High School for
Excellence and Innovation

Our School

HSEI was the first school in New York City designed to serve incoming ninth-grade students who are over-age and under-credited. Through our partnership with East Side House Settlement, we support our students academically and social-emotionally to help them achieve their academic, professional, and personal goals.

Applications are open for 2020-2021!


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Educational Opportunities

  • Advanced placement classes for college credit

  • Computer science classes

  • ENL standalone and elective classes

  • Trimester calendar

  • Earn up to 16 high school credits per semester

    • 3 semesters x 16 credits = 48 credits in one school year

  • After-school tutoring and STEM tutoring with City College of New York

  • Technology access (SmartBoards, Chromebooks, iMacs, and digital workshops)

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Work Opportunities

  • Learning to Work paid internship program

  • NDA paid work study program

Community and Family Activities and Supports

  • Family workshops

  • Community supports through our partners

  • Extracurricular sports (basketball, baseball, badminton, and soccer)

  • After-school clubs (cooking, music, and art)

Mental and Physical Health

  • Dental and Medical services in partnership with New York Presbyterian

  • Social services supports

  • Individual and family therapy

  • Community exercise programs

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College and Career Readiness Activities and Programs

  • College and Career Services

  • Career development and occupational studies commencement certification (CDOS commencement credentials)

  • Field trips

  • Career fairs

  • College tours

  • Individualized programing

  • Standardized test preparation (Regents, SATs, and AP exams)

  • Mentoring in Medicine program

HSEI Community

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