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Applications Now Open for Middlesex County Eighth-Graders to attend Magnet Schools in the Fall


5 March 2024 · Joseph Bakes


Deadline to apply is April 1.


MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ -- Middlesex County eighth-graders can now apply to attend East Brunswick, Perth Amboy and Piscataway Magnet Schools in the fall. The deadline to apply is April 1.

The Middlesex County Magnet Schools are free public high schools that offer 30 career majors, ranging from culinary arts and baking, to automotive technology, to pre-engineering, to health careers, to the School of the Arts – theater, dance, music, film, arts technology and graphic arts. A full description of the career majors and the application process is available at (click on “Admissions”).  Middlesex County eighth-graders can apply to attend any of the schools, with transportation provided by their home school districts.

“The Magnet Schools are an invaluable resource for the residents of Middlesex County,” Superintendent of Schools Jorge E. Diaz said. “Eighth-graders and their parents should be considering the opportunities available to them in the Magnet Schools.”

Open houses, at which students and parents can learn about Magnet School majors, are scheduled for Wednesday, March 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. at East Brunswick, Perth Amboy and Piscataway Magnet Schools.

Assistant Superintendent of Schools Jeffrey Bicsko said the district is increasing its dual enrollment opportunities for students to earn college credits from Middlesex College, Rutgers and NJIT while still in high school. It also is expanding its Advanced Placement course offerings.

“The idea is to give our students a quality high school education while earning college credit, reducing their college costs,” he said.

Bicsko said the district also has valuable partnerships with labor unions, such as the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.

“We pride ourselves on giving students as many industry credentials as we can to make them employable,” he said.

The application is available online and includes Spanish, French and Hindi translations. There is a video walkthrough that explains the process.

The application deadline has passed for Edison Academy Magnet School, which offers engineering career majors, and Woodbridge Academy Magnet School, which offers health and biomedical career majors.