How to Apply for Health Sciences Technology High School
Frequently Asked Questions
➤Any New Brunswick resident in the 8th grade
➤Any New Brunswick resident in the 9th or 10th grade with a G.P.A. of 3.0 or above
➤The 8th grade son/daughter of a full-time employee of Robert Wood Johnson University
➤The 9th or 10th grade son/daughter, with a G.P.A. of 3.0 or above, of a full time employee of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
An Open House is held each December and offers the community the opportunity to meet students and staff, to learn about the course offerings and to tour the school. The date and time of the Open House are reflected in the application timeline and are posted on the school website.
Yes. The entrance assessment is administered to all applicants. The purpose of the assessment is to provide applicants with the opportunity to interact with coursework similar to that which they will encounter in the ninth grade year.
The assessment has four (4) components: Mathematics (equals 35% of the total weighted test score); Grammar/Reading (equals 20% of the total weighted test score); Science (equals 35% of the total weighted test score) and, a writing sample (equals 10% of the total weighted test score). Students are not allowed to utilize a calculator during the assessment. The writing section is scored by certified English teaching staff using a rubric with scores ranging from 1-5. Students applying to the 10th or 11th grade also participate in the entrance assessment. Their scores are pro-rated to the average scores of those applying for 9th-grade placement.
Offers of admission are made to approximately 62 incoming 9th-grade students in order to have a freshman class of 57 - 58 students. This allows for families that may move, decide to have their child attend another school, or refuse the offer of admission for other reasons. Students are accepted into the 10th or 11th grade depending upon available seats and whether the students have taken prerequisite courses, such as Biology and Spanish I.
A number of factors are considered in making the decision to offer admission to an applicant.
These factors include:
Report Card Grades
Standardized Test Scores
Performance on the Assessment
Letter(s) of reference Student
Each of these items has a point value that is entered onto a spreadsheet resulting in a total score. The 62 students with the highest total scores seeking placement in the 9th grade are offered admission.
These factors, as well as the GPA and prerequisite coursework, are considered for students applying to the 10th or 11th grade.