Programs & Services

High School Equivalency (HSE)

Get ahead by getting your High School Equivalency (HSE)

It is never too late to finish your education. The Door offers a variety of free programs aimed towards helping you get your high school equivalency certificate and move on to a career, college or a vocational/training program. The first step to getting enrolled in The Door's HSE program is to become a Door member. You will then be referred to EPOCH orientation where you can figure out the best fit for you!

EPOCH – The Door’s comprehensive career and education program to help you finish your education and gain job and life skills for your future. This program features two different paths, so you can choose the best option for you – one for young people who want to get their high school equivalency and a job, and one for young people who have completed their HSE or degree and need help getting into college or finding a job.

No matter which path you choose, you’ll get individualized support, coaching and opportunities to help you meet your goals, as well as assistance with transportation and other personal needs – all for free and under one roof. Our two pathway options are:

Infused HSE: This option will teach you the skills you need to pass your HSE test while preparing you for a career at the same time. Classes are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and include HSE material, leadership development, and an opportunity to explore your career interests. Infused HSE students can also apply for in-house, paid internships and receive other stipends and incentives for participating.

CITE (College, Internships, Training and Employment): If you already have a high school degree or HSE – or if you need a job right now – this program is the option for you. Our coaches will help you get a job or internship, or get you enrolled in a college or vocational program. We’ll also help you develop an action plan – a must-have strategy for lasting success – and stay with you while you get settled into your new job or school.

To learn more about EPOCH, contact us via phone at 212-941-9090, ext. 3368, or email us at


Arts Access – As part of our partnership with the NYC Department of Education, our EPOCH program includes a unique HSE segment for students who wish to pursue a future in the arts. If you’re serious about getting your HSE and having a future in a creative field, this is the right program for you.

In this program, you’ll not only take classes to help you study for and pass your HSE exam, you’ll also take artistic courses that will help you build a portfolio to use for applying to colleges, vocational schools, or jobs and internships. These classes take place Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. In the afternoon portion of the class, you can pursue and develop your creative interests – studio art, graphic design, dance, and more. Even our HSE classes will be infused with an artistic flair that fits your creative personality! Our unique program has seen students go on to many prestigious colleges and art schools, including Cooper Union and the Fashion Institute of Technology.

To learn more about the Arts Access program, contact Antoinette Washington at 212-941-9090, ext. 3237, or email her at


We also offer HSE preparation at our Bronx Youth Center location! To learn more about our Bronx-based HSE program, contact James Johnson at 212-941-9090, ext. 3512 or at

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