Hammond School

At Hammond School, we embrace the power of curiosity. We believe experience is a brilliant teacher. We know human potential is boundless. We commit to giving our all- and giving back. We believe the future is in their hands. Our job? To make sure they're ready.

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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
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded1966

Student Body

Total Students929 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 14%
Students by Grade Hammond School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers125 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size16 students
Number of AP Courses18 courses
Advanced CoursesAP 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 score1307
Average ACT score30
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition Notes10,392 Pre-Kindergarten 14,861 Kindergarten 17,512 Grades 1-4 18,648 Grades 5-8 19,898 Grades 9-12
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$6,994
Admissions DirectorMrs. Laura Williams
Admissions AssociateCarson McQueen


Total Sports Offered18 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Dance, Equestrian, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Riflery, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Weightlifting, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
CheeringCross Country,
Track and FieldVolleyball,


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

Arts and Music Programs:
Art Club, Dance Club, Guitar Club, Ornithos, The Select Ensemble, Theatrical Productions

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Ping Pong Club, Ultimate Frisbee Club

School Notes

  • Hammond enrolls 930 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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  • Columbia
    Grades: K-12 | 778 students
    1.2 miles
    3000 S Beltline Blvd
    Columbia, SC 29201
    (803) 765-2309
    1.2 K-12
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    10 miles
    7401 Monticello Road
    Columbia, SC 29203
    (803) 807-4000
    10 NS-12
  • Columbia
    Grades: PK-8 | 294 students
    4.4 miles
    2219 Atascadero Dr
    Columbia, SC 29206
    (803) 782-2748
    4.4 PK-8
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    Cardinal Newman School
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    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: 7-12 | 555 students
    8.1 miles
    2945 Alpine Road
    Columbia, SC 29223
    (803) 782-2814
    8.1 7-12
  • Columbia
    Grades: PK-12 | 12 students
    4.7 miles
    1313 Means Ave,
    Columbia, SC 29202
    (803) 772-3317
    4.7 PK-12

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (5 reviews)
My husband and I choose to send our children to Hammond because we believe the experiences they are getting daily are building character and challenging them to discover their own interests and natural abilities. Hammond does not promise a trophy for every child and does not simply "check a box" that a skill has been covered in a classroom. Instead, the curriculum goes far beyond state standards to a higher level of learning and engaing the student in hands on projects and discovery. Hammond's AP Exam pass rate and standardized test scores compared to high schools in Richland One and other private schools reflect that level of learning. More important to our family than academics is the community surrounding our children to encourage them and guide them. The Hammond community has been foundational in building their confidence and happiness. We love our school, and although not easy, we make it a priority to educate them in this environment because we believe in the long-term value of the Hammond Experience. Go Skyhawks!!!
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As an alumni and a parent of the school I can speak completely honestly about Hammond. Looking back on my personal education, I can honestly say I didn't realize how fourtunate I was that my parents sacrificed so much to send me to Hammond for so many years. As a parent I will continue to make sacrifices to send my children to this amazing school. It is more than a school, it is a community, a family and a breath of fresh air in the world we live in. If you want to find the "bad" or the "good" online when searching schools...you can find it anywhere, so after reading and scrolling through all of the reviews I challenge you to just come take a look, give Hammond a call, step onto campus and experience for yourself what makes this school so special!
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We have been members of the Hammond Family for 10 years now. Each child has gotten the individual attention needed to help them succeed. We couldn't be happier with the low student-teacher ratios, the athletic opportunities, the field studies, and especially the emphasis on technology in education. My children are dedicated to service, and aware of global issues. We have been extremely pleased with the Lower and Middle School heads and as always, the visionary leadership of the Head of School. I highly recommend a tour of the Hammond School. The environment is electric, and you are immediately aware that you are part of something very special.
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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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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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