Apply to Hopkins

We are pleased that you are interested in Hopkins School. 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 rich resources offered by the School. Applicants are expected to demonstrate an ability to complete a demanding course of study, determined by the Admission Committee during our admission process which includes the submission of an application, a transcript, admission test scores, teacher recommendations and a personal interview.

The following steps will guide you through the application process. Please do not hesitate to call us at (203) 397-1001 ext. 211 with any questions.

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Follow These Steps to Apply to Hopkins

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    Begin your application for the 2017-2018 school year

    A complete application consists of:
    1.   An application with
             Part I: Family and School Information completed,
             Part II: Parent/Guardian Questionnaire completed and
             Part III: Financing a Hopkins Education and Applicant Questionnaire completed.
    2.   Official transcript received directly from the current school
             (See Authorization for Release of School Records Form)
    3.   Current English Teacher Recommendation
    4.   Current Math Teacher Recommendation
    5.   Official copy of standardized test results
    6.   Admission Interview
    7.   For students applying for financial assistance, a Financial Aid application is due by January 15. Click here for more information.

    *Although we encourage online submission of the application and teacher recommendations, applicants and recommenders who prefer to submit a paper version may do so. You may request a paper application or download and print the application here.
  • Step 2: Register to Take the Required STANDARDIZED TESTS

    In order to apply to Hopkins, you must submit standardized test scores. In most cases, the scores must be sent directly from the testing organization to the admissions office. Test scores must be received by January 15.

    Please be assured that Hopkins does not have a cut-off for test scores. We review your application as a whole, which includes your grades and teacher recommendations.

    If you have any questions, or if you find that the required testing is not available in your area, please contact us.

    APPLYING TO GRADE 7, 8, 9 or 10
    Applicants for grades 7-10 must submit current ISEE or SSAT scores. Please do not substitute with SAT scores.

    •   Complete your ISEE or SSAT testing during the school year in which you're applying, no earlier than August.

    •   The test results should be in the Admissions Office by January 15 for a March decision. If you take a January test, we understand that the testing organization will forward the scores to us as soon as possible. Please let us know if you've had to delay testing beyond January.

    •   Instruct the ISEE or SSAT organization to send your scores directly to Hopkins. We cannot accept a family's copy of the scores because they do not include the required writing sample.

    •   If an SSAT test is not given in your area, check into the possibility of testing with an educational consultant. If this alternative is not possible, then please contact us.

    •   Hopkins's school codes are: SSAT 3995, ISEE 070490.

    SSAT offers an Online Practice Program, and information on what to expect from the ISEE can be found here.

    •   The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required if:
              • your primary or fluent language is not English and
              • you have not been taught primarily in English for the past four years
    •   Why do we require the TOEFL? Hopkins students must have a good command of written and spoken English to participate successfully in Hopkins's academic program. The TOEFL helps the Admissions Committee fully evaluate a student's competence in English.
    •   What's a good score? The Internet-based TOEFL exam (iBT) has four subsections, with a grading scale foreach section from 1 to 30 (30 being the best possible score). Hopkins does not require a minimum total score, rather student must earn the minimum score in each section:
         *Reading: 25
         *Listening: 21
         *Writing: 22
    •   The TOEFL is required in addition to the standardized test for your grade (ISEE or SSAT) and is the only test that Hopkins accepts as evidence of English proficiency.
    •   Please designate Hopkins School as an office score recipeient on theTOEFL registration form. Hopkins School's TOEFL code is 4139.

    Applicants who are homeschooled are required to take the same tests as their peers, so be sure to check the requirements for your grade. If you've taken tests in addition to the ones required, we encourage you to share these additional scores with us.

    We are now interviewing on campus for Fall 2016 admission. A personal interview is a required part of your application. If you are both touring and interviewing, please allow for a two-hour visit. If you are only interviewing, please allow for a one-hour visit.

    How do I schedule my visit?

    An appointment is necessary for an interview and/or student-guided tour. We will contact you after we received Part I of your application to arrange an interview, and if you like, a tour of campus. Your application does not have to be complete in order to schedule an interview, but we do ask that you submit Part I: Family and School Information and Part II: Parent Questionnaire and Applicant Questionnaire to begin the process. This information wll give the interviewer some background information about you and your family and really helps shape the interview.

    When should I interview?

    All interviews must be scheduled by January 15, 2016 and conducted by January 31, 2016 in order to receive a March decision for Fall 2017 admissions.

    What can I expect?

    Tours take about 45 minutes. A current student will take you and your family around campus and answer your questions.

    The interview is about 20-30 minutes with you, and is meant to be a conversation to get to know you. We'll speak with your parents afterward, so they have a chance to ask questions or voice any concerns they might have.

    Plan about 2 hours for the entire tour and interview process, or one hour for an interview only.

    What are you going to ask me?

    We want to meet the person behind the application. We'll ask about your favorite classes and why you like them, your hobbies and extracurricular activities and what you like about school.
  • Step 4: SCHEDULE A SHADOW DAY, if desired

    While the interview and tour offer a glimpse into what life and learning at Hopkins are like, it is not a substitute for a school visit or “shadow day”, a day of visiting classes that will give applicants a more accurate sense of the academic nature and spirit of our community. Although not required, after your interview, you may arrange a date for your shadow day. Please make the arrangements at least three days prior to the desired date, and please note that we do not offer shadow days on Wednesday, our early dismissal day. Shadow days are only arranged through January 15.

Upcoming Admission Events

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  • Apr

    Admission Tour Day

    For families who would like to get a peak at the school before the 2018-2019 Admission Cycle officially begins in September, there will be a Tour Day on April 26th.

    Space for Tour Days is limited, so an RSVP is required. All Tour Days will begin at Hopkins House where there will be a short welcome at 8:45 am, followed by a student-led tour. Please RSVP online here.
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Other Ways to Apply

In an effort to make applying to independent schools easier and more accessible to all applicants, we will accept the SAO and Gateway Online applications, as well as our own online application. The links to SAO and Gateway applications are below:

SSAT Standard Application Online:


Gateway Online Application:
Welcome Page | Info Page

For students applying to other schools in Fairfield or Westchester Counties, we do accept the Independent School Common Forms, which can be found here

Dates to Remember

Please keep these important dates in mind when applying to Hopkins

As early as possible Register for standardized testing
September 1, 2016 Start your application online for 2017-2018. Appointments for interviews and shadow days are made AFTER Part I of the application is received.
November 1, 2016 Financial aid applicants may begin their PFS at SSS by NAIS
January 15, 2017 All application materials are due (we encourage you to submit materials as early as possible for efficient processing)
January 15, 2017 Financial aid materials are due
February 24, 2017 Decisions are sent by mail to the family mailing address indicated on the student's application
April 10, 2017 Enrollment contracts are due
Hopkins School reaffirms its longstanding nondiscriminatory policy and admits students of any religion, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or national origin to all rights privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at Hopkins School, and further states that Hopkins School does not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or national origin in the administration of its educational policies, scholarship, athletic and other school-administered programs.