________________________


                           We appreciate the time and effort required to complete this evaluation.
                           Your thoughtful comments will help us better understand the candidate.


WA I V E R O F A C C E S S

    I will not seek access to this confidential recommendation submitted for the purposes of admission and
    academic counseling.

    1. Candidates and their families do not have access to their admission files during the application process.

    2. Non-matriculated, waiting list, and rejected candidates and their families do not have access to their files.

    3. Matriculated students and their families do not have access to their files if they have signed thier waiver.



    Candidate’s Signature _____________________________________________                             Date ________________

    Parent’s Signature ________________________________________________                             Date ________________




Hammond School      G   854 Galway Lane, Columbia, South Carolina 29209             G   803.776.0295     G   www.hammondschool.org

								
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