Students in 5th grade as of September 1 of 2023

Students in 5th grade as of September 1 of 2023 will be eligible to apply for admission to Explore Middle School for the 24-25 school year. This information will be available here, on this page, on or before September 1, 2023.


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.