Higher Achievement Program
for rising 8th grade boys

This unique five-week program provides a blend of enriching academics, athletics and fun each day.



HAP's curriculum caters to the needs of the 21st century student with small-group work, technology, and hands-on lessons in English, reading and math. The themes and topics covered include those learned in 7th grade, as well as preparation for what will be covered in the beginning of 8th grade. HAP also helps boys prepare for the high school entrance exam by covering material they can expect to see on the exam.


Minds aren't the only thing getting a workout! Athletics and active play are an integral part of the program. HAP participants engage in some form of fitness-based activity each day -- baseball, basketball, touch football, street hockey, soccer, handball and volleyball. All are rooted in building a sense of teamwork, camaraderie, and sportsmanship.


There are also a number of electives boys can choose. Offerings include: art, drama, computers, community service, chess, and the HAP newspaper. Plus, they can take part in field trips on Fridays to places such as Darien Lake, Laser Tron, Griffis Sculpture Park, or the Niagara Climbing Center, and every week is HAP-pening!


July 1-31, 2019. Programming takes place each day from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Friday field trips are optional.

HAP participants are automatically enrolled in the Canisius High School Entrance Exam Tutorial Course and the school's Entrance & Scholarship Exam at no extra charge.


$450 per student.



DAY 1 and HAP Parent Meeting
HAP begins on Monday, July 1. Families are asked to meet in the foyer of the school, entering through the blue doors (which will open at 8am) off the main parking lot, for check-in.  

At 8:30am parents and HAP participants will gather in the auditorium for an introductory meeting. This meeting will address all parts of the program and will last about a half hour. HAP participants should dress comfortably in athletic clothing and sneakers. A bag lunch and a folder, pens, and pencils are all he will need to bring.
Medical Forms
Please submit your son’s physical with the medical information form and emergency medical authorization form, both of which can be found below.
Additional Entrance Exam Tutoring
In the middle three weeks of HAP, we offer additional Entrance Exam tutoring from 2:30 to 3:30pm. If you are interested in this program, please fill out this form and bring it with you on the first day of HAP.
We look forward to seeing you this summer!