Applying to the Upper Division

Grades 4-8

The upper division is a warm and lively environment where students build the confidence to take academic risks, and extend themselves beyond their comfort zone. The rigorous curriculum blends the structure and academics of a traditional model with creative elements and inclusive teaching methods, all while focusing on preparing students for the transition to high school and beyond.  Additional information about the many programs offered in the Upper Division can be found here.

Applicants to the Upper Division are eligible for openings based on current student attrition. Please contact the Admission Office with questions at 212-932-1980.

 

Student Life at a Glance

Curriculum Highlights

  • Advanced mathematics
  • Technology, robotics, and computer programming
  • Visual Arts instruction that includes woodshop, film making, ceramics, and studio art
  • Music instruction as part of the brass band, chorus, or instrumental ensemble
  • Science classes that utilize our Greenhouse and further explore biology, Earth sciences, chemistry, and physics
  • Social studies that includes world history, religious history, and 2 years of American History
  • Secondary language instruction in French, Spanish or Mandarin Chinese, and Latin instruction for all students in grades 7 and 8
  • Exploration of the Social Sciences through Advisory, Human Growth and Development, and Media Literacy courses
  • Introduction to the Harkness Method in grade 8

Student Athletes

  • Daily physical education classes with sports team options beginning in grade 6
  • Basketball starting in grade 6 for both boys and girls
  • Students in grades 7 and 8 can participate in sports teams such as: basketball, soccer, softball/baseball, volleyball, track and field, cross country
  • Physical Education class options include dance, yoga, and ultimate frisbee
  • Interscholastic competition through the New York City Athletic League (NYCAL)

Beyond the Classroom

  • Overnight trips to Philadelphia, Boston, Washington, DC, and camping at Ward Pound Ridge
  • Opportunities for student leadership as part of the Student Counsel or the Acolyte Guild
  • After school social events
  • Participation in city-wide events such as the annual Model Congress
  • Many opportunities for performance through our student concerts, Christmas Pageant, Spring Production, and Shakespeare Festival (grade 6 privilege)

Admission Process for Grades 4-8

Applicants to the Upper Division are eligible for openings based on current student attrition. Please contact the Admission Office with questions at 212-932-1980.

The admission process for the Upper Division includes:
  • Parent tour
  • Student full-day visit to St. Hilda's & St. Hugh's
  • Student transcripts from the previous two years
  • Current year student transcripts (once available)
  •  ISAAGNY Teacher Report Form
  • ERB testing, ECAA for grade 4 and ISEE for grades 5-8

Please visit the "How to Apply" page on our website for more information about the admission process, including links to required documents. You may access the page by clicking here

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