The application system for entry in fall 2025 will open at a date to be later announced.
The deadline to apply will be announced at the time of the application opening. All applications must be submitted and paid by this date/time. Previously saved applications may not be submitted after.
Families are encouraged to read all information in this section before attempting to create, edit or submit an application. Failure to do so may result in confusion or disqualification.
STEP I: Ensure your eligibility
Make certain your child and your family meet age and residency requirements before moving forward. Do not submit an application unless your current, primary residence is New York City. (NYC is defined as the five boroughs and does not include Westchester, Nassau, or Suffolk counties.)
STEP II: Create an Account
After indicating “Kindergarten” on the main application page, click the “Get Application ID” button. When a new account is created, an application ID code is emailed to the parent who created the account (primary parent), along with instructions for editing and submitting the application.
NOTE: If applying for twins, a separate application must be submitted for each child. Parents must create the applications with different, unique email addresses.
STEP III: Create & submit an Application
Follow the instructions in the email received and create the Hunter College Elementary School application. (Keep in mind that your child must be available for testing within three weeks of submitting the application.) The non-refundable application fee is $50.00, payable via credit/debit card using our secure system. An application is complete when payment is received. (Financial assistance for the application fee is available. Please visit the "Reduced Fee" section of this website for detailed information, or contact the Admissions Office directly at 212-860-1401.)
Once parents/guardians have submitted and paid for the application, they will receive two confirmation emails from the Admissions Office:
- One acknowledging the receipt of the payment, and
- One with instructions for Round 1 testing*, which includes:
- All information needed to schedule the Round 1 appointment, including cancellation policies;
- A list of HCES-approved testers. Parents may contact only one tester.
- The child’s ID number
- The deadline by when the child MUST be tested (3 weeks of application submission).
- The child will be disqualified if you contact more than one tester.
- The child will be disqualified if deadline dates for Round 1 testing are not met.
If parents/guardians do not receive either of these confirmation emails, they must check to ensure that the application has been properly submitted in the system.
* A mask requirement may be in place at some testing locations, including restroom and waiting areas. Parents, guardians and children must follow all health and safety guidelines.
STEP IV: COMPLETE ROUND 1
Round 1 (R1) is the first of two rounds of assessment within the HCES admissions process. In R1, the parent/guardian brings the child to the office of an HCES-approved tester so that an assessment of intellectual reasoning and cognitive abilities can be administered to the child. The fee for this test is $375.00, payable to the tester. (Financial assistance for the Round 1 fee may be available. Please visit the "Reduced Fee" section of this website for detailed information, or contact the Admissions Office directly at 212-860-1401.)
Please review the information in the “Testing” section of this website for more information.
STEP V: COMPLETE ROUND 2
Only those selected to advance to Round 2 will be notified of dates and additional requirements.
In-person open house events are suspended until further notice.