For admission to the Fall 2018 Kindergarten class, the Round 2 assessment will take place over TWO weekends only: January 13th and 14th AND January 20th and 21st, 2018. Families who are applying to HCES should not make travel arrangements or schedule NYC Department of Education Gifted and Talented testing for these weekends. Children will be assigned an appointment only within this four-day period. (NOTE: The first weekend is the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend.)
If a child advances to Round 2, there will two additional forms that need completing. The Parents’ Observation Form and the Preschool Teacher Observation Form request specific information about the child’s observed behaviors in short, written responses from parents and teachers. There is no essay or recommendation to provide. Birth certificates or adoption records are required of all applicants, and 2016 NY State tax returns must be provided by all families as proof of residency.
At Round 2, children meet in groups of nine and trained consultants observe the behaviors of each child during individual and group tasks, and during their interaction with peers and a teacher. The testing room simulates a preschool classroom and we make every effort to make the group relaxing, fun, and as stimulating as possible.
Following Round 2, the HCES Admissions Selection Committee submits its recommendations to the Director of Admissions, who, based on that feedback, then offers placement to 25 boys and 25 girls. All evaluative information used in the selection process is de-identified, so that the Admissions Selection Committee makes decisions without knowledge of the child’s name, family or other identifying factors. Neither siblings of HCES students nor "legacies" are given preference of any kind in the process. Selection is primarily determined by the observations collected during Round 2.
(A child's performance in Round 1 does not factor into the final admissions decision at all.)
Families of Round 2 participants will be notified via email of admissions decisions on Friday, February 9th, 2018. This offer of admission must be accepted or declined by Friday, February 16th.
NOTE: A waiting list of 12 boys and 12 girls is generated from the Round 2 finalists. The first 6 waitlisted children on each list are ranked 1-6. After those places are used, admission is offered at the discretion of the Selection Committee.