I attended the elementary school and thought it was excellent. The students were engaged, bright and committed. The student-teacher ratio was great. I went on to get a scholarship to Phillips Exeter Academy, Yale University and Harvard Law.
Hunter is a great school. It has some of the best and brightest students and teachers, and the administration is highly competent and engaged. Students are very driven and mature and the teachers are talented and committed and create a rigorous yet nurturing environment. The school routinely has one of the highest average SAT scores in the country, one if the highest % of students on the national merit scholarship list and one of the highest admissions to ivy league and top25 colleges. The school offers diversity and a well-rounded education with many student-run clubs, over 15 sports including golf, swimming, tennis and soccer, and a good choice of extracurricular like nationally ranked chess and debate teams. It also has a strong arts programs with impressive music ensembles and consistently places a great number of students on the NY State scholastic writing and arts awards. In my experience the students are universally nice as are their families and it seems like a happy place where children receive a rigorous, well-rounded and grounded education.
In our association with HCES, we have personally seen why HCES is considered to be one of the top schools in New York. The teachers are great - they understand kids, and apply traditional as well as innovative techniques to nurture the talented kids they have. All the kids we have seen are extremely talented, which provides a great peer group. The parent body is down to earth and friendly. I was surprised to read the strongly negative comments made by an earlier reviewer - this seems to be an outlier of an experience. We know many families at HCES, and have only heard of positive experiences from everyone.
What a crock! This school is a mean place, kids are always being yelled at, starting at Kindergarten. The curriculum is behind the times. The teachers are arrogant and lazy. They disrespect the students and their parents. The nurse is borderline rude. The parents are too afraid to advocate for their kids. Worse place you could send a highly gifted and talented kid.
I am a parent at HCES. Every student is happy there. It is nurturing, caring environment with lots of projects. Children have fun while they learn things. Academically, socially, in every aspect it is great.
I am the nurse at Hunter Elementary and love it! The kids are bright and sweet and love to learn. The building is fun as it is a former armory- no windows! Our chess team is always tops and talent abounds in singing and dancing. It's a great place to learn!
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