Attention Parents of 8th Grade Students

Please see the message below from Mrs. Carrea, our guidance counselor for 7th and 8th grade.

High School is just around the corner for your eighth grader! It’s never too early to start thinking about the academic direction your child will take. Allentown High School has developed very rigorous academic standards by offering honors courses in English, mathematics, science and social studies. Your child’s performance in eighth grade will impact his/her freshman level classes next year. In some cases, a rating of “Advanced Proficient” on the NJ ASK 8 will be required for honors courses. Information about high school course offerings can be found under “academics” on the high school website ( The high school course selection process will begin in March.

If your child is interested in attending one of the Monmouth County Vocational School District Career Academies such as: Biotechnology High School, Academy of Allied Health and Science, High Technology High School, Communications High School or Marine Academy of Science and Technology, please be aware that the deadline for applications is December 12, 2014. The application process is very competitive and requires attendance at an information session. Students may attend as many information sessions as needed to help with their decision; however, they may only apply to one school. Application procedures are posted and accessible at . If you would like more information regarding the Career Academies or the application process, Mrs. Carrea can be reached at 609-259-7292, extension 5731; email: .