New Heights Visits Hofstra


On Columbus Day, our New Heights freshmen and sophomores paid a visit to Hofstra University to tour the campus and athletic facilities.  

First, Education Director Denise Harding led our students through an academic workshop. Students completed and discussed the results of a study skills diagnostic, giving them the opportunity to think about their strengths, skills in need of growth and ways to improve those skills. As many of them have hopes of playing college basketball, she emphasized the importance of improving study skills and maintaining good academic performance in order to gain admission.

Next, our students met with Admissions Dean Marie Letterii to learn what was expected to be accepted into a competitive university like Hofstra. It became clear that working hard in school now will pay off big in the future!

Our students also spoke with the Men’s Assistant Coach Mike Farrelly and Women’s Assistant Coach Denise King about the high expectations of a D1 Basketball team, both on the court and in the classroom.

Joel Angus, a New Heights Alum and current Hofstra student, spoke to the student-athletes about making decisions to prepare them for life, not just their basketball careers. As a business student about to graduate, he spoke about the importance of preparing for life after basketball.

Our kids watched the women’s team practice and saw up close the discipline and skill of college athletes. Our student-athletes were excited to see what their futures could look like if they work hard in school and at practice.  

Finally, they toured the campus, including the TV studios in the Lawrence Herbert School of Communications and the trading floors in the Frank G. Zarb School of Business, before heading home after a great opportunity to see the possibilities ahead of them. We are very grateful to the people at Hofstra who helped make this tour possible!




New Heights at the Common Pantry

On August 16th, New Heights students spent their day volunteering at the New York Common Pantry, helping the hungry by delivering custom food orders to Harlem’s most vulnerable families.

Arriving right as the packed lunch rush began, our New Heights kids wasted no time making themselves useful throughout the building. While crowds of hungry families formed, a few students were collecting requests for meals downstairs. Meanwhile in the pantry, others began sorting healthy foods like fruits and vegetables, and another group started collecting and packaging healthy options to hand-deliver to those waiting in line.

Our students demonstrated teamwork, initiative, and positive attitudes as they worked together with other volunteers of all ages and backgrounds to whittle down the line. Coordinating themselves like a well-oiled machine, our student-athletes distributed countless food items to assist people in need. Our students had a great time volunteering with the Common Pantry!

A special thanks to Adam Berkowitz for organizing this volunteer trip.  

Students Make Academic Strides with Consistent Support

Over the last six months, New Heights student-athletes have engaged in over 300 hours of academic sessions focused on English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, SAT preparation, and the development social-emotional and leadership skills through our partnership with the Sadie Nash Leadership Project.  Our academic support program for middle and high school students focused on providing more individualized, small group and one-to-one tutoring for those who were struggling to achieve grades to meet benchmark performance levels.  This work yielded numerous success stories as students who utilized the supports were rewarded with much improved grades and greater confidence.  

We will expand our academic support program next year to include a larger number of students throughout the school year in locations throughout the five boroughs, ensuring greater accessibility for students outside of Manhattan.

Thank you to our dedicated team of instructors this year – Ashley Allen, Leo Ayarig, Julie Blumenfeld, Jeremy Cohan, Nicholas Davies, Menatallah Elkoush, Morgan Jerkins, Sean Soto, Charlie Stevens and Harry Steves.

We now look forward to the July 10th start of our largest New Heights’ Summer Academy to date. In addition to our signature Inside the Numbers (math) and Hot Takes (literacy) curricula, this year’s four-week program will feature the addition of a technology component for all students.  Rising 5th and 6th graders will learn and develop skills in computer programming using Scratch, an online resource that allows students to virtually build anything they dream up.  Our 7th and 8th groups will engage in an exciting Lego Robotics program.  Both technology efforts will be supported through our partnership with the Noyce Scholars program at Hunter College.

We’ve developed the Summer Academy program to ensure that students are challenged to develop their critical thinking skills, grow their ideas, and develop stronger communication, leadership and teamwork skills.  Most importantly, they will have fun engaging in the classroom and honing their basketball skills on the court every day of the program.

The Fall Send-off: Class of 2017


Genesse College
Smith College
College of New Rochelle
Saint Francis University
Hutchinson College
University of Southern California
Wake Forest University
Tallahassee College
University of Pittsburgh
Assumption College
Manhattan College
Manhattan College
University of Minnesota
National Top Sports Institute
University of Cincinatti
Hostos College
SUNY Sullivan
Mercy College

Jarett Haines
Oumou Kanoute
Angel Martinez
Jenna Mastellone
Anthony Munson
Ariana Odom
Sunday Okeke
Victoria Pearce
Angelique Rodriguez
Laura Roman
Saquan Singleton
Lynette Taitt
Isaiah Washington
Marques Watson
Keith Williams
Kayla Wilson
Nyonty Wisseh
Anna Zaborowska

Senior Night 2017

Seniors posing with their New Heights gifts

Seniors posing with their New Heights gifts

On June 6th, New Heights celebrated its 18 graduating seniors at our 8th Annual High School Senior Night.  The intimate dinner took place at The Chester in the Meatpacking District.  Seniors and parents caught up with one another while enjoying their family style Italian cuisine. After dinner students shared their most memorable stories at New Heights while sharing laughs with their former team coach and New Heights Staff.  Before the night ended, New Heights presented each senior with a New Heights gift which included a New Heights book-bag, New Heights cup, a personal note and a 2017 graduation tassel attached. 

We are excited to say 100% of our senior class have graduated high school and will be continuing their education.  After years of hard work and dedication, our senior class can finally say "We made it!" New Heights is very proud of our senior class and will continue to support and track their progress throughout their college careers.