College Acceptances/Testimonials

We offer a ‘College Ready’ advisory service at Head Start Educational Academy where students and their parents seek guidance for admissions processes, both in India and abroad. Several colleges also visit us and conduct on-site presentations at Head Start Educational Academy.

Our students attend/have attended centres for learning both in India and overseas. Below is a list of College Acceptances and a few Testimonials from alumni.

Alliance University
Ashoka University
Azim Premji University
Birla Institute of Technology, Goa
Christ University
Flame University
School of Design IIT, Mumbai
Jain University
Jindal Global Law School
Jyoti Nivas College
International School of Management Excellence
Krea University
Manipal Academy of Higher Education
Mount Carmel College
Narsee Monjee College of Management Studies
Shriram College of Commerce
Shristi Institute of Art Design and Technology
St Joseph’s College of Arts and Sciences
St Josephs’ Commerce College
Symbiosis International
Welcomegroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration-Manipal Academy of Higher Education (WGSHA)

Australian National University, Australia

Birla Institute of Technology, Dubai

Singapore Management University
James Cooke Singapore

Cardiff University
Durham University
Kings College London
Lancaster University
Loughborough University
Manchester Metropolitan University
New Castle University
Nova Scotia College of Art and Design

Oxford Brookes
Royal Holloway
University College London
University College Cork - National University of Ireland
University of Aberdeen
University of Bath
University of Bristol
University of Buckingham
University of Cambridge
University of Dundee
University of East London
University of Edinburgh
University of Exeter
University of Leeds
University of Nottingham
University of Sheffield
University of Surrey
University of Warwick

Ècole Ducasse Paris, France
Instituto Marangoni, Milan, Italy
Instituto Polimoda, Firenze, Italy
Vatel, France

Amherst College
Arizona State University
Boston College
Boston University
Brandeis University
Carnegie Mellon University
College of Wooster
Denison University
Connecticut College
Drexel University
Elon University
Emory University
Fordham University
Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Haverford College
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Kelly Business School at Indiana University, Bloomington
Loyola Marymount University
Marquette University
Michigan Ann Arbour
Michigan State University
Northeastern University
Occidental College
Pennsylvania State University
Rice University
Rollins College
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Rutgers University, New Brunswick
Santa Clara University
Savannah College of Art and Design
Smith College
Temple University
Texas A&M
The University of Minnesota
Trinity College

UC Berkeley
UC Davis
UC Irvine
UC Santa Cruz
UC San Diego
UC Santa Barbara
University of Arizona
University of Cincinnati
University of Houston
University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
University of Minnesota
University of Southern California
University of Texas, Austin
University of Texas, Dallas
University of Washington, Seattle
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Vanderbilt University
Wake Forest University
Wellesley College

Carleton University
McGill University, Montreal, Canada
University of British Columbia
University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada
University of Toronto


Esha Gupta
Grade 12 Batch of 2020

In my first meeting with Riad Sir when I was just starting the college application process, he voiced a gut feeling that I would do well at Carnegie Mellon, and encouraged me to apply - and that is exactly where I wound up. Head Start and its community and faculty were invaluable to me as I went through the college application process, whether it was through providing support for my school initiatives, writing letters of recommendation, or through guidance and feedback on essays. I had help and support through every stage of the process, right up to making a decision about which college to attend.

The work ethic that HSEA instilled in me and their academic and extracurricular curriculum are a big reason why I have been able to adapt to life at college. Head Start exposed me to a wide variety of sports, music, and theatre from a young age, and it was through those experiences that I found my love for dance and theatre, which I have continued to develop since coming to CMU. Additionally, through projects such as the mentored research project we undertook in the eleventh grade, or through managing the graduation and music fest, the school gave us our first taste of the kinds of projects we would be involved in during our college years. 

Aditi Atreya
Grade 12 Batch of 2020

The close relations fostered with our teachers during High School, have given me confidence and encouraged me to do the same with my college professors. Working with them one-on-one has led to some exciting collaborations and definitely helped during the COVID year.
Furthermore, doing A-level English has helped immensely not only with the creative writing pursuits I have taken up in college, but also with writing scientific articles which my course at Manipal Academy of Higher Education is very demanding of.

Arya Lovekar
Grade 12 Batch of 2019

One of the reasons why my transition from school to college was easy was that Head Start had already given me many of the tools that I would need for a liberal arts education. I had learned how to think and write clearly, how to gather and evaluate evidence for the argument I wanted to make. I’m especially grateful for the literature classes I took at school, because they gave me a peek into what it might be like to do a literature major in college. Looking back, I see many things in those classes at Head Start that I wove into my essays and class discussions at college. My teachers helped me figure out what I wanted to do next, and the discussions I had with them about my choices for further education were immensely important.

Even outside the classroom, I was encouraged to think for myself and form my own opinions, and to learn as much as I could. The extracurricular programmes at Head Start let me explore multiple things outside academics – music, theatre, sports – and boosted my college applications. Later, at college, I was able to participate frequently in various non-academic student activities because I had done similar activities in school.

Head Start let me dabble in a lot of different things, and the philosophy of the school set me up well for the academic and student culture at Krea University.

Tina Rose Abraham
Grade 12 Batch of 2019

Head Start was the first place where I was shown an important truth - that education is not limited to the four walls of a classroom. The emphasis on music, athletics, theatre, and dance enriched my learning and made me actively seek out a balance of academic and extracurricular pursuits when I arrived at UT Austin. Collaborative projects like writing original plays and organising our seniors’ graduation taught me to find joy in teamwork, and eventually led me to discover my love for studying organisational psychology and employee engagement. Classroom discussions and volunteer initiatives instilled a deep sense of responsibility and encouraged me to reflect deeply on how my decisions affected the world around me. It was this civic sense that later prompted me to apply for student leadership and peer mentorship positions at UT.

Like many students, I struggled with imposter syndrome in high school, which often made me attribute any successes to sheer luck and held me back from taking new opportunities and risks. My teachers were quick to notice my tendency to minimise my accomplishments, and firmly but lovingly encouraged me to acknowledge my wins and give myself credit where it was due. Thanks to them, I arrived at college armed with a confidence that allowed me to try out every extracurricular opportunity and apply for any leadership position that came my way. When it was eventually time to apply for jobs towards the end of senior year, I breezed through tough behavioural interview questions because of the vast number of experiences I could refer back to.

Now, recently graduated and working in Austin, I draw on the many lessons that my time at Head Start brought me as I adapt to life in corporate America. When I’m praised for my verbal and written communication at work, I think back fondly to the English literature and language classes where I nurtured my love for the written word. When I find myself growing anxious before a presentation, I centre myself with a breathing technique that I first practiced while preparing for the Talk Series back in school. Head Start gave me a well-rounded educational experience that pushed me out of my comfort zone, setting me up for success at college and beyond.

Arjun Madhusudhan
Grade 10 Batch of 2015

I really don't think words can express what Head Start really means to me. The freedom and culture of the school exposed me to a lot of opportunities to prepare for college at Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University, and helped develop me as a person. Head Start gave me a great foundation which helped me take charge of my responsibilities and always ensured I was sensitive to everything and everyone around me. I'm extremely fortunate to have been a part of the first batch of HSEA to finish 10th Grade. I'll always be indebted to my teachers and mentors for playing such a huge role in preparing me for higher studies and shaping me into who I am today.