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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    To apply for the 2018-2019 school year click here.

    A complete application consists of:
       An application with
             Part I: Family and School Information completed, 
             Part II: Parent/Guardian Questionnaire completed,
             Part III: Financing Your Hopkins Education and
             Part IV: Applicant Questionnaire completed.
    They are:
    1. 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.   Current Administrator Recommendation (e.g. Principal or Guidance Counselor)
    6.   Official copy of standardized test results
    7.   Admission Interview
    8.   For students applying for financial assistance, a Financial Aid application is due by January 15. Click here for more information.

    In Part IV: Applicant Questionnaire, students are given the option to submit a short essay and/or a graded writing sample from the current school year. These optional pieces do not need to be submitted along with Parts I-IV, but are due by January 15.

    *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.
  • 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 late February 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.

    As an optional portion of the application process, students are invited to take The Character Skills Snapshot.

    In addition to exceptional academics, character and personal growth are an integral part of a Hopkins education. As specifically noted in Hopkins Purpose and Values, we are committed to nurturing the development of a students’ character essential to leading a rich and purposeful life.

    While character has always been important to our admission process, we have not previously had a tool to measure the character skills a child is developing as they grow and mature. Grades and test scores are certainly part of the admission story, and we wanted to add a chapter that will provide a different, more holistic view of our applicants. The Character Skills Snapshot provides a way for us to know a child better, to understand their developing skills of intellectual curiosity, teamwork, initiative, responsibility, resilience, self-control, open-mindedness and social awareness and an opportunity to understand how those skills can be fostered by, contribute to, and enrich, our community.

    Students who have registered to take the SSAT can take The Snapshot for free. For students who are taking the ISEE, there is a fee of $25. Fee waivers are available to students who are not registered to take the SSAT and require financial assistance. The Snapshot can only be taken once, and is designed to be completed in one sitting of approximately twenty to thirty minutes.

    More information on The Snapshot 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.
  • SCHEDULE A SHADOW DAY, if desired

    After your interview, you will have the chance to schedule an optional shadow day. 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. 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 the end of January. 

    What should I expect on my shadow day?
    Students should plan on arriving at the Admission Office by 7:45 am to meet their host. (Visitors may request a particular host if they know a student in the grade to which they are applying.) Hopkins will provide a lunch for visiting students. We do not have a formal dress code, but ask that visitors wear appropriate, comfortable attire. It is a good idea to bring a book to read in the event that student hosts are involved in a writing exercise or a test. For insurance purposes, visitors cannot participate in athletics during the day or after school; however, students are welcome to watch practices and games. During a scheduled study hall, hosts will take visitors on a tour of the campus and will treat them to a hot chocolate at the school cafe! Parents should expect to pick up visitors in the Admission Office at the regular dismissal time of 3:30 pm. In the event of inclement weather, please check for delays or cancellations.

    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 require that you submit Part I: Family and School Information and Part II: Parent Questionnaire, Part III: Financing Your Hopkins Application and Part IV: 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?

    The application is available as of September 1st. Once Parts I - IV have been submitted, we will contact you to schedule an interview. All interviews must be scheduled by January 15, 2018 and conducted by January 31, 2018 in order to receive a late February decision for Fall 2018 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 an hour: 20-30 minutes with the applicant, followed by a conversation with the parents/guardians, where they will have a chance to ask questions or voice any concernes they might have. The interview is meant to be a conversation to get to know the student beyond what information is on the application. 

    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.

Upcoming Admission Events

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:

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

We Use the Character Skills Snapshot

Dates to Remember

Please keep these important dates in mind when applying to Hopkins

As early as possible Register for standardized testing
September 1, 2017 The application is available as of September 1 here. Appointments for interviews and shadow days are made AFTER Part I of the application is received.
October 2, 2017 Financial aid applicants may begin their PFS at SSS by NAIS
January 15, 2018 All application materials are due (we encourage you to submit materials as early as possible for efficient processing)
January 15, 2018 Financial aid materials are due
February 23, 2018 Decisions are sent by mail to the family mailing address indicated on the student's application
April 10, 2018 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.