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1 HIGH SCHOOL CHOICES: INFORMATION FOR 7 TH PARENTS & STUDENTS

2 FIRST, STUDENTS SHOULD ASK THEMSELVES Do my personal and/or career interests match the focus of the program(s) to which I am applying? Am I able to get recommendations from 2 teachers who can speak to my interests, performance, and future success in the program(s) to which I am applying? Am I willing to choose from a smaller list of electives? Am I willing to attend the high school where the program is located? Do my grades in the subjects that are the academic focus of the learning center demonstrate that I am ready to accept challenge of this program? Am I on track to take Algebra 1 in grade 8, the prerequisite for application to Computer Science, Business Administration, Science and Engineering and the Medical Science programs?

3 Freehold Regional High School District

4 There are currently 6 Learning Center programs and 6 Academy programs available to choose from. Learning Centers- A bit more competitive, these are four-year programs of academic study offered to a selected group of highly motivated students who have demonstrated interests and abilities in particular fields of study Academies- four-year programs of specialized coursework and experiences for students who have a particular career interest. The programs integrate career and technical courses in addition to the traditional academic curriculum. Click here to visit the FRHSD website: for more detailed information

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6 Learning Centers & Academies Overview

7 Business Administration Learning Center** (housed at Marlboro HS) Management, finance, economics, computer technology, law Competitions sponsored by Future Business Leaders of America and Federal Reserve ** Completion of Algebra I by the end of 8th grade ( B average) Contemporary Global Issues Learning Center (housed at Freehold Township HS) Global regions, international development, cultures, economics, governments, diplomacy (art of negotiations), world order (relationships between countries) Encourages gaining proficiency in a world language Humanities Learning Center (housed at Howell HS) American culture, anthropology, history, philosophy, government, literature, arts Develop advanced research techniques, writing acuity, verbal communication skills, analytical and critical thinking skills Law & Public Service Learning Center (housed at Colts Neck HS) History, politics, government, law Externships (school, local, state, national levels) government offices, volunteer agencies, law-related institutions, police departments, emergency + fire services Medical Sciences Learning Center** (housed at Freehold Boro HS) Students interested in the medical and natural sciences Affiliated with CentraState Medical Center, private practices, colleges, research centers ** Completion of Algebra I by the end of 8 th grade ( B average) Science & Engineering Learning Center** (housed at Manalapan HS) Math, science, computer science, electronics (science + technology controlling electrons in information storage and retrieval, device control) ** Completion of Algebra I by the end of 8 th grade ( B average)

8 Law Enforcement & Public Safety Academy (housed at Manalapan HS) Career interests in law enforcement, fire fighting, homeland security, first response, forensic science, physical training Training towards certification in public safety areas (ex. Red Cross First Aid + CPR) Dialogue with local police Navy JROTC Academy (housed at Colts Neck HS) Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps Leadership and character development program consisting of 4 areas: Leadership, Academics (naval sciences), Military skills (military customs, courtesies, drills, ceremonies), Physical Fitness Makes direct recommendations to military service academies Requires 1 additional recommendation from someone who can speak to your leadership capabilities Requires an interview Computer Science Academy** (housed at Freehold Boro HS) Career interests in Computer Science or Computer Engineering (computer science + electrical engineering, computer systems, software design, robotics) or programming ** Completion of Algebra I by the end of 8 th grade ( B average) Animal & Botanical Sciences Academy (housed at Freehold Township HS) Career interests in biology, biotechnology, food science, greenhouse management, floriculture, landscape design, business, marketing Community service: National Future Farmers of America Organization + Supervised Agricultural Experience Able to earn college credits through Mercer County Community College Fine and Performing Arts Academy (housed at Howell HS) Majors: Acting, Dance, Entertainment Technology (music or video production tracks) Produce and perform in showcases Must have prior training in order to apply Requires 1 additional recommendation from someone who can speak to your performing arts talent and audition Culinary Arts Academy (Freehold Boro HS) Career interest in hospitality industry Culinary and hospitality management, food science, food preparation, menu planning Professional skill development through operation of Five Star Café licensed restaurant at the high school National Restaurant Association ServSafe s safety/ sanitation certification tests Community service learning projects, professional skill competitions Develop career portfolios Culinary schools admission preparation College or placement credit through The Culinary Institute of America

9 The items that appear in blue are part of the on-line application which is completed by the student. The items that appear in black are to be completed separately by either teachers or the school counselor. Students will receive a registration ticket for the exam once the application has been processed: Basic student contact information including a parent/guardian address Student s choice of up to two programs (either two Learning Centers, two Academies, or one of each) Application One student essay for each program A list of student s activities and interests Student s academic records including 7th + 8th grade report cards Recommendations from appropriate teachers or professionals Entrance Exam for all Learning Centers and for the Computer Science Academy Audition for Fine and Performing Arts Academy Interview for Navy Junior ROTC Academy

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11 October TIMELINE Attend open houses (orientation, meet staff, students, tour) Online application opens for approximately 1 month November Essay deadline December Recommendations are due by middle of month* Entrance exams (usually held on a Saturday morning) February Notifications are sent as to those accepted, rejected or waitlisted *Check online periodically to make sure your application is updated as recommendations are submitted

12 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FRHSD provides transportation If you decide to attend a Learning Center or Academy, the school in which the program is housed becomes the student s HOME school student plays sports, participates in activities, attends school events at that school, not at Freehold Township Students can NOT take Algebra I the summer before 9 th grade For further information, please click here

13 Monmouth County Vocational School District

14 Career Academy- Specialized academies, career and technical programs Applicant pool consists of 50+ school districts (300 students) There will be more applicants than available spaces in these programs Academic records and entrance exam is considered for acceptance into these programs Students accepted into these programs generally average a B or better in middle school Students can apply to only 1 of the 5 Academies Please click here to visit MCVSD website for more info:

15 Academies

16 Academy Websites

17 Career Academies Overview

18 High Technology High School (housed on Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ campus) Pre-engineering career academy Math, science, technology, humanities Able to earn college credits through: Brookdale, Rochester Institute of Technology, Georgian Court University Approximately 75 students accepted Academy of Allied Health & Science (located in Neptune, NJ) Career interest in medical sciences, health technology Emphasis on computer technology in health fields Classes ½ of school year; Mentorship and internship programs with health care professionals the other ½ of school year Volunteer opportunities at Jersey Shore Medical Center 4 class periods (85 minute periods) Able to earn college credits through: University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ, Georgian Court University Approximately80 students accepted Communications HS (located in Wall, NJ) Digital Media, Publishing, Digital Printing, Journalism, Communications Art, TV/Radio Broadcasting Community and industry partnerships Mentorship program Courses articulated with Seton Hall University Approximately students accepted

19 Biotechnology HS (Freehold, NJ) Career interest in bio/pharmaceutical field Bio-medical and agricultural sciences, genetics, environment *Algebra I is not a requirement Approximately students accepted. Marine Academy of Science & Technology (Sandy Hook, NJ) Marine science and technology, marine and systems engineering, environmental studies, math Regular scientific contact with beaches, ocean 65-foot research vessel ( Blue Sea ) NJROTC (Naval Junior Reserves Office Training Corps) replaces physical education classes Classes on alternating days with 80 minute periods Approximately 70 students accepted STUDENTS CAN APPLY TO ONLY ONE OF THESE FIVE ACADEMIES

20 APPLICATION Criteria Maximum Score Academic Grades 7 th Grade 15 8 th Grade (1 st MP) 15 Admissions Exam (multiple choice) Math 35 Reading/Language 35 Total 100 Minimum score required to qualify 75 Average score 85-90

21 TIMELINE Late summer Schedule of open houses publicized (check website or call ) October - November Open houses Attendance is MANDATORY in order to receive application December Applications due my middle of the month January Admissions Exam

22 ADMISSION 1 st Round - Highest scores from all districts are given admission 2 nd Round Remaining scores in rank order regardless of district are given admission depending on available spots Can re-apply in 10 th grade

23 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Student s home district provides transportation to these academies If student attends one of these academies, he/she can participate in sports, extracurricular activities, etc. at their home school, Freehold Township High School

24 COMPARABLE PROGRAMS FRHSD Science & Engineering Learning Center Medical Science Learning Center Navy JROTC Academy MCVSD High Technology HS Biotechnology HS Academy of Allied Health & Science Marine Academy of Science & Technology

25 Questions? Please contact Miss Colford, School Counselor ext. 2121

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