Explore Middle School admission applications should be submitted in the fall of students' 5th grade year. The online application will be available on Wednesday, October 26 at 8AM. You can CLICK THE APPLICATION BUTTON to apply.


Open House for 5th Grade Students/Parents: Tuesday, October 25th, 2022 5-7pm at Explore Middle School. OPEN HOUSE WILL BE VIRTUAL; a link will become available on October 25.

Application is Available: Wednesday, October 26, 2022 (available at 8AM)

Application Deadline Date (Students/Parents): Wednesday, November 30 @11:59 PM

Deadline for Letters of Recommendation: Friday, December 9, 2022 at 11:59 PM

Application Deadline Date (School Counselors/Administrators): Wednesday, December 21 @11:59 PM *Counselors must submit all pertinent student information through their counselor dashboard by this time.

Recommendation Letters must be submitted via SchoolMint by Friday, December 9, 2022. Two letters of recommendation are required; ideally, these letters are from 3rd, 4th or 5th grade academic teachers. Hard copies will not be accepted. Please do not send hard copies to the school.



The Admission Review Committee (ARC) is a school-based committee comprised of counselors, teachers and administrators. The ARC performs a comprehensive evaluation based on the applicant’s grades, attendance, scores, special skills, talents, interests, letters of recommendation, essay and learning preference. Applicants are selected based on this criteria while considering the demographics of Hudson County. Students/parents/counselors will receive a notification by the end of March of acceptance, waitlist or non-acceptance; students will be notified of their orientation meeting upon acceptance.


Explore Middle School, the only career and technical middle school in New Jersey, is a rigorous, academic school with a project-based approach. We focus not only on the core subjects (math, English, science, social studies, world language, technology, music and health/physical education) but also career and technical studies, character development, team building, and critical thinking. Each marking period we have a unique thematic unit which integrates interdisciplinary studies, meets the standards, and engages students in a hands-on approach. Within our diverse community, students learn how to be self-directed learners while being challenged academically. Interpersonal skills are developed through collaborative activities that require both teamwork and independence. Explore Middle School builds character and enhances problem-solving abilities.