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Higher Achievement Program (HAP) - For Rising 8th Grade Boys

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 five-week 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!

*Please review the information on the right side of the screen for important dates, program duration, and tuition information.*  Click on the link below to access the 2019 HAP application.

2019 HAP Application

Applicants to the HAP program must also have an administrator, teacher, or counselor submit a School Evaluation Form.  We will not be able to offer a place in the program without one.  A link to this form is included in the application submission confirmation and can also be accessed by clicking below

2019 HAP School Evaluation Form

*We ask that families that are planning three to five vacation days, at minimum, during the program not apply for HAP. In order to benefit from the experience, participants must attend a majority of the days.*

Once you have been offered a place in the program for the summer, we will provide you with a registration from that includes details on our food service, required medical documents, and tuition payments.

Mr. Bradley Serton '95
Director of Admissions
Director of the Higher Achievement Program (HAP)

HAP Contact Information
718-367-7500 x263
718-367-7598 (fax)

Important Dates - 2019 HAP Program
January 22, 2019 - *Application Opens*
March 22 - Online Application AND School Evaluation Form Due
Early April - Admissions decisions communicated
Late April through May 15 - HAP Registration
June 24 - First day of HAP
July 4 & 5 - No HAP session (4th of July holiday)
July 24 - Last day of HAP

2019 HAP Tuition Rates
$500Income $54,999 and lower 
$750Income $55,000 to $109,999 
$1,525Income $110,000 and higher 

HAP School Day
8:30 am - 2:30 pm 


Every morning, students take three courses designed to improve their performance on the TACHS (Test for Admission to Catholic High Schools): Critical Thinking Through Reading, Math, and Writing.

Critical Thinking Through Reading

  • Foundations in reading comprehension and study skills
  • Work prepares boys for the rigors of high school level work and questions encountered on the TACHS exam
  • Activities include group discussions, vocabulary review, independent reading, and critical analysis of texts
  • Students must complete a final project


  • Reviews topics covered in most 7th grade courses and explores topics covered in 8th grade as well as a few in 9th grade
  • Goal is to prepare students for 8th grade math and math problems include on standardized admissions exams
  • Topics include; solving algebraic equations, working with inequalities, graphing, simple geometry, and the techniques of solving word problems


  • Focuses on the key elements of quality writing
  • Tasks are worked in both individually and collaboratively
  • Coaching includes writing purpose and audience, use of effective vocabulary, sentence structure and sentence variety
  • Activities will focus on short stories, personal narratives, poetry, biological writing, and descriptive, persuasive, and informational paragraphs


Each afternoon our HAP groups participate in a series of sports and games including

Touch Football
Track and Field
Board Games



HAP also provides access to a series of unique activities designed to enrich our participants both inside and outside of a classroom setting.  In past years, our special activities have included

Music Enrichment
Studio Art Workshops
Intro to Classical Mythology
Science Exploration & Enrichment
Culinary Arts
Theater Arts
Speech & Debate
Foreign Languages
Computer Science
Service Project

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).



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 2018 HAP participants raised over $8,000 for The Blythdale School, New York State’s only school district specifically for students recovering from illness.  These funds were used to produce 425 backpacks of supplies for Blythdale students as well as a cash donation.



2018 Photo Gallery

2017 HAP Newsletter #1  2017 HAP Newsletter #2

2016 HAP Newsletter #1   2016 HAP Newsletter #2

2015 Bronx Times Article    2015 Catholic New York Article

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