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Morris Hills Regional Choice District Profile for 2022-23 School Year

Morris Hills Regional District 
48 Knoll Drive
Rockaway, NJ 07866 
Morris County

District grades: 9-12
Approved choice grades: 9-12
Total number of students enrolled in district: 3000

Choice parent information center phone number: 973-664- 2293
Name of program contact: Dr. Nisha Zoeller
Phone number & email of program contact: 973- 664-2293; nzoeller@mhrd.org 
Website: www.mhrd.org

Choice Program

Morris Hills Regional is a 9-12 district consisting of two high schools, Morris Hills and Morris Knolls High Schools, with a total population of 3,000 students from Denville, Rockaway Borough, Wharton, and Rockaway Township. The two high schools share both teaching staff, curricula, and rank in the top 85 high schools in New Jersey, according to NJ Monthly magazine. Morris Hills Regional was also awarded a spot on the College Board’s 2018 AP District Honor Roll for access, equity, and excellence, one of only 373 districts selected for this award in the U.S. and Canada. There are three available programs for School Choice: the General High School Program, the Math and Science Magnet Program, and the International Baccalaureate Program. 

The General High School Program is our traditional high school program, with over 200 course offerings, including honors and Advanced Placement, art, business, computer science, all academic areas, and 3 world languages. Academic achievement is not a factor in school choice admission to this program.

The Math and Science Magnet Program is a specialized four-year program for high-achieving students who are interested in applied mathematics and scientific research. Students must successfully complete Algebra I in the 8th grade and participate in a competitive admissions process in order to be eligible for admission. The Magnet Program is housed at both Morris Hills High School and Morris Knolls High School. Choice students admitted to the Magnet Program will be placed into the Magnet Program at either high school based on available seats and will not be permitted to choose between the two high schools.

The International Baccalaureate Program is an internationally recognized advanced course of study for motivated students who have an interest in global affairs, writing, and interdisciplinary studies. The program requires students to take courses in 6 core areas, complete an extended essay, and 150 hours of community service. It is highly recommended that students complete Algebra I and Level 1 of a world language in 8th grade. Students must participate in a competitive admissions process in order to be eligible for admission. The IB Program is housed at Morris Knolls High School.

 

Choice Seats Availability

The purpose of the chart below is to inform parents of choice seat availability before the application deadline in early December. After the deadline, the information will be outdated.

The Department of Education limits the number of choice seats that each district can fill. The “maximum number of new choice students that can be enrolled” tells parents how many new choice students the district can enroll in the next school year. If more than the maximum number of applications is received, a lottery will be held and a waitlist will be developed. Waitlists will be developed for all approved choice grades even if no seats are currently available. NA indicates the district is not accepting choice applications for those grades.

Maximum Number of New Choice Students that can be Enrolled: 38

Grade

Seat availability per grade

K  Not Available (no waitlist will be developed)
1  Not Available (no waitlist will be developed)
2  Not Available (no waitlist will be developed)
3  Not Available (no waitlist will be developed)
4  Not Available (no waitlist will be developed)
5  Not Available (no waitlist will be developed)
6  Not Available (no waitlist will be developed)
7  Not Available (no waitlist will be developed)
8  Not Available (no waitlist will be developed)
9  Available
10  Available
11  Available
12  Available

 

 

District Choice Policies

Indicate Yes/No/NA 

The district accepts Tier 2 students (see definitions of Tier 1 and Tier 2 ).

 Yes

The district gives enrollment preference to choice applicants who have a sibling currently attending the choice district, provided there are choice seats available in the choice-approved grades/programs and the students meet any program-specific criteria.

 Yes

The district gives enrollment preference to choice applicants who have completed the terminal grade of the sending district (i.e., students who attend a choice district with grades that terminate before 12th grade and have a natural progression to this choice district), provided there are choice seats available in the choice-approved grades/programs and the students meet any program-specific criteria.

 Yes

The district gives enrollment preference to resident students who move before the application deadline. If resident students move and file choice applications for the following year prior to the deadline, the district will give them enrollment preference (i.e., accept them after the enrollment preference students described in b. and c. above, but ahead of other applicants), provided there are choice seats available in the choice-approved grades/programs and the students meet any program-specific criteria. If the district has already reached its approved choice enrollment maximum, this preference will not apply.

 Yes

The district gives special consideration to resident students who move after the application deadline. Students in this situation may apply as late applicants and be added to the front of the district’s waitlist, provided the students will enroll in a choice-approved grade/program and they meet any program-specific criteria. No additional choice seats above the maximum will be approved by the NJDOE to accommodate these students.

 Yes


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