Application Fee Waivers

If you would like to request a need-based waiver for our application fee, please contact Kimberly Cummings ( in our office for instructions on how to apply. Hackley does not offer a fee waiver for the evaluation fee required for Kindergarten and 1st grade applicants. The deadline to apply for the application fee waiver is Tuesday, November 26th at 12:00 PM.

PLEASE NOTE:  If you do not qualify for a fee waiver, this should not be taken as an indication of your eligibility to qualify for a financial aid award, as the two application processes are entirely separate.


Applying to Hackley

Grade 6 to Grade 11 Applications

Admissions Timeline

We recognize that applying to a school is a complex process involving a great many elements and considerable time. We hope that the information provided on these pages will make Hackley's application process clearer and will allow for the most positive experience.  We look forward to working with you!

If you have questions about any of the steps below, please feel free to email the Hackley Admissions Office or call (914) 366-2642.

One important note:  we are happy to have families begin exploring Hackley at any point prior to an application.  This said, we do not accept actual applications to Hackley more than a year in advance.  Applications for a given school year (e.g. 2021-22) cannot be accepted before September of the preceding school year (e.g. Sep 2020).

To apply to Grades 6 through 11...

List of 7 items.

  • Step 1 - Set up your Admissions portal

    • Your Portal is your online, password-protected Hackley admissions account - you will use this to begin your application, to arrange visits, to access needed paperwork, and more.
    • To begin, click here to complete our inquiry form. Once done, you will receive a confirmation email with the login and password for your Admissions portal account.
  • Step 2 - Come to the Hilltop for a visit!

    Join us for a tour and/or information session, or register to attend one of our Open Houses!
  • Step 3 - Submit the online application (beginning Sept 3)

    • The Family Portion of your application (family information form, parent/guardian questionnaire, Grade 5 student interest form and application fee) is due by Monday, December 2.
    • All supporting documents (transcripts, recommendations, etc.) are due by Monday, January 13.
  • Step 4 - Schedule your student and parent/guardian interviews

    Once you've submitted your family information form and application fee, you will have the ability in your Admissions Portal to set up your interviews electronically.
  • Step 5 - Request official transcripts from your current school

    • Because we require reports from the current school year and the two previous years, if your child has been in more than one school, you may need to submit our downloadable form separately to his/her/their previous school.
    • Note that if you submit the transcript request form too early in the school year, your school may not include reports from the current year.
    • Transcripts need to be received by Monday, January 13.
  • Step 6 - Submit teacher recommendation forms

    • We require a student's current English teacher and current math teacher to complete our online recommendation forms, which you can access from you Admissions Portal.
    • Recommendations should be submitted by Monday, January 13.
  • Step 7 - Sign up for the ISEE or the SSAT

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