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High School Admissions

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  • HS Admissions Process for 2020-2021 (updated)

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    The application for the HCHS Entrance Exam, for entry in fall 2021, is now closed. 
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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 the 2020-2021 HCHS admission process for 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. There are NO exceptions to grade entry.)

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

7th Grade Admissions for Fall 2021

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    The Hunter College High School application for entry in fall 2021 is now closed.

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

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    The Hunter College High School (HCHS) Application for entry is now closed.

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

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  • 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. Students must have earned ONE of the following:

    1. A qualifying score on the 4th grade NYS English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics Tests.
    The qualifying scores needed to apply to Hunter and sit for the 2021 Entrance Exam are listed below. Eligible 6th grade students must score in the 90th percentile on (both) the NYS ELA and NYS Math exams. For the June 2021 exam, students and parents must check the NYC Exam History Inquiry sheet, under the column marked "SS/MIU" for the following scores:
    • SP 19, GRADE 4, ELA English Language Arts =  626*
    • SP 19, GRADE 4, STM State Math = 628*

    *If you received a letter in the mail about your eligibility, but still have questions about the scores listed above, please contact our office immediately at: 212-860-1261. 

    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 4th grade exams (administered in 2018-2019). This option is only for those who did NOT take the requisite NYS ELA and Mathematics exams. 
    • ERB Comprehensive Testing Program 5 (CTP 5)
    • TerraNova
    • Stanford Achievement Test
    • Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS)
    If the student has taken a different 4th grade standardized exam AND scored in the 90th percentile on that exam, you may contact the Admissions Office directly to inquire about eligibility: 212-860-1261. Please do not contact us if the student has no test scores at all.

    Scores from any of the exams listed above must 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.** 


    For 2021, applications will not be accepted from students without any 4th grade standardized test score.

    In years past, the HCHS Qualifying Exam (QE) has been administered (by an independent tester) at the Hunter College Campus Schools. The QE will not be administered to applicants this year.
  • How to Apply to HCHS

    Hunter College High School (HCHS) is no longer accepting applications for fall 2021 entry.  The deadline to apply was June 16 at 4:00pm.

  • The Day of the Entrance Exam

    Tickets for the HCHS Entrance Exam are sent (to the primary parent email) when the application is complete and the child’s qualifying 4th 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 the specified date prior to the test, parents are asked to send an email to the Admissions Office. 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.

    In June 2021, the exam will be administered in multiple locations, including one of the following 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

    Due to COVID-19 restrictions, HCHS will not host its annual High School Hunter Day event. Those students who are offered admission or placed on the wait list will be invited to the school at a later date for orientation. The orientation program will introduce parents and students to all aspects of academic and student life at the school. Information about orientation will be sent at a later date.

    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.