Admission Frequently Asked Questions

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR THE LOWER SCHOOL (K-5)

ADMISSION TESTING

Q: What is the cognitive assessment and how do I schedule that?

The cognitive assessment is an IQ test (WPPSI-IV) that is scheduled with one of our preferred licensed psychologists. Please contact the admission office before scheduling with a psychologist not on our list.

Once you have submitted your preliminary application and fee, the cognitive assessment information will be visible in your Ravenna-hub. All IQ results must be received no later than Feb. 1, 21017.

Q: How do I sign up for the K-1 classroom readiness visit?

You can schedule your classroom readiness visit through your Ravenna hub once you have submitted your preliminary application and fee.

Q: How do I sign up for the entrance exam?

All students in grades 2-5 must sign up to take the I.S.E.E. entrance exams at Harker on either Jan. 21 or 28. We do not accept I.S.E.E. scores taken outside of Harker. During this testing period, students will be engaged in additional lessons/activities with our teachers as a way to get to know them better.

In order to sign up for the I.S.E.E exam, please log in to your Ravenna account and submit the preliminary application, student interest form and the application fee to become an official applicant. Once you are an applicant, an invitation code for the date you would like to take the exam at Harker will appear in a second box in the entrance exam area of your Ravenna account. Please enter this code in the invitation code field, which will bring up the Harker site and allow you to register and pay for the exam. Registration for each exam closes two weeks before the exam date. A limited number of walk-ins will be accepted on Jan. 28 by invitation only (you must contact the admission office to confirm space).

You must insert the invitation code that is found on your Ravenna hub profile (under “entrance exam,” you choose the code based on the date you want). Once the Harker code is entered and you choose search, the Harker testing site information will appear below.

GRADES/TRANSCRIPTS

Q: Are transcripts (report cards/progress reports) required for K-5 applicants?

Kindergarten applicants: transcripts are optional, but we will accept report cards/readiness checklists if the current preschool provides them.

Grade 1: current kindergarten report card/progress report is required.

Grades 2-5: report cards/progress reports from the 2015-16 school year are required along with the most recent report for the current 2016-17 school year.

All transcripts must be sent directly from the school and should be received no later than Feb. 1, 2017.

REQUIRED FORMS TO COMPLETE THE APPLICATION

Q: My child’s current school has a policy of not completing teacher recommendation forms. What should we do?

We realize that some schools have a policy that does not permit teachers to complete teacher recommendations. These schools need to submit a letter stating their policy. We will not accept alternative letters of recommendations from anyone other than the current classroom teacher. This will not impact your application in any way.

Q: Does the teacher recommendation have to be from the current classroom teacher?

Yes. We will only accept teacher recommendations from the current classroom teacher, not from previous year or afterschool teachers.

Q: Have you received my teacher recommendations? Parent statement? Transcript? Test scores?

Please log in to your Ravenna account to view the checklist of items required to complete your application.

  • If it has been received, there will be a green check mark next to the item on the list to the right.
  • If there is not a green check mark, we may have received it, but not yet reviewed the document or uploaded it due to our winter break. There will be a delay until we return from break and are able to confirm receipt on your application checklist.

**Rest assured that we will contact you if there is anything missing from the application record, assuming you have completed the preliminary application, student interest form and submitted the application fee by Jan. 26, 2017.

Q: Do you accept mid-year/semester transfers?

We do not accept mid-year/semester transfers. We encourage you to apply now for admission for the 2016-17 academic year.

Frequently Asked Questions for the Middle School (6-8)

Admission Testing

Q: How do I sign up for the entrance exam?

We accept the S.S.A.T. or the I.S.E.E. entrance exams and do not accept any other exam. You may take either entrance exam at any location. Just be sure to enter our school code, listed below, so the scores are sent directly to us. I.S.E.E. and S.S.A.T. offer traditional group testing sites as well as options to take it individually, but at a higher fee. Please consult their websites for more details about your options.

The Harker School's codes are:
I.S.E.E.: 054148
S.S.A.T: 3711

If you are interested in taking the I.S.E.E. at Harker, which is a closed testing site (offered Sat., Jan. 7 and Sat., Jan. 21), please log in to your Ravenna account and submit the preliminary application, student interest form and the application fee to become an official applicant. Once you are an applicant, an invitation code for the date you would like to take the exam at Harker will appear in a second box in the entrance exam area of your Ravenna account. Please enter this code in the invitation code field, which will bring up the Harker site and allow you to register and pay for the exam. Registration for each exam closes three weeks before the exam date. Dec. 17, 2016 is the deadline for the Jan. 7, 2017 exam. Dec. 31, 2016 is the deadline for the Jan. 21, 2017 exam. You may register as close as two weeks before the exam date by paying a late fee. No registrations will be allowed less than two weeks before the exam.

You must insert the invitation code that is found on your Ravenna hub profile (under "entrance exam," you choose the code based on the date you want). Once the Harker code is entered and you choose search, the Harker testing site information will appear below.

Q: My child takes the E.R.B. at his/her current school. Does he/she need to take an entrance exam?

We are no longer accepting the E.R.B as an entrance exam. All students must take the I.S.E.E or S.S.A.T entrance exam.

Grades/Transcripts

Q: My first semester ends after the application deadline of Jan. 26 so my first half of the year grades and transcript won’t be available until after the application deadline. Is this too late?

Your application will be considered in the first round application period as long as we receive:

  • The transcript by Feb. 1, 2017
  • The preliminary application, student interest form and application fee by Jan. 26, 2017, and
  • The additional components of the application by Feb. 1, 2017

Required forms to complete the application

Q: My child’s current school has a policy of not completing teacher recommendation forms. What should we do?

We realize that some schools have a policy that does not permit teachers to complete teacher recommendations. These schools need to submit a letter stating their policy. We will not accept alternative letters of recommendations from anyone other than the current classroom teacher. This will not impact your application in any way.

Q: My child only has one teacher for both English and math. What do I do?

If the same teacher teaches both math and English, he/she must submit one recommendation for math and one recommendation for English. If this situation applies to your child, please delegate both recommendations to the same teacher. We will only accept recommendations from a math and an English teacher and will not accept them from any other subject teacher.

Q: Have you received my teacher recommendations? Parent statement? Transcript? Test scores?

Please log in to your Ravenna account to view the checklist of items required to complete your application.

  • If it has been received, there will be a green check mark next to the item on the list to the right.
  • If there is not a green check mark, we may have received it, but not yet reviewed the document or uploaded it due to our winter break. There will be a delay until we return from break and are able to confirm receipt on your application checklist.

**Rest assured that we will contact you if there is anything missing from the application record, assuming you have completed the preliminary application, student interest form and submitted the application fee by Jan. 26, 2017.

Q: Do you accept mid-year/semester transfers?

We do not accept mid-year/semester transfers. We encourage you to apply now for admission for the 2016-17 academic year.

Frequently Asked Questions for the Upper School (9-12)

Admission Testing

Q: How do I sign up for the entrance exam?

We accept the S.S.A.T. or the I.S.E.E. entrance exams and do not accept any other exam. You may take either entrance exam at any location. Just be sure to enter our school code, listed below, so the scores are sent directly to us. I.S.E.E. and S.S.A.T. offer traditional group testing sites as well as options to take it individually, but at a higher fee. Please consult their websites for more details about your options.

The Harker School's codes are:
I.S.E.E.: 054148
S.S.A.T: 3711

If you are interested in taking the I.S.E.E. at Harker, which is a closed testing site (offered Sat., Jan. 7 and Sat., Jan. 21), please log in to your Ravenna account and submit the preliminary application, student interest form and the application fee to become an official applicant. Once you are an applicant, an invitation code for the date you would like to take the exam at Harker will appear in a second box in the entrance exam area of your Ravenna account. Please enter this code in the invitation code field, which will bring up the Harker site and allow you to register and pay for the exam. Registration for each exam closes three weeks before the exam date. Dec. 17, 2016 is the deadline for the Jan. 7, 2017 exam. Dec. 31, 2016 is the deadline for the Jan. 21, 2017 exam. You may register as close as two weeks before the exam date by paying a late fee. No registrations will be allowed less than two weeks before the exam.

You must insert the invitation code that is found on your Ravenna hub profile (under "entrance exam," you choose the code based on the date you want). Once the Harker code is entered and you choose "search," the Harker testing site information will appear below.

Q: I’m taking the SSAT/ISEE in early January, but the application deadline is Jan. 12, 2017. Will I still be considered in the first round if you do not have my test scores by Jan. 12?

You are considered an applicant as long as you submit the preliminary application, student interest form and application fee by Jan. 12, 2017. The other components of the application, including test scores, are due by Jan. 27.

Q: My child takes the E.R.B. at his/her current school. Does he/she need to take an entrance exam?

We are no longer accepting the E.R.B as an entrance exam. All students must take the I.S.E.E or S.S.A.T entrance exam.

Grades/Transcripts

Q: My first semester ends after the application deadline of Jan. 12 so my first half of the year grades and transcript won’t be available until after the application deadline. Is this too late?

Your application will be considered in the first round application period as long as we receive:

  • The transcript by Jan. 27, 2017
  • The preliminary application, student interest form and application fee by Jan. 12, 2017, and
  • The additional components of the application by Jan. 27, 2017

Required forms to complete the application

The deadline for first round consideration is Thurs., Jan. 12, 2017. To be considered an applicant in the first round, you must have submitted the preliminary application, student interest form and application fee by Jan. 12. All other additional components must be submitted by Jan. 27, 2017.

Q: Have you received my teacher recommendations? Parent statement? Applicant statement? Transcript? Test scores?

Please log in to your Ravenna account to view the checklist of items required to complete your application.

  • If it has been received, there will be a green check mark next to the item on the list to the right.
  • If there is not a green check mark, we may have received it, but not yet reviewed the document or uploaded it due to our winter break. There will be a delay until we return from break and are able to confirm receipt on your application checklist.

** Rest assured that we will contact you if there is anything missing from the application record, assuming you have completed the preliminary application, student interest form and submitted the application fee by Jan. 12, 2017.

Q: Do you accept mid-year/semester transfers?

We do not accept mid-year/semester transfers. We encourage you to apply now for admission for the 2016-17 academic year.

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