Below you will find answers to some questions you might have regarding our new program. Feel free to contact Charlotte Wolf, Jan Parker, or Gionni Thompson with any questions you still might have after reading the FAQ. For your convenience, we have enclosed a printable version of the information. Simply click on FAQHAHST to retrieve and print.


What is the Hinkley Academy of Health Sciences & Technology (HAHST)?
The academy is selective, academically demanding, and focused on preparing students for college & careers in medicine & health sciences.
Who is eligible for admission into HAHST?
The Selection Committee will look at a collection of information, including the following:
  • Level of academic motivation and accomplishment
  • Goals and interests expressed in a personal essay
  • Teacher recommendations
  • Grade point average & standardized test scores
  • Previous academic coursework
  • Attendance
  • Behavior
  • Community involvement & parental support
What does the HAHST program currently look like (phase I)?
  • Students in 9-12 will enroll in Health Sciences classes I-IV (1)
  • Students enroll in rigorous academic classes (honors, pre-AP, AP and IB) in Science, Math, English, Social Studies, and Foreign Language
  • Field experiences, community service, academies & institutes, exposure to career opportunities; health sciences coursework
  • Ongoing academic support and college-preparatory counseling
What will the HAHST program currently look like in the fall of 2009 (phase II)? What if I want to be in both IB (2) and in HAHST?
  • IB and the Health Sciences Academy are compatible programs. Many of the philosophies of both programs are similar, if not nearly identical. We have managed to align the two programs in order to avoid conflicts for students who would like to enroll in both.
  • Take a look at the HAHST Pathway (both IB and non-IB) to see what classes like like, what program requirements are, etc.
How many students will be admitted into HAHST?
There is a limit of 30 students for each grade level.
What about extracurricular activities? Are they mandatory or voluntary?
Students will be expected to:
  • Complete community service hours (e.g., tutor at nearby elementary or middle school)
  • Participate in the Saturday Academy (in 9th grade)
  • Compete for the Summer Institute (10th and 11th grade)
  • Pursue internships (scheduled either during the summer after the 11th grade year or during the 12th grade school year).
►When may I apply for admission into HAHST and how?
We are currently accepting applications for students who would like to join the Academy at the beginning of next school year. Applications are available from Dr. Wolf (SLC Green, Room 1350); please e-mail or call (see below) in order to have an application sent to you or to pick it up in person. The application is also available for download at
Due date: March 15, 2009.
►What are next steps after I submitted my application materials?
  • Receive an invitation for an interview approx. 2-3 weeks after you submitted your application.
  • Conduct a successful interview.
  • Receive a letter of acceptance approximately 3-4 weeks after your interview.
  • Attend an HAHST meeting celebrating your acceptance to answer questions you and your parents might still have.
►What are the costs for me once I am admitted into the HAHST program?
There are no additional fees students enrolled in HAHST. Stipends may be available for completion of learning experiences outside of the school day.
Who supports students and parents in the HAHST?
Hinkley High School
Dr. Charlotte Wolf, Assistant Principal, 303-340-1500 x 27421
Aurora Public Schools
Ms. Carol McBride, Development Director, 303-326-2106
Anschutz Medical Campus
Dr. Allegra Melillo, Aurora LIGHTS Project Director

(1) Health Sciences I – Intro to Health Careers (9th grade) Health Sciences II – Medical Terminology (10th grade)
Health Sciences III – Anatomy in Clay (11th grade)
Health Sciences IV – Senior Seminar (12th grade)

(2) The International Baccalaureate (IB) programme at high school level is currently only available to students attending Hinkley High School.