• Q: What must be included with my application?

    A. The online application must be completely filled out by the due date (before Thanksgiving). Middle school counselors are responsible for sending official school transcripts from 7th grade and the first marking period of 8th grade when available, as well as an attendance report and a discipline report.  Applicants should be in communication with their counselors well before the due date.  Late applications will not be accepted.


    Q: How competitive is the field and what are the minimum requirements?

    A. In past years there have been 400-500 applicants for 44 spots.  To apply a student must be a current 8th grader living in Middlesex County and must have completed Algebra 1 by the end of 8th grade. 


    Q: What is on the Assessment Test?

    A. The Admissions Assessment consists of mathematics and English sections, as well as an essay.  Sample questions are available here.


    Q: What if I am sick and miss the test date?

    A. A make-up test date may be administered based on the circumstances of the individual at the discretion of the administration.


    Q: How and when will I be notified of acceptance?

    A. All eligible applicants will be notified of their status via the application portal by the end of January. All applicants who qualify will be scheduled for an interview.  Students who interview will be offered or declined admission in April.


    Q: Is there a waiting list?

    A. All students who qualify for admission are either accepted or placed on the waiting list. All applications are kept on file through the following school year. Should a spot open up, the waiting list will be reviewed for a replacement.

    Q: How is residency for private/parochial school students determined?

    A. All students are considered to be from the public school district in which they reside, regardless of the school that they attend.


    Q: Can more than one student from a district be accepted?

    A. Yes, as space permits, multiple acceptances from a school district may be considered.


    Q: What if my resident district is outside Middlesex County?

    A. Only Middlesex County residents will be considered for the Academy.

    Q:  What if I am in the ninth grade? Can I apply?
    A. Only eighth graders may apply. Only students placed on the wait list may be considered for admission during the freshman year if an opening becomes available. 
    Q:  What if I did not complete Algebra 1? Can I take it in Summer School?
    A.  Students must complete a full year of Algebra 1 in order to attend the Academy. Some students successfully complete Algebra 1 in seventh grade. As long as the student completes a full year of Algebra 1 prior to graduating from middle school, he/she is eligible. A summer school course in Algebra 1 is not considered a full year. 
    Q: What AP courses are offered at the Academy?
    A: Please refer to our Academics section to see all courses that are offered, including AP courses.  You can view required and elective courses by subject.
    Q: What AP exams are offered at the Academy?
    A: In addition to those corresponding to our AP courses, we administer a few additional self-study AP exams to students. Approval is needed from Administration at the time of registration.