Elementary School

Elementary School Admissions

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  • ES Admissions Process for 2020-2021

    (as of 5.18.2020)

    Thank you for your interest in Hunter College Elementary School. Given the health ramifications of COVID-19, we are not ready to announce its impact on our ES admissions process for 2020-2021.
    Please know that the information currently listed on the Admissions pages of this site refer to the 2019-2020 admissions season. These pages soon will be updated with pertinent information for the upcoming admissions season. Please continue to check back regularly for updates.
    We appreciate your patience and look forward to our admissions process for the 2020-2021 year.

Kindergarten Admissions for the Fall of 2020

The Hunter College Elementary School Application for entry in fall 2020 will open on Friday, August 30th, 2019.

Please review carefully the application requirements and procedures.
Afterward, you may contact the Admissions Office at 212-860-1401 with additional questions.

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 2020 must be born in 2015 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.

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!