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  • Principal's Letter

    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.
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