Hammond School

  • Hammond is more than a school.
  • It's a community where each child is known and nurtured, where each child feels safe to stretch, to step outside their comfort zone and grow in confidence.
  • A Hammond graduate is curious about the world, prepared to take on life's challenges, earnest to serve and lead.
  • Hammond is more than Pre-K through twelve; we are PreK through life.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association for the Education of Young Children
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Southern Association Of Colleges And Schools (SACS)
National Association of College Admissions Counselors
Southern Association of Independent Schools
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded 1966

Student Body

Total Students 840 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 14%
Students by Grade Hammond School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 125 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 15 students
Number of AP Courses 18 courses
Advanced Courses AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP European History, AP French, AP Latin, AP Music Theory, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP Physics I, AP Spanish, AP Statistics, AP Studio Art, AP U.S. Government, AP U.S. History,
Average SAT score 1794

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Tuition Notes 9,179 Pre-Kindergarten 12,992 Kindergarten 15,446 Grades 1-4 16,469 Grades 5-8 17,497 Grades 9-12
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant $6,300
Admissions Director Mrs. Laura Williams
Admissions Associate Carson McQueen


Total Sports Offered 17 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Dance, Equestrian, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Weightlifting, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
CheeringCross Country,
TennisTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 31 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. A capella Club, Act Out: Young Feminists Club, Art Club, Bake a Difference, Bead the Change, Chess Club, Circus Freaks, Club Smash/ Game Development Club, Dance Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Go Green Club, Guitar Club, Hammond Broadcast Team, Hammond Math Team, Hammond Modern Arab League, Hammond Outdoor Adventures Club, Hammond's French Club, MCAFE, National Honors Society (NHS), Ornithos, Ping Pong Club, Society of Primitive Technology, The Hammond Student Senate, The Harry Potter Alliance, The Headmaster's Leadership Council, The Honor Council, The Select Ensemble, Theatrical Productions, Ultimate Frisbee Club, Young Democrats Club, Youth in Government A capella Club, Art Club, Chess Club, Circus Freaks, Dance Club, Go Green Club, Guitar Club, MCAFE, Ornithos, Ping Pong Club, Act Out: Young Feminists Club,
Bake a Difference,
Bead the Change,
Club Smash/ Game Development Club,
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA),
Hammond Broadcast Team,
Hammond Math Team,
Hammond Modern Arab League,
Hammond Outdoor Adventures Club,
Hammond's French Club,
National Honors Society (NHS),
Society of Primitive Technology,
The Hammond Student Senate,
The Harry Potter Alliance,
The Headmaster's Leadership Council,
The Honor Council,
The Select Ensemble,
Theatrical Productions,
Ultimate Frisbee Club,
Young Democrats Club,
Youth in Government,

School Notes

  • Hammond enrolls 840 college-bound students who are bright, talented, posess strong charachter, and are willing to participate in a rigorous academic environment.
  • Our four pillars - academics, arts, athletics, and service - define the Hammond experience, developing well-rounded students who are prepared for life beyond graduation.
  • Hammond boasts a talented faculty of 125, providing a student-teacher ratio of 8:1.  Sixty-five percent our faculty hold advanced degrees.
  • Our Experiential Learning Program is designed to provide rich learning opportunities outside the walls of the traditional classroom.
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
5  2/6/2017
As an alumnus and current parent I could not be happier with the educational experience provided at Hammond School. What you realize as you go down the path is that Hammond is not a means to an end, Hammond is the destination. Your child's most formative years are spent here and who they become as an adult is dependent upon their experiences now, not in the future. It's a given that the students here get top notch academics, but the same student is also playing 3 sports, acting in the play, singing for the Pope in St.Peters Basilica, earning their Eagle Scout Ranking, winning the State math competition, and interning with local doctors, attorneys, and business executives during the summer. College counseling is superb, Ivy's every year, but most impressive is that we have kids in the bottom 25% of the graduating class going to UVA, Sewanee, Wofford, Clemson, and USC. The school compares nationally with the best schools in the country and is right here in our own back yard.
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5  5/4/2016
My oldest will be a rising Senior, then his two younger sisters will be rising a Sophomore and 3rd grader, respectively. Both my husband and I grew up in public schools and choosing Hammond was a big decision and investment for our family. Hammond provides my children with an opportunity to be challenged, to grow in their passions, to experience new opportunities, to excel in becoming a well rounded individual that has a healthy respect for academic, athletic and cultural excellence. We have seen much growth and change at Hammond in our 13 years with technology, new facilities on campus, curriculum as it is an environment that knows to excel you can never stop learning and being open to change. I am thrilled that my youngest has the opportunity to spend 3 years with our unbelievable LS Head, Helen Kiser. She joined the Hammond family this past summer and has already won the respect as well as the hearts of students, faculty and families. I know that with her passion for children and positive nature our LS will continue to amaze and engage our students to do great things and more importantly become kind and generous citizens. On the other end of my household, I'm knee deep in college preparation. Thank goodness, I am fully supported by the marvelous Upper School College Counseling Department and US teachers. I have said to many parents that ask about our US, the guidance and dedicated partnership your family receives from the College Counseling Department in 9th-12th grade is well worth the investment of tuition. If you are looking for a positive, challenging and well rounded environment for your children, I hope you will visit Hammond. It was the best decision our family has ever made and we have three kids that agree.
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