Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is Hilton Head Prep an accredited school and, if so, to what organizations does it belong?
A: Hilton Head Prep is accredited and affiliated with the following organizations:
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools [SACS]
- National Association of Independent Schools [NAIS]
- Southern Association of Independent Schools [SAIS]
- South Carolina Independent School Association [SCISA]
- National Association of College Admissions Counselors
- School and Student Services [by NAIS]
- College Board, College Entrance Examination Board
- The Palmetto Association of Independent Schools. [PAIS-SC]
Q: How many of your graduates are accepted by colleges and universities?
A: We pride ourselves on being a college preparatory school. We have 100% college acceptance. Our dedicated college guidance team, led by Peg Hamilton, finds the right colleges for each individual to submit applications. The students and their families first begin meeting with the college guidance counselor in eighth grade to prepare them for high school and to help students begin to build their resumes. During their junior year, students, families and the college guidance couselor meet to prepare for the college application process. The college guidance office assists with the submission of applications and makes certain the essential elements are all in place, including developing their application essays, enhancing their co-curricular resume, encouraging extracurricular achievements and assisting in applying for college scholarships.
Q: How many students on average are in each classroom?
A: Our average classroom has 12 students.
Q: Are students required to wear uniforms?
A: Lower school students wear school uniforms. Middle and Upper School students adhere to a dress code.
Q: Is there bus service?
A: Hilton Head Prep is proud to offer free school bus service from the Bluffton area. Please contact the Director of Facilities, Liz Nash, or Director of Admissions, Bobbie Somerville, for more information.
Q: I may be moving to the Hilton Head area in February, do you admit students mid-year?
A: We offer rolling admissions and applications are accepted at any time throughout the calendar year. Students may be accepted if they meet the admissions requirements and there is space in the grade to which they are applying.
Q: Does Hilton Head Prep offer financial aid?
A: Yes, we have a need-based financial aid program. Families apply and qualify based on the information submitted and the analysis from School Scholarship Services. Financial aid is limited. Families should apply for financial aid by February 15.
Q: Does applying for tuition assistance have any effect on my child's admission?
A: No, the admissions process is need-blind. Students are accepted to Hilton Head Prep before financial aid is offered.
Q: What are the school hours?
A: School begins at 8:00 a.m. Monday through Friday for all students. Lower and Middle School students are dismissed at 3:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 1:30 p.m. on Friday. Upper school students are dismissed at 2:35 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 1:30 p.m. on Friday.
Q: May a student spend the day at Hilton Head Prep?
A: We welcome and encourage students to visit our beautiful campus, spend a day attending classes and meet our faculty and students. Please contact Director of Admissions, Bobbie Somerville, at your convenience to make arrangements.