Prospective Student FAQs

Answers to our most frequently asked questions about admissions and the lottery.


Are all applicants who are not offered admission automatically placed on the waiting list?

Yes. We create the waiting list when we conduct the lottery. Everyone who applied by the deadline is automatically placed on the list.

What if I apply after the lottery was run?

If you apply after the deadline, you will automatically be added to the end of the waiting list.

How do I find out my child’s place on the waiting list?

Log into your Lotterease account to find your student’s place on the waiting list.

How quickly do people move off the waiting list?

This depends on many different factors. We have a separate list for each offered grade. We tend to get more movement on the high school lists during the summer. 

When do you stop admitting people from the waiting list?

Usually, in August. We do occasionally admit students from the list in September.

If my child is currently on the list, do we need to reapply next year? 

Yes, students who are not admitted must reapply for each school year. The waitlists do not carry over from year to year.

Lower School (K-6)

What are the class sizes?

The K-3 class size is limited to 17 students.  Grades 4-6 classes should not exceed 22 students.

How much technology is used in classrooms? 

Technology use at our school is limited.  Our teachers use technology to supplement instruction and Chromebooks are available for students to use during the instructional day at the teacher’s discretion. Personal devices are not allowed to be used during the school day for all K-6 students. 

How much homework? 

Teachers assign homework when students demonstrate a skill deficiency or when extra practice on a concept is needed.  A flexible time in the daily schedule provides students an opportunity to complete homework assignments.

How much time outside?

The daily K-6 schedule provides 30 minutes each day for outdoor recess.  All K-4 students will have a 45-minute Outdoors Special every week.  All 5-6 students will have the equivalent of one semester of Outdoors as an elective class. Our students love to eat lunch outdoors!  Teachers regularly take their classes outside for purposeful instruction. 

What are the lunch options?

We do not have a cafeteria. However, we do have refrigerators and microwaves for students to store and cook food brought from home. Students may also order food from the Saxapahaw General Store or through the My Hot Lunchbox service that will be delivered during lunchtime. None of these services are endorsed or used in partnership with The Hawbridge School; we simply allow for delivery. 

Are there any sports available?

Students in grade 6 are eligible to participate in athletics.  In past years, students have participated in the following sports: cross country, volleyball, soccer, basketball, and ultimate frisbee.  Most of the sports are co-ed.

Do you offer AIG programming?

Hawbridge teachers are trained in differentiation within each classroom to provide support and enrichment based on students’ needs. We work to keep students together for their school days, developing a cohesive classroom culture in which strong academic skill-building is part of their whole-child education. For these reasons, we do not offer small-group AIG instruction during our school day. Opportunities for math acceleration begin in eighth grade; we offer honors and AP-level courses in high school.

Upper School (7-12)

What are the class sizes?

Most of our class sizes at the Upper School are in the low 20s. Some classes are in the single digits. As students choose classes to personalize their high school experience and meet their post-graduation goals, most students’ schedules are slightly different from each other.

What are the lunch options?

We do not have a cafeteria. However, we do have refrigerators and microwaves for students to store and cook food brought from home. Students may also order food from the Saxapahaw General Store that will be delivered during lunchtime. 

Upper School Curriculum

Please refer to our High School Planning Guide for an overview of our past offerings and approach. Please tell me about your…

Arts program

The arts program is extremely popular at The Hawbridge School! We offer introductory, intermediate, and advanced visual arts. The advanced classes focus on the interests of the student and developing a portfolio. Many of our students have been accepted to art schools after graduation.

For performing arts, we offer theater classes. Additionally, there are theater productions whose auditions are open to all students regardless of whether or not they are enrolled in a theater class.

Honors program

While there is not an official “honors program” that students enter at The Hawbridge School, we offer Honors, Advanced Placement, and/or acceleration in each of our disciplines. Please refer to our High School Planning Guide for an explanation of how to qualify for, and participate in, Honors classes. 

Outdoor Education

In addition to PE classes that feature frequent canoeing – among numerous other outdoor activities that go beyond the usual offerings–we offer classes in Outdoor Leadership, Sustainability, and Environmental Science, all of which concentrate on and engage students in our local environment. Our teachers are encouraged to use the outdoors as classroom space, and every year we participate in the international Outdoor Classroom Day. An emphasis on place-based education also gives teachers added opportunity to bring the outdoors into their classes, and their classes into the outdoors.

Sports program

In past years, students have participated in the following sports: cross country, volleyball, soccer, and basketball.  Most of the sports are co-ed.

Transportation and After-school

Is there any available organized transportation?

We will send out a carpool survey over the summer which organizes families by zip code.  Families receive the contact info of the folks interested in carpooling in their area and then will be able to set something up with them.  We can’t organize it for you but can get you in touch with the right people.

What are the after-school options?

We offer on-site after-school care. Enrollment will open May 1. See your enrollment packet to indicate your interest.


Do you offer services for students with disabilities and/or learning differences?

Yes.  If your student enrolls in Hawbridge with an existing 504 or IEP we will abide by the accommodations and/or modifications in that document.  These are subject to change as your student transitions into our environment and we get to know what works best for them at Hawbridge.  If your student comes from a non-traditional school that does not offer these formal services, we will work together to determine how best to serve your student.

How is your EC Department structured?

The EC Department includes an EC Director and EC teachers at both the upper and lower schools.  Most of our services are push-in, allowing students to stay in their classes. 

What related services do you provide?

We offer speech and occupational therapy as related services.

What services do you offer for students with 504s?

There is a 504 team at each school which will include the student, their parent(s)/guardian(s), the student’s teachers, and the school counselor.  The team will determine the best accommodations for the student according to the impact of the disability or ailment on the student. 


What is done to help students who may be new to the school and entering at an age where friend groups have already been established?

We work diligently to ensure that Hawbridge is a welcoming environment for all students.  Like any school transition, students might feel awkward at first.  However, our Hawbridge Ambassadors club (led by the School Counselor) will be working hard to incorporate new students into the fold.  Additionally, our school counselor is often visible during transitional times (lunch, Bridge, class changes, etc.) to ensure students are appropriately social and finding their niche.

How do you address the social-emotional needs of students?

Our School Counselors utilize a variety of methods:

  • Individual short-term counseling to address academic concerns, as well as concerns related to mental health.  School counselors are not therapists.  Community-based counseling resources are provided to families upon request. 
  • Group counseling is primarily used to address conflict among peer groups.  Small groups may be formed as the counselor sees common issues arise among same-aged peers.
  • Classroom guidance is used to build community, share mental health resources (ie. mindfulness, managing stress, time management, etc) as needed, and is most often used in high school to prepare students for life after Hawbridge.

In addition to these methods, our school counselors may use surveys and their own observations to address the needs of students as they arise.