PHS Academies
December 15, 2017


Dear Parents of Piscataway Township 8th Grade Students:

Does your child get excited about Science or Engineering activities? Do they spend hours practicing their Visual or Performing Arts skills? Are they directly involved with these types of extracurricular activities and express desires to explore similar careers?

Well, I am extremely excited to announce the formation of four (4) educational academies at Piscataway High School beginning in the fall of 2018. These four year academies include:

•  PHS Biomedical Science Academy 
•  PHS Engineering Academy 
•  PHS Visual Arts Academy
•  PHS Performing Arts Academy

PHS Academies offer focused curricula targeted to specific career paths. At PHS, academies act as “schools within a school,” emphasizing specialized content areas while simultaneously offering the depth and breadth of a larger high school experience. Students enrolled in the PHS Academies will meet all their New Jersey State graduation requirements and have the opportunity to participate in all PHS athletics, arts, clubs, and activities. They also have opportunities to take other electives outside their academy (if their schedule permits).

Four brochures outline and highlight each academy, and can be found by clicking on the tab at the left of this page. Included in each brochure is the course offering, completion requirements, and other specific information. Acceptance into one of the four academies will expose students to concentrated instruction and pathways to the next steps in their college and career goals. Admission is competitive with selection based on various pre-requisites established for each academy.

There will be two opportunities to hear more about our academies in January of 2018. The first will be during our “PHS Experience” evening on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 6:00 PM at the PHS Performing Arts Center (PAC). After the main meeting session you will be directed to an academy location for further discussion with our high school team including a dedicated academy guidance counselor. The second informational session will be held on Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at 6:30 PM also in the PHS PAC. This will be an academy information session only. You will be given all the application details, requirements, and process for each
academy during these sessions. 

We look forward to seeing you at our information sessions.

Sincerely,

Dr. Frank Ranelli
Assistant Superintendent