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.


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

Kindergarten to Grade 5 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 outlined in our process (links to the left), please feel free to email the Hackley Admissions Office or call (914) 366-2642.

Families with children accepted to Lower and Middle School (Kindergarten to Grade 8) will need to reply to the Admissions Office regarding their decision to enroll no later than noon on February 28.

Families with children accepted to Upper School (Grades 9-11) will need to reply to the Admissions Office regarding their decision to enroll no later than noon on March 12.

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 Kindergarten through Grade 5...

List of 10 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 our Open House!
  • Step 3 - Submit the online application (beginning Sept 3)

    • The Family Portion of your application (family information form, parent 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 parent interview

    • Once you've submitted your family information form and application fee, you will have the ability in your Admissions Portal to set up your interview electronically.
    • Families applying for Kindergarten and Grade 1 will have their child's one-on-one evaluation while the parent interview takes place.
  • Step 5 - (FOR K-2 APPLICANTS) Schedule your Saturday group assessment

    Students applying for the youngest three grades must come for a Mini-K, Mini-1 or Mini-2 session here at Hackley in December or January.
  • Step 5 - (FOR GRADES 3-5 APPLICANTS) If contacted by the Admissions Office to do so, schedule a classroom visit

    • Because we cannot be certain of space in these grades, we do not arrange for students to come for classroom visits and assessments until January.
    • Students will be asked to visit the grade they currently attend; visits last from 8:00 to 11:00 AM.
  • Step 6 - 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.
    • FOR K-2 APPLICANTS:  We would like ALL school reports your child has received (recognizing there may not be 2 1/2 years in total).
    • 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 7 - Submit teacher recommendation forms

    • We require students' current teachers to complete our online recommendation forms, which you can access from your Admissions Portal.
    • Recommendations should be submitted by Monday, January 13.
  • Step 8 - (GRADE 5 ONLY) Sign up for the ISEE or SSAT

  • Reply date for acceptances

    Families with children accepted to Lower School (Kindergarten to Grade 4) or Grade 5 will need to reply to the Admissions Office regarding their decision to enroll no later than noon on February 28.
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