What is the City Smart Scholars Program?

The ESPI City Smart Scholars 5th grade program is designed for students from communities that are under-represented in New York City’s selective schools and high schools, particularly those from Black and Latino communities and those whose families cannot afford private tutoring.

When Does the Program Start?

The initial program meets in Upper Manhattan on Saturdays from 9:30AM to 3:30PM from January through April. Students receive intensive instruction in English Language Arts and Math in the mornings to prepare them for the New York State Fifth Grade tests, followed by enrichment and creativity building programming in the afternoon, as well as several field trips.

Students who complete the program will be eligible for a four-week Summer program that emphasizes writing and critical reading skills and math problem-solving. Those who receive high scores on their 5th grade ELA and Math tests will also be eligible for a 12-week program in the fall to prepare them for the Hunter College High School (HCHS) admissions test, which is given to 6th graders in January. We also accept applications for the HCHS admissions test prep program from students who did not participate in the Spring and Summer programs, but who have made the cut off score to take the HCHS entrance exam.

To apply for the City Smart Scholars Program, please click the link below:

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The ESPI City Smart Scholars Program is focused on serving academically gifted students from schools north of 96th Street in Manhattan (namely Washington Heights and Harlem) and from schools in Districts 7 and 8 in the South Bronx communities. In future years, we will expand our focus to more school districts. However, qualifying students from other boroughs will not be turned away if they are able to commute to our class locations.
ESPI, a not for profit 501(c)(3) founded and incorporated in December 2014, was formed through the partnership efforts of concerned alumni, parents, and community leaders who believe it is critically important to help increase the admission rates of underrepresented students of color in the Exam Schools. For more information, please contact us.

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ESPI in the News

Hunter High School Is 9 Percent Black or Hispanic. Why Isn’t It Part of the Diversity Debate? – New York Times, August 21, 2018