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Admission Process

We feel the best way to discover what makes Hathaway Brown School unique is to come and visit for a day.  Schedule a school visit to meet with the admission division director and take a tour.  Walking the halls, sitting in on classes and meeting the faculty, staff and coaches will undoubtedly allow applicants and their families to experience why Hathaway Brown School is like no other!

  • Let us know if there are any special requests to make the most of your visit:
    • Would you like to see orchestra, dance, or graphic design class?
    • Would you like to meet one of our teachers or coaches?
    • Would you like to learn more about the Institute for 21st Century Learning?

We look forward to meeting you and helping you learn more about what makes Hathaway Brown School stand out among independent schools! 

You can access information about the divisional admission process and the online application below.  Please feel free to contact us at anytime!

Infant & Toddler Center

Infant & Toddler Admission Process

Step One

Attend an Open House or Sneak Peek to get to know us-

Infant & Toddler, Early Childhood & Primary School Open House Dates:

  • Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 10:00-11:30am
  • Saturday, January 25, 2020 from 10:00-11:30am

Sneak Peeks (45 minutes - 1 hour) include:

  • Dates to come
    • A group tour of our Center
    • A Meet & Greet with the Director of our Infant & Toddler Center
    • A question & answer session

Call our office at 216.320.8767 to sign up for an Infant & Toddler Center Sneak Peek or to pre-register for an Open House.

Step Two
Complete the online application (along with the $25 application fee).

Please note that Hathaway Brown’s Infant & Toddler Center has one formal decision round with a deadline for submission and completion of the application piece and visit of January 24, 2020 for the 2020-2021 school year with decisions mailed on February 14, 2020. If a space becomes available mid-year, the Center will fill the space mid-year. Newly admitted infants and toddlers (from our February 14 decision date) can start in mid-June 2020 or mid-August 2020.

Once your application is complete and you click submit, you will receive notification from the Office of Admission. You can also check the status of your application by logging on to your account. To make updates to your application (naming of a child, change in day preference, withdraw of application) please email Kristin Kuhn, Director of Infant & Toddler, Early Childhood & Primary School Admission at kkuhn@hb.edu.

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Early Childhood

Early Childhood Admission Process

Step One

Parents are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the Office of Admission by calling 216.320.8767.

A visit will include: 

  • A parent meeting with the Director of Admission for Infant & Toddler, Early Childhood and Primary School.
  • A campus tour to view the dynamics of classes in session.

What to expect on the day of your Early Childhood visit.

Step Two
Apply for admission by completing the necessary paperwork and application:

Please note that Hathaway Brown Early Childhood has one formal decision round with a deadline for submission and completion of all application pieces, visits and screening of January 24, 2020 for the 2020-2021 school year. Completed applications submitted after January 24 will be considered on a rolling basis, provided that space remains available. Once your application is complete, you will receive notification from the Office of Admission. You can check the status of your application by logging on to your account. Please refer to the Admission Events page for more details.

Step Three
Student visit & screening

Our scheduled EC Screening morning is Saturday, February 1, 2020. The Admission Office will contact those prospective parents that have submitted an Early Childhood application to schedule your February screening time. After the February decision round, please contact our Admission Office to schedule an individual screening. Admission screenings cannot be scheduled until your Application for Admission has been submitted.

Watch the HB web videos!

Primary School (Grades K-4)

Primary School Admission Process


Step One

Make an appointment to visit Hathaway Brown School for your Parent Visit.

Parent visits include: 

  • A meeting with the Assistant Director of Enrollment Management, K-8
  • A campus tour to visit classrooms and view the dynamics of class in session

Parent visits are typically scheduled Tuesday through Friday beginning October 1, 2019 for families interested in the 2020-2021 school year. Parent visits generally last 60-90 minutes. Available meeting times are usually at 8:45 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Please call 216.320.8767 to schedule your visit and for more information.

We also encourage parents to attend our Primary Visitation Day or Open House either before or after your parent meeting. Attending a Primary Visitation Day can count for your Parent Visit.

Primary Visitation Day:  Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 8:30am

  • The opportunity to hear directly from the Primary School Director and Primary School teachers
  • Ask questions about our financial aid process
  • Observe classes
  • Hear from current Primary School students and parents
Open Houses:  Saturday, November 2, 2019 and Saturday, January 25, 2020 from 10:00 - 11:30am
  • Visit classrooms at your own pace with your daughter
  • Meet current teachers, parents, and HB students
  • Take a group tour of the entire campus.

These events are specifically designed for prospective Primary parents to learn more about Hathaway Brown. Please refer to the Admission Events to see additional events along with important admission dates. To RSVP to an event, please call our office at 216.320.8767.

Step Two

Please complete the online application and necessary paperwork

We request that you submit your daughter's application to Hathaway Brown prior to her admission screening. Please refer to Admission Events to see our important deadlines for our application pieces.

Step Three
Parents with applicant to grades 1-4 must call our Admission Office to arrange your daughter's visit and screening. Your parent visit must have happened prior to the student visit.  Student visits for the 2020-2021 school year begin November 1, 2019.

Admission visits may include a tour of the campus or a visit in their current classroom for a half or full day. Admission screenings include a one-on-one meeting to evaluate your daughter's academic ability in reading, writing and math. Our Admission office will also meet with your daughter to get to know her interests in and outside of school.

Your daughter's screening may take place during her visit or she may be asked to screen on a day separate from her visit.

What to expect on the day of your Primary School student visit.

Step Four

Application pieces and testing must be completed by the dates below to be considered an applicant in that round.

  • Application deadline for Regular Decision Round *Kindergarten through Fourth Grade Applicants*:  Friday, January 24, 2020
All applications received after the Regular Decision Round deadline will be considered on a rolling basis, providing that space and funding remain available. Once your application is complete, you will receive notification from the Office of Admission. If you applied online, you can also check the status of your application by logging on to your account. Please refer to the Admission Events page for more details.


Watch the HB web videos!

Middle School (Grades 5-8)

Middle School Admission Process

To learn more about the difference Hathaway Brown School can make for your daughter, please call 216.320.8767 to request more information or to schedule a visit and tour of the School. 

Step One

Make an appointment to visit Hathaway Brown School. 

Applicant and parent visits are scheduled Tuesday through Friday beginning in October. Parents are invited to schedule either a half-day (8:30 AM-12:30 PM) or full-day (8:30 AM-2:30 PM) visit for their daughter. Parent meetings, which include a tour of the School, generally last 60-90 minutes. Available meeting times include 8:30 AM, 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM. Parent meetings may be scheduled to coincide with your daughter's visit or on a separate day, if more convenient for your family. Parents are also invited to attend a Middle School Parent Open House offered monthly, October through January, in lieu of or in addition to an individual parent meeting. Please call 216.320.8767 for an appointment and for more information. Please refer to the Admission Events page to view the Middle School Parent Open House schedule and for other important admission dates.

What to expect on the day of your Middle School visit.

Step Two
Register for one Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE).  

  • Please visit the ISEE website and complete the registration process electronically.
  • Registration information, testing dates and locations are listed under the Cleveland Consortium.
  • If you are not registering online, please request a registration form from our office and mail by the stated deadline. Note: Walk-in registrations are accepted by the Cleveland Consortium test sites provided you call the test site directly.

Step Three

Application deadline: Friday, January 24, 2020.   Note: You may take the ISEE Test January 25, 2020 as it will be accepted for our January 24 application deadline.

All applications received after the application deadline will be considered on a rolling basis, providing that space and funding remain available.  Once your application is complete, you will receive notification from the Office of Admission. You can also check the status of your application by logging on to your account. Please refer to the Admission Events page for more details.

Watch the HB web videos!

Upper School (Grades 9-12)

Upper School Admission Process

To learn more about the difference Hathaway Brown School can make for your daughter, please call today at 216.320.8767 to request more information or to schedule a visit and tour of the School. 

Step One

Make an appointment to visit Hathaway Brown School. 

Applicant and parent visits are scheduled Tuesday through Friday beginning in October. Parents are invited to schedule either a half-day (8:45 AM-12:15 PM) or full-day (8:45 AM-2:30 PM) visit for their daughter. Parent meetings, which include a tour of the School, generally last 45-60 minutes. Available meeting times include 8:45 AM, 10:00 AM and 1:30 PM. Parent meetings may be scheduled to coincide with your daughter's visit or on a separate day, if more convenient for your family. Parents are also invited to attend an Upper School Parent Open House offered monthly, October through January, in lieu of or in addition to an individual parent meeting. Please call 216.320.8767 for an appointment and for more information. Please refer to the Admission Events page to view the Upper School Parent Open House schedule and for other important admission dates. 

What to expect on the day of your Upper School visit.

Step Two
Apply for admission by completing the necessary paperwork, testing and visits and returning all application materials to HB's Admission Office by the deadline below. Please note that Hathaway Brown Upper School has one formal decision round with an application deadline of Friday, January 24, 2020 for families interested in the 2020-2021 school year. Applications submitted after that date will be considered on a rolling basis, providing that space and financial aid funding remain available. Completed applications after our application deadline (rolling admission) are not eligible for academic scholarship consideration. Please refer to the Admission Events page for more details.

ISEE Information

  • Visit the ISEE website for registration information and complete the registration process electronically.  Note: You may take the ISEE Test January 25, 2020 as it will be accepted for our January 24 application deadline.
  • Registration information, testing dates and locations are listed under the Cleveland Consortium.
  • If you are not registering online, please request a registration form from our office and mail by the stated deadline. Note: Walk-in registrations are accepted by the Cleveland Consortium test sites provided you call the test site directly.


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