Elementary School

Elementary School Admissions

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  • ES Admissions Process for 2020-2021

    (as of 4 March 2021)

    For the current admissions season, all decisions for Round 2 advancement have been disseminated. Families who are advancing in the process are being provided with information on next steps.

Kindergarten Admissions for the Fall of 2021

The Hunter College Elementary School Application for entry in fall 2021 will open on Saturday, September 26th, 2020. The application system will close on Friday, October 30th at 4:00pm.

Please review carefully the application requirements and procedures. Afterward, you may contact the Admissions Office at admissions@hunterschools.org with additional questions. We are working remotely in response to the public health crisis, but are checking voice mails regularly throughout the day. If you prefer, you may leave a message at 212-860-1401 and a member of the staff will respond to you within 24 hours.  

We thank you for your interest in Hunter College Elementary School.

Important Documents

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 will involve in-person, Round 1 testing that is conducted by one of our approved testers. (There is no remote testing.) Families who apply will be provided an in-person consent form that outlines their responsibility to minimize exposure in light of the COVID-19 public health crisis. All applicants will be required to follow safety protocols as outlined in these forms and in all communications from HCES Admissions - there will be 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!