that said, all the major sports except football existed - and aside from producing a few basteball players who played in college we had a junior olympic swimmer my year, a 4:25 miler and a third baseman that went on to start during some pretty good division 1 years at Princeton... again - a little out of touch with how ' hot ' the student body is now a days - but there certainly were plenty of normal kids as well as the young working models and actors/actresses of stage and movies... as i mentioned, i had and still have plenty of stuyvesant educated friends (and a sister) and many of them are pretty accomplished personally/professionally. If they were already serious, they would have been gathering information long before the kid took the test; they would already know other parents with kids at HCHS (is there no PTA to contact?) Katie, Kyle: perhaps you'd be happier at your local high school. 7 reviews of Hunter College High School "Ugh, I shudder every time I pass my alma matter. I believe you take it seriously enough to try to convince the parents now. There's some school pride, but I do not see a lot. We're having a friendly little conversation on here (except for the other douche-y posters arguing about Stuy as if their self-worth were derived from a high school they went to 25 years ago) and then you come along. Your relative is being offered an opportunity for a superior education; that's why s/he took the test. if it fits the kid's needs and abilities commute shouldn't be the deciding factor unless there is another option closer that has very similar strengths. w67th, i'll defer to your knowledge here. as such, if true, it might be a better choice for some kids. somewhereelse: "Frank McCourt came from Stuy.". Since then, I had trouble – albeit minor-- with other offices and documentation. Assuming they are willing to commit to academic rigor. The kid took the test and now the parents are dithering over the commute from Brooklyn? This may be due to Hunter’s overabundant student body -- one of the largest in the Tri-State-- which results in greater paperwork and thus a greater chance for mishaps. We even learn a couple of Irish songs and he read excerpts from the book he was working on, Angela's Ashes. While I would have liked my Bronx Science child to have gone to Hunter so we had them all in one place, Bronx is definitely the best fit for him. The school size is just right. Smaller in this case is better. Another example of how Stuy isn't so hyperfocused on math & science is how many prominent trained liars went there: Jimmy Cagney, Tim Robbins, and Lucy Liu among them. It was just ranked BETTER than Stuvyestant by US News & World Report. > the didnt qualify part probably explains why NOBODY at your school applied to HCHS, if only 2 from your school got into stuy, clearly very few would have qualified to even take the hchs admit test, let alone get in, and no personal attack, just a safe bet that you either were not qualified to apply to HCHS based on your 6th grade standardized test results, or that you applied and were not accepted, stuff like your representation that hchs is analagous to baruch with stuy harvard, indicates your chip--which reinforces the statistically likely case that you couldnt go to hchs, done with you--got work to do--pls continue to bask on se in the glory of your stuy ivy pedigree--its very entertaining, "90% of specialized applicants were either declined by HCHS or didnt qualify to take the HCHS test (based on cutoff for 6th Grade Standardized Tests--". Hunter is a good HS. It's also very old and warn-down/dirty. Attendance at Sty or BS (I don't know about Hunter) assures that middle/upper middle class kids will be interacting with immigrants from all over and kids from disadvantaged backgrounds as peers, and sometimes as superiors within class rankings, not just as nannies, maintenance people or bus drivers. There really aren't any down sides which is really what I guess I was asking for in the OP. The best thing about Hunter is the diversity. are simply managing their parents.". I actually didn't find that the teachers were so great, but I may be in the minority there. Good luck! High school was a different matter as my entire class testing and moving around. The cafeteria food is over-priced and generally heavy in fats and carbs. Hunter is missing out on all the kids who want to finish 8th grade at current schools. For most, it's just a CUNY and I must not be anything special. anyway, unless they do so deliberately. My kids all do sports and music and yes, facilities are not great, but they make do. St. Anne's is basically tied (but I think this was an off year, they're normally tops). NYC is definitely a college town, 100%. The one thing I'd change about Hunter is it's registration process, and times of classes. Hunter is too small and not as recognized as those two. Hunter High School is a school located in West Valley City, Utah. kw, if your relative is going into middle school now, things are pretty grand long term. But if your goal is to get to the top as easy as possible (of course its not really the top then) then maybe Nebraska/Hunter are for you. It's really a school that can be what you make of it. It's a bit of urban myth that Stuyvesant or bx sc does not have a great arts/English program. Hunter and Stuy kids get into absolutely fantastic colleges, it's just that not all of them are Ivies, and so not counted into the statistics. We're an independent nonprofit that provides parents with in-depth school quality information. my other sister attended stuyvesant (didnt get into hunter) and my brother attended bronx science (didnt get into hunter). at our private we had kids in kindergarten commuting two hours each way. I wouldn't have lasted a semester because I was much more interested in "sex, drugs and rock and roll and what was happening on corner of 6th ave and 11th street" than anything that went on in a classroom. Most students direct their pride toward individual topics, such as the political, racial or gender topics; many times rallying in the hallways through music or posters or fliers to get their message across. really. a. It is difficult to make friends. And Hunter kids are out at the parties too, the experience I have with my kids is that Hunter, Stuy, Bronx Sci kids tend to be together more than with the private school crowd. My favorite quality about Hunter is its diversity. Awhile back on SE, you made some legal arguments so outrageously bad, it prompted me to search for Kyle West at http://iapps.courts.state.ny.us/attorney/html/AttorneyWelcome.html. The key was to make sure purchases retail and wholesale were made without the knowledge of the neighborhood "elders" (think Uncle Junior) who took a very dim view of area kids involved in such indulgences. Keeping the kid at the local MS is like holding him/her back a year; s/he will be less well prepared for high school. If you're on a diet, you'll have to lug your own food over with you. Hunter has a main campus that has three buildings, the brand new Roosevelt house a few blocks away, Brookdale downtown and the School of Social Work in Harlem. If this is how you communicate, and these are the kinds of lectures your children have to endure from you, I feel sorry for them, because anyone can change schools, but a kid can't change mothers. And Hunter just toasted the much larger Stuyvesant & the rest of the city in the NY City Chess championships. There are also high schools in Nebraska that get folks into good schools because they have to fill the quota. Most of the people outside of NYC ask, "Hunter? Clearly you didn't go to Stuy. The folks who qualified just... uh, get this... didn't apply. The alumni network and reputation is amazing. May not be relevant to today's Hunter but someone I know attended from kindergarten through HS in the 70s-80s and his is one of the most grounded, committed, kind and yes successful, in his own definition--gave up corporate career for academic--people I know. Hunter is a very diverse school. The best thing I like about Hunter is that it’s easy to get to and hard to miss. Financial aid may be available to those who qualify. Hunter’s alumni include Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, actresses Cynthia Nixon, Ruby Dee, Diane Lane, and (first African-American Emmy winner) Olivia Cole, authors Audre Lorde, Cynthia Ozick and Hortense Calisher, MSNBC host Chris Hayes, youngest ever EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony) winner Robert Lopez, first female NIH director Bernadine Healy, the first female presidents of four major universities and colleges, the first female Solicitor General of the United States, the first female Supreme Court Justices of three states and first female Chief Justices of two, and three Pulitzer Prize, two National Medal of Sciences, a National Medal of Arts, a Kennedy Center Honors, a Wolf Prize, a Lasker Award, a National Academy of Sciences Public Welfare Medal (its highest award), a Presidential Medal of Freedom, a King’s Medal for Service in the Cause of Freedom (UK), a MacArthur Genius Award, and numerous Emmy, Tony, and Grammy winners.