Why Apply to HEAF?

HEAF offers its students: experiential classroom learning, engaging real-world experiences, personalized youth development and counseling support, Specialized High School Acceptance Test (SHSAT) preparation, SAT preparation, college tours, international service-learning opportunities, college search and application support, financial aid application support, and comprehensive career-development opportunities through an 11-year continuum.


11-Continuum Program

Summer Quest

4-week summer experience for rising 6th - 8th graders. Students study Math/ELA as well as a broad range of experiential and enriching electives.

High Expectations

In years 1-3 at HEAF, middle school students are prepared for admission to NYC's top public high schools and take social-emotional learning classes for character development

College Quest

In years 4 -7 at HEAF, high-school students are prepared for college. They are mentored by success coaches, attend extended overnight college tours and receive guidance through every step of the college application process.


In years 8011 at HEAF, our College Support Program provides students with academic and career resources as well as community support for their transition to and through college.

Eligibility Requirement

HEAF seeks students who demonstrate intellectual curiosity, academic motivation, personal resiliency, and self-discipline.

Admissions Criteria

Students must meet ALL of the following

Students must meet ONE of the following

Next Steps

Please take a look below to see our timeline for 2020-2021 applicants.

Round 1

When applying, you must also send in your child’s most recent report card and your child’s Math and ELA test scores (if they are in grades 5-8).

Round 2

The final stage of the Admissions selection process for HEAF programming includes an interview. The interview is an opportunity for the HEAF community to learn more about the student applicant and their family. The interview will consist of the interviewer asking questions in order to gain a better sense of student’s academic interests, collegiate pursuits, and other relevant information.

If you have further questions about whether your child is eligible, contact Yamilet Guzman at 212-663-9732 ext. 440

If you’re a school and looking to partner with us please contact Yamilet Guzman at 212-663-9732 ext. 440

If you’re ready, you can apply now!

Round 3