Application process for Comprehensive Schools SLC tracks, Liberty H.S. and Innovation H.S.:
Each year, late November to early December, the school district hosts a Higher Initiative Project (“HIP”) Fair which gives students and parents an opportunity get applications and to meet with and learn from faculty and staff from all the schools listed above. Also, eighth grade classes are usually sent home with applications in November/December. For more information and to get an application families can contact their child’s current guidance councilor or can contact the JCBOE at 201.915.6000.
To apply, students fill out an application and list their top two choices from the SLC tracks, Innovation High, or Liberty High School. The applications allows students to rank their school preferences. Students must submit their applications by mid-January.
Application process for Honors/College Prep High Schools
Jersey City Public Schools offers two honors-track, college preparatory high schools. These schools require the PSAT as a criteria for admission.
Application process for County Public High Schools
County public high schools are open to all qualifying students in Hudson County, including Jersey City. The Hudson County Schools of Technology serve students in grades 9 through 12 and include County Prep High School, High Tech High School, and KAS Prep.
Application process for Public Charter High Schools
Charter schools are public schools administered independently of the Jersey City school district. Once a schools charter is approved and established, the school is governed by a Board of Trustees as a public agent authorized by the State Board of Education. Because charter schools are public, they are both free and open to all applicants. There are no admissions tests. Where the number of applicants exceeds the available enrollment spots, a lottery process is used to determine admission.
Application process for Private Catholic High Schools
Private schools operate independently from Jersey City public schools. They generally require fees to attend, though financial aid options are available. All applicants are required to take the Cooperative Admissions Examination (COOP), a standardized test administered by the Archdiocese eachNovember. The purpose of the test is to provide standard assessments for students seeking admission to Catholic high schools in Jersey City. All the high schools listed below have admission due dates from late-November to mid-December, which are timed to follow the taking of the COOP exam. Contact the schools directly for pricing and financial aid related information.