Apply to City Smart Scholars

Entry to the City Smart Scholars program begins in 5th grade. The 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. The program is for New York City students from moderate- and low-income families, with a particular focus on schools in Districts 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10.

Applications for 2020 Fifth Graders are now open!

The program meets in East Harlem on Saturdays, beginning February 1, 2020.

Students who complete the spring program will be eligible for a four-week summer program emphasizing 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 Fall Semester program to prepare them for the Hunter College High School admissions test, which is given to 6th graders in January. All students will be eligible to continue in programs through 8th grade.

Acceptance is based on students’ academic achievement and potential, but most especially on the readiness of students and their families to  commit to full attendance and regular completion of homework.

First, Check Your Scores!

To check your ELA and Math scores, log on at and go to the “Assessments” tab. If your family has not created your My Student account, ask your school office for help setting up a password for your account. Results will be under the “Assessments” tab.

Check your scores and contact ESPI for high-quality, free test preparation!

If you have any questions, call (212) 729-8881 or e-mail

Apply 2020 5th Grade Program

While most students enter in spring of 5th grade, there are openings for students who qualify for the Hunter College High School admissions test in September of the 6th grade year and for a small number of 6th and 7th grade students at other points.

To be notified about future 5th grade programs or in case of openings in later grades please apply below.

Apply to Future Programs

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