Hunter College Elementary School (HCES) is a publicly-funded (tuition free) school that serves a diverse population of children who have been identified as intellectually talented. Hunter College Elementary School is one of the oldest schools for intellectually gifted students in the country. Our curriculum is characterized by high expectations and designed to facilitate the development of students’ creative and critical thinking skills. Hunter students’ individual interests define curriculum development and implementation. The program at HCES enables students to examine topics in great depth, to accelerate their learning when appropriate, and to strive for a high standard of processing and articulating ideas.
In addition to developing the capabilities of talented students, HCES’s mission is to nurture social and emotional development by encouraging students to be caring, compassionate, and responsible citizens. We prepare our students to be life-long learners, leaders, and thinkers. Positive relationships that are formed between children and teachers are fundamental and grow in an environment that celebrates the cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity of its unique educational community. We take great pride in the warm family environment that characterizes our school, comprised of caring faculty, dynamic students, and committed parents.
The only entry point for the Hunter College Elementary School (HCES) is at the Kindergarten. Each year, 25 girls and 25 boys are admitted to our program. All applicants must meet the age and residency requirements. Applicants for Fall 2017 must be born in 2012 and be Manhattan residents. HCES does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, or disability.
HCES encourages applications from children from all kinds of families and socio-economic, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. We seek to identify children with intellectual gifts from every community in Manhattan and foster a community of talented learners that reflects the diversity of our city.
We realize that searching for a Kindergarten that is a good match for your child’s needs is not an easy task and, although exciting, it can be an anxious time. We hope that the information we give in these admissions pages is helpful and eases your concerns. We have worked to ensure that the application process to HCES is as simple as possible. Please take the time to read ALL of the admissions information provided on this site before completing and submitting an application for your child. We cannot make exceptions to the admissions processes or requirements. By following the instructions presented here, you should be able to come through our process with ease. Though Hunter’s admissions process is a competitive one and there are far more applicants than spaces for Kindergarten. We are truly grateful for your time and interest in exploring our school!