Mr. Bradley Serton '95, Co-Director
Director of Admissions
Dr. David Gelpi, Co-Director
Religious Studies Department
Mr. Anthony Scotti
The Higher Achievement Program was founded in 1964 at St. Peter's Prep in Jersey City, NJ. In the years since, HAP has spread to a number of Jesuit high schools throughout the northeast United States. This unique five-week program for boys entering eighth-grade combines academics, athletics and creative enrichment activities while teaching that learning can be fun and exciting.
HAP - PAST YEARS
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Each morning at HAP, students take four courses designed to improve their performances on the Test For Admission into Catholic High Schools (TACHS): Reading, Math, English and Creative Writing. Afternoons are devoted to games, athletics and special programs.
The Reading curriculum includes reviewing the elements of fiction, and reading several short stories. At the end of each story the boys are tested on the content and vocabulary.
The Math curriculum focuses on the major topics found in many 7th and 8th grade math courses, as well as topics covered in many 9th grade programs. The goal is to help students prepare for 8th grade math and the high school entrance exam. These math topics include adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing, positive and negative integers, fractions and decimals, solving algebraic equations, working with inequalities, graphing, simple geometry, percent problems, ratio and proportion, and the techniques of solving word problems. The students are tested regularly, and receive an end-of-program evaluation from the teacher.
The writing workshop curriculum is designed to focus on the key elements of quality writing. Writing tasks will be assigned in class, discussed as a group, and worked on individually. Students will be coached on the shape and coherence of the tasks, awareness of purpose and audience, effective use of words, sentence structure, and sentence variety. Tasks may include journaling, strategies for a short story review, the descriptive paragraph, the personal narrative, poetry, the persuasive paragraph, the informational paragraph, and biographical writing.
The curriculum offered by the HAP English Department strives to present students with a firm foundation in basic language arts skills. Beginning with a concise review of capitalization and punctuation, the program focuses on three fundamental aspects of language arts: grammar, proper usage and spelling. Student performance is assessed through worksheets, quizzes and comprehensive exams tailored to treat a variety of topics covered in the TACHS exam.
The Creative Writing workshop curriculum is designed to focus on the key elements of quality writing. Writing tasks will be assigned in class, discussed as a group, and worked on individually. Students will be coached on the shape and coherence of the tasks, awareness of purpose and audience, effective use of words, sentence structure, and sentence variety. Tasks may include journaling, strategies for a short story review, the descriptive paragraph, the personal narrative, poetry, the persuasive paragraph, the informational paragraph, and biographical writing.
HAP students participate in a variety of athletic and cultural activities over the course of the program. These activities include the following.
- Football (two-hand touch)
- Track and Field
- Board Games (Chess, Uno, etc.)
- Music Enrichment Presentations
- Studio Art Workshops
- Science Enrichment & Exploration
- Intro to Classical Mythology
The balance of academics in the morning and sports and culture in the afternoon is conducive to an an educational environment that strives to foster the Jesuit ideal of Cura Personalis, a Latin term meaning "care for the individual."
As an integral part of a vibrant Jesuit community, the Higher Achievement Program's various afternoon activities all foster the student's character development, including personal integrity, sportsmanship, and the wellness of mind and body.
By the time of graduation, HAP students will not only be intellectually and physically prepared for the challenges that lay ahead in eighth grade and beyond, but they will also be well on their way to being "men for others."