Explore Middle School, the only career and technical middle school in New Jersey, is a rigorous, project-based school. Our curriculum is developed around thematic units which integrate interdisciplinary studies, meet the standards, and engage students in a hands-on approach. We focus not only on the core subjects but also career and technical studies, character development, team building, and critical thinking.

Within our diverse community, students learn how to be self-directed learners while being challenged academically, taking all traditional classes as well as CTE classes. Interpersonal skills are developed through collaborative activities that require both teamwork and independence. Explore Middle School builds character and enhances problem-solving abilities.


Important Dates:

Tuesday, October 22, 2019: Guidance Counselor Luncheon 12:00-1:00 for counselors of applicants; please contact Mariel Teschlog at 201-631-8540 or mteschlog@hcstonline.org to RSVP.

Thursday, October 24, 2019: Open House for prospective students (current 5th graders) from 6-8:00 pm and application opens.

Friday, November 15, 2019: Application deadline for students/parents.

Monday, November 25, 2019: Last day to complete letters of recommendation via SchoolMint.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019: Counselor Deadline to submit all pertinent student information through their Counselor Dashboard.

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, learning preference and group and individual assessment (by invite). Applicants are selected based on this criteria while considering the demographics of Hudson County. Students/parents/counselors will receive a notification by in mid-March; students will be notified of their orientation meeting upon acceptance.