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We apologize that you were unable to register for an open house. We will not be adding any other sessions. Our open houses are very popular and they do fill up quickly. Please keep in mind that students are welcome to apply whether or not they were able to attend an open house. All information regarding our Academies and the Admissions process is online on the Admissions website (https://bcts.bergen.org/index.php/about-us/admissions-bca)

We do not have a wait list. Sometimes if you check back to the registration website, a spot will open up if another student cancels their registration. 

Walk-in passes (max/ three guests per pass) will be available at the Auditorium entrance. Passes will be honored if we have available seating.

There is no guarantee you will be allowed entry if you choose to do this. We are bound by fire codes and the safety of our visitors is of utmost importance to us. We cannot exceed maximum occupancy restrictions and if all registered families attend, there will be no extra places.

Thank you for your interest in Bergen County Academies.

Frequently Asked Questions


The Bergen County Academies (BCA), one of four secondary schools in the Bergen County Technical Schools District, is a free public magnet high school of choice for Bergen County residents, located on the Dr. John Grieco Campus in Hackensack, New Jersey. The school offers seven specialized programs in the areas of mathematics and science, engineering and design, medical science, business and finance, culinary arts and hospitality administration, visual and performing arts, and technology and computer science. 

Students interested in applying:

  • Must be resident in Bergen County. If accepted, you must be registered in your town’s school district regardless of the middle school you attend.
  • Only 8th grade students can apply.
  • If accepted, student will begin 9th grade year in September 2018.
  • Transferring into Bergen County Academies is not permitted.

Interested eighth grade students should go to studentadmissions.bergen.org to begin their application.

The application deadline is Thursday, December 14, 2017.

For information about the Academies, please go to the Admission home page at www.bergen.org. You may read and print “Guide to the Academies” booklet and the “Guide to Applying” booklet.

Open House Session Highlights

  • 2-Hour Sessions 11:00 a.m. or 2:00 p.m.
  • Tour of Campus *
  • Overview of all seven Academies
  • Opportunity to meet Administration, Faculty and Academy Students

* Please note that all tours are general, to give visitors a sense of the size of the campus and an idea of the many opportunities that are available. There are no academy-specific tours. Unfortunately, it is not feasible to honor requests to see a particular room or academy during the thirty-minute tours.

Who should attend Academy Open House?

Seventh and Eighth grade students who would like to learn about our seven academies should attend.We highly recommend that the powerpoints (below) are viewed to help 8th grade applicants choose the academy they are most interested in. 

Students interested in applying to the Bergen County Academies must reside in Bergen County, be in the 8th grade, and if accepted, will begin 9th grade in September 2018. Transferring into Bergen County Academies is not permitted.

Due to the volume of information covered during the Open House sessions, we request that no children under the age of 7 attend.

The Open House Sessions involve walking tours of the campus, if you have mobility concerns, please email us in advance at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that we can accommodate your needs.

For  all questions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Descriptions of academies  

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Academy for the Advancement of Science and Technology


Academy for Business and Finance


Academy for Technology and Computer Science 

ACAHA  AEDT research


Academy for Culinary Arts and Hospitality Administration


Academy for Engineering Design Technology 


Academy for Medical Science Technology 

AVPA Music
 AVPA Theatre


Academy for Visual and Performing Arts - Music


Academy for Visual and Performing Arts - Theatre


Academy for Visual and Performing Arts - Visual

Instructions for Open House Registration

You may sign up for only ONE open house session. Please choose the date and session carefully; due to the volume of visitors expected, you may be unable to reschedule. Walk-ins will be allowed only if space permits.

Before you can make reservations for an open house, you must register at our website. To register, you will need a user name, consisting of 4 to 12 letters and/or numbers, and a password consisting of a minimum of 5 letters and/or numbers. Keep the user name and password in a safe place since you will use the same if you need to change your reservation.  We highly recommend that the powerpoints / information (previous page) for the academies are viewed to help the students decide which academy they would like to tour.


Due to the volume of guests expected at each session, a student may bring no more than 2 guests.

All registered guests should be at the Auditorium by 10:30 am for the 11:00 am session and by 1:30 pm for the 2:00 pm session. Sessions begin promptly; latecomers may be turned away.

All registrants will receive a confirmation email with their Open House Pass (see sample below). Please remember that you MUST bring your Open House Pass with you in order to gain admittance. At the Open House, students will be asked to choose an academy that they would like to tour. 


Open House registration will begin Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Portal to Online Application will be available Monday, October 16, 2017

For directions click HERE

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