A group of HEAF students hold up their college shirts

College Quest offers a wealth of engaging educational experiences and college-level coursework.

In 9th-11th grade, students have many opportunities to discover new interests and improve their existing skills.

As a 12th grader, each student receives one-on-one guidance as they complete college applications and choose among their acceptances.

Among other services, we provide the following:

  • Familiarizing students with college campus environments through multiple college tours
  • Guiding and supporting participants through every step of the college search and application process
  • Increasing student access to multiple scholarships and financial aid opportunities

College Quest continues our program of academic enrichment and youth development that starts in middle school with High Expectations while bringing greater focus to college exploration, college readiness, and the college application process.

Our College Quest High School Curriculum Highlights


Students in College Quest participate in weekly seminars. In this seminar, they are introduced to the CARA College Inquiry curriculum. CARA is a comprehensive, inquiry-based, field-tested curriculum for grades 9-12. It addresses the landscape of postsecondary options, the college application process, financial aid, and career exploration.


Students receive one-on-one mentorship, explore their careers, and build their networks. Upon completion of the program, students will have gained essential professional development skills and hands-on experience in a specific industry, as well as have built a network they can reach out to in the future.


Students In Action (SIA) is a unique youth service, leadership, and recognition program that supports, trains, and empowers today’s youth to be leaders, problem solvers, entrepreneurs, and impactful global citizens. Students will be focused on engaging in several service projects throughout the year with the chance to be recognized if selected as the winning team.


This course will introduce participants to culturally enriching experiences and challenging inquiry that will expand their awareness, confidence, and knowledge of history and current events. Participants will co-create the course structure exploring the performing, fine, and culinary arts, and cultural competency of the specific theme that year.

Career Development Series

9th Grade: Investigation

10th Grade: Exploration

11th Grade: Immersion

12th Grade: Action

Transition to High School

Rising 9th graders participate in a week-long overnight program at a college campus called Transition to High School. Upon completion of the program, students will have gained academic, communication, and conflict resolution skills in order to be successful in high school.

Drew University Summer Program

During this summer program, HEAF students will reside on the campus at Drew University for two weeks in July. They will live in campus residence halls and have access to all campus facilities. They will work with undergraduate mentors, who are selected from among Drew students for their academic strengths and leadership skills. The academic program will be staffed by full-time Drew faculty from a variety of fields. The students will all participate in a range of academic classes that develop different skill-sets. 

Apply to HEAF

HEAF’s College Quest program for high school students begins in grade 9. Applications are currently closed but will reopen in Fall 2023.