Reminder(s)

  • The following majors are required to schedule an audition.  Click here for more information.
    • Dance (CIP Code 500301): Performing Arts - Dance
    • Drama & Dramatics, Theatre Arts (CIP Code 500501): Performing Arts - Theatre Arts

Criteria for Review

The student is responsible for the following criteria and will submit the information on their online application.

  • One (1) Mandatory Online Recommendation from a classroom teacher
    • You must have your designated teacher's CORRECT email address.  There is a section on the application to input the recommender's email address (Section 1: Letter of Recommendation).
    • Your selected recommender will receive an email to complete the recommendation form online.
    • Hard copies or emails of recommendation letter will not be accepted.
  • Career and Technical Education (CTE) Major Choice
  • Complete the following essays:
    • What personal and/or educational goals do you have for your high school experience? (Essay maximum is 2500 characters.)
    • Why have you selected this major as your Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program of Study to pursue as a high school student? (Essay maximum is 2500 characters.)
  • Portfolio(s)
    • Portfolios are only accepted in the form of Google Slides from a personal Gmail account. Please be sure you share your Google Slide from your personal Gmail account with the public. If you do not share it with the public we will not be able to view your portfolio.
    • Your Google Slide portfolio must have a Table of Contents (TOC) and a maximum of 10 slides. Please focus on your chosen major for your portfolio.

The student's guidance counselor is responsible for the following criteria and will submit the information on their counselor dashboard.

  • Overall recommendation for the student's social/emotional development based on:
    • Emotional Maturity
    • Shows Self Control
    • Integrity
    • Respects Others and Property
    • Fulfills Responsibilities
    • Listens and Follows Directions
    • Positive Social Interactions
  • NJSmart Information (if applicable)
  • Student's Attendance Information
  • 8th Grade First Marking Period Report Card
  • Transcript (Grades 6-7)
  • Standardized Test Scores
    • Examples:
      • NJSLA
      • TerraNova
      • Iowa
      • PSAT 8/9

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, test scores, special skills, talents, interests, letters of recommendation, essays, portfolio(s), and audition (if required). Applicants are selected based on these criteria while considering the demographics of Hudson County. Students/parents/counselors will receive an email on February 24, 2023; students will be notified of their orientation meeting upon acceptance.

Career & Technical Education (CTE) Majors

Offered in County Prep High School/ATD

CTE Program Name HCST Major Name
Apparel & Textile Marketing Management (CIP Code 190905) Fashion Design
Business Administration and Management (CIP Code 520201) Business
Child Care Provider/Assistant (CIP Code 190709) Childcare and Human Development
Commercial Photography (CIP Code 500406) Commercial Photography
Computer Science @ Earl W. Byrd Center (CIP Code 110701) Computer Programming
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications (CIP Code 110901) Networking and Cyber Security/A+ PC Technician
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist (CIP Code 120401) Cosmetology
Culinary Arts/Chef Training @ Earl W. Byrd Center (CIP Code 120503) Culinary Arts
Graphic Design @ Earl W. Byrd Center (CIP Code 500409) Graphic Technology
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences (CIP Code 510000) Sports Medicine/Exercise Science
Medical/Clinical Assistant (CIP Code 510801) Medical Science
Music Technology (CIP Code 500913) Music Technology
Radio & TV Broadcasting Technology/Technician @ Earl W. Byrd Center (CIP Code 100202) Audio/Visual Production

Offered in High Tech High School/ACTE

CTE Program Name HCST Major Name
Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD (CIP Code 151303) D|Fab Architecture
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician (CIP Code 151302) D|Fab Industrial Design & Animation
Carpentry/Carpenter (CIP Code 460201) D|Fab Wood Technology
Computer Science @ Frank J. Gargiulo Campus (CIP Code 110701) D|Fab Computer Programming
Culinary Arts/Chef Training @ Frank J. Gargiulo Campus (CIP Code 120503) Culinary Arts
Dance (CIP Code 500301) Performing Arts - Dance
Digital Communications & Media/Multimedia (CIP Code 090702) Interactive Media
Drama & Dramatics, Theatre Arts (CIP Code 500501) Performing Arts - Theater Arts
Graphic Design @ Frank J. Gargiulo Campus (CIP Code 500409) Graphic Technology
Radio & TV Broadcasting Technology/Technician @ Frank J. Gargiulo Campus (CIP Code 100202) Audio/Visual Production/Broadcasting Technology
Science Technologies/Technicians (CIP Code 419999) Environmental Science & Sustainability
Welding Technology/Welder (CIP Code 480508) D|Fab Welding Technology

Admissions Timeline




October 2, 2022

Informational Session

Sunday, October 2, 2022 - Informational Session will be available online



October 2, 2022

Application Opens

Sunday, October 2, 2022 @ 12:00 PM - Application Opens



November 6, 2022

Application Closes

Sunday, November 6, 2022 @ 11:59 PM - Application Closes



November 20, 2022

Letter of Recommendation Due

Sunday, November 20, 2022 @ 11:59 PM - Letter of Recommendation Due



December 11, 2022

Counselor Submission Due

Sunday, December 11, 2022 @ 11:59 PM - Counselor Submission Due



February 24, 2023

First round of acceptances

Friday, February 24, 2023 @ 4:00 PM - First round of acceptances
- Orientation Packet and Notice of Intent for the first round of acceptances due Sunday, March 5, 2023 @ 11:59 PM



March 13, 2023

Second round of acceptances and non-acceptances

Monday, March 13, 2023 @ 4:00 PM - Second round of acceptances and non-acceptances
- Orientation Packet and Notice of Intent for the second round of acceptances due Sunday, March 19, 2023 @ 11:59 PM



March 19, 2023

Appeal deadline for non-accepted students

Sunday, March 19, 2023 @ 11:59 PM - Appeal deadline for non-accepted students



March 24, 2023

Appeal acceptances and non-acceptances are emailed

Friday, March 24, 2023 @ 4:00 PM - Appeal acceptances and non-acceptances are emailed
- Orientation Packet and Notice of Intent for the appeal acceptances due Tuesday, March 28, 2023 @ 11:59 PM



March 31, 2023

Placement Test for Accepted Students

Friday, March 31, 2023 - Placement Test for Accepted Students

High Tech High School:
- Parent Orientation & Student LinkIt Placement Test at Frank J. Gargiulo Campus
- Two Sessions: 9am-11am or 1pm-3pm

County Prep High School:
- Student LinkIt Placement Test at Earl W. Byrd Center
- TBA Student/Parent Orientation