Morris Hills Regional School District Information for 8th Graders

    • The Morris Hills Regional District serves the communities of Denville, Rockaway Borough, Rockaway Township, and Wharton.

      The district also admits students from other New Jersey communities through the Inter-District School Choice Program. 

      For more information on how to register please visit -


      Graduates of the Rockaway Borough School District attend Morris Hills High School which is operated by the Morris Hills Regional District. Feel free to reference their District Informational Site for all 8th grade families below.

    • Morris Hills Regional District Informational Site for 8th grade families

    • In District Registration Process

    • The following information is pertinent to current 8th graders and their parents:
      December 14th, 2022 - Morris Hills High School visits TJ. Representatives from each content area visit Thomas Jefferson Middle School to go over their courses and what to expect.
      January 10th, 2023 - 8th Grade High School Parent & Student Orientation (Morris Hills)
      January 12th, 2023 - 8th Grade High School Parent & Student Orientation (Morris Knolls) 

    • For a complete list of the 2022-2023 8th Grade Calendar Of Events for High School Entry click this link 

    • Morris Hill School District Program of Studies
      The Morris Hills Regional District Program of Studies has a comprehensive catalog of the more than one hundred sixty academic and occupational/technical courses offered in grades 9 through 12 at Morris Hills High School and Morris Knolls High School. This publication has been developed especially for use as a guide in student program planning. Information concerning graduation requirements, the curriculum areas, the prerequisites for each course, the number of credits to be earned, and the grade levels at which each course is offered will serve as a reference for students, parents, school personnel, and interested members of the community. Course descriptions are arranged by subject area with the grades offered identified for each area.

    • School Choice Program
      For the 2023-2024 school year, the Morris Hills Regional District will make up to 15 seats available (depending on availability) district-wide for incoming freshmen residing in one of the four sending districts (Denville, Rockaway Borough, Rockaway Township, and Wharton) who wish to transfer to Morris Hills or Morris Knolls. The program is not available for students who already attend Morris Hills or Morris Knolls or for students who do not live in one of the four sending communities. 

      • Incoming freshmen will have the opportunity to apply for one of these "choice" seats.

      • In order to apply, students and parents/guardians must fill out the In-District Lottery application (available online March 1st) by clicking on the tab on the left) prior to April 1st of their eighth-grade year.

      • If more students apply than there are seats available, a lottery will be conducted to determine which applicants will receive the available seats and which will be placed on a rank-ordered wait list.

      • If fewer applicants apply than there are seats available, those seats will remain available on a first-come, first-serve basis until September 30th of the freshman year; as of October 1st, those seats will no longer be available. 

      • Students who opt to accept the school choice offer will not be able to return to the high school designated by their residence. Therefore, families should carefully weigh all considerations before deciding to accept a choice seat.

    • For more information on the Intra-District Lottery Program, please contact:
      Dr. Nisha Zoeller - Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction

    • The Magnet Program
      The Math and Science Magnet Program is a four-year honors program that provides a challenging and focused math/science course sequence where students will invent, design, and conduct original research projects that will yield a cumulative and sound argument. Students will pick an area of specialization as well as free electives from a broad range of other disciplines. The Research Based Analysis/AP Capstone course sequence will allow students the opportunity to work with experts in the field while pursuing their individual areas of interest in applied mathematics and science. Students from any of the four sending districts  may apply to become Magnet students at Morris Hills High School in their 8th grade year. Out-of-district students may also be admitted to the Magnet Program through School Choice.  Students will participate in a competitive admissions process.

    • The Academy for Mathematics, Science, and Engineering
      The Academy for Mathematics, Science, and Engineering, located at Morris Hills High School, is a rigorous, highly focused four year program for Morris County Students with career interests in mathematics, science, or engineering. Students complete a challenging curriculum and participate in technical internships with partners from business and industry. Admission to the Academy is competitive, with students selected from throughout Morris County.

    • The Academy for the Performing Arts
      The Academy for Performing Arts at Morris Knolls High School, in partnership with Morris County School of Technology, will provide opportunities for students to specialize in dance, theater, or vocal performance.  Students will also have the opportunity for dual enrollment at the County College of Morris and for an internship in the performing arts industry.    Admission to the Academy is competitive, with students selected from throughout Morris County.