In 2016, Navigate the Maze to Achievement, Inc. (Navigate), a 501(c) (3) non-profit, educational enrichment program, was founded. Navigate prepares Black and Latino students for New York City specialized and selective high school admissions and supports the students socially and academically while in high school. Our first cohort of 14 students from Brooklyn took the Specialized High School Admissions Test in 2017. In 2021, we serve over 150 students in all five boroughs.

In New York City, Black and Latino students make up…

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66% of all public high school students...

but less than 11% of students in specialized high schools.

Navigate in 2023


highly motivated and gifted students are navigating their way to academic success. 


of Navigate students received an offer to a specialized high school. 


of Navigate students received an offer to the top 25 NYC public high schools. 


of Navigate students received an offer to the top 55 NYC public high schools. 


of our high school graduates are enrolled in college! 

Where our students are going:

Specialized High Schools:

The Bronx High School of Science*

The Brooklyn Latin School

Brooklyn Technical High School

Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts

High School of Science, Math, and Engineering at City College

Staten Island Technical High School

Stuyvesant High School*


Selective High Schools:

Bard High School Early College

Baruch College Campus High School

The Beacon School

Brooklyn College Academy

College of Staten Island School for International Studies

Edward R. Murrow High School

Frank McCourt High School

Frank Sinatra High School

High School for Construction Trades, Engineering, and Architecture

High School for Dual Language and Asian Studies

High School of Health Professions and Human Services

High School of Telecommunications, Arts, and Technology

The Leon M. Goldstein High School for the Sciences

Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics

Manhattan/Hunter Science High School

Marble Hill High School for International Studies

Medgar Evers Preparatory School

Midwood High School at Brooklyn College

Millennium  Brooklyn High School

The New York City Museum School

Susan E. Wagner High School

Tottenville High School


Private High Schools:

The Chapin School

The Emma Willard School

Léman Manhattan Preparatory School

Philips Academy Andover

*through the DOE Discovery Program


Classes are on Saturdays during the school year and for six weeks in the summer. Students learn grammar, how to analyze poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. They also learn algebra, geometry, and test-taking strategies.

Early Start

Navigate selects academically gifted Black and Latino students in their seventh-grade year. By identifying their strengths and targeting any challenges early on, our program effectively prepares them for the SHSAT.


Navigate connects students with successful Black and Latino alumni of specialized high schools and leaders in their communities.


Navigate encourages our students to engage in community service. One way our 8th graders give back is by teaching younger students math through play.

Student Testimonials

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"I recommend the program for anyone who wants to go to a specialized high school. It's not something everybody can do. You have to be resilient, you have to want to do it and want to be successful."


The Brooklyn Latin School '22

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"I'm really glad that I participated in NTMA. It not only helped me prepare for the Specialized High School Admissions Test, it also helped me in school."


Brooklyn Technical HS '22                                            

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"When I went to take the test, there were people around me nervous and upset... I felt confident and prepared, and I attribute that to all the work that I did at NTMA. It's a lot of work, but I imagined myself at the finish line."


Brooklyn Technical HS '22

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"I met good friends and we were all striving for one goal. It's cool to be around people when you want the same thing. We worked together, we supported each other, and we achieved our goal."


Brooklyn Technical High School '22