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Higher Achievement Program (HAP)

The Higher Achievement Program (HAP) was founded in 1964 at St. Peter's Prep in Jersey City, New Jersey. In the years since, HAP has been offered by a number of Jesuit high schools throughout the northeast United States.  This unique summer program for boys entering eighth-grade combines academics, athletics and creative enrichment activities that prepare participants for 8th grade, the high school application process, and beyond.

Applications for Summer 2024 Are Now Open

  1. All applicants must fill out an Application Form linked below
  2. All applicants must fill have a current School Official (principal, assistant principal, counselor) fill out and submit to Fordham Prep the School Evaluation Form linked below.  The School Recommendation Form is submitted confidentially and will not be shared with the applicant.  It should be submitted to the HAP Office at  

2024 HAP Application Form    HAP School evaluation Form

Once the HAP Office has received both the Application Form and School Recommendation Form, we will make our determination and contact you via email.  Acceptances are communicated on a rolling basis.  If you are admitted to the program, you will be required to submit our Registration Form along with your tuition payment.

*Note - Each morning of HAP is dedicated to academic work; critical thinking, math, and reading.  Applicants should show demonstrated success in their current academic work and have an openness to challenging themselves both inside and outside the classroom.*

Read more about the HAP Advantage in The Journal News and Catholic New York 


Important HAP Information

Contact Us
718-367-7500 x263

Important Dates 
February 1, 2024 - Applications Open
July 8, 2024 - First Day of HAP
July 31, 2024 - Last Day of HAP

2024 HAP Tuition Rates
$1,500 - income $100,000 and up
$800 - income $55,001 to $99,999 per year
$500 - income up to $55,000 per year

HAP Hours
8:30 am - 2:30 pm 

Mr. Bradley Serton '95
Director of Enrollment & Marketing
Director of the Higher Achievement Program (HAP)

Our Academic Program

The academic program at HAP takes place in the morning.  Students cycle through three classes designed to keep them engaged, sharpen learned skills, and challenge them to develop new skills.  This work will not only help them be successful when they enter 8th grade but also when they sit for standardized admissions exams, like the TACHS or HSPT, in the fall.

Unique Experiences

The balance of academics in the morning and the choice of sports, activities and other enrichments in the afternoon is conducive to an educational environment that strives to foster the Jesuit ideal of cura personalis (care for the individual).

Service @ HAP

Fordham Prep strives to produce “men for others” and service is a required of all Fordham Prep students.  HAP participants are also asked to spend some time during the program in the service of others.

In 2023 HAP participants raised nearly $1,000 for Part of the Solution (P.O.T.S) by performing small acts of service in their home communities in return for a small donation.