To Be, Rather Than to Seem

Grades 9-12

Application Process

Below are instructions for completing the application process at the Academy.


You may apply using the Academy's online application form. Applications must be completed by November 30, 2018 to be considered for our February notification date. The application serves as your registration for the entrance exam on Saturday, December 1st, at 8:00 a.m. Those who apply after that date are considered on a rolling basis.


An interview is encouraged for every applicant. A parent and the applicant need to be present at the interview. Interviews are typically scheduled during school hours, between 8:15 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., throughout the week, however special accommodations can be considered. Appointments should be made in advance. Interviews must be completed by January 10, 2019. Contact Amanda Faunce at 813-839-5371, ext. 373 or to schedule your interview.


After electronically submitting your online application, you need to complete the remainder of the application by January 10, 2019.

This consists of:

*The Academy only accepts official transcripts from your school's registrar.

Helpful Notes for Completing the Application

Standardized test scores, teacher recommendations, transcripts and current grades will take some effort on your part to collect from teachers and school (or schools). Please leave yourself ample time to collect this information for submission by AHN’s January 6th application deadline.

Teacher Recommendations

The applicant’s current math and English teachers should complete the recommendation form after the first marking period and send it directly to AHN.

Transcripts and Current Grades

Be sure the Transcript Release form is signed before you submit it to your school principal or counselor. S/He will attach your transcript and grades and send these to AHN. We require grades from at least one term of the current school year and final grades from the previous school year.

Other Standardized Entrance Exams Accepted

AHN will accept, in certain circumstances, the results from another entrance exam. If you have questions, please contact the Admissions Office.

Entrance Exam

The admissions process for the 2019-2020 school year begins in September. The Academy of the Holy Names offers an online admissions application and registration process.

The Academy administers the High School Placement Test (HSPT) from Scholastic Testing Service, Inc. to all prospective 9th-graders. Applicants for admission for fall 2019 may take the exam on Saturday, December 1, 2018. A make-up exam will be offered in January, however students who take the January test are ineligible for consideration of entrance test scholarships.

Exam Registration is complete when you fill out the online application. The exam is one of several components used to determine admission status, placement, and scholarship awards. It consists of a writing sample as well as standardized, multiple-choice questions with sections in verbal and mathematical areas. Each section is timed according to its length.

Students should arrive for the exam by 8:15 a.m. The exam will end at approximately 12:30 p.m.; students should be picked up at this time. The school will provide snacks and drinks and students will have a restroom break mid-morning. Students will not need to bring a calculator or pencil; all necessary materials are provided.

Admissions Decisions

The decision announcements for the Class of 2023 are scheduled to be e-mailed mid-February. Decisions will be made on a rolling basis in spring 2019 for transfer students applying to enter grade 10 or higher.

Applicants who meet AHN’s admissions criteria may sometimes be placed on a wait list in February if the number of qualified applicants exceeds the capacity of the incoming 9th-grade class. Applicants on that wait list will hear from the school no later than June; those who cannot be accommodated may subsequently re-apply for admission as a transfer student. There are no other wait lists, such as a wait list for applications.

The Academy of the Holy Names admits students of any race, faith, nationality or ethnic origin, and gives to all students rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to all members of the student body. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, faith, nationality or ethnic origin in the administration of educational policies, admission policies or tuition-assistance programs, athletics or other school-administered programs.

The Academy of the Holy Names requires enrolling students to submit a Florida Department of Health Certificate of Immunization as provided for in Florida Statute 1003.22 as a condition precedent to acceptance.
The Academy of the Holy Names does not recognize a religious objection to this immunization.