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 Directions for Our Youth, we support our students academically and social-emotionally to help them achieve their academic, professional, and personal goals.

Applications are open for 2022-2023!

Graduation 2022

HSEI GRAD 2022.mp4


Community and Family Event Flyer in English
Community and Family Event Flyer in Spanish
Career Panel Poster
Spirit Week Poster
Virtual Meeting for Parents of Seniors poster
ERAP 10-13-2021 FLYER.pdf
Vision board poster
HSEI CUNY College Fair

NYC Public Schools Update

NYC DOE Family Update Week of Sept 13.pdf
Back 2 School poster English
Back 2 School poster Spanish

Our Academics

Students reading and writing in class.

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)

Beyond Academics

Students at internship.

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

College & Career

Students visiting college campus.

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