Hopkins seeks highly self-motivated applicants who are academically prepared and whose talents and intellectual curiosity will enable them to take advantage of the challenging curriculum and extensive resources offered by the School.

A Smart Place to be Curious

Thank you for your interest in Hopkins School.

We know that choosing a school is an important decision and we encourage you to learn all you can about our values, our programs and our community. Please know that we are committed to working together to make the admission experience as seamless as possible for you. 

Application Process

Applicants are expected to demonstrate an ability to complete a demanding course of study. Although the majority of new students are admitted to the 7th and 9th grades, applications from qualified students for other grades will be considered as space permits.
The Hopkins admission process is designed to provide the best possible opportunity for an applicant and their family to understand our school community and, at the same time, to give the Admission Committee an understanding of each applicant’s educational background and interests. The goal is to satisfy each that the right match has been made for a student’s successful education.

Step By Step Application Process

Completed between September and January 15
Research to see if Hopkins would be a good fit for your child.
Join us online or in-person to learn more about Hopkins.
Submit application for admission and, if requesting, financial aid.
Arrange for an interview (required).
Complete application by January 15.

Application Deadline

The deadline for admission is January 15. Complete and return the application, including both the Parent and the Applicant Questionnaires, and the application fee as soon as possible, but no later than January 15.

International applicants should review additional requirements before applying.

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  • Required Application Materials

    We accept two common applications, the SAO and Gateway. We have no preference which one you use. If you prefer, you can request a print application by calling the Admission Office at (203) 397-1001.

    All applications require a $75 application fee. If you need a fee waiver, please contact the Admission Office at (203) 397-1001.
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  • Admission Testing

    Admission testing is a required part of the application process, with Standardized Testing being the preferred test.  We accept either the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) or the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). Both organizations provide in-person testing, a Prometric, computer-based option for taking the exam, as well as computer-based SSAT At Home Option and ISEE At Home Option. All reservations and payments are made directly with the testing agency. 
    When registering, please enter the Hopkins School code, for the SSAT use 3995 or for the ISEE use 070490, so that scores can be sent directly from the testing organization to the Admission Office. Test scores must be received by January 15.
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Admission Interview

Every applicant, and at least one parent or guardian, must meet with a member of the Admission Committee. Upon receipt of the application, a member of the Admission Team will contact you to schedule an interview and discuss the best way to facilitate the interview with your family, either in-person or via Zoom, depending on guidelines in place at the time.
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Visiting Day

We will be providing opportunities for prospective students to spend a day on campus with a current student. Visit days are scheduled after an applicant has had their admission interview and we have an opportunity to meet you so that we can make sure we can address your interests on the visiting day.
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International Student Requirements

While Hopkins School is able to accept applications from families living outside of the United States, it is important to clarify that we are not a boarding school, nor do we provide homestays. In general, our program is not suitable for students moving to the New Haven area unless they are moving with at least one parent.

International applicants will find more information here.

Financial Assistance

Hopkins recognizes that many families are unable to pay the full tuition. Accordingly, the School has a need-based financial aid program. Details for applying for financial aid can be found here on our website. Financial aid applications are due at the same time as the application for admission, no later than January 15

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Hopkins School actively seeks and promotes diversity, equity and inclusion as vitally important to our present and future success, and it is inseparable from our dedication to academic excellence. The Office of Equity & Community at Hopkins, led by Becky Harper, (bharper@hopkins.edu) is responsible for promoting a warm, welcoming culture through self-awareness, mutual respect and integrity, on and beyond the Hill. We uphold caring, compassionate and critical community members as essential to an inclusive school. Further, we seek to elevate and center historically marginalized perspectives while celebrating Hopkins’ storied history, recognizing the productive tensions held within a school both forward-thinking and rich in tradition. Accordingly, we empower our community through activities, clubs and programming; hold each other accountable to Hopkins’ core values and institutional vision; and embrace one another as lifelong learners.

Student Nondiscrimination Policy

Hopkins admits qualified students to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded to or made available to students at the School, without regard to race, color, national or ethnic origin, alienage, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law. The School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, alienage, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law (referred to as “protected categories” or “protected classes”) in any of its educational programs or in the administration of its educational policies, including admissions, financial aid, athletics and other school-administered programs.


Although Hopkins is not generally equipped to provide individualized educational programming for students with significant disabilities, the School complies with applicable federal and state laws and will make reasonable accommodations and/or modifications to policies, procedures and practices for an otherwise qualified student with a disability to assist them in the meeting the academic and behavioral performance standards of the School. Hopkins provides reasonable accommodations for students with learning-related or other disabilities when the School is in receipt of documentation from a qualified professional and a written request of the parent/guardian and student. Reasonable accommodations do not require the fundamental alteration of Hopkins’ academic standards or program, and must not create an undue burden on the School.
To the extent permitted by law, Hopkins reserves the right to determine for itself what reasonable accommodations or modifications it is able to provide for students with disabilities or highly specialized needs. Students seeking an academic or other accommodation or modification to any of the School’s policies as a result of a diagnosed disability should contact the Dean of Academics and provide appropriate documentation, including a complete and current copy of any relevant testing, evaluation or diagnosis. If the information is insufficient, the School may request additional information. With respect to academic test accommodations, the School will generally follow the Educational Testing Service (ETS) guidelines for diagnosing and documenting learning disabilities. Thus, a student requesting accommodations from Hopkins for the first time or renewing documentation to qualify for accommodations at Hopkins and/or accommodations on ERB’s, PSAT’s, SAT’s, ACT or AP’s should have documentation that follows the ETS guidelines, available at www.ets.org/disabilities. All requests for accommodations will be considered on an individual basis. If, after careful review of all information and collaboration with the student and their family, the School determines it cannot reasonably provide services or accommodations a student may need or require without undue burden or fundamental alteration of its program, Hopkins reserves the right to deny admission or to require withdrawal, or not re-enroll, to the extent permitted by law.

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