Columbia has been home to many military families during their time at Fort Jackson Army Post, Shaw Air Force Base and McEntire Joint National Guard. Hammond welcomes military families during their time in Columbia and understands the transitional military lifestyle. We have been fortunate to be involved with Fort Jackson through other opportunities such as choral performances by our audition choir at their National Day of Prayer breakfast and guest speakers from Post at Upper School assemblies.
Realizing that your family’s living experience in the Columbia area is unique, we have created this list of Frequently Asked Questions to address many of the concerns you may have as a military family.
If you have additional questions, please contact the Admission Office at (803)776-0295 and select option 1. Please let us know that you are a military family.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there an application deadline or will Hammond accept mid-year transfers?
We understand that you may relocate to our area during the current school year. We are flexible and are able to work with you as long as there are openings in the grade level your child is entering. Please contact us so we can help you complete the application process. Please specify you are a military family when you call.
How do I begin the application process?
Please call so that we can send you an Admission packet and discuss the possibility of you visiting the school with your child. There are other options, such as Skype and FaceTime if you are unable to visit onsite before moving. You will need to submit an application with a $75 fee that can be completed online. We also require transcripts, teacher recommendations and any standardized testing results. Middle School and Upper School students need to answer the essay question provided on the application.
Where is Hammond Located?
Hammond is conveniently located off of Interstate 77 near the Fort Jackson exit and is a gated school nestled back in a neighborhood on 107 acres. Close proximity to the downtown area, Five Points and easy access to Interstate 77 make Hammond convenient to many families no matter where you live in Columbia.
What are the academic standards and expectations?
We believe in five imperatives that are the basis for today’s Hammond experience:
1. Rigorous academic standards that prepare and push
2. Challenges that build the mind, body and spirit
3. A culture of high expectation
4. Meaningful connection to the larger global community
5. An environment that enhances, rather than impedes, possibility
Does Hammond assist in College Counseling?
Hammond has a College Counseling office with two full-time college advisors and a full-time administrative assistant. As early as 9th grade, the college counseling office does an outstanding job providing services to Hammond students in preparation for submitting college applications and applying for merit-based scholarships. The attached “By the Numbers” link shows the colleges and universities that last year’s graduating class received acceptance from. Hammond students have also applied and received acceptance from military academies.
Does Hammond have a history of enrolling military families and may we contact a current military family?
Yes, we welcome and encourage military families to apply and enroll at Hammond during their stay in the Columbia area. We have several military families currently enrolled with us across all three school divisions. It would be our pleasure to put you in contact with one of our military families to discuss their Hammond experience.
Does Hammond provide financial aid and what is the application process?
Each year Hammond distributes approximately $1.5 million in need-based financial aid. The average award for 2016-17 was $6,300. To learn more about our financial aid program, please visit the Admission link on our website and click on the Affordability tab.
Are there extra costs above the tuition fee?
There are some extra costs which include lunch, one class trip per grade beginning in the 4th grade, and books for the upper school classes. The costs vary grade level to grade level. We will be happy to discuss this in more detail with you.