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. The individual interests of Hunter students are what 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 their capabilities, HCES’s mission is to nurture the social and emotional development of our students by encouraging them 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 into Hunter College Elementary School (HCES) is Kindergarten. Each year, 50 children are admitted to our program. All applicants must meet the age and residency requirements. Applicants for Fall 2021 must be born in 2016 and be Manhattan residents at the time of application submission. HCES does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, or disability.
HCES encourages applications from families of all socio-economic, ethnic, racial, and religious backgrounds. We strive to identify gifted children from every community in Manhattan and to foster a community of talented learners that reflects the diversity of our city.The 2020-2021 admissions process involved in-person, Round 1 testing that was conducted by one of our approved testers. (There was no remote testing.) Families who applied were provided an in-person consent form that outlined their responsibility to minimize exposure in light of the COVID-19 public health crisis. All applicants were required to follow safety protocols as outlined in these forms and in all communications from HCES Admissions - there were no exemptions or exceptions.
We realize that searching for a Kindergarten that is a good match for your child’s needs is not an easy task. Thus, we hope that the information provided in these pages is helpful and eases any of your anxieties. 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 process or its requirements. By following the instructions presented here, you should be able to get through our process with ease. Though Hunter’s admissions process is a competitive one, and there are far more applicants than spaces available for Kindergarten, we encourage you to submit an application for your child.
We truly are grateful for your time and interest in exploring our school. We are committed to providing a safe and comprehensive evaluation of our candidates as they go through the HCES admissions process!