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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 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 will open in the fall of 2019. 
    The application release date is TBD. Please continue to check the website for updates.

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

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Procedures

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    The Hunter College High School Application for entry in fall 2020 will open in the fall of 2019.
    The application release date is TBD. Please continue to check the website for updates. 

    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 CLOSED.*

    The process to apply for entry in fall 2020 will open in the fall of 2019. The application release date is TBD. 

  • Testing Eligibility

    The HCHS Entrance Exam is open only to 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 Common Core English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics Tests.
    The qualifying scores needed to sit for the HCHS 2020 Entrance Exam will be set in September 2019. The qualifying scores for last year were as follows:
    • NYS English Language Arts (ELA) Scale Score= (625 needed to apply for fall 2019)
    • NYS Math Scale Score= (625 needed to apply for fall 2019)
    FOR NYS TEST-TAKERS, ONLY STUDENTS WITH QUALIFYING SCORES IN BOTH THE 5TH GRADE NYS ELA AND 5TH GRADE NYS MATH TESTS WILL BE SEATED FOR THE HCHS ENTRANCE EXAM.
     
    2. A score in the 90th (national) percentile from any of these standardized (2019) 5th grade exams - only if you 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)
               OR
    • A score in the 90th percentile in Reading Comprehension and Math tests used at the student's independent or parochial school (2019, 5th grade)

    Scores from school-specific exams, or 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 are NOT accepted from the applicant or applicant's family.** 


    STUDENTS WITHOUT ANY TEST SCORES.
    In certain cases, HCHS will 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, 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 of the current middle school must submit a letter to HCHS Admissions confirming the absence of scores from ANY exam listed above. The letter must also attest to the student’s academic readiness for the HCHS exam. This letter will be accepted from the principal 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 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.

    If the student has earned the necessary score on the Reading Comprehension exam, but not on the math (or vice versa), the student will NOT be eligible to apply to Hunter College High School.

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


    To access the Hunter College High School application for entry in fall 2020, please return to this page in September 2019.
  • 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 inofrmation.
  • 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.