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  • HS APPLICATION OPENING

    (as of 11/5/2019)

    THE HUNTER COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL APPLICATION DEADLINE IS BEING EXTENDED* .... THE SYSTEM WILL NOT CLOSE ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8!! (Applicants without NYS or other acceptable exam scores still must apply by Friday, November 8 at 4:00pm.)

    To avoid complications, applications should be submitted as soon as possible. The application is short and easy to complete. The application must include contact information for the current 6th grade counselor AND the child's NYS (or other) exam scores.

    The NYS exam scores needed to submit an application to Hunter College High School are as follows; these scores are based off the spring 2019 5th grade exams:  ELA (627 or above)   AND   Math (628 or above). 

    All prospective 6th grade students must have BOTH scores in order to apply to take the HCHS Entrance Exam. HCHS will not accept an average of scores. For information on other acceptable exam scores and other criteria to apply, please click the "Testing Eligibility" tab below.

    The HCHS application deadline is being extended, but please submit the application ASAP.

    (*Students without NYS exam scores, or other acceptable exam scores, still must submit applications by Friday, November 8 at 4:00pm. The HCHS application deadline CANNOT be extended for students without exam scores. Applications for these students MUST be submitted by November 8 at 4:00pm.)

Welcome to Hunter College High School (HCHS)

Hunter College High School (HCHS) is a part of the Hunter College Campus Schools, the laboratory schools of the City University of New York administered by Hunter College. Our high school serves students in grades 7-12. The only entry year for HCHS is 7th grade.

We serve students who demonstrate advanced cognitive ability and prepare them to be life-long learners and leaders. We assist in the development of creative, intellectually-curious, and original thinkers who are passionate about learning. Our schools use the principles of gifted education, including depth, complexity, challenge, enrichment, and acceleration of the curriculum, to meet the needs of intellectually-advanced students.

On these pages you will find general information for HCHS admission to the 7th grade. HCHS does not accept inquiries or applications for any other grade. (Students are not admitted into grades 8, 9, 10, 11, or 12.)

We welcome your interest in Hunter College High School. It is our hope that you find this information helpful.

7th Grade Admissions for Fall 2020

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    The Hunter College High School application for entry in fall 2020 is now open. The deadline to apply is being extended. The system will NOT close on Friday, November 8th at 4:00pm*. (However, applicants without NYS or other acceptable exam scores still must apply by Friday, November 8 at 4:00pm.)

    If qualified, interested 6th grade students may submit an application to take the HCHS Entrance Exam in January.

    Please carefully review the information under the "How to Apply" and "Testing Eligibility" tabs to determine eligibility. 
    To link to the application can be found under the "Testing Eligibility" tab.

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

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Procedures

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  • Procedures Intro Text (extension)

    The Hunter College High School (HCHS) Application for entry in fall 2020 is now open. The application deadline has been extended*. The system will NOT close on Friday, November 8 at 4:00pm.

    Eligible students who submit an application are applying to take the January entrance examination. For detailed information about the entrance examination, and to see samples of the test, please click the "Entrance Exam" tab above.

    To learn more about eligibility, please click the "How to Apply" and "Testing Eligibility" tabs below.

    (*Students without NYS exam scores, or other acceptable exam scores, still must submit applications by Friday, November 8 at 4:00pm. The HCHS application deadline CANNOT be extended for students without exam scores. Applications for these students MUST be submitted by November 8 at 4:00pm.)

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

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  • How to Apply to HCHS

    *THE HCHS APPLICATION SYSTEM IS NOW OPEN.*

    Hunter College High School (HCHS) is accepting applications from current 6th grade students, who reside in one of the five boroughs at the time of application submission, for entry into grade 7 in fall 2020. All candidates must meet the criteria for eligibility established by HCHS in order to submit an application. No exceptions will be made to the criteria.

    Applications are submitted in order to take the HCHS Entrance Examination, a 3-hour test that will be administered on January 10, 2020.

    Please review the information under the "TESTING ELIGIBILITY" tab below before creating an application. The application link is located in that section.

    **DO NOT SUBMIT AN APPLICATION WITHOUT FIRST REVIEWING ALL INFORMATION AND CHECKING THE STUDENT'S ELIGIBILITY.**
  • Testing Eligibility

    The HCHS Entrance Exam is open only to 6th grade students who reside within the five boroughs of New York City at the time of application submission AND who have earned ONE of the following:

    1. A qualifying score on the 2019 5th grade NYS English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics Tests.
    The qualifying scores needed to apply to Hunter and sit for the HCHS 2020 Entrance Exam are as follows - please check the NYC Exam History Inquiry sheet, under the column marked "SS/MIU"
    • SP 19, ELA English Language Arts =  627
    • SP 19, STM State Math = 628
    ONLY STUDENTS WHO MEET OR EXCEED BOTH THE SCORES LISTED ABOVE MAY APPLY TO HUNTER COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL AND SIT FOR THE HCHS ENTRANCE EXAM.
     
    2. A score in the 90th (national) percentile -- in certain Reading and Math subtests (i.e. Mathematics 1&2) -- from any of the following standardized (2019) 5th grade exams. This option is only for those who have NEVER taken the NYS 5th grade ELA and NYS 5th grade mathematics exams.
    • ERB Comprehensive Testing Program 5 (CTP 5)
    • TerraNova
    • Stanford Achievement Test
    • Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS)
    HCHS will accept scores ONLY from the exams listed above. We cannot accept state assessments from other states. If the child has never taken any of the exams listed above, you must follow directions for submitting a "no scores" application (see below).

    Scores from one of the exams listed above are to be reported directly to HCHS Admissions by the principal OR guidance counselor of the child's middle school. Parents are responsible for having the middle school report the scores directly to HCHS. **Copies of official scores may be accepted from parents/guardians ONLY with an official school stamp or seal, and signature of counselor.** 

    DO NOT SUBMIT AN HCHS APPLICATION IF THE STUDENT SCORED BELOW THE MINIMUM ON EITHER OF THE EXAMS LISTED ABOVE. IF YOU DO, THE STUDENT WILL BE RENDERED INELIGIBLE AND THE APPLICATION FEE WILL BE NOT BE REFUNDED.**

    If the student meets the criteria based off the NY State exams, or any of the exams listed above, you may access the Hunter College High School application for entry in fall 2020 by CLICKING HERE.


    STUDENTS WITHOUT ANY TEST SCORES.
    In certain cases, students might qualify to take the HCHS exam even if they have not taken any of the tests listed above. HCHS can administer a qualifying examination (QE) to 6th grade applicants for whom NO test scores are available - this option is NOT for students who have taken the NYS or other exams listed above, but failed to meet the minimum score required. The QE will be available to homeschooled applicants, or 6th grade applicants from schools that did NOT administer any acceptable examination, or to 6th grade students who opted out of the NYS exams. In these cases, the principal or counselor of the current middle school must submit an official letter to HCHS Admissions confirming the absence of scores from ANY exam listed above. This letter must come directly from the principal or counselor only.

    The QE will be administered at the Hunter College Campus Schools in November. There is a fee to take the QE, which must be paid by the family on the day of the exam. The results of the qualifying exam will determine if the student is eligible to sit for the HCHS Entrance Exam in January.


    QUALIFYING TO TAKE THE HUNTER COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL EXAM

    ALL APPLICANTS must have the necessary [reading and math] scores on one of the exams or subtests listed above OR must meet the "No Scores" requirement as listed above, in order to apply and sit for the HCHS entrance exam. There are no exceptions to the eligibility requirements.


    **DO NOT SUBMIT AN HCHS APPLICATION IF THE STUDENT SCORED BELOW THE MINIMUM ON ANY OF THE EXAMS LISTED ABOVE. IF YOU DO, THE STUDENT WILL BE RENDERED INELIGIBLE AND THE APPLICATION FEE WILL BE NOT BE REFUNDED.**


    To access the Hunter College High School application for entry in fall 2020, please CLICK HERE.
  • The Day of the Entrance Exam

    Tickets for the HCHS Entrance Exam will be sent (to the primary parent email) when the application is complete and the child’s qualifying 5th grade test scores have been verified. **PARENTS SHOULD USE AN EMAIL ADDRESS THAT IS ACCESSED FREQUENTLY.**

    If a ticket for the exam is not received by 5:00pm on December 13th, 2019, an email should be sent to HCHSAdmit@hccs.hunter.cuny.edu.The email must include: the child’s first and last names, home address, and parent phone number. When the email is received by HCHS Admissions, a duplicate exam ticket will be emailed.

    ** Please do not email the Admissions Office to inquire about exam tickets until AFTER December 13th. The score-verification process is lengthy and HCHS staff will need this time period to verify scores for all applicants.**

    The test for entry in fall 2020 will be administered on JANUARY 10th, 2020 at one of three locations:
    1. HCHS at 94th St. between Park and Madison Avenues
    2. Hunter College – West Building at 68th Street and Lexington Avenue
    3. Hunter College – North Building at 69th Street, between Park and Lexington Avenues

    If eligible to take the HCHS Entrance Exam, the applicant will be assigned a location and room for exam day; entry tickets to the exam will be sent via email to the primary parent email address, along with information about pick-up and drop-off times and locations, and other test day information.
  • Visiting HCHS

    Those who are offered admission or placed on the wait list are invited to High School Hunter Day on the afternoon of March 11th, 2020. Hunter Day is a program that introduces parents and students to all aspects of academic and student life at the school. Information about Hunter Day will be sent with offers of admission and offers of wait list placement.

    Admitted students must accept or decline their offers of admission within one week of decision day.

    For a more in-depth look at what HCHS offers in the classroom, please explore the rest of our website.

    There is no visitation program for prospective students going through the admissions process.

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