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Who can apply to the academy?
The Academy for Environmental Science has a competitive admission process that is open to students in the Morris County area. **You do not need to reside in Morris county to apply. Students apply in their 8th grade year, and are encouraged to have taken Algebra 1 before entering the Academy. While completion of Algebra 1 is encouraged, it is not mandatory. At present we have students in the academy from Warren and Sussex Counties as well.
What types of students apply to the Academy?
The Academy for Environmental Science welcomes applicants who are passionate about "making a different while making a living". Our students are interested in the environment, but they are not limited to just the science end--they may go on to pursue degrees in law, engineering, policy and activism. The rigorous nature of the course sequence is best suited for those students who are self-motivated, hard-working and looking to stretch their thinking. Research, both in class and independent, is a key component of this program.
Where is the Academy located?
The Academy is housed inside Jefferson Township High School. JTHS is located next the Mahlon-Dickerson Reservation (part of the Morris County Parks System) and is minutes from the Kean University Highlands Campus. These locations provide ample field experiences. Inside the high school students have an Academy "home base", and will also benefit from all that JTHS has to offer such as clubs, sports, music, drama etc.
What time does school start? Finish?
The school day begins at 7:35 AM and ends at 2:15 PM. Many students arrive before the official start of the day and stay after school for clubs and sports.
Is transportation provided?
Transportation is provided by the student's home district. It is up to the parent or guardian to arrange this with their home district, and it is important to recognize that pick up and drop off times will vary depending on where a student lives. Unfortunately, no late buses are provided for after school activities.
What sports, clubs and extracurricular activities are offered by JTHS?
The list is quite long! For sports, please click here.
Other extra-curriculars include:
Academic Bowl, Each One Reach One, Math League, Select Choir, American Red Cross, English National Honor Society Mu Alpha Theta, Math Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, American Sign Language Honor Soc., Environmental Club, National Honor Soc., Spring Musical, Area/Reg/All-State/All Eastern Band, Fall Drama, PDP, Stand Up To Cancer, Art Club, French Club, Project Stay Gold, Student Council, Book Club, French Honor Society, REBEL, Talent Expo, Class Officer, Future Bus. Leaders America (FBLA), Reg/All-State/All Eastern Chorus, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Coffeehouse/Showcase, Future Educators Association (FEA), Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Soc., UNICEF, Culinary Club, Habitat for Humanity, Robotics, Varsity Letterman's Club, Dance Club, Jazz Band, SADD, Vocal Ensemble, Debate, Literary Magazine, Science League, Wind Ensemble, Digital Medial Club, Madrigal, Sci. Nat’l Honor Soc., Yearbook, Drama Club, Marching Band.