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Planning for High School

Beginning in September of their 8th grade year, our students will begin the process of exploring what direction they would like their academic future to take for High School and beyond. Englewood Cliffs has a send-receive relationship with Englewood Public Schools, and students who do not choose to explore Private/Academy/Tuition options will attend Dwight Morrow High School at no cost to the parent. Students who do choose to explore these options will begin a process of applying and potentially interviewing or testing for schools they wish to attend.

In an effort to assist students and parents through this process, we offer several opportunities to gain information and guidance. Parents and students will be invited to an information session to discuss some of their options in September/October. Students will also be given guidance on the options they are interested in, mock interviews in several different forms, advice and guidance on the application process, and letters of recommendation. Students will meet with me many times throughout the year to ensure they are comfortable, prepared, and excited for their journey after Englewood Cliffs District.

More detailed information will be provided at the information session, but in the meantime please see below for some basic guidance on what 8th graders can expect to explore!


Questions About High School? 
A Quick Reference Guide for 8th Graders 

The time has come to make an important decision about your academic future. There are many wonderful options out there so we want to make sure you have all the information you need.  The following handout will give you some important things to keep in mind. Research schools and ask questions, we want to be sure you attend the school that’s right for you! Any additional questions don’t hesitate to reach out to Mr. Winch. 


 Interested in a private High School?

You must obtain an Interscholastic Entrance Exam (I.S.E.E.) Application! Please check the following website for more information:


 Interested in a Parochial High School?

Many schools request applicants take the Cooperative Entrance Exam (CO-OP). Applications can be obtained from your local parish. Please check the following website for more information:

Some schools may alternatively request students complete the Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT). Please check the following website for more information:


 Commonly Applied to Schools:

Academies of Englewood

Bergen County Academies

Bergen County Tech Schools

Academy of Holy Angels

Barnstable Academy

Bergen Catholic

Don Bosco Prep

Dwight Englewood School

Frisch Yeshiva

Horace Mann

Hudson School

Immaculate Heart Academy

Paramus Catholic High School

Regis High School

Riverdale Country School

Saddle River Day School


 Public Schools Accepting Tuition Students:

Cresskill High School

Northern Valley Regional-Demarest

Leonia High School

River Dell High School

Northern Highlands


 Intra-Choice School:

Bergenfield High School