Apply to HEAF

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

The application is closed. Thank you for applying. 

Please take a look below to see our timeline for 2021-2022 applicants. We are accepting applications from rising 6th grade to rising 11th grade.

If you’d like to download key information about our program, eligibility criteria, and admissions timeline, we invite you to view our Admissions Packet below.

For Individuals, Students & Families

Applications have closed. Thank you to all the students who have applied! Any questions or would like to know when the next application opens, please contact [email protected]

For School Partners, Teachers, & Counselors

Nomination form closes January 19, 2021

11-Year Continuum Program

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.

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.


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 Requirements

Students must meet ONE of the following

Students must meet ALL of the following

Next Steps

Our brand new 2021 – 2022 Application is Open!

HEAF Application:

The HEAF Application is due by February 9, 2021. This part of the application is used to determine if students and families meet the academic and financial eligibility criteria.

This application can be completed online in 25 minutes or less, either using a smartphone or computer. This application is available in either English or Spanish.

HEAF Interview:

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 a student’s academic interests, collegiate pursuits, and other relevant information.


For additional information or questions please contact Yamilet Guzman at 212-663-9732 ext. 440 or [email protected]

To see our program in action please sign up for our Open House on November 19th! Please click here for additional information and to RSVP.