Admission Steps

Hinkletown Mennonite School Admission Procedure

General Application Process:

We encourage all interested families to visit the school and learn more about what students and families experience at HMS. Contact Melissa Beidler at 717-354-7100 x1002 or to schedule your visit.

Step 1: Complete the application forms.

2022-23 Application Forms

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Step 2: Submission & Application Fee

Submit the completed forms to the HMS office along with the non-refundable registration fees.

Registration fee Early Registration
Discounted fee*
Pre-kindergarten student $75 per student $50 per student
Grades K – 8 $150 per student $100 per student 
Family Maximum $450 max per family $300 max per family

*March 1 deadline for re-enrolling families and June 1 deadline for new families to receive the discounted registration fee.

Step 3: Getting to know your family

Parents of kindergarten students: If you would like our faculty to provide a free Kindergarten Readiness Assessment, please contact the office (717-354-7100 or More information about Kindergarten Readiness Assessments is available below.

For students transferring from another school, HMS will contact the school to request copies of your child’s academic, behavioral, medical, and psychological records.

The principal will contact you to talk about the school, your child’s educational needs and strengths, and next steps in the enrollment process.

Since HMS is a parent-governed school, the HMS Board of Trustees must formally accept every new family into membership before enrollment is complete. The principal presents a recommendation to the Board and once the Board has acted, you will receive a formal letter welcoming you into the HMS community.

Step 4: Orientation & Information

Submit the following health forms provided by HMS. This information must be received prior to students starting school.

ALL STUDENTS: A copy of the student’s immunization records (generally your doctor’s office can provide this printout)

Pre-K students: Pre-K Health Check-in sheet

Grades K-12: K-12 Health Form Packet – this includes:

    • Health Check-in sheet & Health Services Inventory (can be completed by parents, does not require a doctor’s signature)
    • Physical exam form–doctor’s signature required (submit upon initial school entry, Grade 6 & Grade 11)
    • Dental exam form–doctor’s signature required (required upon initial school entry, Grade 3, & Grade 7)

Scholarship award letters and tuition payment booklets will be mailed in May. Tuition payments are due on the 15th of the month. Available payment plans: 12 monthly payments (June-May), 10 monthly payments (August-May), semi-annual (August & February), and annual (August).

Read the summer letter from your child’s teacher. It will provide information about the class and the list of the supplies that your child will need.

Review the school information that will arrive in early August. The mailing will include information about bus routes, Back-to-School Night, any additional forms, and much more. Other school information such as a family & staff directory will be sent out in September.

Stay informed through the school year by reading NewsLink (the school email newsletter) and checking the school website and online calendar. Both parents and other caregivers can receive NewsLink. If you would like to add another email address, contact the HMS office.

Call the HMS office if you have any questions or need any additional information. 717-354-7100 or

Entrance Guidelines

Pre-K at HMS: Pre-K students must be 4 years of age by September 1 and must be potty trained in order to be enrolled in Pre-K at HMS.

Kindergarten: Students entering kindergarten must be 5 years of age by September 1. The principal and classroom teacher will verify if any other assessments are necessary to determine the appropriate grade level.

HMS provides Kindergarten Readiness Assessments at no cost to families requesting this assessment. Contact the office to schedule an assessment time (717-354-7100 or
Parents may complete the application process before or after the kindergarten assessment is complete.

Grades 1-12: 

Placement for children not entering at the kindergarten level shall be determined by evaluating student’s records from the school he/she attended prior to his/her transfer and any necessary medical or psychological records. The principal and classroom teacher will verify if any other assessments must be administered at HMS to determine the appropriate grade level.

Special Needs: 

HMS provides a Learning Support Program for students who may need a variety of extra educational services. Cost for this program is dependent upon the level of support required. HMS provides a Title 1 Reading/Math Specialist, a Speech/Language Specialist, and counseling services through the Lancaster-Lebanon IU13 for nonpublic schools. The principal will work with the parents on a case-by-case basis to determine if the HMS programs can meet the student’s needs.

About Kindergarten Readiness Assessments

Most children are ready for kindergarten when they are five years old. However, some are not developmentally ready to start school at that age. HMS provides a professional screening assessment to help ensure children will find success as they begin their formal education.

Kindergarten assessment is a free service, and your child does not need to be registered at HMS to take part in an assessment screening.

Students will meet with certified early childhood educators in groups of approximately six children. Children participate in segments that include social play time as well as one-on-one time with the educators. Students are assessed for letter and number recognition, shape recognition, name writing, and other basic skills.


Hinkletown Mennonite School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic original in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.