Kindergarten Admissions for entry in Fall 2021

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  • Procedure Intro Text

    • The Hunter College Elementary School Application for kindergarten entry in fall 2021 will open on Saturday, September 26, 2020.
    • The application system will close on Friday, October 30, 2020 at 4:00pm.
    • PLEASE READ ALL OF THE INFORMATION PROVIDED IN "THE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS AND PROCESS" SECTION BELOW BEFORE STARTING AN APPLICATION.
    • After reviewing the website, if still you have questions, you may contact the Admissions Office at admissions@hunterschools.org.

The Kindergarten Application Process

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  • Age Requirement

    Applicants for the September 2021 kindergarten class must be born during 2016: January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016.
  • Residency Requirement

    Residency requirement
    Only Manhattan residents may apply and enroll into HCES. Parents must be able to document their primary home address as of the date of application and must remain residents of Manhattan as long as the child attends HCES. All families whose child advances to Round 2 (of the application process) are required to submit a copy of the 2019 IT-201 New York State income tax form to prove NYC residency, as of the date of application. No addresses that contain a P.O. Box, a business name, “in care of” a third party, or addresses outside of Manhattan will be accepted. Proof of residency cannot be proved with utility bills, vehicle registration, bank statements or insurance cards.
  • The Application Requirements and Process

    PLEASE READ ALL OF THE INFORMATION PROVIDED HERE BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO CREATE, EDIT OR SUBMIT AN APPLICATION WHEN THE SYSTEM OPENS ON SEPTEMBER 26th, 2020.

     
    The application system for entry in fall 2021 is now open.  The application system will close on Friday, October 30th at 4:00pm.

    When a new account is created, an application identification code is assigned and emailed to the primary parent, along with instructions for editing and submitting the application. The application is accessible via the link included in the email OR by copying and pasting the identification code into the screen where you are working.

    NOTE: An application must be submitted for each child. If applying for twins, parents must create separate applications for each child and use different, unique email addresses.

    The non-refundable application fee is $70.00, payable online by credit/debit card using our secure system. An application is complete ONLY when payment is received. (Financial assistance for the application fee is available to those who qualify. Please visit the "Reduced Fee" section of this website for detailed information.)
     
    With the submission and payment of an application, two confirmation emails are sent:
    1. one email acknowledging the receipt of your payment;
    2. one email with instructions for the next steps in the process.

    The second email includes all information needed to schedule an appointment for Round 1 testing. This email includes a list of HCES-approved testers, the child’s HCES-ID number, and the deadline by which the Round 1 testing must occur. (If you do not receive either of these confirmation emails, you must check to ensure proper submission of your application.)
     
    ROUND 1 TESTING
    Once the application is submitted, parents will have a certain time frame in which to arrange for and complete Round 1 testing. Families are encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible. Round 1 testing schedules become less flexible as the application season progresses; it might become difficult to secure a more desirable appointment date. Parents should ensure their availability over a four - five week period following application submission.

    Contact information for testers is emailed to the adult listed as "Parent 1" on the application. Families may contact ONLY ONE of the testers on the list to check availability and/or schedule an appointment; contacting more than one tester to check availability will result in disqualification. Be prepared to provide the child’s ID number and date by which the testing must occur; this information is needed by the tester in order to confirm the appointment. In certain cases, a tester may extend the deadline, at his/her discretion only - not at the request of the parent.  Parents may NOT request extensions.

    **All families will be notified via email by the end of December 2020 if their child is (or is not) advancing to Round 2.**


    ROUND 2 TESTING
    The second phase of the application process will take place after Round 1 ends. Only those who advance to Round 2 will be given further consideration for admission.


    OPEN HOUSE
    In light of the COVID-19 public health crisis, open house events will be suspended in fall 2020. There will be other opportunities to have many of your questions answered by HCES administrators and teachers. 
     
    The application system for entry in fall 2021 is now open. The application system will close on Friday, October 30th at 4:00pm.
  • Sibling, Twin, and Legacy Policy

    In an effort to make the opportunity to attend HCES available to as many families as possible, we do not grant preference to siblings of current students or HCCS alumni. Every applicant is evaluated on his or her individual merits. The admissions decision for one sibling has no bearing on the admissions decision for another.

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  • How to Apply

    PLEASE READ ALL OF THE INFORMATION PROVIDED IN "THE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS AND PROCESS" SECTION (LOCATED ABOVE) BEFORE CREATING AN APPLICATION. FAILURE TO READ THIS SECTION BEFORE STARTING AN APPLICATION MAY RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION.

    The application deadline is Friday, October 30th at 4:00pm.
    To access the HCES application for entry in fall 2021, AFTER READING THE SECTION ABOVE, please CLICK HERE.
  • Visiting HCES (2020-2021)

    In light of the COVID-19 public health crisis, open house and other events that showcase HCES (in person) will be suspended in fall 2020. There will be other opportunities to "visit" us virtually and receive answers to many of your questions from HCES Administrators. 

    Traditionally, we are able to invite for a visit the parents of children who are offered admission or placement on the wait list. At that time, parents of admitted children are able to visit classrooms, and meet the principal, faculty, and other staff before submitting enrollment paperwork for their child.
     
    It is our regret that we cannot accommodate all who are interested in seeing HCES in fall 2020.

    NOTE: Far more children seek admission to the Hunter College Elementary School than can be accommodated. Our process is solely for selecting children for admission to our small school.