The McQuade Honors Program

About the Program

The McQuade Honors Program features a rigorous academic course-load consisting of all honors and AP-level courses that simultaneously challenge students and stimulate and encourage their academic and social growth as multidimensional leaders.

Students who are selected for the program are provided with their own Chromebook, a Cultural Passport, an Honors Adviser, and a National Honor Society Mentor. Additionally, students have community service programs coordinated for them through their affiliation with the National Honor Society.

Application Process


  1. Begin the McQuade Honors Application process by completing the Application Request Form. 
  2. Complete the application, including submission of 8th-grade teacher recommendation forms, official transcripts, and personal essay, by Friday, December 17, 2021. All application forms will be emailed once you submit the McQuade Honors Application Request Form.
  3. Take the TACHS Entrance Exam on Friday, November 5, 2021.
  4. Complete a personal interview with the Director of the McQuade Honors Program or a member of the Cardinal Hayes faculty or administration. Applicants will be contacted directly to schedule an interview.


If you have any questions, please email Mr. Antoine at
    • The McQuade Honors Program

Chromebook Classroom

Each student who is accepted into the Cardinal and Gold Honors Program is given his own personal Chromebook. Students are not only allowed but also encouraged to use the Chromebook in the classroom. Several of the teachers are Google Certified and make use of the Google Classroom platform.

Each student is provided with a unique Cardinal Hayes Gmail account, is taught how to utilize Google Docs, Slides, Sheets and Drive, and is provided with a safe and effective way of communicating with his classmates and teacher.

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  • Honors Adviser

    Every Honors student is assigned an Honors Advisor, who works with the same group for all four years. The Honors Advisor assures that students are placed into the courses that assure the best possible outcome for that student as he plans for his future.

    The Honors Advisor becomes a personal point of communication between parents and the school's teachers and administration. With the Honors Advisor, a parent has the comfort of knowing that his or her child's needs will be overseen and his academics tracked for all four years of high school and through the college application process.
  • National Honor Society Mentoring

    Cardinal & Gold Honor students are paired with a member of Cardinal Hayes's National Honor Society. The NHS is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. NHS members are those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Character. One of the National Honor Society's goals is to exhibit the virtues expected of each of the members and to model these virtues for other Hayesmen, especially the future leaders of the school, such as those enrolled in the McQuade Honors program.
  • The Cultural Passport

    As part of The Cardinal and Gold Honors Program, each student is granted a Cultural Passport. Hayes's Passport is a guarantee that each student will be granted several trips to various NYC institutions each year. Through the Cultural Passport, students will supplement the lessons of the classroom with their real-world manifestation in the city's vast museum exhibitions, Broadway shows, and state parks, thus expanding their knowledge of the arts and sciences through the city's extraordinary culture.
The Mission of Cardinal Hayes High School, a community based in Roman Catholic values, is to inspire diverse young men of the New York City metropolitan area to become lifelong learners and responsible citizens. We will accomplish this goal by encouraging students' spiritual and intellectual growth through a rigorous college preparatory program of academics, extra-curricular activities, and personal discipline.