Application Fee Waivers

If you would like to request a need-based waiver for our application fee, please contact Kimberly Cummings (fa@hackleyschool.org) in our office. Hackley does not offer a fee waiver for the evaluation fee ($90) required for Kindergarten and 1st grade applicants.

Downloads

  • Release of Information Form
    Parent/guardian authorization form for the release of any and all records and information about the student.
Admissions
Applying to Hackley

Admissions Application Requirements

Admissions Timeline

We appreciate your interest in Hackley and your wish to begin the application process!

The online application for the 2023-2024 school year is now available via the links below. We look forward to working with you!

If you have not already done so, you may begin your application process by creating an online Admissions Portal account. Once you have created your account, the application forms will automatically appear in your Portal.

If you have already created an admissions portal account, you can access it by logging in here.

Applying to Hackley

List of 8 frequently asked questions.

  • Step 1 - Set up your Admissions Portal

    • Your Admissions Portal is your online, password-protected Hackley admissions account. You will use this to begin your application, schedule interview appointments, RSVP for events, request recommendations, and more. Most importantly, you will be able to monitor your application through the portal.
    • To begin, click here to complete our inquiry form. Once done, you will receive a confirmation email with login information to access your Admissions Portal. If you have already completed an inquiry form, you can log in to the portal here.
  • Step 2 - Sign up for a Hackley Admissions event!

    • We encourage you to join us for a Lower, Middle, or Upper School Open House or any of our virtual Thursdays on the Hilltop! You can find more information on all of our virtual and in-person events here.
  • Step 3 - Submit the online application by Monday, November 28, 2022.

    • The family portion of your application includes the family and student information forms, parent/guardian and student questionnaires, the interests and accomplishments form, and application fee. The family portion must be completed and submitted no later than Monday, November 28, 2022.
    • All supporting documents (transcripts, recommendations, test scores, etc.) are due by Monday, January 9, 2023.
  • Step 4 - Schedule your student and parent/guardian interviews and visits by Friday, December 2, 2022.

    Once you've submitted your family and student information forms and the application fee, please schedule your interviews and required visits in your Admissions Portal.

    In addition to student visits, Kindergarten-Grade 6 applicant parents/guardians are required to have an interview. 

    Kindergarten-Grade 2: Applicants join us on campus for a “Mini K,” “Mini 1,” or “Mini 2” visit, a required group evaluation session conducted in our Lower School by Hackley teachers. Applicants to Grades K-1 will also have a required one-on-one assessment with our educational psychologist, which we generally schedule for the same time as the parent/guardian interview. Until we have a better understanding of space in Grade 1, we will not be arranging the Mini 1. Should we find that we will have availability in the grade, we will contact you to arrange a visit by Wednesday, February 1, 2023.

    Grade 3-Grade 5: Applicants to Grades 3-5 will be invited to a classroom visit with their current grade, space permitting. Until we have a better understanding of space in Grades 3-5, we will not be arranging class visits. Should we find that we will have availability in the grade, we will contact you to arrange a visit by Wednesday, February 1, 2023.

    Grade 6: Applicants to Grades 6 will be welcomed on campus with other Grade 6 applicants for a group activity. 

    Grade 7-Grade 11:  Applicants to Grades 7-11 and their parents/guardians will join us on campus for concurrent interviews and a student group discussion with other applicants. 

    We would love to have you join us on campus, but we can accomodate families who need a virtual interview.  Please contact the admissions office at admissions@hackleyschool.org or 914-366-2642 to schedule a virtual option.

    Interviews and visits must be scheduled by Friday, December 2, 2022.
  • Step 5 - Request official transcripts from your current school.

    • We require reports from the current school year and the two previous years. Please note that if the student has been enrolled in more than one school in the past three years, you may need to submit our downloadable Release of Information Form separately to your child’s previous school(s).
    • Note that if you submit the transcript request form early in the school year, your school may not include reports from the current year. We suggest that you wait to submit the Release of Information form until after the first marking period of the year.
    • Transcripts are due by Monday, January 9, 2023.
  • Step 6 - Request recommendations in November.

    • We require the student's current teacher(s) and current principal/counselor to complete our online recommendation forms, which you can access from the Admissions Portal. We require one teacher recommendation for applicants to Grades K-5. We require two recommendations, one from the current English teacher and one from the current math teacher, for applicants to Grades 6-11.  
    • You will be able to email a link to each recommender, which they will use to submit their confidential recommendation electronically, from your Admissions Portal starting in November
    • All recommendations must be completed and submitted electronically by Monday, January 9, 2023.
  • Step 7 - Sign up to take the ISEE or the SSAT before Monday, January 9, 2023.

    • The ISEE and SSAT are standardized tests that we require applicants to Grades 5-11 only to take.  Please schedule your child to take either test no later than Monday, January 9, 2023.
    • To send us ISEE scores, enter Hackley’s school code (335540) when registering for the ISEE
    • To send us SSAT scores, enter Hackley’s school code (3640) when registering for the SSAT.
  • Step 8 - Await the results on decision and reply dates in February and March.

    • Decisions for families with children applying to Kindergarten will be available in the Admissions Portal no earlier than 8:30am on Thursday, February 9, 2023. Families accepted to Kindergarten must notify the Admissions Office regarding their decision to enroll no later than 12 PM EST noon on Thursday, February 16, 2023.
    • Decisions for families with children applying to Grades 1-8 will be available in the Admissions Portal on no earlier than 4pm on Tuesday, February 14, 2023. Families accepted to Grades 1-8 must notify the Admissions Office of their decision to enroll no later than 12pm on Tuesday, March 3, 2023.
    • Decisions for families with children applying to Grades 9-11 will be available in the Admissions Portal no earlier than 4pm on Wednesday, March 1, 2023. Families accepted to Grades 9-11 must notify the Admissions Office of their decision to enroll no later than 12pm on Friday, March 16, 2023.
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