Infinity Institute is the only Jersey City public school with 6th grade through 12th grade and serves about 260 students. Students generally enter in 6th grade and 9th grade, but there is also limited availability for students entering 7th grade and 10th grade. Students who complete 8th grade at Infinity are automatically promoted to 9th grade.
Applications, typically due in February, are evaluated on a point system, and the approximate cutoff for admission is 80 points:
- 30pts OLSAT
- 30pts PARCC
- 30pts Report Card (4th grade + first marking period of 5th grade)
- 20pts Teacher Recommendation
Entering middle school students must take the OLSAT (typically in 5th grade), the same exam that is used for admissions to the AEP program. The OLSAT test is offered by the district, often on the first Saturday of March. Also considered for admissions are the students’ PARCC scores (if they come from a Jersey City public school), elementary school grades, teacher recommendations, attendance, and extracurricular activities.
About 50 students are accepted into 6th grade, and about 10 students are accepted into 7th grade. The target 6th grade class size is only 30 students.
Entering high school students must take the PSAT, the same exam that is used for admissions to McNair Academic High School. The PSAT is offered to 8th grade JCBOE students in October.
Infinity has begun to implement Cambridge University curricula for middle school, preparing students for Advanced Placement (AP) level work in high school.
In 8th grade, some students take Algebra I, Stem Lab, and ELA Honors while others continue with the standard 8th grade curriculum.
Infinity Institute has an after school program sponsored by the YMCA that offers activities and homework help until 6:30pm.
Infinity’s high school, like McNair, requires 160 credits for graduation; whereas, other Jersey City public schools only require 120. The school offers a variety of Advanced Placement (AP) courses.
The school doors open at 7:00am and both middle school and high school students attend classes between 8:35 and 3:05. Infinity Institute has partnered with the YMCA to supplement its after school program from 3:10pm to 6pm daily. The school also offers sports and other extracurricular activities.
What do parents like about this school?
Infinity is a small school, with relatively small class sizes. It is selective, and therefore academically rigorous, which shows in the school’s standardized test scores. Perhaps one of the best perks of attending Infinity for middle school is the ability to transition into high school without navigating another selection process. Additionally, many graduates of the middle school are accepted to the most selective high schools in the area, such as McNair and High Tech High.