Summer at SJ

Higher Achievement Program

The HAP 2022 Application is now closed.
Enrollment is at full capacity.
To join the waitlist, please find a link at the bottom of this page.

Welcome to the Strake Jesuit Higher Achievement Program

The Higher Achievement Program, or HAP for short, is a three-week summer outreach program organized to provide opportunities for academic enrichment, supervised recreation, Retreat, and other meaningful learning activities for rising 7th and 8th-grade boys in the setting of a Jesuit high school. The program concludes with a career day and graduation ceremony.

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • Who is eligible to participate in the Higher Achievement Program?

    The best candidates for HAP will meet all the following criteria:
    • desire a Catholic high school education,
    • will need financial assistance to make a Catholic high school education a reality, and 
    • are excited by the opportunity to participate in an academic, athletic, and spiritual summer program.
  • How many students enroll?

    The HAP program typically enrolls about 70 students, half rising seventh graders and half rising eighth graders.
  • What does it cost?

    Students are expected to pay $100.00 tuition for the program. This fee includes lunch every day. 
  • How is the daily program designed?

    The daily design of HAP 2021 is subject to change due to social distancing and other restrictions. Typically, HAP is operated in a summer school/day camp format. HAP begins each morning at 8:15 a.m. with a prayer and reflection period. Every student cycles through five major areas of study each day: Speech / Creative Writing, Chemistry / Biology, Physics, Leadership, and Robotics. A daily athletics period is included, and the days end at 1:30 pm. All of these courses are activity-based courses that emphasize multi-modal learning and are especially appealing to the kinesthetic learner. To ensure that students focus on the learning objective and not the final evaluation, HAP does not assign grades to the student. 
  • Who instructs these courses?

    All of the HAP instructors are full-time Strake Jesuit faculty members. Each of the instructors is assisted by two current Jesuit students, known as Teacher Assistants (TAs), all of whom are rising seniors. The TAs are chosen by faculty members for their academic and leadership skills.
  • Where can I find additional information?

    The application is open below. This application is tentative and does not create a commitment for your family. We hope to host the program, and we hope your family can be invited. Click the button below. The director of the program is Chad Collier. His number at Strake Jesuit College Preparatory is 713.490.8134 and email is

2022 HAP Schedule

Week One
6/5       Monday - Classes (8:15am – 1:30pm)
6/6       Tuesday - Classes (8:15am – 1:30pm)
6/7       Wednesday - Classe (8:15am – 1:30pm)
6/8       Thursday - RLC Trip (8:15am – 3:00pm) 
Week Two
6/12    Monday - Classes (8:15am – 1:30pm)
6/13    Tuesday - Classes (8:15am – 1:30pm)
6/14    Wednesday - Classes (8:15am – 1:30pm)
6/15    Thursday - Moody Gardens (8:15am – 3:00pm)
Week Three
6/19    Monday - Classes (8:15am – 1:30pm)
6/20    Tuesday - Classes (8:15am – 1:30pm)
6/21    Wednesday - Classes (8:15am – 1:30pm)
6/22    Thursday - Career Day and Graduation (8:15am – 1:30pm)

The application for HAP 2022 is now available by clicking this link. If you have any additional questions, please contact Mr. Chad Collier.