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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 Closed

**Please contact the HAP Office at 718-367-7500 x263 or email us at if you have any questions.**

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
April 1, 2024 - Registration Form and Tuition Due (admitted families only)
May 17, 2024 - Last Day to Request a Refund (admitted families only)
June 24, 2024 - Current Physical Exam Due (admitted families only)
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.