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High School Admissions

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  • HS Admissions Process for 2020-2021 (updated)

    (as of 19 April 2021)

    Thank you for your interest in Hunter College High School.
    Due to the lasting effects of COVID-19, we have postponed the announcement of our admissions process and qualifying criteria for 7th grade fall 2021 entry. When we are ready to release information about the process, it will be posted on this website immediately. (You will not receive advanced information by contacting our office directly.)   
     
    The information currently listed on the Admissions pages of this site refers to our past process. These pages will be updated with information for the upcoming admissions season. Please continue to check back regularly for updates.
     
    We appreciate your patience!

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, what has been, the traditional 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 not yet available.  

    Typically, 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 see how eligibility has been determined in the past. 
     
    We thank you for your interest in Hunter College High School.

Important Documents

Procedures

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  • Procedures Intro Text

    The Hunter College High School (HCHS) Application for entry in fall 2021 is not yet available. 

    Eligible students who submit an application are applying to take the Hunter entrance examination, which (traditionally) is held in January. For detailed information about the entrance examination, as it has been administered in the past, and to see samples of the test, please click the "Entrance Exam" tab above.

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

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

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  • How to Apply to HCHS

    Hunter College High School (HCHS) is not yet accepting applications for fall 2021 entry. Typically, we accept 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. 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 (traditionally) is administered in January.

    Please review the information under the "TESTING ELIGIBILITY" tab to see what has been used in the past. Students and parents are strongly encouraged to review this section before starting any application.

    **NEVER SUBMIT AN APPLICATION WITHOUT FIRST REVIEWING ALL INFORMATION AND CHECKING THE STUDENT'S ELIGIBILITY FOR THAT PARTICULAR APPLICATION SEASON. STUDENT ELIGIBILITY MAY CHANGE FROM YEAR TO YEAR.**
  • 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.  Additionally, in years past, these students must have earned ONE of the following:

    1. A qualifying score on the 5th grade NYS English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics Tests.
    The qualifying scores needed to apply to Hunter and sit for the annual Entrance Exam change from year to year. In past years, eligible 6th grade students had to score in the 90th percentile on (both) the NYS ELA and NYS Math exams. For the January 2020 exam, students checked the NYC Exam History Inquiry sheet, under the column marked "SS/MIU" for the following scores:
    • SP 19, ELA English Language Arts =  627
    • SP 19, STM State Math = 628
    ONLY STUDENTS WHO MET OR EXCEEDED BOTH THE SCORES LISTED ABOVE WERE ALLOWED TO 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 5th grade exams. This option was only for those who had NEVER taken the requisite NYS ELA and Mathematics exams. Traditionally, these are the only standardized exams from whom HCHS Admissions has accepted 90th percentile scores:
    • ERB Comprehensive Testing Program 5 (CTP 5)
    • TerraNova
    • Stanford Achievement Test
    • Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS)
    HCHS has accepted scores ONLY from the exams listed above. We have not accepted assessments from other states. 

    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.** 

    **APPLICATIONS ARE NOT ACCEPTED FROM STUDENTS WHO SCORED BELOW THE MINIMUM ON ANY OF THE EXAMS LISTED ABOVE.**


    STUDENTS WITHOUT ANY TEST SCORES.
    In certain cases, Hunter has administered a qualifying examination (QE) to students for whom no test scores were available (i.e. the student was ill or not available on testing day). The QE has been available to homeschooled applicants provided the principal of the homeschool submits a letter of recommendation, along with evidence of the student’s academic qualifications, to the HCHS Admissions office. In years past, the QE has been administered (by an independent tester) at the Hunter College Campus Schools in November. Traditionally, there is a fee to take the QE, which is covered by the family and made payable to the tester. The qualifying exam will determine if the student is eligible to sit for the HCHS Entrance Exam in January.
  • The Day of the Entrance Exam

    Typically, tickets for the HCHS Entrance Exam are 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 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 January 2020, the exam was 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 for an afternoon program in the spring. HS 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.