Greetings! The students, families, faculty and administration welcome you to the Hunter College Elementary School website. Our school’s history began as the Hunter College Model School in 1870 as a teacher-training resource and was restructured in 1941 as Hunter College Elementary School for intellectually talented and gifted students. For over 75 years, HCES has been a model for gifted education. We pride ourselves on providing a safe, positive learning environment with a rigorous instructional program that meets the needs of our students. We value and foster respect for diversity, and create a community of inclusion for our students and families.
Our extraordinary faculty provides educational experiences and opportunities to meet the needs of the whole child. HCES offers an extensive core curriculum that is fully integrated with ‘specialty’ programming that broadens and deepens the students’ educational experiences. The programs include: chess instruction, dance/movement, foreign language (French, Spanish), integrated technology, library, music, physical education, studio arts, theater and visual arts. The framework of our curriculum is based on standards and benchmarks developed by our faculty using the national standards in gifted and talented education (provided by NAGC) along with guidelines provided by nationally recognized organizations (i.e., Next Generation Science, American Council on Teaching Foreign Language, Shape America (PE), International Society for Technology in Education). Our curriculum evolves based on the needs of our 21st century learners and most recently the school has developed a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) initiative. The faculty engages in meaningful professional development to incorporate research-based instructional practices to support student learning.
We have partnerships with National Dance Institute (NDI), the Museum of the City of NY, The Morgan Library and The National Chorale, in addition to various organizations throughout NYC. In addition, we provide the students with a robust after school program (Hawk’s Nest) that offers over 40 enrichment classes.
Parents and Families work in partnership with the faculty and administration to provide opportunities and resources to support the school. The PTA and parent volunteers organize fund-raising and community building opportunities throughout the school year and volunteer in the classrooms on a regular basis. We work together to develop the individual potential of each student in a collaborative environment with an emphasis on social responsibility, leadership, civility and ethical behavior. We hope to inspire curious, resilient, hard-working, civic-minded, compassionate, life-long learners.
As you click through the pages of our website, I hope you can see a glimpse inside our extraordinary school----how much our students love the challenging learning environment, the dedication of our faculty/staff to create an outstanding educational institution and the commitment of our parents/families as we all strive to make our school and the world a better place.