Step One: What to Be Doing Grades 9-11

Believe it or not, your choices in 9th grade can make a big difference in what colleges you can realistically get into as a senior.  Doing the right things now will pay off in the future .... here's how.
What classes you take -- starting as early as 9th grade -- can make a big difference in being able to both get into college and getting into the college that you want to attend.  Be sure to talk with you guidance counselor as you're making your choices but here are some core ideas:
  • Take more than what's required;
  • Challenge yourself in your areas of strength or interest;
  • Take electives that either (1) have some application to a career you're interested in, or (2) bring you joy and fulfillment.
This CollegeBoard article will give you a solid foundation:  High School Classes Colleges Look For.
But do your homework!  Each college will list what their academic requirements are.  Check out CollegeBoards College Search or use your Naviance account.  
Planning early means success later on.
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Students are required to register with the NCAA for Division 1 or 2 athletics.  Pre-registration begins during a student's junior year and the final review will occur during senior year.   
The basic steps are as follows:
1. Student registers for the NCAA Clearinghouse at the following address:
2.  Student and Parents sign Transcript Release Form and submit to their School Counselor:
3. Counselor submits transcript through electronic portal.
Pre-registration begins at the end of the junior year and final transcripts will be submitted upon graduation. 


In response to closings, cancellations and changes related to COVID-19, the Eligibility Center is closely monitoring the impact on students and their ability to meet NCAA initial-eligibility requirements. The EC will be posting more information here in the coming days to assist the high school community. For information on COVID-19, please visit and continue to monitor for more information.

Hackettstown Scholars Partnership
  • (Formerly Centenary University Pilot Program Courses)


    Pick up a registration packet from the Guidance Office and do the following.

    1.  Using the list of courses approved by Centenary University for Hackettstown students to take (available on the bottom of this page webpage) and the course offerings (available on Centenary University's webpage or provided below) select the class(es) you are interested in taking.  The class you sign up for must be on the approved list (see link below).  Juniors and Seniors must take classes after the normal school day ends.
    Please refer to Centenary University's Academic Schedule from


    *The class schedule is subject to change*

    2.      Parents & students must complete and sign the “Centenary University / Hackettstown Pilot Admission Application”.  Please note: the program is available to Juniors and Seniors attending Hackettstown High School.

  • 3. Parents & students must complete and sign the “Registration for Hackettstown High School Students” (yellow) form.
    DO NOT complete the sections of the form which asks for the following information:  Course No. and Section; Days & Time; Course Name; Credits; Tuition.
  • 4. A check for the course should be written to "Centenary University"  and will be required with the registration forms. (Please be aware of Centenary's tuition refund policy as per their web site.) Hackettstown High School will pay for the first class a student takes during their senior year. All other courses will be at the expense of the student or family.

  • Background

  • Hackettstown High School and Centenary University have joined in a partnership which enables students to take courses at Centenary at a greatly reduced cost.  Students in grades 11 and 12 may request one of these courses in place of an elective offered by Hackettstown High School. All instruction and grading is done by the instructor at Centenary University.  Interested students should see their guidance counselor for a list of available courses.
  • A Centenary course cannot be taken in place of a course offered at Hackettstown High School without prior written permission by the administration.
  • Students will be scheduled for an open block.  Juniors must remain in the building during this time and will be assigned a location where they need to report for attendance.
  • All Centenary courses are taken for credit at Centenary and they will produce a transcript for students upon request.
  • Students may also receive unweighted credit for their Centenary course at Hackettstown High School.  This must be requested when registering for the course.
  • As a standby program, there are certain restrictions for our students.  The courses which have been approved for our students are indicated in a link below.  We are limited to no more than 2 students per class. Also, our students are enrolled after regular college enrollment is concluded.  Typically, students are being notified of their acceptance the week before the class starts.
Forms required for the process:
Registration for Hackettstown High School Students
Hackettstown Scholars Partnership Agreement