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 2021-2022!


Virtual Meeting for Parents of Seniors poster
ERAP 10-13-2021 FLYER.pdf
Vision board poster
HSEI CUNY College Fair
Family Letter September 13 2021.pdf

Welcome Back!

NYC DOE Family Update Week of Sept 13.pdf

NYC Public Schools Update

Back 2 School poster English
Back 2 School poster Spanish

Messages for Families

May 24, 2021: School Re-opening Plans for Fall 2021

"As we close out this school year, I am looking forward to the opportunity that lies before us to reimagine what school is and means for your children. We know that we have to welcome our students back to a warm, welcoming, and affirming learning environment that challenges them academically while lifting them up when they need support.

As our schools work hard on re-imagining how we educate our children, I am excited to share with you our reopening plans for fall 2021. Based on available health indicators, we will return to full-time, in-person learning this September. This means that all students in grades 3-K through 12 will be learning in-person this fall.

All teachers and staff will also be returning to in-person instruction this fall. We are very grateful for the dedication of all our principals, teachers and school staff and recognize the hard work they have done during this challenging year, and we’re excited for your children to re-connect with their beloved teachers and school staff, in addition to their peers, this fall. "

Learn more by clicking on this link:


Community School Flyer


Please join HSEI at the Bronx and Manhattan Community School Forum!

When: May 27, 2021 at 5 PM - 7PM

Where: Zoom and Youtube

Click on this link to register: us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYrd-6orjIuG9NkOkwltEBkhQCiE6DKmh-2

92 Y Teen Producers

Are you... Interested in exploring a career in the arts? Looking for a paid internship? A rising high school junior?

If YES, APPLY NOW by clicking on this link: 92Y Teen Producers: 2021/22 Application (google.com)

Teen Producers is a two-year career exploration and mentorship program for New York City high school students.

The program is offered through the 92nd Street Y, a performing arts and community center on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.


Gain real-world workforce experience: Teen producers participate in a weekly internship at 92Y to gain hands-on professional experience & curate original programming.

Build a professional network: Participants work with creative directors, producers, designers, teaching artists and more at 92Y and beyond.

Receive college and career-readiness coaching: Participants work one-on-one with a college and career advisor during the college identification and application process.

Take free art classes at 92Y: Participants have the opportunity to develop their technique in their chosen art forms through classes at 92Y's School of the Arts.

LEARN MORE - sign up to attend an info session by clicking on this link: Teen Producers Info Session RSVP Form (google.com)

Brooklyn TCAC Senior Week Workshop Poster

Brooklyn TCAC Senior Week workshops

Senior Week Kickoff Poster

Senior Week Transition Kickoff Events!

Spring Break Global Ready Academy Flyer
Spring Break Global Ready Academy Flier 2



The Academy is an opportunity for you to build community with other students, access resources and strategies to support your college and career journey, and unleash your gifts of multilingualism and multiculturalism. It will be comprised of four online sessions that explore different topics related to college and career readiness. The session will take place on March 29, March 30, March 31 and April 1st from 11:00am-12:30pm. Participants must commit to all session. Student interest forms are due March 24. You can refer to our promotional flyer for detail descriptions.

If you would like to attend, please fill out and submit this interest form. Once you have done so, you will receive an email from ycrespo4@schools.nyc.gov to confirm your attendance and provide you with next steps.

Please note: that sessions will be provided in English with scaffolds available in multiple languages.

If you have any questions, please email us at DML@schools.nyc.gov.

We look forward to seeing you this spring!

The Postsecondary Readiness Team

Division of Multilingual Learners

Letter from Harlem Center for Education

January 19, 2021

Dear HSEI Parents,

Greetings from the Harlem Center for Education (HCE). My name is David Perez and I am the Executive Director of the Harlem Center for Education. HCE has recently established a collaboration with the High School for Excellence and Innovation to provide additional college access support to your young adults. Specifically, we will be working closely with the HSEI administration and college advising team to assist with college admissions applications, financial aid applications, career counseling, and academic advising. All our services are free. Since we will be working with you and your young adults on the college transition process, I wanted to provide you with some background information about our organization.

The Harlem Center for Education is a not-for-profit organization and was founded in 1970 as the East Harlem College and Career Counseling Program, with the mission of assisting low-income, first generation students to enroll in and complete postsecondary education. Over our 50-year history, we have assisted over 25,000 students to enroll in 85 colleges. We are funded by the U.S. Department of Education under the Educational Talent Search program, which provides free college access services to low-income, first generation students who are in need of assistance to complete the college application process. Please visit our website at https://harlemctred.org for more information.

We strongly believe that every student is capable of pursuing education and training after high school, both as a means of enhancing their career opportunities and their personal growth. Me and my staff (Academic Advisors Genesis Pantosin and James Ruffin) are excited about the opportunity to work with you and your young adults to provide any assistance and guidance we can as they embark on their next education journey - whether that is a four-year college, community college, or vocational training. Thanks in advance for your partnership.


David Perez

Executive Director

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